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How can I use a binder?
We all have them, and we even use them sometimes. Not only are binders easy to find and use, but they are also portable and secure. They are the perfect choice for an array of projects you have been meaning to get to work on. You can use binders to organize all sorts of information around the house. Organized information helps you build an organized life and lower your stress levels. Take a look at some uses for three ring binders that can really put them to work.
- Divide your binder into monthly sections and save copies of all your bills for each month. Consider keeping grocery and other receipts to build a complete financial picture. This yearlong record can help you with budgeting and can even be used to teach your kids about finances.
- Track your sales and shipments for items you’ve sold online. Think about using tab dividers to group sales by site (EBay, Half.com, etc.), month, or item type.
- Don’t leave it until January to organize your receipts for the accountant. File your documents monthly into meaningful sections of your binder. You can tape the receipts onto sheets or just insert them into page protectors or specialty pocket pages.
- Make a notebook to house your pet’s immunization records, veterinary information, microchip documents, and AKC registration and pedigree.
- Keep a notebook for each of your children’s artwork, report cards, and examples of their schoolwork. They grow so quickly that if you drop all of their work into the same drawer, you may not be able to tell what belongs to whom later on. These notebooks are also a great way to remind struggling kids about how proud you are of them and all that they have accomplished.
- Encase your sports card collection to protect your investment. Tip: If you buy your cards in boxes, cut the box apart and insert the lid and sides into the clear vinyl pockets for a perfect quick cover.
- Create information sheets for your collectibles. Describe each item, including its size, quality, origin, date and amount of purchase. Take digital photos of your collectibles and paste the photos onto the information sheets.
- Display your collection of international coins and bills.
- Create your own educational books. Use the computer to print out pictures and words and slide the pages into page protectors. You can easily update content as your child masters the content.
- Make your own recipe book by pasting your recipes and their photos on sheets and inserting them into page protectors. These customized recipe books are a thoughtful and personal gift that’s easy to make.
- Sort your photos and plan your layouts for scrapbooking. Once you’ve selected photos or embellishments for your scrapbooking page, drop them into a page protector and keep them together until you’re ready to get started.
- Customize school binders for your kids, or, better yet, let your kids customize their own binders for school. Get out the markers, scissors, stencils, and glue and see what kinds of creative designs your family can come up with.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)