Do you have options for the inner sleeves?
Well that’s easy… yes! Why wear the same t-shirt that all your friends have. We offer several options for you here. From solid white or black paper, to poly-lined, to anti-static (archival grade), to clear poly and even full-colour printed ones on paper or board stock. How’s that for options?
What is the difference between jackets and gatefolds?
A standard vinyl record jacket is a single sleeve printed full-colour on the front and back pages. These come with or without a spine edge. The record is first placed in a paper or plastic inner sleeve and then slides into the printed jacket prior to shrink wrapping or poly bagging. This is the most common and cost effective way to package your single record album.
A gatefold jacket opens like a birthday card (or a wallet), and has four printed pages in total (two outside and two inside). The final package is essentially two jackets connected by a spine and as such they can hold 1 record and a printed insert, booklet or poster, or 2 records for a double record album. Gatefold packages offer double the real estate for your artwork so the end result is quite stunning. We also offer a unique package dubbed Gatefold LITE, which is great for single record albums only, wanting that WOW factor but at a more affordable price vs the standard gatefold jackets.
Can I request a custom package for my vinyl release?
Absolutely! We love getting creative. Just supply us with a mock up or completed artwork and we can create a custom die for your 7 inch, 10 inch or 12 inch packaging ideas.
What finishes do you offer on printed packaging?
Our recommended finish for most orders is our aqueous (water-based) coating. Just about every record jacket you’ll find out there this printed this way. We also encourage it because it’s the most eco-friendly option, provides protection from water, greasy fingers, dirt and it will help make your artwork pop. In addition to our aqueous coating, we offer a matte finish which gives a softer, muted look and feel. We also offer a UV gloss finish which results in a very shiny appearance, and there’s always the option to print your packaging on our uncoated stock too.
Do you offer poly bags or clear plastic sleeves instead of shrink wrap?
We sure do! We have a few options actually. Open top poly bags are the most popular and come in a few different thicknesses (3mil or 6mil). We also carry resealable poly bags that have an adhesive flap to securely hold your record in place. These also come in a few different thicknesses too (1.5mil or 3.5mil). With both of these options the record slides in from the top and the other 3 sides are all sealed.