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Notebook Binders: Big impact with half the size

Small but powerful!

Designed to complement today’s digital tablets, these 3 ring binders hold a standard notebook half size sheet. Using a custom made binder is a unique way to deliver information in a handy format. And naturally, with its eco-friendly materials, our custom binder leaves a lasting impression on your audience – not on our environment.

You can use a notebook binder as a presentation tool, an employee handbook, an information kit or a daily planner. Custom tab dividers not only add to the overall appeal of your binder – they make it easy to organize your content.

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Features

  • Compact size, fits easily into backpacks and computer bags
  • Graphic possibilities are limitless
  • Holds sheet size up to 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Bare board and flush cut options
  • Square back and rounded spine available
  • Available in 3 ring sizes – 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ chrome round ring
  • Unmatched strength and durability

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Accessories

Paper Pockets

Organize your materials with environmentally friendly custom printed paper pockets. They’re made with 100% post-consumer waste material and are 100% recyclable! These affordable paper pockets are 3-hole punched and very durable.

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Finger Pulls

Metal finished finger pulls make it easy to remove 3-ring binders from shelves and actually extend the life of the binder by reducing stress and wear on the top of the spine. They also are a nice design detail. Getting a metal-less finger pull allows the same convenience of access and a much more easily recyclable binder.

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Binder Clips
Enjoy stress free note taking by adding a binder clip and notepad to your binder back.

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Is this the solution you’ve been looking for?

Please let us know how we can help you with your project!

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Beautiful and sustainable marketing materials

If you’re interested in a green alternative, look no further than our attractive and sustainable product range. Our binders are made from superior quality materials and are recyclable when their useful lives are over. Here are some great design examples for our bare board & flush cut binders as well as our glueless pocket folders!

 

Bare board binders.

Make a powerful impact on your audience with this simple and textural custom binder. The eco-friendly look of bare board reflects your environmental commitment.

Flush cut binders.

Want your custom binder to have the natural look and feel of uncoated paper? Give your binder a unique look with the edges of the binders board exposed. Your binder will stand apart from the crowd.

 

 

 

Glueless pocket folders.

We designed our glueless pocket folders to be easy to assemble and use. Just pop the tab into the slot and lock and you’re done! They ship flat saving valuable storage space, use no glue and take less energy to manufacture. An eco-friendly option in the making.

 

Let us know how we can help you with your next design project!

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Custom binders for every need

A binder can be so much more than just a binder: Meet a versatile organizer that exceeds your expectations!

No more “one size fits all” – our custom formats range from half sheet to oblong!

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Half Sheet Notebook Binder

If you don’t need full sized sheets, the half sheet binder (5.5″ x 8.5″ paper) fits easily into a briefcase, messenger bag and a lot of purses. They may be small in size, but they still offer full branding opportunities.

Oblong 3-ring Binders 

Whether you need an 11×17 portfolio binder or a legal size folder, Corporate Image can produce a custom landscape binder to fit your needs. Landscape or oblong binders stand out in a crowd and help you get noticed by offering a stunning visual presentation for your work.They are ideal for your proposals since they not only grab attention, but also protect your larger sheets of paper.

 

From Single Panel Sample Boards to 5 Panel Architectural Folders 

We manufacture custom solutions for your unique samples. You can use a 1 panel sample board to present your product or create a 2, 3, 4 or 5 panel architectural folder to show your customers color options, textures and finishes from your product line. We can also create half panels to best suit your needs. Our new expanded capabilities allow us to produce multi panel binders that are up to 54″ wide.  

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1 Panel Sample Board

If you choose a sample board to showcase your samples, our binders board is ideal as it has proven to stand the test of time. They can be fully printed and laminated for extra protection and a unique look and feel to match your brand’s design standards.

 

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Multi panel architectural folders 

Architectural folders are specifically designed to showcase your flooring, tile, wood, glass or other product samples in a spectacular fashion. They are a compact sales tool custom designed for your unique samples.

 

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Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best custom binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.


+++ New capabilities at Corporate Image +++

We are excited to share our latest press release with you:

Corporate Image introduces new larger formats for architectural folders

Innovative print manufacturer opens up new opportunities with folders up to 54” wide

Corporate Image, an employee-owned company with over 35 years of experience in printing and manufacturing high quality custom presentation packaging, announces that it has recently expanded its production capabilities to produce larger formats of architectural folders and sample binders.

Of the company’s most recent product launch, President and CEO Rob Mauritz said, “We are excited to introduce this new, innovative solution: a high quality architectural folder that opens up to 54” wide! It is unlike anything in the industry and because we can produce it entirely in-house, our customers save time and money.” Julia Hulsebus, Marketing & Business Development Director for Corporate Image says, “Our new architectural folders give our customers the ability to present their full line of product samples; all of their colors, textures, finishes, and more, in this compact sales tool. The customization options we offer are a real ‘game-changer’ in the field of sample binders and architectural folders.”

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What differentiates Corporate Image’s architectural folders from similar products in the market?

  • The hinges are pressed directly into the board and lab tested to 250,000 openings without fail.
  • Custom formats can be created for each project: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 full-sized panels as well as half panels to best fit the customer’s unique samples.
  • A custom template will be provided for all projects.
  • Every product is custom designed, printed and manufactured in-house.
  • Binders board is made from 100% post-consumer waste (FSC certification available).
  • A variety of finishing options such as laminations, foil stamping and spot UV are available to create a unique look.ciarchitectbindersvaried

 

About Corporate Image: Corporate Image is a 100% employee-owned company based in Des Moines, IA. In the past 35 years Corporate Image has pioneered some of the most innovative presentation products. The company specializes in high quality custom presentation materials including custom packaging, 3-ring custom binders, eco-friendly glueless pocket folders, fully printed tab dividers, corrugated and paperboard boxes and custom marketing kits. Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in North America and Best Binder in the World. In addition, they have won numerous industry awards for medical marketing, in-house design, construction marketing and many more. Corporate Image is part of a family of four distinctive companies under one corporate head – LBS.

 

 

Would you like to learn more about our new capabilities?

Do you want to see our new large formats in person? Or would you like a quote? Simply contact your Sales Rep to discuss how we can help you with your design projects. We look forward to hearing about your ideas!

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Choose round back binders to square away your papers

Square Back or Round Back: What works best for you?

The first decision with your binder project will be whether you want a standard square back or an ergonomic round back binder. While we are all accustomed to the shape of a square back binder and how it looks on a shelf, the rounded spine is a unique shape for a binder. But when you think about how it feels to hold a standard binder in your hand while flipping through the pages, you will probably agree that there is room for improvement. A round back binder has an architectural curve in the spine which fits the shape of your hand perfectly. This shape also creates a sophisticated look and contributes to the overall strength of the binder.

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Strongest binder on the shelf

The hinges of the binder are pressed directly into the board which allows the opportunity for uniquely shaped spines including the round back binder. With this construction technique, you have the advantage of stronger hinges (which have been lab-tested to 250,000 openings without fail) as well as great customizing options.

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The binder above, designed by James Maddox for Artesian Cancer Centers of Oklahoma, was awarded Best Binder in the World in 2011. According to the jury, the grooves in the spine add to the classic appearance of the product and make it a very flexible and strong binder.

Great design options for a round back binder

And the round spine does not limit your printing and finishing options. You can create a truly unique product that will stand out from the traditional square back binders.

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Would you like to see how they feel in your hand? Or do you need a quote? Simply contact your Sales Rep to discuss how we can help you with your design projects. We look forward to hearing about your ideas!

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Behind the Scenes of your Print Manufacturer

Corporate Image stands for the love of craft and the beauty of design

As a manufacturer of well designed 3-ring binders, pocket folders and packaging, we believe products should be built to last. We create custom, quality presentation solutions for our clients across a wide range of industries. Our expert team is committed to each and every project from custom product design to shipping to ensure your experience is great and your product exceeds expectations.

We invite you to meet some of Corporate Image’s employees (or better say owners, because Corporate Image is a 100% employee-owned company) and take a virtual tour through our production facility here in Des Moines, Iowa.

Service and Innovation

Our 3 ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are world-class in quality and design. We engage our entire team to consult on your project, from materials and options, creating templates and mock-ups, all to help make your job easier.

In the past 35 years we have pioneered some of the most sustainable presentation products. Our products have won Best Binder in the World as well as Best Binder in North America four times.

Add Strength to Your Message

We make the strongest binders possible. Our unique construction creates a binder that will not fail at the hinge, which is the weakest point of most binders. Lab tested to 250,000 flexes without failing, these “Eurohinge” binders also allow you opportunities for unique shaped spines including our round back binder. The custom binders are proven to stand the test of use and time.

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Request a Sample

You’ve seen our amazing products online and in video. Unique custom packaging, stunning binders and tab dividers, innovative folders… Would you like to see them in person? Or do you need a quote? Simply reach out to us and contact your Sales Rep to talk about how we can help you with your design projects.

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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!


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!

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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.

 


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.

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Low quantity custom binders are no problem.

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

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

How does this compare to a vinyl binder?

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

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

Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

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

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

 


Half sheet notebook binders

Why a Notebook Sized Binder?

In a word:  Convenience.

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

 

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Custom Compact Binder Options

Binder Spine Types

Round Spine

Square Spine

Ring Sizes

3/4″ – 2″ Round or D Ring

Printing (cover and liner)

Digitally Printed (qty 350 and under)

Offset Printing (qty 250 and up)

No Printing – Bare Board Binders – Often with foil stamping

Lamination options – all of our laminates are inert and recyclable

Gloss

Natural Matte

Soft Touch

Finishing Options

Foil Stamping

Spot UV

Portfolio Closures

Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)

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

For more information on compact notebook binders go here.


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

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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!

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Future of looseleaf binder manufacturing…is in Iowa.

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The loose leaf binder has been around since about 1860, and since then the design has had only minor changes. During the latter half of the 20th century the vinyl binder came about, billed as a cheaper modern version of the 3 ring binder.

Since those days, we have discovered that vinyl binders not only fall apart quickly, but are impossible to recycle and actually toxic.

Corporate Image started manufacturing 3 ring loose leaf binders 30 years ago and wanted to do better than what was already on the market. They designed some of the first turned edge flex hinge or European hinged binders ever made in the US.

Because the hinge of the binder is pressed directly into the board, these loose leaf binders are super strong. The covers will never just fall off with normal use or because it is cold. Also, these binders could have offset printed covers and liners allowing the artwork to be a fine piece of art.

Over the last 30 years, Corporate Image has pushed sustainability, using soy inks and 100% post consumer waste board, and design, creating a huge range of custom options for 3 ring binders.

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From portfolio closures, round spines, custom window cuts, special finishes and sustainable materials, Corporate Image has pushed the loose leaf 3 ring binder into the 21st century and created a binder for the modern brand.

see more about where the loose leaf binder is going here!

 

 

 


Cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder wins CMA STAR Award

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.

  • Cloth: Verona ABLAZE 680 (a book cloth available through LBS)
  • Ring: 1.5″ chrome D-ring
  • Foil: white gloss (cover)
  • Printing: 4 color proces (liner)

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Who is WT Shade? (old site here)

We supply window coverings that provide natural lighting solutions that are innovative and superior in quality. We strive to provide our customers and end users with informed service that is responsive, respectful and resourceful. 

Windowtex was established in 1977 and over the years has become an industry and technology leader in sun control roller shade systems. 

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!


Why Corporate Image for your Printing and Packaging Needs?

We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.

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Results.

Print matters.

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.

Options.

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.

Our product line runs from

  • 3 Ring Binders – A4, US standard, landscape, notebook and small sizes, and larger sizes
    • options: Cloth wrapped binders, bare board, printed cased, presentation and lined binders, foil, spot UV, portfolio closures and more!
    • Tab Dividers – Match your binder with beautiful index tab dividers.
  • Pocket Folders – From our 25 best pocket folders designed for maximum flexibility to our huge range of custom folders
    • 1 and 2 pocket folders, tri fold folders, four flap enclosures, portfolio closures, built in USB holders and much more!
  • Packaging and Boxes – Paperboard and corrugate boxes for anything you need
    • Slip cases, tuck lock, mailers, sample kits, and much much more.
  • Custom Sample kits, POP displays, Menu options, Gift boxes – get the quality you deserve with the design help you want!

Service.

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.

Sustainability.

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.

Contact us to get ideas, start a project and get the team in action for you.


Cloth 3 Ring Binders: Classy, strong and tactile.

If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.

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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.

B-cloth, Pearl Linen and Verona Naturals are three options for wrapping your binder (b-cloth shown below)

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Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.

Printed Spine Wrap and Cloth Binder

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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!


How do you manufacture the best 3 ring binders in the world? We can tell you!

Corporate Image is a binder manufacturer that has set the bar for quality 3-ring binders.

With international awards like Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America, Corporate Image is a Midwest printer/manufacturer with world class quality.

So how do we make our amazing, strong, award winning 3-ring Binders?  Click here and see for yourself!

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Writing a RFP or RFQ for Custom 3-ring Binders? Here is a little help.

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.

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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

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Binder Options (options list here)

  • Does your binder need to be printed in full color? Spot UV? Labels? Foil? Cloth?
  • Is a Glossy or Matte finish important?
  • Do you need variable data?
  • Does your binder need to be recyclable?

Durability

  • What specifically is the use of the binder?
  • How often are the contents likely to be referenced?
  • How long does the custom ring binder have to last?

Quantity

  • What is the likely initial order quantity?
  • How frequently would you anticipate reordering, or is this a one time project?

Budget

  • Has a budget been set for the project?

 

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?
How to Spec a RFP Binder - Corporate ImageDepending on your budget for the project, it may be possible for us to meet all of your expectations and requirements and we can determine this for you right up front. There are also options that you may not have thought of which can add value to your binders while also saving you money.

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!

 


A4 paper sizing: Why is A4 sized the way it is?

In the US, there is little understanding of the A4 paper size used everywhere except in North America.

It is a great system – elegant and rational – and worth looking at.  There is also a reason that your 3-ring binder won’t work with A4 paper as it is taller.

The A series of paper sizes are designed so that when you cut one in half, you get two pieces of the next-smallest-size, and every size has height and width in the same proportion. A little math reveals that one can achieve this by having the height and width in the ratio sqrt(2):1, or approximately 1.414:1.

So once you’ve decided that this is the ratio you want for your page, how do you decide the absolute size?

In the case of the A series of paper sizes, an A0 piece of paper is exactly 1 square metre, requiring width x width x 1.414 = 1, which gives a width of 84.1cm and height of 118.9cm (to the nearest mm).

An A1 piece of paper has a length that’s the same as the width of A0, or 84.1cm, and a width of 84.1cm / sqrt (2) = 59.5cm. Which you’ll notice is half the height of the A0 size (118.9cm).

These relationships hold true going all the way down to A10:

It happens that of the A series, A4 is the one that’s closest to the traditional size used for correspondence, and this has therefore become the de facto standard paper size in the metric world (i.e. pretty much globally except the United States).

One fairly obvious consequence of this is that one can make a booklet of a particular size, from a sheet of the next-largest-size folded in half. So A3 sheets of paper can be folded to create A4-size booklets.

Another interesting consequence is that it becomes easy to calculate the weight of single sheets. Standard photocopy paper is usually 80gsm (grams per square metre), thus an A0 sheet, being 1 square metre, weighs 80g. An A1 weighs 40g, A2 is 20g, A3 is 10g, and A4 is 5g. (And so on.)

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Hole Placement for 3-Ring Binders – a handy guide.

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:

Common 3-ring binder hole patterns and measurements

Example:

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!

 

 


Are we proud of our digitally printed binders? Yes we are.

 If you want a beautiful, strong custom 3-ring binder, but need small quantities, do we have an option for you!

This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday.  When we got a look at it, we were excited.  When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:

The Binders look awesome – WOW! Those are really going to have an impact. Thank you so much!

Steven King – executive director

Check them out for yourselves!

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2″ D-ring binders

100% recyclable

Digitally printed cover, white liner


Understanding Your Plastics – PVCs

So why limit your exposure to PVC?

Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment.  Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.

Why you ask?  So happy you did!

Health

No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products

In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.

Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.

Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.

(non) Recycling

The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998.  We tried.  Learn more about how that went.

Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.  The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.

Fire dangers

PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.

More Information

What are Dioxins?

Types of Vinyl

 Links to more information

Healthy Building Network

EPA Enforcement    EPA regulates

Ecocycle on recycling

PVC Information

dangers in making   dangers in fire      disposing of PVC

Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

PVC, the Poison Plastic – Unhealthy for Our Nation’s Children and Schools: PDF | HTML

Our Health and PVC – What’s the Connection?: PDF HTML

PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products: PDF | HTML

Top Ten Reasons Your School Should Go PVC-Free: PDF | HTML

PVC & Environmental Justice: PDF HTML

PVC Policies Around the World: PDF | HTML

Wikipedia’s entry

Ted Talks: Diana Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution

Ted Talks: Capt. Charles Moore on Seas of Plastic

Healthy Building Network

 

Vinyl Industry Sites

Vinyl Institute

PVC.org


Digitally printed short run binders that will knock your socks off!

If you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you know that most of the options out there are slim pickings.  Perhaps you could get away with a screened vinyl binder if you had to, but does it really represent your company well?

Now you have an option that not only gives you the quality of image, but the quality of construction that shows the attention to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.

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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
  • 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. Call today to get samples or more information!

 


2014 HOW Design Live and Corporate Image

Thanks!

For all of you who came to HOW and saw us at booth 215 it was a pleasure to meet you and hang out!  Here are a few of our photos of HOW and Boston:

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We enjoyed meeting everyone and for those who were not there, a lot of our working conversations trended around sustainable 3-ring binders, digitally printed binders, glue-less pocket folders and the recyclable binder, folder and box options. ( If you want a small glue less pocket folder sample – let us know!)

But we also covered the weather, coffee, paper options, crazy things all you designers are working on, the US census (great meeting you all!), Iowa and a whole lot more.

Thanks for all the great talks HOW Design Live 2014!


Creating Information Kits for Healthcare and Medical fields

A lot of designers work at one point of another with healthcare providers or medical device manufactures.

Whether  you are creating patient information packets, medical supply information kits or anything else everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.

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From presentation binders, pocket folders, 3-ring binders and boxes, we see the trends as they happen.

Come check out our page on the trends we see in patient and medical information kits!  We update as we get new projects in, so it is worth checking in regularly!


Recycled and Recyclable 3-Ring Binders Make a Difference

Every year in the U.S. 50 million + 3 ring binders are bought, used, broken and thrown away. The vast majority of these are vinyl binders.

  • That means there is 50 million+ lbs of toxic garbage going into your landfill – Every year.
  • That means that 30 million lbs of vinyl is being produced, waste being generated, pollution released.
  • That also means that the chances are, the toxic off-gassing that characterizes vinyl is happening in your office or your home.

A recycled and recyclable binder – say from Naked Binder or Corporate Image– offers an alternative to this toxic cycle.

Bare Board, eco friendly, recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders - Naked Binder Small Custom Printed Binder

The binders are made from 100% FSC certified post consumer waste paper.  Recycled paper uses less energy and water than virgin paper and produces less waste.  Also, you don’t need to send trucks out into the forests to haul trees to a mill to make your binder.

The entire binder is recyclable. All of it. 100%.  We use no plastics, no vinyl – nothing that is not easily and universally recyclable. That means there is no landfill, and the materials are back into the recycled material universe, perhaps to make a new 3-ring binder!

These recycled binders are non-toxic.  No BPAs, no dioxins – none of that. That means your kids and office mates can use them safely.

Strongest Binders in the World. Wait. Recycled and strong 3-ring binders?  We tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure.  When was the last time you had a vinyl binder last even 6 months?

Better Looking. We care about design, so all of our binders are designed for looks as well as their eco-friendly nature and recyclability.  From the Naked Binder bare board and New Project Binders to the full range of printed and custom 3-ring binders at Corporate Image, you can know that your binder will be best in the world ( we won that honor in 2011).

A recycled and recyclable 3-ring binder offers you a stronger binder that you can use with pride knowing that not only are you healthier and better looking, but you are saving the planet also!


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