Handmade japanese personalised photo books, photo albums & guestbooks

Personalised Bespoke Photo Albums and Guestbooks handmade in the UK

All Kitaken bespoke photo albums are carefully handmade and can be used as a classic photo book, scrapbook or guestbook. The larger album formats are ideal for weddings, baby showers and similar festive occasions. Since each album is made to order as a unique product, there are numerous possibilities to personalise a dream album according to your own taste. Kitaken albums are perfect as a special gift with an extremely personal touch.
Wedding albums are a great gift and can be enjoyed year after year. Why not choose a personalised photo album like the very popular personalised Sakura photo album?

Personalised Wedding Album Hanami Créme.

Personalised photo album with linen plaque (name plate).


The following eight formats are available:

Format 1: 18x15 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 2: 23x19 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 3: 23x19 cm (landscape format), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 4: 23x23 cm (square), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 5: 23x30 cm (portrait format), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 6: 35x25 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 7: 30x30 cm (square), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 8: 30x30 cm (square), 50 sheets (100 pages)

The measurements refer to the inside dimensions of the albums and describe the actual usable area.

A visual overview of all available formats can be downloaded here.

Kitaken uses only the very best quality materials from Japan and Europe.

When designing the front cover you have a choice of two different collections: "Washi" and "Wabi-Sabi": The covers of the Washi-series are covered with high-quality Japanese paper (Chiyogami and Katazome) printed in historical technique and traditional motifs, which I import from Kyoto. "Chiyo" meaning "1000 generations", indicates the durability of the paper, which is just as robust as it is beautiful. The second collection is the Wabi-Sabi-Series: These albums are covered with a natural linen fabric, which I handprint with one of my many Kitaken designs. Kitaken designs are based on my photographs and drawings and are in the tradition of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic.

The back and spine of the albums of both design collections are covered with a fine but sturdy bookcloth from German production.

The block of the albums and guestbooks are made of high-quality ivory paper, which comes directly from Milano, Italy. It captivates with its simple elegance, value-adding haptics and is also acid-free, which protects your precious photographs from fading. All albums and guestbooks come with glassine (pergamin) interleaves. These glassine sheets protect your photographs as well as serving as an ink protectant, to prevent your writings from staining on the opposite page.

All albums and books can optionally be provided with a smooth, cream-coloured satin ribbon bow, with which the album can be tied.


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A swatch list of my exquisite Japanese papers, cover designs and bookcloths can be downloaded here.

In addition to the possibility of selecting the format and cover materials of the albums and guestbooks, there are other options to make your album even more unique.

All covers can be personalised with a name or a short text (also in Japanese Katakana characters). For this purpose a personalised linen plaque is embossed directly into the cover.

It is even possible to order an album with your own cover design. For this, your own design must have good printing properties and can be provided in high resolution. Such requests can be made via the contact form.

Albums from the Wabi-Sabi series, are printed on natural linen and personalisations are directly printed onto the cover (as shown directly to the right).

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There are two ways to purchase an album or guestbook from my collection: First of all, existing designs can be easily purchased in my online shop. If your desired album is not shown in my shop, you can choose your own cover and bookcloth colour by downloading my swatch list here. You can then send me an order request via custom request for a price quote. The contact form can also be used for larger orders, or if you are interested in a professional cooperation (dealers, shops, photographers, etc.).

To calculate the costs of an album or guestbook, please refer to my Pricing structure:

Base prices
Format 1: 24 GBP
Format 2: 34 GBP
Format 3: 38 GBP
Format 4: 44 GBP
Format 5: 48 GBP
Format 6: 56 GBP
Format 7: 60 GBP
Format 8: 66 GBP

Personalised linen plaque: 13 GBP
Personalisation by direct printing (Wabi-Sabi-Series only): 6 GBP
Own design: Depending on the design request
Satin ribbon bow: Free of charge
Surcharge for vintage chiyogami (see swatch list): 10 GBP

United Kingdom: 6 GBP
Germany: 12 GBP
Rest of EU: 13 GBP
Rest of the world: upon request

Shipping costs apply only once if ordering several products. The information for the item with the highest individual shipping costs is decisive.


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