2018 Holiday Ordering Deadlines

There are FOUR specific cut-off dates determined by album style, type of service, and cover treatment. When's your deadline? It will depend on what you're ordering and which of our services you use.

DESIGN APPROVAL (This is for those who have Leather Craftsmen Design their albums)
October 25th

Matted Album - PRINT & BIND
Order placed
November 1st

DESIGN APPROVAL (This is for those who have Leather Craftsmen Design their albums)
November 24th

Flush Album - PRINT & BIND - with Gilding, PhotoPlate Cover, Acrylic Cover, or Slipcase
Order placed
November 24th

Flush Album - PRINT & BIND - without Gilding
Order placed
December 1st

Two Easy Steps for Christmas Delivery:

Step 1 - Organize/Number your jpgs and order thru The Leather Craftsmen Website
If you're ordering via FTP, fill out your Order Forms completely using either the application Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro. (Apple's application named "Preview" will corrupt your order forms).

Step 2 - When ordering thru The Leather Craftsmen Website, select the "NEED FOR CHRISTMAS" option. 
If you're ordering via FTP, or any other non-website application, clearly mark your Order Forms
"NEED FOR CHRISTMAS" in the Remarks Section.

IMPORTANT - ANY Album Order that comes in up to the designated cutoff date that are not marked
"NEED FOR CHRISTMAS" are NOT considered Christmas orders.

TIP - Submit your job before 11:59pm EST on the Cut-Off day listed above and immediately respond to any emailed or phone called question we have regarding your order. 

REMINDER - By marking your job "NEED FOR CHRISTMAS" you will bear any expedited shipping charge (if necessary) that is needed to get the album in your hands on or before December 24th.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are Christmas deliveries guaranteed?
Well, almost. We have had some issues over the years where the carrier completely failed on several deliveries due to really bad weather. We have no control over that.

Is it better to order through the Leather Craftsmen website "Place Order" system as opposed to uploading to your FTP server?
We think that ordering through the The Leather Craftsmen Website is a more fluid process and most of our clients now use that application to order their albums rather than the FTP site. Give it a try! If you find that you are still more comfortable ordering through the FTP site, you can still do it that way for the time being.

What is expedited shipping and why is it necessary?
Expedited shipping usually means Next Day Delivery. Our goal is to get your Christmas orders to you on time so we need the flexibility to be able to ship Next Day Delivery. We are bound by the limitations of the carrier that delivers your albums and we start doing expedited shipping when they no longer guarantee less expensive shipping methods for December 24th. We try to ship Standard Ground, 3-Day, and 2-Day, but as we get closer to December 24th we reserve the right to ship Next Day Delivery at your expense.

Should I expect my Christmas order on December 24th?
Our goal is to get most Christmas orders in your hands on or before December 21st, but in special cases, there could be albums that will arrive on December 24th.

If I send in my order in the middle of October and do not mark it “NEED FOR CHRISTMAS” when should I expect to receive that order?
Based on past experience, most albums that come in by mid October and are not marked for Christmas usually do in fact arrive before Christmas or during the few days after Christmas. However, some of those mid October orders that are not marked “NEED FOR CHRISTMAS” may arrive in early January 2019. That is highly unlikely, but possible. So, please pay attention to our instructions and cut-off dates above, and to your client’s Holiday needs.

Can I drop ship directly to my client?
Yes, you can drop ship directly to your client. You'll let us know at the time you place your order by typing in their name, address, and phone in the "Drop Ship To" field on the order form. IMPORTANT: Please remind your client that they will need to sign for the package.

I'm still ordering the FTP way or with Digital Studio v5 (not thru the Leather Craftsmen online "Place Order" system). Why must I use Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro to fill out my order forms? They appear fine in Apple's Application Preview?
No matter how good your forms look in Apple's Application named "Preview", they wind up on our end corrupted with missing information. That will stop your order dead in it’s tracks. If you already used the Order Form in "Preview", please put that form in the trash, and use a fresh Order Form and only open it up in Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro.
Fresh Order Forms can be downloaded here.

I do not have Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader on my computer. What should I do?
Download a free version of Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

When is the last shipping date in 2018?
The last shipping and production day for Leather Craftsmen in 2018 is Friday, December 21st, therefore, if you are ordering on Friday December 1st, it's possible for your order to be shipped on Friday (12/21/18) for a Saturday (12/22/17) or Monday (12/24/18) Christmas delivery. If your studio is not going to be open or you need time to deliver to your client, then get your order in sooner.

Can I order Studio Samples
If you are working on new albums for the Bridal Show season in January 2019, to get a discount, order them before November 1st. The last day in 2018 for a studio sample discount is November 1st. Get your orders in as early as possible and save. We'll still make studio samples in November and December, however, they just won't be discounted. We'll resume studio sample discounts January 1, 2019.

Top Tips To Remember:

(1) For manually submitted PDF order forms, in the Remarks Section of your Order Form, please type NEED FOR CHRISTMAS.

(2) Get any client drop shipping information before you place your order. Have it listed on the order form at the time you place your order. Make sure your client knows that they will need to sign for the package.

(3) For Website Order, selected the "NEED FOR CHRISTMAS" option.

(4) Get your orders in as early as possible.

(5) If we contact you because of a layout issue or order form issue, this could hold up your order. Make sure to respond as soon as you get the call or email.


Made in the USA - © 2018 Leather Craftsmen Inc., All Rights Reserved.

Leather Craftsmen  |  6 Dubon Ct  |  Farmingdale, NY  11735  |  (631) 752-9000