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.
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.
How would you like to customize your binder?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
More custom custbinder options:
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!
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!)
Printing your custom binder.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Fabric: Casomo Color: Lamb Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Oatmeal
Fabric: Linen Buckram Color: Tan Fabric: Lino Color: Alabaster
Fabric: Cotton Lino Color: Beach Fabric: Lino Color: Berber
Fabric: Lino Color: Oyster Fabric: Record Color: Wood
Fabric: Verona Color: Bisque Fabric: Verona Color: Parchment
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Custom Compact Binder Options
Binder Spine Types
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
Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)
The Construction Marketing STAR Awards for 2014 were just released and Corporate Image clients won a four of them!
Corporate Image created this cloth and foil stamped binder for WT Shade and they won at the Super STAR level – the highest level possible.
This cloth 3 ring binder is spectacular. It is clean and easy to read, the color makes it stand out on a shelf at the architects office, and the finger pull makes it easy to get off of a crowded shelf. This binder was FSC certified.
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Windowtex is committed to on-going innovation by developing our own proprietary technologies and products including unique hardware systems and electronic controls for motorized systems. Operating from a 30,000 sq. ft facility in Garden City Park, NY, Windowtex is equipped with state-of-the-art fabric cutting, heat-sealing equipment, production software, and all the other major tools necessary to produce top-of-the-line solar shading products.
For an industry that works with beautiful fabrics, choosing a cloth 3 ring binder makes perfect sense. It is easy to see why this won the CMA Super STAR award!
We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.
The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.
Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.
Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need. We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.
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Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.
Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously. For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics. The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.
If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.
A cloth binder offers a sense of elegance and permanence that you don’t find in plastic or vinyl binders. Plastic and vinyl project a feeling of impermanence, cost cutting as well as being toxic.
Cloth binder options:
Color. and lots of it.
Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.
This binder is a great example of a print and cloth mix. A printed spine wrap visually pops next to the classic look of the foils stamped cloth.
The brand is supported and enhanced by the contrast.
Foil stamping is on cloth offers a range of options and colors allowing you to match corporate colors and logos. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, foil stamping gives a unique look for your binder.
The benefits of cloth go beyond looks and feel. Book cloths are incredibly durable making a cloth binder stronger than almost any other binder you can find. The cloth binder you make today can easily still be in use (and looking great) 30 years from now. How do we know? We use our own product and Corporate Image is 30 years old.
If you are considering using a 3 ring binder to represent your company, a cloth binder gives you a feel, look and branding that is unique. Contact us to learn more!
This is a guest post by Lori Owens
Sometimes you need a little help writing a Custom Binder RFP/RFQ
Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.
Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.
What do you need to specify for your binder RFP or RFQ?
There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key. How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.
What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?
The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.
Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4? If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.
The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.
In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders. If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.
What are Our Priorities in this Custom 3-ring Binder RFP/RFQ?
Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.
Look and Feel of the binder – how it is used – how it fits with your brand
Binder Options (options list here)
Production Time, Methods, and Preferences
Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.
Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.
How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.
Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment
It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.
Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?
If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?
Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?
Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!
We will get calls from people asking what the hole placement is for various rings in binder – from A4 to notebook sized binders.
Until know, we didn’t have a great visual that explain it. Then we found this chart which offers an instant reference for 12 different binder ring configurations. Most of you probably don’t get as excited as we do about these things, but there it is. We were psyched.
Find your binder ring size and the space between the rings is listed on the right:
I have a half sheet notebook binder, and need to punch paper for it. I thumb down until I find “US 3 rings for 51/2 x 81/2” paper.
There are 3-rings and it says “(2x 2 3/4″)”. This means there are two spaces, 2-3/4″ wide. Since it is a 3 ring set up, set up the middle ring in the center and the other two rings 2-3/4″ our from that and – voilá! – perfectly spaced rings.
The perfect guide for hole placement in 3-ring binders. Carry your copy with you always!
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How do you decide between a pocket folder, presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?
First off I am going to assume that you know what each of these items are. (if not, scoot down to the bottom of the post – just don’t tell anyone)
Time to talk to yourself. If you can answer these questions, it will make your choice easier:
Get a 3-ring Binder –
if over 220 sheets of paper, it needs to last and or is heavily used.
The more paper you need to use and the more heavily used your information is, I would suggest a 3-ring binder. The heavier board means it will stand up to abuse better and keep looking great. And also, the weight of all that paper risks pulling a rivet out of a presentation binder.
These are great for proposals – especially in Engineering and Construction – interior design, sample kits, car companies, and a lot of other uses. Also ideal for conferences and important meetings. Added bonus of branding for quality, sturdiness and design possibilities.
Get a Presentation Binder –
if under 220 sheets of paper, paper needs to be locked in and/or there is some variable paper (presentation binders have pockets too!)
Presentation binders straddle the hardback 3-ring binder and a pocket folder in that they have pockets and a ring. The paperboard is not as sturdy as a 3-ring binder, so if it is going to be heavily used over a longer period of time – consider going to the 3-ring binder.
Many healthcare information packets use presentation binders for a few reasons: It only gets heavy use for a limited period of time, pockets allow extra information to be easily stored and the rings hold the important information in place.
Get a Pocket Folder –
if you have a smaller amount of paper that may need to be accessed out of order.
Sometimes a pocket folder is the ideal thing. Great branding possibilities, easy to cary and organizes all of your papers in a flash.
We have seen a lot of these in healthcare and financial information packets, and for anything that just needs to hold less, but important, paper.
Printed or plain 18pt or 22pt paper with pockets that is folded so the pockets are on the inside. Usually with 1 or 2 pockets that can be horizontal or vertical. All this brings a huge amount of variations of pocket styles, capacity pockets…
A heavy recycled board (in our case 94pt to 110pt and 100% post consumer waste) that can be bare, wrapped in cloth or printed paper sheets with a 3-ring mechanism to hold various amounts of paper. We case and line our binders like a hardcover book. Why? So they are the strongest 3-ring binders in the world.
Are you designing a 3-ring binder for a client or your business? Now you have a resource that covers custom 3-ring binders from binder styles to options.
Well designed binders are beautiful and help boost your brand while organizing your materials. We put together a 3-ring binder resource to make finding the right binder ring, binder materials and styles easier. That way you can concentrate on the award winning designs.
Check out the custom binder resources. Let us know if we missed anything – we are always looking to make your life easier!
Need to know the difference between a portfolio binder and easel binder or a round back binder? Deciding on bare board , cloth or a printed 3-ring binder? How eco friendly a three ring binder can I get? Try 3-ring Binder Styles.
Wondering about what your options for customizing your 3-ring binder? 3-ring Binder Options will have what you need from printing and foil options to the differences in round and D rings.
Know more and look like a genius to your clients! Check out the 3-ring Binder Design Resource Guide today!
When an important contract or opportunity is on the line, you don’t want to present an ordinary folder or binder to pitch your proposal. When it matters, you want to turn to the presentation packaging specialists at Corporate Image who will help you look your best. This custom binder was created with a full-color, printed wrap applied to an elegant cloth cover and then foil-stamped. If you have a need for a small quantity, or you’re on a tight time line, check out our QuickShip binders and tabs which can be shipped in only 5 business days. We also offer a line of attractive binders from our sister company NakedBinder.com that will take your proposal to the next level.
What Corporate Image customers are saying…
“I received the binder yesterday. It’s gorgeous! The craftsmanship is superb, and I think Tracy will benefit from it tremendously. I appreciate your hard work, dedication, attention to detail, professionalism and patience in dealing with us during the entire process. We nailed it! It was worth the effort.”
Mix and match cloth with full color printing
Corporate Image has one of the largest selections of binding and packaging fabric in North America. We stock 10 varieties of cloth cover materials. This offers over 200 color and texture choices. We also stock bonded leather and acrylic coated paper, as well as organic cotton, and a cotton/linen blend. Our newest cover material is the Verona series, a natural rayon/viscose cloth which comes from Holland in 37 brilliant colors. These fabrics are widely used in Europe for books, binders, packaging and photo books. Cloth may be decorated with debossing or hot foil stamping. Many of Corporate Image‘s cover materials are 100% cotton with aqueous acrylic coatings. All of our fabrics can be found on our parent website LBS.
Why would you choose a cloth 3-ring binder?
By far a cloth binder is the strongest 3-ring binder you will find. Book cloth is made to last, even with constant use, you can find cloth covered books that look great 30-50 years after they were made. With excellent color choices and high durability, a cloth binder can offer you the best value for your brand. If you make a product that lasts (such as Toyota), this binder will reinforce the notion of your brand as a well made, high quality product.
Types of Cloth for your 3-ring binder
You have a range of cloth options from the Verona Naturals, natural cotton-linen cloths to fabrics with a subtle sparkle. No matter what your need, we have you covered – including both leather and faux leathers.
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