How to measure a 3 ring binder to get what you need

Corporate Image re-created the 3-ring binder for you.

Your binder is strong, sustainable with a huge range of custom and printing options. Before you go planning window cuts, spot UV and other finishing options, make sure you have a good grasp on the basics.

What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

Before you make any other decisions or hunt through hundreds of pictures of 3 ring binders, find out how many pages and other materials you need. This will clarify ring size, which gives a clear picture of what style of binder, 3-ring mechanism and how strong your binder needs to be.

Knowing the page count of your materials (and whether it vary) is key to determining ring size. Adding pamphlets, samples or give-aways, USB drives or other objects lets you know how large the spine of the binder might need to be.

If your information is in protective sleeves, we will also have to make sure tab dividers and front and back binder covers fit.

How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?

This depends on what style of ring you choose. A D-ring and a round ring hold the paper differently and have different benefits.

Eco Friendly, strong and good looking 3-ring Binders

D-ring binders

In a D-ring, the ring is shaped like a backward “D” so the paper is held evenly on the right, your tab dividers all line up and there is a clean line of paper. Some people find the harder to turn the pages quickly with a D-ring binder ( though a slant D-ring solves this problem).  A D-ring always mounts on the back panel of a binder – not the spine – so the paper rests on the flat part of the ring when it is closed. This makes the cover a little wider. If you need a small ring, it is good to know there is no 1/2″ D-ring.

  • 3/4″ D-ring holds up to 150 sheets of paper
  • 1″ D-ring holds up to 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring holds up to 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring holds up to 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring holds up to 550 sheets of paper

Round ring binders (O ring)

A round ring can mount on the spine of a binder, so the covers, front and back, are a little shorter. It is easy to turn pages since it is a continuous curve. The issue with seeing tab dividers toward the bottom of the stack of information is negligible in smaller rings and up to you to decide if it is an issue in large rings. A lot of people don’t see it as a problem. For people with small paper needs – you can get a 1/2″ O ring binder!

  • .5″ O-Ring holds up to 90 sheets of paper
  • 3/4″ O-ring holds up to 130 sheets of paper
  • 1″ O-ring holds up to 170 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ O-ring holds up to 250 sheets of paper
  • 2″ O-ring holds up to 350 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ O-ring holds up to 450 sheets of paper

Picking a Binder for A4, US standard or Notebook binders

It is good to know that there are different sizes of paper depending on where you are in the world and what you need.

US standard paper is 8.5″ x 11″ and generally uses a 3-ring set up in a binder. This paper sized in used in the US, parts of Mexico and most of the time, Canada.

A4 paper sizes are used in Europe and most of the rest of the world. A4 paper is 8.3″ x 11.7″ which is very similar, but the binder needs to be resized to make sure it fits correctly. If you are in the US and think the A4 size looks arbitrary, it is a much more intuitive paper sizing – with A1 half of a sheet of A0, A2 is half of A1 …. Clever. A4 rings are either a 4 ring set up or a 2 ring set up, so make sure you know what your end needs are

Notebook sized paper can vary, but generally a half sheet of US standard paper. The sheets are 5.5″ x 8.5″ so you get a nice small binder. These are also generally a 3 ring set-up.

For more information on rings and styles of 3 ring binders click here!

Have fun with your custom binders! Just make sure the basics of how many pages and what sized paper are taken care of!

Corporate Image Open House / Design Clinic

OpenHouseInvited    October 15, 3-8pm

Corporate Image(ination) is an event bringing designers from the Midwest, from graphic designers to packaging designers together to talk about designing and manufacturing packaging.

People will be able to go into the plant to see how products are made, attend design clinics, as well as talk to our product designers and staff about presentation product design.

Come talk to  experts in presentation packaging, walk through of our production facility to see your projects being made, and speak with our team about projects you are working on.

Come talk with us! RSVP here!

Come hear expert designers speak:

Neenah Paper

Doug Grever of Neenah paper is giving a talk about Neenah Papers folding board. ”From the first sketch to the final fold, your brand packaging needs to be as premium and perfect as the product within. Neenah Packaging provides collaborative idea generation, personalized and hands-on consultation, and knowledgeable support throughout the packaging process.”

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Working in Corrugate

Andy Dickman, a corrugate expert, will be discussing possibilities in corrugate boxes. Understanding the benefits and limits of corrugates can help you plan for your next box project. Learn how corrugate boxes are designed and built and all of the options for customizing corrugates. From full litho wraps with laminates and spot UVs to direct print, corrugates are versatile and strong enough to protect any product.

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Finishing Options in Packaging

Logan Wittmer is speaking about finishing options for printed and cloth covered products. From textured papers to unique cloth, soft touch lamination and spot UV to debossing and foil stamping, Corporate Image offers a range of finishing options for your 3 ring binders, custom boxes and pocket folders.

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Corporate Image(ination) Open House and Design Clinic

Come by and learn more about packaging designing and have a great time!

When: October 15th, 2015

Where: 1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines IA 50316

Let us know you are coming! RSVP here!

What Are The Benefits of Recycled Paper?

We are glad you asked.

You pay attention to composting and what you eat, but what is the benefit to recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders or pocket folders? Can it help or is it just hype?

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Using recycled paper has some large positive environmental impacts.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves

  • 1-2 tons of wood
  • 7000 gallons of water
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 2 barrels of oil
  • 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.

So what does that mean for, say a recycled (100% post consumer waste) 3-ring binder? We did the math. Based on a 1.5″ D-ring binder (standard size), and the amount of 100% post consumer waste board we use, we came up with this:

ONE recycled 3-ring binder saves

  • 3 gallons of water
  • almost half a square foot of landfill
  • almost a cup of oil (not cooking oil either)
  • 2.05 killowatt hours of electricity

Imagine a world where all 50,000,000 3-ring binders in the US (annual sales) were made from 100% recycled board. That saves 150,000,000 gallons of water and almost 3 million gallons of oil.

Compare that to a vinyl binder where you are using more oil based vinyl, generating more toxic byproducts and also creating something that can not be recycled.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder make our recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders, folders and tab dividers in the USA, so none of our product is shipped in from halfway around the world – saving more fuel and emissions.

Can a recycled and recyclable 3 ring binder, folder or tab divider make a difference?  Yes it can.

Need more information on the benefits of recycling?

Economic Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
Bullet The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.
Bullet Two years after calling recycling a $40 million drain on the city, New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.
Bullet Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.
Bullet Well-designed programs save money. Communities have many options available to make their programs more cost-effective, including maximizing their recycling rates, implementing pay-as-you-throw programs, and including incentives in waste management contracts that encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.
Bullet Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
Bullet Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
Bullet Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.
Bullet Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.

Environmental Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years. one world
Bullet Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
Bullet The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
Bullet Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutantsand eight major categories of water pollutants.
Bullet In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.
Bullet It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
Bullet Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
Bullet It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.
Bullet In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).
Bullet A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
Bullet Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.
Bullet Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.
Bullet Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.
Bullet When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds oflimestone are conserved.
Bullet Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments.Recycling eases the demand for the resources.
Bullet Mining is the world’s most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining.
Bullet Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.
Bullet Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.

Recycle. It helps you, your community and the world.

Combine a Custom 3 Ring Binder and Pocket Folder for More Impact

A 3 Ring Binder and Folder Make a Great Combination

Playworld 3 ring binder and folder - Corporate Image




PlayWorld’s 3 ring binder and pocket folder highlighted their corporate commitment to sustainability as well as their commitment to fun.


Corporate Image specializes in helping you make the most of your presentation packaging needs. We are your partner in creating great impressions that make people stop and look at your materials. The bottom line is we want to help you sell more of your products and services in the marketplace.

Combining your marketing efforts into one cohesive set can be cheaper (by doing everything at once) as well as help you look more professional. Perception of your brand can help drive up your sales and repeat business. From architecture and engineering firms, to hospitals, or financial institutions, being seen as trustworthy can make a world of difference.

A pocket folder and binder offer cohesive branding

We produced this folder and binder for secondmarket, which was really stunning because of the ultra violet coating that highlighted their logos. The binder is covered with B-Cloth, which is a poly-cotton blend that looks great and has a durable finish that resists water.

For even better presentations, try combining your custom 3 ring binder and pocket folders!

How to get the right custom printed 3 ring binder for you!

Choosing your 3-Ring Binder 

From Measuring Binder Rings to Styles and Strengths

The Best Custom Printed 3 ring binders - Corporate Image

Corporate Image has created 3-ring binders for the modern brand – sleek, sustainable with a huge range of options. Before you go planning window cuts, spot UV and other finishing options, make sure you have a good grasp on the basics.

What binder ring size do you need?

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Learn page counts for for different 3 ring binder rings. How many pages fit in your binder depends not only on the size of a ring, but also the shape of a ring. Make sure you have the information you need to pick the vert best one for your project.

Choosing a style of binder to match what you need.

Option 1:  Presentation Binders, Paperboard Binders or Ring Folders – for page counts of 220 sheets or less:

Presentation binders are 3 ring binders that are made from paperboard. This is a heavy paper stock, generally 18pt or 24pt (for a quick look at gauging paper weights check here), The benefits of presentation / paperboard binders is that you can add pockets just like a pocket folder. The largest ring size these will take is a 1″ due to the weight of the binder contents on a paperboard spine.

These can be printed one side or two, the second side being the inside of the binder behind the pockets.  The pockets actually print with the cover and fold in.

These are ideal for conferences, meetings and medical information packets where some materials might be handed out that may not be hole-punched.

For photos and more information on paperboard presentation binders look here.

Option 2: Turned Edge, Euro Hinge or Flex Hinge Binder – For page counts of 1 to 1000

Printed sheets cased and lining over binders board, offering a wide range of printing and design options as well as being incredibly strong and long lasting. ( also known as loose leaf binders, ring binders, and a few other names)

These binders can be printed on a digital or offset press, with quantities starting at 50 (digital press).

For a binder that sees longterm or heavy use or that needs a great, sturdy in hand feel, these binders can’t be beat. Unlike a vinyl binder, the hinge is pressed directly into the board, so there are no weak spots at the hinges. The cover will not fall off in cold, heat, or with heavy use.  We had them lab tested to 250,000 flexes with out failing.

Binder styles: The world is your oyster. From portfolio flaps to landscape binders, ring-less to fully custom binders, or even POP style easel binders, you can get it with these hardcover binders.

Binder sizes: Whether you need an A4 binder (european sized), US standard (holds 8.5 x 11″ paper) or a half sheet, notebook binder, the turned edge binder is going to work for you!.

For galleries and more information on turned edge binders, go here.

                     Presentation Binders                                              Turned Edge Binders

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Amazing new 3-ring binder projects – Playword

Design Project of the Week: Playworld custom 3-ring binder, pocket folder and tab dividers.

Playword and Corporate Image are a great match.

playword - sustainable equipment - great binders and folders


Playworld makes beautiful, green playground equipment. From eliminating 99.99% of PVCs from their equipment and being certified cradle to cradle, they care about children’s health and the environment. On top of being super sustainable, their playground equipment is amazing.


When we started working with them on a project we knew eco-friendly was going to be key. Since Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, we were excited.

The final pieces are a flush cut 3 ring binder with a custom die cut, a custom pocket folder with the same custom die cut as well as the most awesome set of custom tab dividers.

Sustainable and green aspects of the binder and folders:

Pocket Folder:

  • 110# Conservation (uncoated stock), printed 4 cp with soy inks and no varnish

3 Ring Binder

  • Oatmeal endleaf, 1 pms color, flush cut, no lamination

Tab Dividers

  • FSC certified stock 4cp

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The project was beautifully designed and a job to make. From the flush cut binders to the amazingly fun tab dividers, this project was a favorite in production. That is high praise indeed. Our production crew work on some of the highest end presentation projects in the country every day and they are connoisseurs of packaging and graphic design.

Playworld tab dividers on production floor





Some jobs are just fun to run! Having all these pictures of kids playing brightened up the plant!

Is your 3 ring binder falling apart? Here is why.

You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?

Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.

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This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth.  Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.

Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.

Vinyl binder - toxic and weak hinges

The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.

With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light  vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.

If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.

Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.



Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.


A slightly better construction uses a single board construction, taking your board and routing out half or more of the board so that the hinge flexes more easily.

While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on.  This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.


Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.

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The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder only construct our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.

We have lab tested our bare board binder  to 250,000 flexes without failure.  That is 20 uses a day for 34 years.  Not bad.


A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges.  When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?

Corporate Image wins ‘Best Binder in North America’ – again!

In case you wondered if Corporate Image is the premier binder manufacturer in North America, we have just won the Best Binder in North America title for the third time in 4 years.

And we are pretty excited about it!

The 2015 binder winner is very simple: Our 100% post consumer waste binders board with a cherry wood cover and liner. The binder is flush cut, showing the binders board on the edges.

Best Binder in North America cedar wood binder

Simple, but elegant. We released this binder about a month ago, and already it has been used around the US and Canada.

In answer to your questions about the wood 3 ring binders:

Can I customize a wood binder?

Absolutely. These binder look great with foil stamping on them, and it is also possible to laser etch them.

custom wood binder with foil stamping

Is it real wood?

Yes it is – very, very thin wood. The logs used by the mill are sustainably sourced in the United States, and then roll cut into sheets. This wood is not only hand picked, but for every log they plant 10 trees.

the making of a wooden 3 ring binder

What if I only want a few of these?

We can do that.  Go to our Naked Binder site and you can order as few as one!

Is this binder solid wood?

No. The thin wood we use goes over our 100% post consumer waste binders board (the same board used in your hardcover books). What you are getting is real wood cut so thin it wraps like a paper!

What are people using them for?

Popular uses for the wooden binders:


As a proposal binder, these stand out. With foil, laser etching or well designed labels, your proposal will be noticed!

Sample kits.

For manufacturers of furniture, building materials, or other wood related products, presenting your samples in a wooden binder keeps your brand consistent and makes it a joy for your clients to look at your materials.

Just making your office a happier place to work.

Have the classiest office ever. You spend a lot of time in your office, so adding a beautiful 3 ring binder that compliments your design elements is an easy choice.

The wood binder is part of a pattern at Corporate Image of creating the best binders (as well as boxes, folders and a whole lot of other things!) in the world. You can lose the worries and be relaxed in knowing your clients will be happy with the finished products. Add that to our in-house product designers, amazingly knowledgable sales team and you may find that the production of your work is the most enjoyable part of your day!


Natural Colors for your Custom Cloth 3 ring Binders and Boxes

Go Natural with your Presentation Binders and Boxes

From Brooklyn to San Francisco, marketing materials are taking a turn toward kraft and natural materials. With a huge range of options from rough and DIY to elegant, refined and comfortable, Naturals can match your image and brand no matter who you are.

Corporate Image offers a huge range of printable natural and kraft papers, but not everyone knows about the natural cloth options we offer for your custom binders and boxes.

A cloth binder or box can be foil stamped or paired with a printed wrap for a wide range of customizing options. The options we are showing below are just a few of the natural options we have available, but hopefully give you some ideas for the next client presentation project.

The naturals:

Casomo-Lamb cot-lin-oatmeal

Fabric: Casomo Color: Lamb                                     Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Oatmeal

Cot-Lin-Sand Frankonia-Gold-Grey

Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Sand                              Fabric: Frankonia Color: Gold-GreyFrankonia-Ivory Kennet-Natural

Fabric: Frankonia  Color: Ivory                                    Fabric: Kennet Color: NaturalLinenBuckram-Tan Lino-Alabaster

Fabric: Linen Buckram Color: Tan                              Fabric: Lino  Color: Alabaster

Lino-Beach Lino-Berber

Fabric: Cotton Lino Color: Beach                                Fabric: Lino Color: Berber

Lino-oyster Record-Wood

Fabric: Lino Color: Oyster                                            Fabric: Record Color: Wood

Verona-Bisque Verona-Parchment

Fabric: Verona Color: Bisque                                         Fabric: Verona Color: Parchment

Interested in more information about natural fabrics for your presentation binders and boxes? Contact us here or get a quote now.

If you want to see more cloth options, visit our sister company LBS and check out the range of cloth we have at our finger tips!

New Cloth Options for Your 3 Ring Binders and Boxes

There are a huge range of cloth options for 3 ring binders or boxes.

Woven materials offer another option for luxury markets, interior design and contract industry, and the financial industry. With cloth, the added durability means your materials will wear well and well as making a big visual impact.


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Imagine you binder or box covered with a beautiful  two color woven fabric. As the light changes, so does  the color of your binder or box.

This cloth, Duo,  could set  your information apart  from your competitors  and let your clients know the quality and attention to  detail in which you excel.

With our logo foil stamped onto the binder / box, you  are going to make a huge impression.




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With it’s natural texture and wide range of colors, Iris works well on 3 ring binders or set up boxes.

Cloth covered binders and boxes offer a modern feel that is deeply rooted in tradition.

This cloth foil stamps well, and is great with both deboss and embossing.




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Space is a shimmering cloth with an iridescent coating.

If your project is about to “take off”, try wrapping your samples in a box made of this. A matching binder with your product information, will add even more “wow” factor.


Natural Cotton / Linen

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For a project a little closer to home, these natural cotton / linen fabrics offer elegance with nature. Uncoated fabrics with a great feel in the hand, these have made some lovely 3 ring binders. We would love to see these in a cloth covered box!

These are just a few of the cloth options you have for custom binders and boxes. With about 21 other cloth lines to choose from we are sure that you can find what you need.


Spot UV for Binders, Folders, and Boxes

UV coatings are one of the range of print finishes and textures that you can use to make your art jump off of the page (or binder). We have found that a lot of designers haven’t worked with these finishes a lot, so we are offering a little series on print finishes.

What is spot UV and how can I use it on my binders, folders, and boxes?


UV (ultraviolet) Coatings start as a clear liquid that is dried or cured with an ultra violet light. This is printed in-line on a UV press. This is often seen in a gloss or matte, though it is available in textures (like sandpaper among others). While you can flood an entire piece with UV, we most often see it used in spot coverage, highlighting text and images, or in the case of the image above, the spot UV IS the text.  Subtle, but effective.

If you are printing a pocket folder, binder or box, you are probably laminating your materials to protect the whole piece from the rough and tumble life marketing materials go through. The nice thing about spot UV is that it can be applied after the lamination offering more opportunities to pop your art even more.

Get more Information on Spot UV and see some more examples here!

Short Run Custom 3 Ring Binders

Now when you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you can get all of the quality with beautiful printed images.

Corporate Image has produced 3 ring binders that have won both ‘Best Binder in the World’ and ‘Best Binder in North America’. Our production team are craftspeople, producing strong, sustainable binders with better quality printing that match to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.

short run custom printed binders

Low quantity custom binders are no problem.

Our short run binders are digitally printed with a high quality printer giving you full bleed images that cover the entire binder. The printed sheets are then laminated with a natural matte laminate that protects them from scuffing and water damage.

Fully cased and lined like a hardcover book, these binders look great, are stronger than any other binder.

How does this compare to a vinyl binder?

It doesn’t. Corporate Image makes recyclable binders that are non-toxic. Our printing is better, the binders last longer, don’t poison the environment or go to landfills, and they look much, much better.

When considering your brand or corporate image, consider whether a vinyl binder sums up what you are trying to say. If not, let us send you a sample to show you how much better your materials can look and feel.

Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

  • Available in quantities from 50-350
  • Full color digital printing on cover (the whole outside of the binder)
  • Black or white liner ( the inside of the binder)
  • Ring sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ d-rings
  • Square or Round spine
  • Natural matte lamination
  • These binders are 100% recyclable
  • strong construction
  • Made with 100% FSC certified recycled post consumer waste board

The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Get samples to experience the quality of our short run binders for yourself!


Half sheet notebook binders

Why a Notebook Sized Binder?

In a word:  Convenience.

Notebook binders are portable in a way that full sized binders are not. Whether you are carrying a purse, or riding to the office with a messenger bag on your bike, a half sheet notebook binder will fit.


Amazing notebook binders, Corporate Image

Custom Compact Binder Options

Binder Spine Types

Round Spine

Square Spine

Ring Sizes

3/4″ – 2″ Round or D Ring

Printing (cover and liner)

Digitally Printed (qty 350 and under)

Offset Printing (qty 250 and up)

No Printing – Bare Board Binders – Often with foil stamping

Lamination options – all of our laminates are inert and recyclable


Natural Matte

Soft Touch

Finishing Options

Foil Stamping

Spot UV

Portfolio Closures

Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)

Custom Compact Notebook Binders, for more specs and information look here

For more information on compact notebook binders go here.

Using Print to Attract Customers (like Moths to a Flame)

“We gain interested people through our online campaigns. We gain customers when we get our materials in their hands…”

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Printed binders, folders and boxes

In a world of sensory overload, communicating by touch is the only way to connect emotionally with your customers.

Print is fun for us because it offers so many things just on the production end. From the craft, the smell, the feel of good paper, everyone in our building has a strong connection to our products.

The thing is, that same connection works for you too.

“The sensory aspects of products affect our emotions, memories, perceptions, preferences, choices, and consumption of these products.” Aradhna Krishna

People respond to tactile things. There is a deep need to feel, to touch, that stimulates different parts of the brain than visual stimulation alone. Even if you are a completely online company, the chances are you can gain more clients and customer by having print materials.

Experience enhances information

Perception is an active process.  To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.

Printed materials offer a chance to present your brand quality, strength, and other qualities (eco friendly, glossy, solid, trustworthy) through a second channel. What you say can be backed up through more primal clues that reinforce and strengthen the logical arguments.

Print offers permanence

The sad truth is, people surf and are very distracted online. It is a busy, shifting medium. A well designed print piece creates a more focused, concentrated way to engage your customer’s time and attention.

Once it is read, that 3 ring binder can sit on a shelf for reference. This shelf presence means you are always in front of your audience, even when the power goes out.

Print builds confidence

Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience, quality and solidity of your marketing materials gives your customers confidence.


Corporate Image has been in the business of printing and manufacturing presentation materials for over 30 years. Their products have won awards from Best Binder in the World to GDUSA packaging awards and CMA awards. We specialize in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, presentation binders and boxes of all sorts. Our products are sustainable, recyclable and printed with soy inks.

How Many Pages Does a Pocket Folder Hold?

Designers across many industries have asked us this question, so we feel it is time to address it here. How many pages do pocket folders hold?

1 or 2 pocket folders with flat pockets

A flat pocket in a pocket folder and a flat spine will hold about 15 sheets, which means a two pocket folder can hold 30 sheets.  This may mean your folder feels pretty full though.

flat pocket custom pocket folder

1 or 2 pocket folder with a capacity spine

The capacity spine is very helpful, even with a flat pocket.  The pocket folder doesn’t bow open and so sits better when full. Added bonus, each pocket can hold 20 sheets. So a 1 pocket folder would hold 20 sheets, a 2 pocket – 40 sheets.

capacity pocket pocket folders - Corporate Image

Pocket folders with capacity pockets

There are two possibilities here.

Expandable pockets can hold up to 50 sheets of paper (each). These pockets sit flat until you need them, then they fold out. Great if you have variable amounts of data  that you need to hand out.

Box pockets in pocket folders are the other option.  These can be as big as 1/2″ to 3/4″ so they hold a lot of paper. We would suggest looking at other options at the 3/4″ size, as the weight of the paper can become an issue. Also, if you are creating a 2 pocket folder with box pockets, you may consider 1 flat pocket and 1 box pocket or two smaller box pockets for stability.

expandable capacity pocket pocket folders - Corporate Image

When designing your next custom pocket folder, try to get an idea of how it will be used and if there is a set amount of materials going into it.  The expandable pocket folder offers the most range if the materials are variable.

How much a pocket folder holds depends on the folder. Let us help you get the pocket folder that fits your needs exactly!

Using Digital and Offset Printing to the Best Advantage

 Working on a printed presentation piece and wondering if you should go digital or offset (litho) printing?

This info graphic (found here) helps explain the basics of it.

Corporate Image offers both offset and digital printing depending on the job. Our team will work with you to determine what will work best for your job, but it is good to have the information for working with your clients. Offset or litho printing offers higher quality, but digital printing has been catching up quickly. There are a few things digital just can’t do (yet) that make offset printing a real stand out option. The long and short of it is:

When to use Offset Printing:

  • Big job
  • Specific PMS
  • Metallic inks
  • Spot Varnish or UV

When to use Digital Printing:

  • Shorter runs
  • 4 color process
  • Variable data

Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to us about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)


digital vs. offset printing explained


Not sure what you need for your project? Call us and we can help!

Understanding Paper Weights

 Paper Weights are confusing.

As a print  and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. Whether we make a printed 3-ring binder, a pocket folder or a cool sales box, paper stocks will vary heavily.

Lets look at this question which you might run into if you want to put a 3-ring binder in a sales box.

Question:  If you have 18 pt. and 100# papers how do those compare?

First off, lets find out what it all means:


  • Basis Weight
    The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets,
    measured in pounds, in that paper’s basic sheet size.
    It is important to note that the “basic sheet size” is not the same
    for all types of paper. For instance

    • bond or ledger paper sheet size: 17″ x 22″
    • Text, offset or book coated papers: 25″ x 38″
    • Cover stock: 20″ x 26″
  • Caliper
    Caliper refers to the thickness of a sheet of paper expressed
    in thousandth of an inch. This measurement is taken with a micrometer.
    Normally, paper caliper should not have more than a + or – 5% variance
    within a sheet. Generally, the relation between caliper and basis weight ….
    the greater the caliper (the thicker the paper), the greater the paper weight.
  • Equivalent Weight
    While different paper types have different basic sizes,
    papers can still be compared by using equivalent weight.
    Every POINT=.001 inch
    For Example: 10 pt card = .010in.

Now the question is how those translate.

Up above we were looking at 100# offset text vs 18pt stock.  Actually these are pretty far apart. So as we look down the list, we see that 100# text paper is only about 6pt (listed as caliper on the chart). Much lighter paper, which you would expect.  18pt., as we find out, is a very sturdy stock – useful for strong pocket folders or paperboard boxes. 100# text is great for printing that might wrap your 3 ring binder.

Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No.  How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.

Understanding Paper Weights - Corporate Image


Paper weights will always be a bit confusing.  Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.

3-Ring Binders: What’s Inside Matters

Corporate Image makes the best custom 3 ring binders in the world: eco friendly, recycled and recyclable with exceptional quality and printing.

Binder interior page and tab printing - Corporate Image

But did you know you can get the interior pages of your binders printed here also?

Corporate Image offers 3 ring binder finishing services! From index tab dividers, both offset and digitally printed, to interior pages.

When you are putting together a proposal, board meeting or conference Corporate Image can handle the whole job for you – no stress, no juggling vendors and ship dates, since we will coordinate the interior binder pages to ship with your binders in collated and shrink-wrapped sets.

High quality printing for your whole project

Your binders, tab dividers and interior pages can now all have the same quality, craft, and attention to detail you expect from Corporate Image. A beautifully printed set will build your sales and generate interest in your company in a tangible long lasting way.

We use our high quality digital press and an opaque paper for your pages, producing clean, crisp sheets with stunning images. Whether you need black and white or color pages, we offer you exceptional quality.

  • Tab Dividers and pages can be printed in full color or black and white.
  • Tabs come collated into the sets.
  • One company for your binders, folders, tab dividers, pages as well as your folders and boxes!

Sustainable, award winning printing and manufacturing you can trust.

With over 30 years of expertise and innovation, Corporate Image has a proven track record. Our products have won awards from Best Binder in the World, GDUSA Packaging Awards and Construction Marketing Awards. Work with us to get the quality, sustainable materials you need!

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Custom Boxes: Paperboard and Corrugate

The road to designing a custom box can be frustrating. There are a few things that can make the process much easier and keep you a happier designer.

Custom Printed Corrugate Boxes - Corporate Image

Corrugate v. Paperboard Boxes

What you need depends on how the box will be used.

If you are carrying heavy wood, tile or glass samples, using the box as a mailer or protecting a delicate sample you may want to use a corrugate box. There are different thicknesses of corrugate giving you strength options along with the visual composition of your box.

Paperboard boxes, on the hand, are great for information or lighter samples. These are not great as mailers except in the small sizes. They can be used for organizing information (like patient medical information) with a set of tab dividers. This way variable information (each patient is different!) can be easily added as needed.

Customizing you boxes

Whether you are offset printing, foil stamping, direct printing (corrugates), using spot UV highlights, both paperboard and corrugate boxes offer a wide range of options depending on the look and feel you design. If you can design it, chances are it can be done!

Need more information? You can find it here!

Ethics and Environment – Mixing Sustainability and Presentation

International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.

These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.

Ethisphere binders - International Paper - Corporate Image


The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.

flush cut sustainable 3 ring binders - recycled and recyclable - Corporate Image


The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.

What is the Ethisphere?

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. We have a deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere believes integrity and transparency impact the public trust and the bottom line of any organization.


3 Ring Binder Liners: Add some pizzazz to your binders

The liner of a 3-ring binder is not just a blank space that the interior pages cover, it is a rich design space that adds life, information and interest to your design project.

Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:

  1. Offset printing your binder?  Printing the liner is FREE at Corporate Image. Say you have a 4 color process cover, print the liner 4cp at no extra cost!
  2. People see the cover on the shelf, and when the binder is closed on a desk. People see the liner when they are looking at your information. The chances are they will spend a lot more time looking at the liner than the cover of your binder!

3 ring binder liners - a visual feast for no extra cost



All of the Corporate Image 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and printed with soy inks on FSC certified papers. Our sustainable 3 ring binders are strong, long lasting, and winning design awards all over the country! See More!

Double Checking Your Project – Proofing

When you are creating art for a 3-ring binder, pocket folder, tab dividers, or custom box you need to double check that the art Corporate Image is printing is exactly what you envisioned.

How do you double check?  We send you a proof!  We have three different kinds of proofs depending on the need.

Oris Proofs for offset printed jobs

The Oris proof is calibrated to the press and gives a good idea of color along with art placement, and content.  This is a proof of how the job will print, so all the details like fonts, lines and text show up as you set them up.

The Oris proof is a physical proof we will send to you for approval. This proof will be used at the press to insure the press sheets match what you approved.

Digital PDF Proofs for offset printed jobs

PDF printed proofs help you to check for placement and content. Because monitors are all calibrated differently, these proofs are not for checking color. These are very useful if there were small changes to text or art placement on your Oris proof.

Digitally Printed Proofs for Digital Binder Proofs

It is possible to get a digitally printed proof for your digital binder.

These proofs are printed on the same digital press that your digital binder will be printed on to give you an exact look at what your art will look like on the binder. These proofs are laminated to show exact final color. Generally, these are unnecessary, but if you or your client are concerned, ask your sales rep about the digital binder proofs.


More information here!

8 New Print Design Projects Get Inspired!

Working on information packaging projects? Sample Kits? 3-Ring binders? Cool pocket folders? and out of ideas?

We can help.

Here are some of the presentation folders, ring binders, boxes and other cool custom projects that went through Corporate Image recently. We thought we might share to show you some cool print design projects to get you psyched about your own projects!

custom portfolio closure pocket folder - Corporate Image

Don’t for get print in your campaign! Print offers you a tactile connection to your customer, stimulating sales and a strong commitment to your brand. Check out these 8 awesome print design projects and start drafting your own!

Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, is beautiful, idyllic and needed some presentation materials. We got excited.

Turtle bay resort 3-ring binder and custom box - Corporate Image

Turtle Bay Resort is an absolutely gorgeous resort on Oahu in Hawaii. When they contacted us about creating some 3 ring half sheet binders and custom boxes, we knew we were the right people for the job.

Even though we didn’t get to go stay at Turtle Bay, we all felt a little more relaxed working on this one. And the project turned out great! Check out the custom half sheet binder and really cool sales box below, and read more about the project here!

Turtle Bay custom printed box with handle - Corporate Image

Custom printed notebook binder in Hawaii - Corporate Image

The Indian motorcycle dealer guide 3 ring binders

An Iowan motorcycle manufacturer, design firm and 3 ring binder manufacturer walk into a bar…

Indian Motorcycle and Performance Marketing created a dealers guide as classic and elegant as their motorcycles.

2015 Indian Scout Motorcycle - Corporate Image


Check out the binders and get more information here!


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