I thought this post might be useful to those just starting out making artists’ books or handmade photobooks.
When I first started making artists’ books using my photographs printed on fine art photo paper such as those made by Fotospeed and Hahnemuhle etc, when I had marked the scalpel cutting line for the margin with pencil there was sometimes a tiny piece of the pencil mark left on the edge of the white paper. You can’t rub it out or it smudges because of the coating on the photo paper.
Here’s my simple solution. (I’m sure there are others)
This technique is also useful when measuring and cutting any decorative paper used in book making. You can mark the back of the photograph, but you can still end up with a pencil mark and I’ve found the measurement not to be as accurate.