On further examination, I do think my own preference is for torn pages. Although, when creating custom books for architects, I've noted they tend to prefer the clean look of cut pages. So, I tend to take those sorts of things into account when deciding which way to go with a book.
Today I'm working on a custom wedding photo album with torn pages. The book was ordered by a photographer with a photo booth business who has been hired for a wedding later this month.
|142 lbs of 23 x 35 inch paper.|
I begin by tearing off a lengthwise portion of the sheet that I won't be using. So, my 23 x 35 inch sheet becomes a 15 x 35 inch sheet... which is now able to fit into my paper cutter.
Next, I tear off half an inch along the top of the 15 x 35 inch paper, making it about 15 x 34.5 inches, and then I'm ready to use my paper cutter's clamp and rulers to help get just the right size.
I line up my torn edges so my small sheet will be the size I want, and pull up against the clamped edge. Now I've got a 15 x 7 inch sheet, and a 15 x 27.5 inch sheet. I remove my perfectly torn page and reinsert my big sheet for another go.
|Tearing signature edges.|
|Soft hand-torn edge|
There is something so sweet about the appearance of hand-torn pages. Sure they add to the handmade feel of a book, but they also impart a quality of softness that (at the moment) I can only liken to cotton or fluffy clouds.