Vinyl LP Packaging, CD BlueNotes, Record Covers, Box Sets

RETRO LP Packaging

CD & Vinyl 12inch Album Covers,
Chipboard Core, 4C or Linen Wrap
Inner Sleeves

LP Packaging made with Chipboard Core & Book Binding Construction

Chipboard core material create the rigid form that is commonly used in LPs, Hardbound Books, and Boxes. We apply a printed wrap with lamination (either gloss or matte) to the outside. Across the inside, another wrap is glued.

For more examples of chipboard packaging see: Chipboard

Retro LP Packaging CD Cover Thick Stock CD LP BlueNote


Retro LP Packaging CD Book Binding Construction
Chipboard Core, 1C Wrap Laminated (Matte) on Front, 1C wrap across inside
Inner Sleeve, Booklet

1C Wrap with Matte Lamination on outside of LP Packaging

A 1C wrap is printed with black ink and applied with a heal seal via lamination to the outside of the LP. Lamination can be either matte or gloss. For a retro look, choose the matte lamination.

If you want to highlight text or an image, considering contrasting the matte lamination with a spot gloss:
Spot Gloss & Matte Lamination

Inner Sleeves for LP Packaging

Inner Sleeves options:

  • 5inch or 12inch LPs
  • Uncoated matte stock, or coated
  • Printed 1C, 4C, , Unprinted, or Solid Color Paper
  • Cut out center hole or solid
Retro LP Packaging CD Book Binding Construction tihck chipboard


Retro LP Packaging Book Binding Construction
Chipboard Core, 4C Wrap Laminated (Matte) on Front, 4C wrap across inside
Inner Sleeve, Booklet

4C Wrap across LP inside, or Unprinted Kraft Paper

The inside of the LP can have a printed wrap for a vibrant look or can be a solid kraft paper (unprinted) for a vintage look.

For  examples of kraft paper see: Kraft Paper Wraps

Chipboard LP Packaging versus Regular Jackets

LPs made with a chipboard core material are quite rigid. The core material is also wrapped and lamianted which makes it ever thicker. If you view an LP made of chipboard from the side, you get a great sense of this.

Jackets are generally made with a paper stock of 15/16pt up to 21pt (considered very thick) and created by folding over panels.

CD LP Spine rigid stock chipboard core BlueNote thick

LP Side View

CD LP Jacket
Spine View and Thickness
Chipboard Core, Wrapped & Laminated

Spine Width on LP Packaging & Jackets

The width of the spine is important for many titles as it allows text to be printed on the spine and visibility from the side.  LPs have an inherently thick spine due to the material and construction. Jackets can be made with a thick spine but will often flatten in shipping as there isn’t much to support it.

Vinyl Record 2 Piece Box Sets

Vinyl Record Box Sets, approx. 12×12″

Box sets can be made as 2 piece sets (top & bottom lid) or as 1 piece hinged boxes. The core material is a thick chipboard so it is a sturdy box. Boxes come with 4C print on the outside, but other options include a fabric wrap and printing the inside. We can also help with adding LP covers for the vinyl records, or inner sleeves.  Slipcases or bellybands are fun add ons!

Vinyl Box Sets 2 Piece 12x12", Custom printed boxes for vinyl records

Vinyl Box Set, Approx. 12×12′
2 Piece Set, Top & Bottom
Chipboard Core, Wrapped & Laminated

Depth of the Vinyl Box

The dimensions of the box set can be anything you want, but usually they vary around the 12×12″ size. You may want to make the box extra deep if you plan on putting other items in in such as a tshirt or other fun swag. We can help with any books, cards, or printed items.

12inch LP Packaging & Vinyl Side-Loading Box Sets

Vinyl Sized LPs can be made 2pp or 4pp, can hold inner sleeve and booklets, as well as the record. If you would like a 12inch vinyl sized set for cds, we can also make a version that holds about 4 discs in special pockets.

Side Loading Box Sets CD & Vinyl Linen Fr=baric Wrap, Gold Foil Stamping

Vinyl LP Box Set, 12inch
Fabric Wrap, Linen with Foil Stamping
Matching CD Collection Case

Fabric Wrapped Box Sets

Box sets can be made for multiple records, and can either be printed or wrapped in fabric or leatherette material. For more examples of fabric wrapped & leatherette/vinyl wrapped boxes, please see our Fabric & Leatherette Box Set Page.

Vinyl Look CDs / Perfect for Retro LP Packaging

If you’d like to make your cd look like a vinyl record, we can give you a hand with that. We have a special vinyl mask to do the trick.
CD Jacket with Vinyl CD


Vinyl Look CD
4pp LP Style Jacket

Adding Booklets & Posters

LPs can be made with one or two pockets. Traditionally the pockets are outward facing.
Cds / Records are often put in an inner sleeve in one pocket, and the other can be used for an insert.
We can make booklets in just about any configuration, popular options are folded posters,  4pp – 10pp gatefold, or 8pp – 28pp stapled booklets. If you want to go over 28pp in a booklet, we may suggest a perfect binding on it rather than stapling.

Kraft Inner Wrap & Cork Hubs

We can wrap the inside of a LP jacket with kraft paper if desired. Black kraft is generally unprinted, but kraft paper can be printed. See also Kraft Paper.

Cork hubs are a fun twist on the traditional LP album style. The interesting feature on these is the printing behind the disc.  Also available white and black foam.

Matte uncoated paper stock, cd jacket packaging


4pp Jacket with Inner Wrap
Cork Hub
Booklet attached to spine wrap

Attaching a booklet to the inner wrap at the spine

Another fun option for booklets is to attach them to the wrap at the inner spine. This creates a book like feel. We recommend this only for lightweight booklets.

Vintage Vinyl

Vinyl Size Packaging:

Vinyl Covers – LPs 2pp, 4pp
Inner Sleeves Uncoated, with center cut our or solid, unprinted or printed

Box Sets – Available with foam cut outs to hold discs or vinyl, or swinging sleeve inserts

Slipcases – Made with cardboard stock or fabric wrapped chipboard

Vintage Vinyl Record Album with die cut swinging sleeve

12inch Vintage Record Album
Can be made for vinyl or discs
Swinging Sleeves
Chipboard Core

Swinging Sleeves & Inner Pages

Swinging Sleeves can be attached at the spine, and can be combined with inner pages if desired.

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ESI Custom Packaging, Media Manufacturing

OBI Strips, Belly Bands, Stickers, Ribbons, Magnets, and Velcro Tab Fasteners

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Slipcase Sets Slipcase Boxes- Multidisc CD DVD Set, Vinyl, Books

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Kraft Paper Disc Sleeves, Inner Wraps for Hardcover Books

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Reusable Fasteners, Custom Closures

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Spot Gloss Ink and Matte Lamination Contrast on Printed Packaging

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Uncoated Matte Paper CD DVD Packaging Soft, Vintage Look

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Foil Stamping on Printed Packaging, CD DVD USB Video

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Embossing / Debossing on Printed Packaging CD DVD USB Video

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Organic Packaging – Fiberboard, Unbleached, Recycled, Uncoated

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