Give every album extra special treatment

Give every album extra special treatment

Our elegant Clamshell Box takes the luxury of our Fine Art Books and Matted Albums to a new level. It makes bringing the album out for viewing a truly special occasion, every time, and helps to protect it for decades to come.

Designed by our brilliant team, the Clamshell Box takes its name from an old bookbinding technique. With a hinged lid connected to the base, taking the album out and returning it to the box is easy.

We handcraft each one using board made by a Dutch company with top eco-credentials, and encase it in your choice of our Essential Cotton, Heritage or Core Fabrics. As well as having a choice of colour, you can select either a soft-close magnetic clasp, a pretty tie-up ribbon or a combination of the two, known as a show-ribbon.

And, for even more impressive presentation, we can personalise your Clamshell Box with foil blocking, printing or engraving.



Order as an upgrade or as a standalone box
Personalise with client or studio details
Available in all sizes to fit Fine Art Books & Matted Albums
Handmade individually, to order
Choice of ribbon tie, magnetic or show-ribbon closure
Selection of 22 ribbon colours
Cover printing or engraving included



Spoilt for choice ...

You can order a Clamshell Box in our Essential Cotton, Heritage or Core fabrics. Essential Cotton and Heritage are robust and made from 100% cotton, with Heritage having an open weave and a more natural, rustic look. The Core Fabric range is made from rayon with a much finer weave. The most popular colour is Pebble, from our Essential Cotton range, but there are brighter, lighter and deeper options too. So you can complement or contrast with the accompanying album.

Please note – the colours shown are a guide and may vary from the actual colour of the material. You’re welcome to order swatches from our online shop to get a clearer idea, but please remember there may be colour variations in some materials.

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Essential Cotton




Sleek magnet, bow tie, or show ribbon?

Clamshell Boxes come with either a magnet, ribbon closure or a show-ribbon closure – you can choose. For clients with contemporary tastes, a magnet closure is very clean and streamlined. But a ribbon has a more tactile, romantic feel and is twice as popular. For a blend of the two, the show-ribbon combines the magnetic closure with a ribbon bow fixed to the closing flap.


We have three styles of ribbon to choose from. A linen ribbon with a natural finish. Grosgrain which is a rayon-based ribbon with a ribbed grosgrain weave, and a satin ribbon that is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Grosgrain ribbon colour range

Satin ribbon colour range

Please note – the ribbon colours shown below are just a guide. The actual colours may vary from those shown on screen and from batch to batch.




Create a box just for them

For an extra layer of personalisation, we can add text such as names, dates or meaningful phrases to your Clamshell box. And we can also add a bespoke emblem, such as the couple’s intertwined initials, and your studio logo. The techniques we use to apply this personalisation is either cover printing or laser engraving. We can also use bespoke fonts as well as our wide variety of standard fonts.



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