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Naked Binder: a sister company to be proud of.

The Naked Binder Woodie won the Best Binder in North America in 2015.

Last year Naked Binder and Corporate Image released their wood binders  – real wood in birch or cherry wood over our 100% post consumer waste board – and won an award for Best Binder in North America. These beautiful design elements that enhance your office or home even as they keep you organized. At Naked Binder, you can buy one (or 10) for your home or office, while Corporate Image can help you with customized wood binders. And then this:

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Then our Hang Tag won a design award from GDUSA (Graphic Design USA magazine)!

Hang Tag Designer: Scott Thornton

We are proud and honored to be innovating award winning products!

Naked Binder! Proud to be seen for our great design of binders and materials!

 


The Secrets of 3 Ring Binders: learn more to get what you need.

3-Ring Binders have evolved from the binders of your high school days.

Todays binders are non-vinyl, sustainable, recyclable and a whole lot stronger.

If you are ordering a custom binder for a proposal, conference, sample folders (ringless binders for holding samples!), information kits, or school kits, there are better choices and more variables that can make your project a stand out!

 

Picking the right binder ring.

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The spine of a binder is not the best way to measure a binder. How much paper a ring holds is much more accurate. When you plan your custom binder, know the range of materials you want to put in – say between 200-275 pages for the proposals. This way you know you would need a 1.5″ D-ring binder or a 2″ Round ring binder.

Get the full binder ring size chart here.

How would you like to customize your binder?

Printed binders

Printed binders offer you a canvas for your art. With printing options that encompass photos, PMS colors, spot varnish or UV coatings, foil stamping, and debossing, the real limit of your binder is your imagination. Munsell-notebook-look-1-2

Corporate Image offers a full range of print options from our 6 color offset press to digital printing. Our team is here to help you figure out the best way to get the effects you are looking for.

Cloth and custom paper covered binders

With added strength, elegance and the tactile feel of cloth or a textured paper you can engage your customer on a number of levels. To customize these, you are generally working with foil stamping and debossing.custom cloth and debossed binders - Corporate Image

The results, as seen with this Haworth furniture binder, can be stunning. Corporate Image has 240+ colors of cloth in stock and many textured and specialty papers. If you are trying to find a unique look, we can help get you there.

Now to finish your binder.

Finger pulls.

For crowded shelves and larger binders, a finger pull can make it easy to get a binder off a shelf. For Architectural offices and interior designers who have a lot of samples and idea books, this can be a great added value!finger pulls for binders - Corporate Image

Portfolio closures.

Your binder can also close like a box. Our portfolio closures are built directly into the binder, so they are made of the same strong board the binder is. The portfolio closes with either standard velcro, magnets, snaps or straps.

The portfolio protects the contents of your binder, allows a much more finished look and offers even more room for your art and message.

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More custom custbinder options:

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  • Custom window cuts
  • Business card holders
  • Pockets
  • Landscape and oblong shapes
  • Bare board and flush cut binders
  • Paperboard ring folders / Presentation binders
  • Handles and straps
  • Foil stamping, debossing, Spot UV, Spot varnish
  • Lamination in natural matte, gloss, and soft touch
  • Fully printed liners
  • Binder clips
  • Pocket pages, tab dividers, cut sheets
  • Interior pages
  • Sample folders / samples kits

Creating a custom binder is more complicated, but a lot more fun than it used to be. Your binder partner can help guide you through the options, find what is right for you, your budget and your brand.

We would be happy to help you at any point in your process with samples, custom templates, consultation, and crafting your new presentation binders!


Short Run Custom Printed 3-Ring Binders

Short run 3-ring binders:

combine quality and craftsmanship in small quantities.

 

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• What options can I choose from?

• Artwork, Design, Manufacturing Questions

• Payment and Shipping Questions

 

 

Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we will print your binder digitally.  This saves you money and the environment a lot of waste.  

These binders have full bleed full cover with a white or black liner. Because we are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

 

Options

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper

Short Run Digital Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper
  • 3.5″ D-ring – holds 650 sheets of paper

 

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines

Lamination Types

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)
  • Gloss Lamination
  • Soft Touch Lamination

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

 

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.


Be Beautiful. Designing a 3-ring Binder.

Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.

Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.

Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)

  1. Printing.
  2. Liners.
  3. Tactile.
  4. Closures.

Printing your custom binder.

offset printed 3 ring binders - corporate Image  No matter what you design, we can print it on your binder. We print both offset and digitally printed binder options depending on your quantities.

The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.

Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.

Printing your binder liner (the inside)

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If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.

Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!

tactile, cloth and debossed binders

Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.

3 ring binder closures

Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.

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The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.

 


Best 3-ring Binder in the United States and Canada

Corporate Image has won a lot of awards for the custom 3-ring binders we manufacture.

We are proud to announce that for the 4th time, Corporate Image has won First Place for the best binder in the United States and Canada!

We are proud and honored to receive the Eska Frog Award for 2015!

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The 2015 Best Binder was our first in-house binder to win the competition. We created the wood 3-ring binder for both Corporate Image customers and Naked Binder, our off the shelf, sustainable binder company. These sustainable sourced wood binders offer all the joys of real wood with a core of 100% post consumer waste binders board. Available in cherry and birch wood.

Naked Binder sells these individually and without customization, but at Corporate Image we offer foil stamping for these binders to create a custom 3-ring binder that really stands out! These were for Graphic Wood Technologies:

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Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

Whether you are looking for a wood 3 ring binder or not, Corporate Image can help you get the best binder in the world for your company!


A year in the life of a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

Corporate Image makes custom, strong and recyclable 3 ring binders for an amazing list of customers.

We believe that design encompasses function, style and message, so we work with you from product design to production to innovate the best products in the world.  As an employee owned company every person in our building is watching out for your project.

Every binder we make is custom – from art and printing, size and rings, papers and cloth, window cuts and finishing options, we are set to create a special product that exactly matches your branding and message.

the best US binder manufacturer

On top of all those binders, we also made pocket folders, tab dividers, binder interior pages, cut sheets, paperboard boxes, corrugate boxes, rigid boxes and a number of custom products.

Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

If you are working on a new idea, sketching a presentation packaging thought, let us help you make it real. Our in house package designer team can take you from bar napkin to design award ceremony!


Print Facts #2: Spot Colors and 4 color Process

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1 color to 6 color printing:

How to decide what’s best for your project.

So what does 1 color vs. 6 color, spot color vs. 4 color process printing mean to you and your project? How do you know what option is best? Well lets break down some facts about printing offset and tips that might help you with your next project.

4 color process – CYMK:

4 color process is probably the most common way to set up your artwork. With just the standard CMYK build you can make countless combinations of colored logos, full images and photos.

In this system a color image is separated into 4 different color values to create 4 images that are transferred to printing plates. When you run these on a printing press with the CYMK inks (cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black (the k in cmyk)) you can reproduce the original color image. Most of the entire spectrum or gamut of colors are reproduced with just the four process ink colors. Printing 4 color process is standard in the printing industry on offset presses (presses that use inks and printing plates). The quality is better than digital printing and it is cheaper in large quantity runs.

Spot Colors

In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. CYMK can come close to matching any color, but to get it exact, a PMS color can be mixed and used for areas that need to be an exact match to, say, a logo color.

Absolutely need to match a color?

Is getting your brand color just right the main concern for you and your team? Then printing PMS colors or a combination is your best bet. Printing a standard PMS color is the best way to ensure your brand color carries over from all the collateral items you print.

If you have photos or other artwork you’d like to use on your material and an important logo in PMS colors, you might want to consider 4 color process+1 color PMS. This will allow you to place images on your project while printing your corporate colors as well. Nothing has to be sacrificed, especially not the integrity of your brand.

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Flush cut 2 PMS with screens printed binder                 4 color process printed binder

Is cost your main concern?

If cost is your main concern then stick with 1 color to 4 color process/PMS. Most people don’t realize that your unit price for printing one side won’t change from 1 color to 4 color whether you are using 4 PMS colors or 4 color Process. The only fee change is within the prepress charge for your project. For example, for a 1 color 3 ring binder prepress is $275, while 4 color adds only $150. A small fee to have a full range of color options at your fingertips.

If you are working on a custom printed 3 ring binder, there is one place you don’t have to skimp. Print those liners! Did you know that most binders print cover & liner on the same press sheet? So that’s one side printing people. You can print the inside or your binder with common colors from the cover at NO additional charge. This adds a lot of punch and makes you a hero to your clients. (Tell them you talked us into printing it for free!)

Do you want the greatest variety in printing options?

4 color process can run everything from gorgeous photos to solid blocks of color, so offers a great range of options.

But what if you have 4 PMS colors but still want variety in your project? Easy, SCREENS…lots of screens. You can print your PMS colors at 100% , or pull back those percentages on the same colors for a bit of variety without increasing your Prepress charges.

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Bodek and Rhodes created this stunning offset printed 3-ring binder and liner.


Gifts for the designers in your life!

Stay calm, cool, and sustainable this year!

This is the season where people run around like crazy trying to find gifts for people. Think crowded malls full of plastic things and crazed people.

What the designer in your life needs is elegant, functional and makes their life better.

wood 3 ring binders by Naked Binder

Corporate Image’s sister company Naked Binder is pleased to be able to offer a 3 ring binder that can make organization fun. Your designer will excited as the Naked Binder Wood 3 ring binder graces their office or studio with beautiful design, natural wood and a lot of class.

The wood 3 ring binders are also a gift that keeps giving. Not only are they super strong and will last a long, long time, but we plant a tree for each binder we sell.

We all need to get organized. So get your designer organized in style!


2015 Construction Marketing Awards

We love great design.

Creating presentation materials for Building, Architecture and the Contract industries are a big part of what we do. In our years of working with all aspects of the industry, we have created new products specifically for the needs of our clients. Whether you are designing buildings, building them or are working on the interior design, Corporate Image can help get your message out.

Many of our customer’s projects are spectacular and are recognized by various juries and design organizations.

These three projects recently won Construction Marketing Awards for 2015!

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Learn more about these custom presentation projects for the 2015 Construction Marketing Awards


Health + Wellness Marketing Awards

Creating presentation materials for Medical, Health and Wellness is a big part of what we do. In our years of working with all aspects of the industry, we have created new products specifically for the needs of our clients.

On a number of these projects, the results are spectacular and are recognized by various juries and design organizations as exceptional. These two projects shown below recently won Health and Wellness Design awards for 2015!

Have your own project? Let us help you get it started!

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GDUSA Health and Wellness Design Awards 2015

The full list is seen here, but we can showcase the two of our clients that won here!

Loyola Medicine – Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

Designer: Smith Design Co

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This presentation binder / ring folder is a patient guide for the Loyola Transplant Center.

Offering heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, Loyola needs to convey serious information in a reassuring way. The information also needs to be easily found – not just a stack of loose papers that could get lost. A presentation binder / ring folder offers pockets for loose papers and brochures, and rings to keep things organized.

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Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

  • Printed 2 PMS colors, two sides with natural matte lamination. Round 1″ chrome ring. die 129.
  • Portfolio flap closes with two velcro dots.
  • 100% recyclable!

Playworld Systems, Inc.

Art directors: Brad Breneisen, Robyn Gordner

Designer: Brad Breneisen

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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.

Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, so 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.

Playworld Health and Wellness Design Awards - Corporate Image

The 3 ring binder:

  • Printed 1 PMS color on oatmeal endleaf, with a custom die cut cover. 1.5″ Round ring,
  • This binder is flush cut, showing the recycled binders board on the edges of the binder.
  • This 3 ring binder is 100% recyclable and sustainable!

The Pocket Folder:

  • Printed 4 color process on Neenah conservation stock, with a custom die cuts on cover and pocket.
  • Recycled and recyclable pocket folders.

Tab dividers:

  • Printed 4 color process with a natural matte lamination (inert and recyclable lamination)

 


See What Happened at the Corporate Image Open House!

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Corporate Image open house box making station

From the fold-your-own-box candy bar (find out who the visual thinkers are!) to the amazing presentations on Neenah Paper, designing with corrugates, and designing for sustainability, our open house was a fun and exciting.

Neenah paper at the Corporate Image(ination) 2015

Neenah Paper offered an inspiring display of papers including folding board for boxes. The range and quality of the Neenah line delighted many of the “paper people” who got very excited about the choices. Doug Grever, of Neenah was kept busy answering questions and talking with people about all of the options.

Corrugate expert Andy Dickman at Corporate Image(ination)corrugated hats - corporate Image open house

Andy Dickman, the man of corrugate packaging, was on hand with many cool projects, advice, and even handed out corrugate cowboy hats – a big favorite.

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And of course, food. The drink table heavily favored Sam Adams and all of their binders!

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We offered non-stop tours of the production facility, which was running full tilt all evening. Most of the designers had never seen how their projects are made, so there was a lot of excitement at the process. (We’ll post some videos as we get them in).

Thanks to everyone who came, everyone who helped and next time, we hope some of you with schedule conflicts can get here!

 

 


Prairie Restoration by our CEO Fritz James

Sometimes people around you are doing amazing things. At Corporate Image, our CEO is not only guiding our company into the future, he is bringing prairie back to Iowa.

It’s not pocket folders and 3 ring binders around here! Corporate Image has some pretty amazing people.

Prairie Paradise from Patrick Gannon on Vimeo.

DSM Magazine wrote a great article on Fritz and his prairie retreat and took that awesome video of the farm with a drone!

A Des Moines executive created his own paradise on the back roads of Madison County. Library Binding Service Inc. CEO Fritz James spent his professional life building a successful bindery supply business, and over the past two decades, he channeled his determination and vision into a new passion: to transform a 150-acre parcel of land in Madison County into a tranquil prairie retreat.

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With a beautiful cabin, thriving prairie and a rebuild 150 year old barn, I think anyone would be proud of this retreat! Many of the ideas that guide Corporate Image and LBS were thought up while mowing the prairie (to help the native plants take over again)!

Read more about it here!


Learn More about Corporate Image (as seen on TV!)

Corporate Image was recently featured on KCWI23 Great Day’s Focus on Business, a morning TV show that features arts, business and events from around Des Moines.

Michael James and Jenny Wolf were talking about our presentation and marketing materials, from 3 ring binders to set up boxes and more. As a specialty printer, sometimes it is hard to get across the full spectrum of what we do. Michael and Jenny did a great job!

Want to learn even more about Corporate Image and what can we do for you? Ask us anything!


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.”

Neenah Paper folding board - Corporate Image

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

Proposals.

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.

Duo

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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.

 

 

Iris

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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.

 

 

Space

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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?

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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!

 


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