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06-20-2009, 09:36 AM
I made a "pocket portfolio" to carry around with me.
It is useful when I am out shooting and someone askes what kind of images I make.
This is an easy "rainy day" project. Total cost less than $20.

I started with a Moleskine brand "Japanese Album." The overall size is about 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches x 0.5 inches thick.
You can find these on the internet for $10 or so each.

Here is the closed Pocket Portfolio. You can see there is an elastic strap to keep it closed. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/1_pp_closed_7517.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/1_pp_closed_7517.jpg)

06-20-2009, 09:41 AM
The "pages" are fairly heavy, blank card stock, folded in an accordian that is only attached at the "front" (inside the front cover).
These heavy pages are perfect for attaching your images.
Here you can see the Pocket Portfolio fanned open. The Japanese Album comes with 60 pages.
As you add photos to the album it gets thicker, so you will need to cut off pages from the end of the accordian so it will still fit within the covers.
Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/2_pp_fanned_3614.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/2_pp_fanned_3614.jpg)

06-20-2009, 09:42 AM
Here you can see the accordian format.
Inside the back cover of the album there is a paper pocket. You can tuck the end of the accordian into the pocket, which makes it more like a book.
Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/3_pp_expanded_4504.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/3_pp_expanded_4504.jpg)

06-20-2009, 09:44 AM
Print your images to fit on a page, or fold them up.
I used "photo splits" to attach the images to the page.
Then I wrote captions with a pen.
I printed a name plate for the first page, and inserted photos of some of my cameras at the end of the portfolio.
Now I'm never at a loss when someone asks me about my art.

Mark Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/4_pp_pages_6526.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/4_pp_pages_6526.jpg)

06-20-2009, 05:32 PM
Nice job Mark, elegant and portable. Looks like good protection for the photos and easy to slip in a pocket of the photo vest of bag.

Thanks for sharing, now for a rainy day........hmmmm.....doesn't look like I will have to wait too long.....

Tom Persinger
06-21-2009, 07:50 AM
very nice Mark! great idea to use the japanese fold variety so you can trim pages and it will still fit within the cover! thanks for sharing.

06-21-2009, 02:01 PM
Fine idea, Mark! Thanks for the nice documentation. Accordion books are fun, and they make a great little showcase for that spontaneous "show and tell" moment!

06-22-2009, 07:46 PM
What a great Idea, only on f295. Thanks Mark :)

06-23-2009, 08:23 AM
Thats great, but nobody ever asks me......Maybe you could send me your book Delio.

07-10-2009, 12:56 PM
Thanks, Mark - I'd not seen them before and didn't know these accordion-style Japanese albums were commercially available.
Good idea, simple and with pleasing results. I shall try this, some day.

Any problems with scuffing? Would some tissue paper be wanted?