Choosing your 3-Ring Binder
From Measuring Binder Rings to Styles and Strengths
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?
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.
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!.
Presentation Binders Turned Edge Binders
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, is beautiful, idyllic and needed some presentation materials. We got excited.
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!
Ordering binders tip #27
3-ring folders, ring folders or pocket folders with rings are just other ways of saying presentation binders.
A presentation binder is a pocket folder with rings. Made from sturdy paperboard, these ring folders are lighter than a full cased and lined binder and can have pockets on the inside of either cover. This makes them great for conferences and meetings where there is set information that everyone needs, but also the possibility of variable data that also needs to be organized.
The benefits of ring folders / presentation binders
Specs for 3 ring folders / presentation binders
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.
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!
Naked Binder is our line of well designed, eco friendly 3-ring binders providing you with an off the shelf option for what you need.
Like Corporate Image’s binders, the Naked Binder lines are strong, well crafted and designed to make a statement. Made from FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board and tested to 250,000 flexes (and that was the bare board binder), these binders offer you a sustainable option for your proposals, office supplies and storage. All of the Naked Binder products are acid neutral, so they will not harm your papers or photos if you are storing over time.
Naked Binder is a sister company of Corporate Image that dovetails with our ideals, production and craftsmanship to offer you a full range of 3-ring binders for what ever your need, from notebook binders to pocket folders.
Naked Binders are perfect for proposals, conferences, meetings, archives or office binders, thees binders are easily labeled, written on, screen printed or even letter pressed if you need them customized.
For those of you who like the concise half sheet notebook binders, you will be happy to know that you can get all the extras with a small binder that are available with a full sized binder.
Notebook binders are great for meetings, conferences, workshops. A great combination of form and function, these smaller 3-ring binders offer great branding in a package people will enjoy carrying around. Many people despair at finding the same great “extras” that you can get with a full sized binder.
Corporate Image would like to let you know that a notebook binder has no limitations!
Index Tab Dividers for notebook binders
Available in banks of 4-8 tabs, full color printing, the notebook tab dividers are every bit as flexible and customizable as full sized tabs.
Paper Pockets for half sheet notebook binders
Pockets in vinyl binders rip out after a few uses, but these great paper pockets will last. A paper binder pocket is a clip in pocket folder for your binders. It can be used combined to work both as a tab divider or separate pocket depending on what you need. This means information can be added anywhere in the binder, not just shoved in on the inside covers.
Added benefits are the ability to print full color for maximum branding – these binder pockets will match any of your other pieces from the binder to you information. If you business is very eco-friendly, a fully recyclable bare board binder pocket might be the way to go:
Half sheet notebook binders have a full range of options that can help you get your information to the people you want to reach. The smaller binder saves you on shipping costs, materials and printing costs while delivering a big impact.
A Notebook binder offers you a unique branding opportunity: All the information you want your customer to have in a portable fit-in-briefcase size.
In this age of portable gadgets where a phone is the new laptop computer, asking people to carry a full size binder can be a bit much. And yet, there are times that having your information in a binder is the only way to insure both branded shelf presence and the immediacy of print.
Enter the Half Sheet Notebook binder, a 3 ring binder that uses half sheet sized paper. Small, portable and fully customizable, the notebook binder is something people will carry with them, use and re-use.
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