Wedding Planning Binders

Ah, wedding planning binders. They’ve been a standby in an industry that’s incredibly trendy. Where brides (and grooms) spend an ungodly amount of time trying to be more creative, more innovative, more stylish, and so on. All for a ceremony that’s about as traditional as tradition can get. 

However, while brides go Bride Wars and work to out-do each other, wedding planning binders is the source for all the initiatives. It might seem that technology would have replaced the hard custom binder, and in some ways, it has. Websites like Pinterest are must-haves (spawning the term ‘pinspo’ for pin + inspiration) for getting ideas and learning how to DIY. Instagram is another source, as can be evidenced by the uptick in giant walls made of flowers after Kimye’s union. Instagram also allows instant photo sharing via hashtags, so wedding guests can upload and share their favorite informal pics at the event. 

But weddings are more than just pictures and ideas saved to a Pinterest board. There are more elements and sources of inspiration, beyond what can be pinned and posted.  As someone who works in the wedding planning world, custom binders can be a great giveaway to new clients. 

Uses for Wedding Planning Binderswedding planning binders

Getting Organized

The most obvious use is, of course, getting organized.  Include your own templates for the wedding planning, or allow the recipient to customize with their own. Many couples use color coding, custom fonts, and more to stay organized. For added adabtability, include envelopes for loose articles and receipts. 

Saving Samples

A big part of any wedding is the tactile piece. From invitations to centerpieces to colors, it’s important to both feel and see the materials prior to committing. Wedding parties want to see the colors, feel the materials, the embossing on invitations, everything.  Keeping it all one place makes it easier to compare, and also to do the following…

Showing & Telling

It’s ten times easier to show people something than it is to simply tell them about it. Hence the popularity of visual mediums.  Using wedding planning binders gives your clients the ability to show people the exact color swatches, the exact style of program, maybe even photos of arrangements and other tips. Be sure to include something eye-catching from your own business and industry to draw attention as well – this is a marketing tool, after all!

Standing Out In the Wedding Business

Working with weddings is a time consuming, emotionally-taxing role. You’re dealing with many people making big-budget decisions about what may be the most important day of their lives.  Bringing them on board means showing that you care. Whether you are a wedding planner, a caterer, photographer, or some other role, gifting wedding planning binders is literally the gift that keeps giving.  Plus, by incorporating your own subtle branding, website and more, you’re sure to add to your own business as well. 

Contact Sunrise today to start designing your custom binders for weddings! 

Custom Binders & Organizing

When I think of organization, I have to admit: custom binders do not leap to the top of my list. I'm much more likely to search for an app for organizing notes, recordings, or whatever I need on my smartphone than I am to pick up a binder. But recently, in the most unlikeliest of places,  I was reminded that some people are more tactile. 

I was watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, and the character of Amy Santiago was enjoying a new binder. 

Custom binders make some people happy

Simple Pleasures of Custom Binders

For those who don't watch the show, Amy is a somewhat Type-A detective with a penchant for organization and procedure. She's tidy, polite, and loves her binders.  Amy and her binders are something of a running gag, but there's something to the simple pleasure she receives.

In the hyper world of the TV cop show, it's understandable how something so seemingly simple can be soothing and bring calmness.  It's a small piece of sanity, a corner of control. When everything else is volatile and subject to the whims of coworkers and criminals, Amy's custom binders are 100% in her control. 

Why Bind It When You Can Scan It?

The ability to pick up and page through a binder is soothing. Users can see everything at once with just a few flips instead of searching through a smartphone. It's a conventional organization system; easy to pick up and intuit, versus someone's private devices. I know that my method of filing (or lack thereof...I prefer to tag things, then just enter a search query when I want it) isn't the same as others. Using a standard system within a binder makes it easier for the entire office to find common resources quickly and efficiently. 

Scanning/taking pictures of documents on the go is handy, but when it comes to document sharing (especially in a not-so-technology-literate organization), it can get tricky. Especially when no one wants to admit that they don't fully understand how to access something. Take the guesswork out by storing communal resources in custom binders. 

 

Options for Custom Binders

Here at Sunrise Packaging (Minnesota), we've been experimenting with some great new, more durable options for custom binders. New techniques include creating covers from a single piece of chipboard, increasing their ability to withstand pressure and the effects of time. Euro-scoring, or rounded corners, help people grasp binders more easily. It's a great option for larger documentation sets or files. Not to mention that pockets or adhesive trays can be added as well to hold discs, notepads, or anything else that could be useful. Contact us today to talk about your needs, discuss cover printing options, and more. Amy would be proud!

How Binders Aid Retention

 

Custom Turned Edge Binder

Learning and Retention

Learning and retention are hot topics for any trainer, but less so for professionals whose primary role focuses on something else. Typically, the human resources department of an organization is tasked with ensuring that employees know and understand the basics of their new job as well as build on that knowledge. There are many methods to utilize when creating training materials, and far too often, organizations focus on the format in which the materials are handed out and less so on the quality of the products. This is where Sunrise's high end binders--specifically, turned edge binders--can save you from yourself.

Ideal for HR Trainings

Turned edge binders are ideal for HR trainings for a few reasons. When an employee wants or needs information on something specific, they're unlikely to access an elearning module, search through it for the information they want, and come away from it with a positive outlook. However, being able to grab a quality binder and quickly flip to the information does. Turned edge binders also provide a tactile experience, which for some learning styles, is more effective to help employees retain information. This isn't to say that a hard cover binder should replace elearning modules or more interactive formats. But a binder to supplement and complement information is always a plus. Some things which HR departments need to consider when creating materials include these facts about adult learning:

  1. Adult learning is autonomous
    Adults are old enough to make their own decisions, right? So when learning, they need to feel the freedom to make their own choices. This is where giving them the option to skip and return to modules as well as go at their own pace (electronically or via the turned edge binders) is an important aspect to training.
  2. Incorporating knowledge and life experiences increases retention
    Being able to connect past experiences and knowledge base with new things helps things *stick*. Trainings which can pull out relevant experiences not only interest attendees (because they can relate) but also helps them frame the knowledge.
  3. Keep things goal-oriented
    Building on the previous two tips: in order to keep employees on task and engaged through their experiences, it's important that lessons have a goal or have a clear outcome. In order to maximize the learning potential, it's important to set timeframes for completion. Coupled with the clear outcomes, this helps employees stay on schedule. However, modules with known timings can make people nervous, which might be an unfair representation of their skillset. Providing hard cover binders alongside an e-module turns into an open-book test of sorts, which eases anxiety.
  4. Learning should be relevant and practical
    No one likes to feel like their time is being wasted, right? And that's hardly the impression you want to make on a new employee. Make it clear how these lessons tie in to their productivity or ability to do their job better. Additionally, using examples which help ground theoretical concepts helps enhance understanding.

But why turned edge binders?

Sunrise has many types of binders, but we love turned edge. They have a (literal) longer shelf life since they tend to be more durable. The customization is also higher than other styles, as the covers can be printed digitally or offset to match your organization's branding. Add ins, like pockets and adhesive trays, also increase their functionality.

What type of training does your organization provide? And how much did you remember a week after it was over? I bet you wish you had a binder.

 

Ann Sachs Turned Edge Binder

Custom Binder Spotlight: Laurel Mountain Photography

custom hardcover D-ring binder, euro scored spine. 100 chipboard, dull rainbow black ultima, laurel mountain photography, sunrise packaging custom binder

Laurel Mountain Photography is an award-winning wedding photographer. Their accolades list is so accomplished, it makes you wonder if anyone else is shooting weddings these days. Their style is elegance, their subject is black tie formal, and their materials have to match. The product is this beautiful custom binder complimenting Laurel Mountain’s classy style.

 

The chipboard cover features a 1-color silkscreen for that clean, minimalist look, proving that an overabundance of flare does not always stand out. Couple this with the organic-looking handwriting font and this custom binder is checking most of the boxes for this year’s trends.

 

The rivets are exposed but blend in beautifully with the Dull Black Rainbow Ultima wrap color both inside and out, creating a stark backdrop for the white lettering. The D-Ring is 4” nickel, sturdy enough to store and display an entire day’s worth of memories in photo form. The rounded Euro-scored spine offers both a unique luxurious look as well as flexible binding, perfect for sharing with a group.

 

custom 4 inch D-ring binder, euro-round spine, exposed black rivets, 1-color silkscreen, laurel mountain photography, sunrise packaging custom binder

 

This custom binder truly matches the sophisticated and professional level of Laurel Mountain Photography’s award-winning business, adding that personal touch to remind their clients why they are the best in show. A visual trade needs to send a clear message with every element. This custom binder is for proofs, meaning it goes to the client. It’s the frame around the masterpiece, so it must still exude a sharp, high-end feel. Laurel Mountain Photography certainly knows how to stun.

It was a pleasure to play a part in this custom binder design.

Cold Cracking in Vinyl Packaging Products

Custom Vinyl Binders

A week or so ago we had to delay shipping out some packaging of vinyl products to our clients to be safe because of the possibility of cold cracking. Cold cracking is when vinyl becomes firm and brittle when exposed to cold. When this happens the material may actually crack or split if jolted a bit. This consequence is called ‘cold cracking’. The majority of the year, this is not a possibility. However, during late autumn and winter, as the temperature falls, the possibility of cold crack rises. The problem occurs when vinyl products or ring binders, made from general purpose vinyl, are left in cold temperatures for a lengthy amount of time. The vinyl products and binders chill, and if they are dropped or thumped when still frozen, they may break. When the vinyl products and binders are permitted to warm up before moving them, usually for a few hours in a warm setting, they are good to go. We do believe in being safe rather than sorry!

Custom Rigid Binders

If you ever need to use three ring binders for an event, marketing package, or even just everyday organizational use, you may be unaware that there is a vast amount of untapped potential that lies within a simple item. A custom manufacturer of high end marketing and retail packaging solutions, Sunrise Packaging also has a long history of manufacturing custom three ring binders. We have seen a major change in this part of our business as vinyl sales has steadily decreased. Now, our clients are looking for high quality, customizable items that can be made with their own company artwork- you call the shots! Whether you opt for a full color printed graphic design or a foil stamped material wrap, turned edge is the way to go for company binders. Especially if you are creating something to be a part of a marketing kit or sales promotion, spring for all the bells and whistles- represent your organization with the best of the best, and help us take your concept and make it a reality!

Rigid Packaging Solutions

Custom turned edge packaging solutions offer an elegant way to market and promote your brand. Whether you are selling a product, service, or simply raising awareness, take advantage of the versatility of turned edge. Also known as rigid packaging, turned edge refers to boxes, binders, and other packaging items that are made with durable chipboard with an exterior wrap. Choose from different fibers or provide your very own artwork to be adhered to the outside. This creates the look and feel of a hardcover textbook often seen with luxury retail products and high quality sales kits. Check out the video below to see how many different ways Sunrise Packaging can provide high quality packaging solutions made by an experienced turned edge manufacturer!

Rigid Packaging Solutions

As a custom packaging solutions provider, converter, and manufacturer, we are privileged to be able to see first hand exactly where our demand is and where our niche fits into the needs of our customers. What we have noticed is the immense growth that the rigid and turned edge products have seen within just the last few years. Whether our clients need packaging for retail items, large size demonstration kits, or even small promotional pieces, turned edge packaging solutions offer customizable and dependable options for our long time and new clients to choose from. Shown above are three examples of the many rigid items that we are capable of making here at Sunrise Packaging. First we have a three ring binder made for a company packaging a recipe cookbook, then we have a presentation box for Snap-On tools displaying their newest product line. And finally we have an interesting take on our promotional product, the Flashpad. This rigid flat has custom die cut foam adhered to the inside creating the look of a small hard cover box, yet housing important sample products for our client to distribute. Contact Sunrise Packaging to see how in-house manufacturing and rigid packaging solutions can add value to your products and services. Brand representation and visibility plays such a large role in successful business- don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

Turned Edge Easel Binder

rigid easel binderSometimes a simple three ring binder can make all the difference when it comes to presenting your company, clients, or volunteer staff with information concerning a new program or event. The beauty of custom turned edge manufacturing is that you are able to brand these binders with a logo, mission statement, or creative design. This feature gives you the opportunity to keep your brand present and reinforced long after the binder is needed. There are many different styles and materials to choose from when it comes to three ring binders- they are a more versatile item than many people are led to believe. The binder shown here is constructed to stand up and serve as an easel display for the contents of the binder. Watch the video below to see it in action! This rigid binder can add value to any corporate program or marketing efforts!

Turned Edge, Hardcover Versatility

Here at Sunrise Packaging, we try our best to provide clients with the resources, materials, and information in order make an informed decision regarding their needs and preferences for their packaging solutions projects. While we have in the past offered e-flute corrugated options as well as SBS paperboard and poly materials, our in-house specialty is definitely turned edge, also known as rigid construction. The use of durable chipboard and a custom wrap of our clients’ choosing offers an affordable and effective way to stand out among competitors whether the package is for marketing promotions or even a retail product. The three items shown above have all been produced by us with custom turned edge. Ranging from a large intricate sales kit for a tool set, to a simple Flashpad with particularly thick foam and then on to a simple setup box with a bare inside- turned edge packaging solutions are so customizable that all of these products were feasible under the same roof. As a turnkey manufacturing house, we pride ourselves in the ability to source correct materials, print any graphic design or artwork, and of course create a final product that is fulfilled and ready to ship. While turned edge is not a household term, we like to refer to it as hardcover because it is the same way a hardcover text book is made. To see more pictures of the wide variety of turned edge products we have made, we invite you to visit our google+ page or even our tumblr.