Is your school facing budget cuts this year?Is the yearbook on the chopping
block? If so, don't worry because youcan Metal spinning product still put out the
yearbook and save money by binding it yourselfwith a thermal binding machine.
Here is how you do it: Haveyour students design the yearbook. Tell them to
remember to use the"rule of thirds" when laying out the book. This helps promote
abalanced design. Also, colors and fonts should be chosen carefully sothat
everything looks great. Printthe yearbook out on high-quality paper. It's easier
to bind documentsthat contain regular bond paper as opposed to glossy stock. If
you dochoose to use glossy stock, you will want to staple each yearbookbefore
If you skip this step, there is a high probabilitythat the pages
will eventually fall out of the books. Selectsome thermal binding cases for your
yearbooks. If you want to use casesthat have been foil imprinted and/or have
window cut in them, you willwant to order the cases well ahead of time. (A few
months will probablysuffice. Although you might want to give yourself extra time
to preventany disasters from occurring.) Make sure that the cases can easily
bindall of the pages of the document. If the case is too large or toosmall,
pages will fall out of the yearbook at some point. Turnon your thermal binding
machine and let it warm up.
Place a yearbook ineach one of the binding cases and
make sure that the pages are flush.All of the pages need to come into contact
with the adhesive in thecase's spine. Once your machinehas warmed up, place the
yearbook in the feed opening with the spinefacing down. Depending on the length
of your yearbook and the size ofyour machine, you may be able to bind more than
one book at time. Ifyou can do this, you will save a lot of time and finish the
job faster. Yourthermal binding machine will probably beep when it has finished
bindingyour yearbook. When this happens, remove the yearbook from the deviceand
move it to a cooling rack.
The adhesive need to completely cool andset before
you do anything else with the book. Repeat the process in order to bind your
other yearbooks. Turn on the binding machine when you are done so it won't
overheat. Onething you might want to consider if you choose to bind your
ownyearbooks is to have more than one thermal binding machine at hand.This will
speed up the process since more than one person will bebinding. Granted, you
will need to put out some extra money for anothermachine, but you'll recoup it
by not needing to send your books out forbinding by a third party. It's easy to
bind your own yearbook and it can definitely be cost-effective. Give it a try.
Good luck and happy binding!