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Design Questions: How Many Pages Do Pocket Folders Hold?

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?

1 or 2 pocket folders with flat pockets

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.

Custom Printed 2 pocket folder with flat pockets - Corporate Image

1 or 2 pocket folder with a capacity spine

 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.

Jeld Wen Custom printed pocket folder - Corporate Image

Pocket folders with capacity pockets

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.

expandable Capacity pocket folder - Corporate Image

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.

Pocket folders can hold a lot more paper than you might think. Once you know what is going into your folder, all of your pocket folder options become clear!


Cool Custom Printed Mailer – Corporate Image

While we are known making the best 3-ring binders in the world, Corporate Image does a lot of other things equally as well.

Take this mailer for instance:

The Vision Council created these eye-catching mailers to send brochures. With a great look, natural matte finish and a simple folding style, these custom mailers are effective and affordable.

 

custom printed mailer for the Vision Council - Corporate Image TheVisionCouncilmailer

 

Custom four flap enclosure mailer specifications:

6-1/4” wide x 6” high four flap enclosure (flap redesigned with a squared closure) with a 1/4” spine with dust flaps to hold a brochure. Die #8661

Custom four flap enclosure mailer environmental benefits:

Ships Flat, saving money, space and fuel.

100% recyclable


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!


Tab Dividers and Insert Pockets For Half Sheet Notebook Binders

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.

Custom Printed Tab Dividers GI43 - Corporate Image

 

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:

Recycled Pocket Pages

 

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.

Get more information on notebook binders here!


Do I need a pocket folder, a presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?

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:

  1. How much paper needs to be put into my presentation?
  2. Are there a lot of variable sheets that get used a lot?
  3. Do I need the paper to be secured (i.e. not fall out ever)?
  4. How long does the marketing material need to last?
  5. Is this resource heavily used?
  6. Do I need shelf presence (does it need make itself known on a bookshelf)?

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.

 

Definitions!

Pocket Folders

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked BinderPrinted 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…

 

 

 

Presentation Binder:

presentation binders - paperboard binders - Corporate ImagePrinted or plain 18pt or 22pt paperboard with or without pockets, folded with a spine that holds a 3-ring mechanism.  Sort of a hybrid between a pocket folder and a binder.

 

 

 

3-ring Binder

custom eco friendly 3-ring binders - Corporate ImageA 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.


Using a 3-Ring Binder Template #2: Common Errors – Bleeds

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:

Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies. Artwork and background colors can extend into the bleed area. After trimming, the bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document.

It is very difficult to print exactly to the edge of a sheet of paper/card so, to achieve this, it is necessary to print a slightly larger area than is needed and then trim the paper/card down to the required finished size. Images, background images and fills which are intended to extend to the edge of the page must be extended beyond the trim line to give a bleed.[1]

Bleeds in the USA generally are 1/8 of an inch from where the cut is to be made. Bleeds in the UK and Europe generally are 2 to 5mm from where the cut is to be made. This can vary from one print company to another. Some printers ask for specific sizes; most of these companies place the specific demands on their website or offer templates that are already set to their required bleed settings.

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.

Designing your 3-ring binder - using full bleeds - Corporate Image

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.

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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.

Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, born 1959)
White Ghost, 2010 (detail)
Painted stainless steel and fiberglass
12 x 12 feet
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections


American Package Design Awards

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!

Award winning 3-ring binder and corrugated box - Corporate Image

Award winning Marketing kit - Corporate ImageAward winning spiral bound binder - Corporate Image

Learn More Here

 


Need a Custom Printed Pocket Folder (and something to hold you over)?

Sometimes you need those custom pocket folders yesterday. You consider the overnight pocket folder printers but realize you need the higher quality that your brand is known for.

Corporate Image can give you the quality printed folders you need and get you a high quality option to hold you until you receive your folders.

high quality printed pocket folders for healthcare

 

Horizontal or vertical pockets, one or two pockets, capacity pockets, glueless, printed one or two sides – there are amazing amounts of options that are all part of our pocket folder collections. Find out more – contact us .

Need some really nice folders right away? Check out Naked Binder - a sister company of Corporate Image.

Naked Binder is an off the shelf (non custom) eco friendly option for 3-ring binders, pocket folders and tab dividers.

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked Binder Made from FSC certified 100% recycled post consumer waste, these folders are clean, well made and 100% recyclable.

Order 1 or 1000, Naked Binder usually ships within 24 hours.

This is the perfect fit for when you are getting those great printed pocket folders from Corporate Image!

 

 

 

Custom printed or off the shelf eco friendly – Corporate Image and Naked Binder have what you need!


Marketing Engineering and Construction? A Resource.

Engineering and Construction firms have special marketing needs.  Corporate Image has worked in this industry for many years giving us the insight and expertise to help you get exactly what you want.

Eco friendly marketing kits for engineering and constructionFrom custom 3-ring proposal and spec binders to paperboard and corrugate sample kits and pocket folders, you can get the quality printing and manufacturing that you demand in your own work.

We have found solutions to showcase window frames, bricks, tiles, carpets as well as the best proposal binders you can find.

Our products are eco friendly from the 3-ring binders to the corrugate boxes, printed with eye popping color soy inks on FSC certified papers.

Whether you are in the contract industry, engineering  or construction let us help you get the quality and impact you deserve.

 


Custom Presentation Folders and Pocket Folders: get the Best!

In the cut throat world of printing, it seems like you can get a custom presentation folder or pocket folder for next to nothing.

Be careful what you ask for when you ask for a cheap pocket folder.

custom pocket folder designsIf you want to make a really good impression, you need good materials.  Whether your client is getting a remodel of their kitchen, investing in stocks or getting health information, a poorly made, poorly printed presentation pocket folder is going to make you look like you don’t know what you are doing.

What should you be looking for in a presentation pocket folder?

In-house packaging designers.

If you need a special design, make sure your printer can handle it. You don’t want a rough approximation of your design, but and exact precision folder.  Make sure to get a mock-up to insure it is what you want.

Professional pre press.

Insure your files are complete and there are no errors.  If you need a change in how your job is printing to insure highest quality, this is the place to catch it.

no gang runs

Gang run is cheaper for your printer because they are not adjusting the press to your job, but to the average job.  The pressman’s job on these runs is to make everything OK.

Ask yourself the question: Do you want your clients to see you as the average company?

print in house

Control over color, quality and  is all easier if it is done in house.

Corporate Image has in-house package designers, pre press and press-people  with years of experience.  Our job is to make sure that you stand out as the exceptional company that you are. We deliver the highest quality presentation folders and pocket folders and have created industry standards in many of our products that other companies are struggling to meet.

Call or contact Corporate Image today to let us help you be exceptional.


25 Best Pocket Folder Designs

We have made a lot of pocket folders over the years.  Through working with thousands of clients we have come up with a list of the 25 best pocket folder designs.

The best pocket folder designs - Corporate Image

 

To find the best pocket folders we looked at versatility, ease of use, interesting designs and best printing and manufacturing.  We are not looking at the artwork on the folders (that my friends is up to you) but the actual design of the folders.

From capacity folders, glueless folders, eco friendly and ship flat folders, we have them all.

Check out the 25 Best Pocket folder designs here!

 


7 great designer projects: Marketing Materials

 Marketing materials set an emotional tone for a company, balancing the need to stand out, make a statement and supporting a brand.

custom pocket folder designs

Seeing how other designers have solved problems can spark you on your way to making your already great project better. From corrugate boxes to a set of 3-ring binders explaining corrugates, custom pocket folders and marketing kits for flooring, these designers faced projects with innovative, creative thinking.

Check out our 7 Great Designer Projects and get ideas on where your next project will go!


Working on a Custom Pocket Folder? Do we have a design resource for you!

Whether you design pocket folders every day or just once in a while, it can be nice to have a design resource that covers folder styles, options and materials.

custom pocket folder designsWe make pocket folders everyday and we know what works, what doesn’t and what can make your folder stand out. This design resource covers more than just one and two pocket folder designs (though we have a bunch of those!), but also expandable and capacity pocket folders, glueless pocket folders and folders that hold more than just paper.  Check out the Pocket Folder Styles guide for more on those.

What kind of customizing you need done can also be an issue.  Do you want a digitally printed folder or offset?  Foil Stamping and debossing? Find out your options for custom pocket folders printing here.

Greening your pocket folders? A complete look here.

This pocket folder resource is part of an effort by Corporate Image to make your design life easier.  We will be adding more information as time passes, as well as more resource centers (we have the 3-ring binder resource pages up here, and our sales box and tab divider design resources too!)

Check out the custom folder resource guide.  Let us know if we missed anything, we are working to make it as complete as possible.


Delivering More than Expected

When you want a powerful presentation

Every company must have the standard pocket folder, right? It’s a business staple – practically as crucial to daily operations as ballpoint pens and the coffee station. But if everyone uses pocket folders, how can yours stand out? Some say that it’s what’s inside that counts but industry leaders know that a pocket folder is the essential presentation piece that can help seal the deal…even before the folder is opened. Even if your folder has a simple design, the printing and materials matter. Corporate Image is best positioned to transform your folders into persuasive performers with state-of-the-art innovations and dynamic product solutions. No matter the configuration – and we offer them all – you want your pocket folder as well as your impression to last. You see, just because the pocket folder is a standard, it needn’t be ordinary.


How We Make Your Custom Printed Job Easier

Corporate Image Staff

Quality begins with our team

Corporate Image has been delivering quality presentation products for over 30 years to companies, ad agencies and graphic design firms around the United States. We couldn’t have earned our reputation if not for the outstanding team members who help to assure your job is done right. From sales and customer service to prepress and package design to the printing press and production, we are fortunate to have talented and experienced employees like Veronica on our team.

As part of our prepress department, Veronica reviews the client’s artwork for accuracy and to see that the project will print smoothly and at the highest quality level. Veronica’s expertise is one of the things that insures that your Custom 3-ring binder or sample kit job will go smoothly and exceed your expectations.

We are dedicated to creating custom pocket folders, binders and boxes that will stand out in the marketplace and help your company succeed. Call 1-800-247-8194 to speak to a Corporate Image Team Member!

 


Designing Pocket Folders that Stand Out

Custom Printed Pocket Folders

Corporate Image pocket folders offer unlimited design options

When you make a pocket folder there are many standard options from which to choose. One pocket, two pocket, business card cuts, portfolio closures – even a relatively standard pocket folder can be spectacular. (You can download a PDF of the 25 best pocket folder designs here!)

But if you have a client who wants to make more of an impact or be memorable in the eyes of the prospect or client, there is another level to aspire to.

Corporate Image has been serving this market for over 30 years. We print and produce a wide range of custom folders that offer superior printing and versatility – all designed to differentiate your brand or set you apart from the competition. Our product designers can work with you to create a unique custom folder for exactly what your client needs. Perhaps your pocket folder needs to feature a die-cut window to allow your interior pages to shine through, hold a flash drive or expand to accommodate a wide range of inserts.

We make it easy for you. with our print quality, product knowledge, on site product designers and a production facility full of craftsmen who are dedicated to delivering quality folders on time every time.


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