Illume Retreat Foil Notebooks


Happy Friday! I never know where the week goes, it just flies by.

We recently printed these custom notebooks for the Illume Retreat and next week is the big launch day.

The retreat is from October 26th to the 28th at the Travaasa Experiential Spa in Austin, TX.

These notebooks have a copper foil cover and were saddle stitched with 40 blank pages - perfect to fill with notes and doodles from the retreat.

We used Lettra cover and text weight to give the notebooks a luxury feel - there's nothing quite like cotton paper!

Read all about the printing and finishing in the full post.

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Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Entire Set



Size – 8.25″ x 5.375″ (Folded) / 8.25″ x 10.75″ (Open)
StockPearl White Lettra (110# cover) + Pearl White Lettra (81# text)
Printing – Foil Stamping (Metallic Copper) / Blank Inside
No. of Pages – 40 pages
Finishing – Saddle Stitching
DesignB is for Bonnie Design

Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Illume Logo Impression
Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Illume in Copper Foil



If I had a nickel for every time someone asked about heavy impression … we’d have a lot of nickels! The truth is that you have a lot more control over impression depth with letterpress than foil. That being said, you can still get a nice impression with foil stamping – its all about picking the right foil and paper stock.


The Illume retreat notebooks used Crane’s Lettra for the cover – a thick and soft stock which is perfect for either letterpress or foil stamping.


The takeaway: Impression is always better with letterpress (over foil stamping).

Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Plate + Foil
Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Medium Notebook



The Illume notebooks were printed in a metallic copper foil. We use foil from a bunch of suppliers – we’ve got a post scheduled soon to cover the different options for colors and some of the interesting finish options that are available.


Metallic colors like silver, gold, copper, and bronze come in several shade / finish options. We’ve got lots of swatches and printed samples – if you’re looking for a particular color, email us, and we’ll mail you a swatch.

Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Binding Closeup
Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Saddle Stitching



There are a few ways to bind a notebook – these were bound using 2 staples (referred to as saddle stitching). Saddle stitching is the most common and easiest way but you can also perfect bind (glue + cover sheet) and hand stitch (needle + thread) notebooks.

Illume Retreat - Custom Copper Foil Notebooks - Logo Closeup



The retreat is specifically designed for creative business owners. The first retreat is being held next week (October 26th – 28th, 2015) in Austin, Texas. It sounds like an amazing workshop and they’ve got some great speakers lined up too! For more information on the retreat, visit their website:


Want one of these awesome notebooks? You’ll have to register for the retreat to score one! They’ve also got a bunch of other goodies lined up … too bad we’re stuck up in NY.


For more information on creating a custom notebooks – send us an email ( or submit a quote request.





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