Binding your documents is one of the best ways to make them more professional. Unfortunately, many of the most popular bookbinding methods require the use of a machine. If you don’t have one, you might feel like you’re out of luck. Luckily, that’s not the case. Here are three methods you can try:
- Use screw posts. If you have a three-hole punch, you can use screw posts. Also called Chicago screws, these implements can be threaded through the holes in your work and secured with a flat-head screwdriver. Screw posts can be up to 5” long, so they’re a great choice if you create a lot of thick documents.
- Use GBC ProClick spines. Do you like the look of traditional bookbinding methods, such as plastic comb and coil binding? Then you should consider using GBC ProClick spines. These spines look very similar to traditional binding elements, but as long as you have some pre-punched paper, you won’t need a machine to use them. ProClick spines can be used with documents that are up to 125 pages long.
- Use coil spines. Finally, coils can be used if you have paper that’s already punched. You’ll need to crimp the ends of the coil when you’re done. This is achieved by using a pair of crimping pliers. Using these pliers can be tricky, so you might need to practice a bit beforehand.
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