Designers across many industries have asked us this question, so we feel it is time to address it here. How many pages do pocket folders hold?
A flat pocket in a pocket folder and a flat spine will hold about 15 sheets, which means a two pocket folder can hold 30 sheets. This may mean your folder feels pretty full though.
The capacity spine is very helpful, even with a flat pocket. The pocket folder doesn’t bow open and so sits better when full. Added bonus, each pocket can hold 20 sheets. So a 1 pocket folder would hold 20 sheets, a 2 pocket – 40 sheets.
There are two possibilities here.
Expandable pockets can hold up to 50 sheets of paper (each). These pockets sit flat until you need them, then they fold out. Great if you have variable amounts of data that you need to hand out.
Box pockets in pocket folders are the other option. These can be as big as 1/2″ to 3/4″ so they hold a lot of paper. We would suggest looking at other options at the 3/4″ size, as the weight of the paper can become an issue. Also, if you are creating a 2 pocket folder with box pockets, you may consider 1 flat pocket and 1 box pocket or two smaller box pockets for stability.
When designing your next custom pocket folder, try to get an idea of how it will be used and if there is a set amount of materials going into it. The expandable pocket folder offers the most range if the materials are variable.
How much a pocket folder holds depends on the folder. Let us help you get the pocket folder that fits your needs exactly!
Paper Weights are confusing.
As a print and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. Whether we make a printed 3-ring binder, a pocket folder or a cool sales box, paper stocks will vary heavily.
Lets look at this question which you might run into if you want to put a 3-ring binder in a sales box.
Question: If you have 18 pt. and 100# papers how do those compare?
First off, lets find out what it all means:
Now the question is how those translate.
Up above we were looking at 100# offset text vs 18pt stock. Actually these are pretty far apart. So as we look down the list, we see that 100# text paper is only about 6pt (listed as caliper on the chart). Much lighter paper, which you would expect. 18pt., as we find out, is a very sturdy stock – useful for strong pocket folders or paperboard boxes. 100# text is great for printing that might wrap your 3 ring binder.
Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No. How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.
Paper weights will always be a bit confusing. Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.
International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.
These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.
The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.
The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.
What is the Ethisphere?
When you are creating art for a 3-ring binder, pocket folder, tab dividers, or custom box you need to double check that the art Corporate Image is printing is exactly what you envisioned.
How do you double check? We send you a proof! We have three different kinds of proofs depending on the need.
Oris Proofs for offset printed jobs
The Oris proof is calibrated to the press and gives a good idea of color along with art placement, and content. This is a proof of how the job will print, so all the details like fonts, lines and text show up as you set them up.
The Oris proof is a physical proof we will send to you for approval. This proof will be used at the press to insure the press sheets match what you approved.
Digital PDF Proofs for offset printed jobs
PDF printed proofs help you to check for placement and content. Because monitors are all calibrated differently, these proofs are not for checking color. These are very useful if there were small changes to text or art placement on your Oris proof.
Digitally Printed Proofs for Digital Binder Proofs
It is possible to get a digitally printed proof for your digital binder.
These proofs are printed on the same digital press that your digital binder will be printed on to give you an exact look at what your art will look like on the binder. These proofs are laminated to show exact final color. Generally, these are unnecessary, but if you or your client are concerned, ask your sales rep about the digital binder proofs.
Working on information packaging projects? Sample Kits? 3-Ring binders? Cool pocket folders? and out of ideas?
Here are some of the presentation folders, ring binders, boxes and other cool custom projects that went through Corporate Image recently. We thought we might share to show you some cool print design projects to get you psyched about your own projects!
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