A 3 Ring Binder and Folder Make a Great Combination
PlayWorld’s 3 ring binder and pocket folder highlighted their corporate commitment to sustainability as well as their commitment to fun.
Corporate Image specializes in helping you make the most of your presentation packaging needs. We are your partner in creating great impressions that make people stop and look at your materials. The bottom line is we want to help you sell more of your products and services in the marketplace.
Combining your marketing efforts into one cohesive set can be cheaper (by doing everything at once) as well as help you look more professional. Perception of your brand can help drive up your sales and repeat business. From architecture and engineering firms, to hospitals, or financial institutions, being seen as trustworthy can make a world of difference.
We produced this folder and binder for secondmarket, which was really stunning because of the ultra violet coating that highlighted their logos. The binder is covered with B-Cloth, which is a poly-cotton blend that looks great and has a durable finish that resists water.
For even better presentations, try combining your custom 3 ring binder and pocket folders!
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
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.
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:
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!
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)
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
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!
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!
Ready to see amazing projects that designers are putting together? Fasten your seatbelt! From presentation binders to great sample kits, there are a lot of great ideas to stimulate you for your next project!
The project cover presentation materials for everything from the financial industry to medical, building to manufacturing to retail – so the chances are you will find an inspiring piece for what you are working on.
This piece holds flooring samples in an easy, well branded way that allows customers to quickly see their options and not have to juggle 5-10 different samples to see what they want.
Whether you are new to 3-ring binders and box design or an old hand, we can help you with your own presentation kits from our in house packaging design team to award winning manufacturing.
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!
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.)
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:
Check them out for yourselves!
2″ D-ring binders
Digitally printed cover, white liner
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!
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.
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.
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.
Links to more information
Vinyl Industry Sites
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:
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!
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.
A recycled and recyclable binder – say from Naked Binder or Corporate Image– offers an alternative to this toxic cycle.
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!
A digitally printed binder allows you to make your binders in quantities of 50 and up, which is great for proposals, meetings and conference information binders.
There are a few differences in how the artwork is treated and how they need to be submitted that we should discuss.
1. Formats for submitting
2. Corrections to artwork
Formats for submitting your artwork:
We ask that your binder art be submitted in PDF format. This insures that your art doesn’t shift, modify or lose elements when sending us the files.
What is a PDF file? Glad you asked. We turn to Wikipedia:
Since the art work is encapsulated in one file, what we print is exactly what you designed and sent. How do you find where to output a PDF file? Good question. In the Adobe design suite you should look where you save your files:
Corrections to design / art files
Remember that whole PDF thing? This means if there is an error when we open your file (art is misplaced in relation to the template, we noticed something mis-spelled… something like that), we will let you know what is wrong and you will need to correct it.
Double check everything before sending files to save time. Also keep your work files until the job is done. I am sure you do anyway in case a client calls and needs a later version with some changes, but we still wanted to mention it.
Layout of your Digitally Printed Binder
Turned Edge = The part of the cover that gets folded into the inside of a binder.
Any artwork that runs to the end of the turn-in should probably not have text that needs to be read, but continues your design into the binder. All text that needs to be read on the cover should be at least 1/8″ away from the “edge of binder” line. There can be 1/16th of an inch shift of the cover in manufacturing the binder, so if text is too close to the edge there is a possibility it will get lost.
I am going to refer you to How to Use a Binder Template #1 on this one, but wanted to re-iterate: In North America you read a book spine by placing your right ear on your shoulder, in Europe the left ear to shoulder. Check it out to make sure you are right. We don’t know who your customers are, so can’t second guess you.
This series will continue so keep an eye out and email us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the subject “Hey! I have a question!”
Case Study: Prestige Tuxedo Marketing Kit
Director of Marketing | Brand Management
Won American Package Design Award 2014
For when you only need 50 or more 3-ring binders but still need all the quality, Corporate Image has developed a solution for you.
Available from 50 binders and up, we have developed a fully cased and lined 3-ring binder combining high quality digital printing and the craftsmanship that Corporate Image is famous for.
Corporate Image is pleased and excited to announce our
Now you can have all the quality, craftsmanship and recyclability but in smaller quantities.
3 Ring Binder Specifications
Fully Cased and lined
Ring Sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ D-rings
Cover: Full coverage, full color
Liner: Choice of white or Black liner
Natural Matte lamination
Available in quantities from 50+
Ship 7-10 days from art approval.
Don’t forget, Digital Tab Dividers are also available!
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.
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.
So you have your 3-ring binder template and you are ready to create a masterpiece of art and branding that will make your client go crazy with happiness.
So where should you pull those bleeds out to?
What are bleeds in printing? Let us refer to Wikipedia:
Make sense? Manufacturing and printing is amazingly exact, but there are tolerances. The 1/8″ bleed allows for slight inconsistencies in printing, trimming, casing and lining your 3-ring binder to insure your art looks great.
If you are used to designing for the internet, consider this like the differences in how browsers read your code. You have to adjust for that too.
Here is what you will see. For simplicity, we are working on a 3-ring binder liner template. In example one, the art is pulled up to the cut line for the edge of the binder. If there is the tiniest variation anywhere in the process, you may get a small white strip on the right side of your liner. Blah. Click the pictures to see them larger.
If you pull your image out to the 1/8″ bleed line – all is good and your 3-ring binder liner will always look good.
Paying attention to your bleeds when working on a custom 3-ring binder or pocket folder will not only make your client happy, but also you (not rushing around to redo the art) and your manufacturer (us!).
Spread happiness. Pay attention to bleeds!
In case you are wondering, the photo is from the Des Moines Pappajohn Sculpture Garden which is rather amazing.
Your company marketing materials, including your 3-ring binders, should match your quality, strength, look and values.
Corporate Image offers you the best quality 3-ring binders from printing, craftsmanship while also creating an eco friendly binder that is 100% recyclable. We start with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board, print with soy inks on FSC certified papers and produce binders that are 100% recyclable.
Why get a recyclable binder?
There are many reasons.
Better Marketing Materials.
With superior offset and digital printing, stronger construction and great craftsmanship, the 3-ring binder you get from Corporate Image looks better, works better and lasts longer. It is a clear statement of your company values and who you are.
You and your company believe that we all need to do more to protect the environment. Each small step towards reducing toxics in our offices and landfills add up.
Vinyl binders are toxic – from creating the vinyl and binder, to off-gassing on the shelf to creating issues in landfill. The vinyl is not recyclable anywhere in the US at this point. With so many being made still, this is an issue for landfill operators especially if there are fires (about 9000 landfill fires a year in the US)
Many corporations are pushing to go greener because it saves money. One of our binders will last longer and look better – meaning that your marketing materials are in great shape in your clients hands for longer. If you need to dispose of the binders, ours are 100% recyclable meaning no toxic waste permits which you need for large amounts of vinyl binders.
Corporate Image believes that your custom 3-ring binders can be more than a way to store paper. We see them as a branding tool, a marketing presentation piece that sets you apart from the rest. From the craftsmanship we put in at our midwestern production plant to the eco-friendly recycled binder materials, we give you a 3-ring binder that aligns with your values.
Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards
Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!
Whether you are designing your first 3-ring binder or your 500th, there are a few common errors to watch out for.
So here you are with you binder template, ready to start making your art and getting creative on that custom binder. Today we are going to look at three things to watch for that often trip people up.
1. Spine Text : how it reads.
2. Spine Text: Keeping it out of the hinges
3. Rivets: avoiding having a hole in your artwork
Lets see an example:
Who doesn’t love flying children? And one of them is mine, so I think this would make a fine binder.
Reading Spine Text: First of all in the U.S., when you read spine text your head tilts to your right. In Europe, your head tilts to the left. As your fine manufacturer of binders, we don’t know who your audience is, so we may not question your choice in that but your client might.
Positioning Spine Text: The beginning and end of the spine also includes the hinge, which is pressed into the board. This is a bad place to have small text as it can be somewhat lost in the flex. Allow 3/8th to 1/2″ from the end of those lines on the template to insure the safety of your text.
Images that stretch through the hinge look great, color blocks – anything like that – but small text can be hard to read.
Avoiding the rivets: I dropped the rivets out to insure they were more visible, I would not do that in the final artwork. Common errors are when the text on the bottom of the page has a rivet in it or an image has a hole in it.
How this comes up is that the image that you lay down masks the template. Rivets are easy to forget about if you are not doing this all the time. To solve this problem, go to layers when you are building your art and screen back your art until the template shows more strongly. Check to insure those rivet are not in awkward places.
Alternately, you can do what I did and fill them (leaving the template layer on top) with a very contrasting color so you just can’t forget them. Since the fill is part of the template, you don’t have to worry about seeing that in your artwork later.
We will keep our series on Using a 3-Ring Binder Template going to cover a few more common errors. Keep an eye out!
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 better construction is a single board construction. One version of this take your board and routs out about half of the board to 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 only constructs 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?
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