A binder cover is a great way to personalize your binders and increase your level of organization depending on your project. Much like a book cover, binder covers are essentially a label and a unique design for your binders.
Most binders today have a plastic overlay on the outside that creates a see-through pocket. To personalize the binder, all you have to do is create and print your unique binder cover templates and slip it into the pocket. The design then shows through on the outside of the binder, making it easy to know exactly what the contents of the binder includes.
Creating and applying a cover to a binder without the overlay is possible as well. However, you will need to adhere the cover to the binder and then apply tape or another protective coating over the design to protect it against wear and tear.
Additionally, you can apply spine inserts on the spine of a binder to make it easier to organize your binders on a shelf or in storage. With the spine inserts, you again simply have to create an appropriate size template, cut it out, and insert or apply it to the spine.
Binder cover templates are typically a pretty standard size. An 8 ½ inch by 11 inch cover will fit most any binder. Spine templates are designed in a number of different sizes, though, depending on the exact size of the binder itself. The most common spin sizes available are 1 inch, 1 ½ inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, and 4 inch. Again, with any of the spine templates, you’ll simply need to select and print the appropriate size and then trim it to fit your binder.Binder Covers
Binder Cover Template 11 98.52 KBDo Binders Really Help with Organization?
You may hear the word “binders” and groan, thinking back to your elementary school days of having to tote around a heavy binder, keep it organized, and turn it in for a grade. As painful as those memories may be, you are honestly missing out if you haven’t used the same concepts of organization for keeping track of things as an adult. Binders are not only helpful, they can also be a lot of fun, especially when you’re designing your own concept of organization. With each one, you can add your own personality with unique binder covers and labels, and they make it so much easier to find things.
Just creating even a single household binder will help you:
If you’re not much on organizing, getting started may be a bit challenging. However, having a binder system is such an effective way to keep track of things, you can literally make a binder for almost anything. There are lots of different types of binders that are helpful. Keeping binders for different purposes will help you keep track of everything and have an effective system of organization. Some of the most purposeful binders include:
Binder Cover Template 20 589.82 KBCan I Design My Own Binder Cover?
Creating your own binder cover template just the way you want it is pretty simple. You can easily create a custom cover to match your organization system and create an effective set of binders. One of the easiest ways to create your own cover is to use PowerPoint. To do so, you’ll want to follow a few simple steps.
A unique binder cover is a great way to increase your level of organization and to express a little bit of your personality while you do so. Feel free to use one of the free binder cover templates included here to create your own binder cover and complete your organization project.
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Choose your wrapping material. There are a wide variety of things you can make your cover out of, but perhaps the easiest and most versatile choice is paper. Paper covers are easy to work with, and easy to switch out if your mood and interests change, or if you want a new cover for a new season or holiday. Consider any of the following:
Iron the paper or fabric if necessary. While you certainly don't have to, you may like the look of neatly ironed paper or fabric. If you are ironing fabric, simply choose the correct heat setting as indicated on your iron. If you're ironing paper, you'll need to take a couple of extra steps:
Cut the wrapping to the right size. Your wrapping material should extend past the edges of your binder when you open it and lay it down. Aim for at least ½ to 1-inch of overhang.  If your material doesn't reach past the edges of your binder, it won't be able to cover it completely.
Cut a center strip if needed. Depending upon where the rings are positioned in your binder, one side of the binder may be wider when it's open and flat (usually the left side). If you want a clean, finished look when you open your binder, you may want the center strip to be covered with paper or fabric, too. 
Apply the center strip. If you have cut a center strip of paper or fabric, apply it to the inside of your binder, with either tape or glue.
Fold the long edges of the wrapping. Next, place your open binder, outside facing down, on the paper with the longer sides pointing to the left and right. If you are using wrapping paper or something with a design on it, make sure that the “front” of the paper is down facing the table.
Fold the short edges of the wrapping paper. Place your binder back on the paper, lining it up with the creases you just made. Now, fold the paper over the short edges of the binder and make creases just like before.
Place the cover on the binder. Now, simply fold the long edges of the paper around your binder, followed by the short edges. Your binder should now have a cover that fits it snugly but not so tightly that it can't open and close easily. All you need to do is secure your cover in place so that it doesn't fall off.
Spray fabric covers with adhesive and fold onto your binder. If you're using a fabric cover and weren't able to get a tight crease, no need to worry! Simply spray the backside of the fabric with adhesive, and place the open binder on it.
Finish the insides of your binder. Cut two pieces of cardstock for the inside covers of the binder. Spray with adhesive (or line the edges with glue), and firmly place over the edges that you've wrapped around from the front. 
Decide if you want to add more decorations to your wrapping. Congratulations — you've just covered your binder. However, you don't necessarily have to stop here — you've now got a blank canvas to work with! See the suggestions below for decoration ideas.Method Two of Four:
Draw doodles on your wrapped binder. Binders offer great opportunities to express yourself artistically, especially if you've covered your binder in paper or fabric that's easy to draw on. Consider simply using your binder as a doodling surface — whenever you get bored, simply add a new sketch or design to it. This way, your binder will gradually get more detailed and unique over time.
Draw sketches on your binder cover. If you're not content with the simple, messy look of a doodled binder cover, spend a little more time making a deliberate, detailed drawing or sketch. This will take a little more skill and effort, but the results can be quite impressive. You can pick anything for your drawing, from a simple still-life scene (like a single object) to a detailed landscape — it just depends how much time you'd like to spend on your project!
Paint your binder cover. Painting takes a little more deliberate effort than drawing or doodling, but the colorful results can be amazing (especially if you're willing to take your time.) However, if you want to avoid the paint leaking through your cover to your binder, strongly consider taking the cover off first and painting it over a protective surface, like newspaper.
Use stencils to create awesome designs. Don't have the time to make your own drawing or painting freehand? Just use a stencil! Stencils make it easy to add good-looking designs to your binder cover in just a few seconds. You can trace the outlines of stencils or fill them in — it's up to you.
Create artistic labels for your binders. Are you using your binder for school or work? If so, you may want to label it so that you remember what's supposed to go in it, but you of course want the label to look awesome.
Use negative space designs. So you're not content with the basic ideas above? In this section, we'll discuss some more "out-there" ideas for covering your binder. For example, if your binder and the cover are different colors, consider using a negative space design for a striking effect.
Make a metallic gum wrapper cover. Ever notice how chewing gum usually comes in a shiny foil wrapper? If you have a lot of these wrappers lying around, you can use them to give your binder a cool metallic sheen. Gently flatten the gum wrappers and stick them to your binder cover (or the binder itself) with a small amount of glue. Repeat until the whole surface is covered. Voila—a metallic binder.
Use old calendar photos for big, gorgeous images. Don't throw away your calendars after the year is over — instead, use the photos or artwork inside as a cover.
Make duct tape patterns. This thick, durable tape is great for protecting your binder and can give it a semi-metallic sheen. You can also find a wide array of color selections. If you don't want to stick the tape directly to your binder, try making a "sheet" of tape by sticking two layers of tape so that their sticky sides face each other.
Add your favorite quotes. Give your binder a dash of humor or inspiration by recreating your favorite quotes on the cover. For instance, try typing your favorite speech excerpts, song lyrics, or poems on the computer.
Give your binder an aged look. For something a little out-of-the-box, you can try “aging” a paper cover by soaking it in tea. This can make it look like your binder is an old-fashioned book or tome!
Bedazzle your binder. Even if your binder contains boring history or math homework, it doesn't mean that the outside of it can't be fun and fabulous.
Make a collaborative cover with your friends. You don't necessarily have to make your binder cover all by yourself. One fun idea is to give your binder a plain white cover and have each of your friends add something different to it (like a doodle, sticker, funny saying, etc.)
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