We often get asked “How do I insert pages in to a screwpost portfolio book?” There are a few ways which we’ll discuss below and the pros and cons of each.
Hinge strips are made from a clear-flexi material and attach to the left hand side of your work and have holes that align with the holes of the binding. Your pages will bend properly and lie flat and you won’t need to worry about creating margins or a gutter for your printed pages.
We’ve created a step-by-step guide (with lots of photos!) on how to easily add hinge strips to your pages for your custom portfolio book.
PRO: Because this portion is clear, it’s not intrusive on your work and will flow nicely with your artwork. It looks very professional and streamlines your pages. They’re very easy to attach and look great.
CON: The adhesive portion of the hinge strip attaches to your page and is is not reusable at a later time on a different page although additional strips are reasonably priced.
We do sell them for $16.95 CAD ($13.35 USD) for a pack of 10 so you purchase these if you need any when you build your own custom portfolio book.
If you plan on switching the content of your screwpost portfolio book often, this may be the best option for you.
PRO: Sheet protectors allow you to easily slip your pages in to them and have a perforated area as well as holes that line up with the holes on the binding of your portfolio book. They’ll keep your pages from fingerprint marks and other dirt blemishes that can appear after handling.
CON: Because it’s essentially a plastic cover over your pages, it may cause glare over your work and feel less natural for the viewer since they’re not able to directly feel the weight and texture of the paper you’ve used. Sometimes it can be related to “scrapbook” qualities which are not as professional as other options.
We don’t sell sheet protectors but you can buy them at your local art store or online at sites like Amazon.com
Scored and Hole Punched Printed Pages
A third option is to have your pages scored and hole punched by your printer when sending them to press. You’ll want to make sure you leave a 1″ margin on the left hand side of your prints to allow for the area that will go in to the binding of your screwpost portfolio.
PRO: Your pages will appear uniform and well structured with the perforation and aligned hole spacing.
CON: Not all printers offer this service and if they do, it may be more costly than using hinge strips or sheet protectors. In addition, this option will work best with heavier weight paper or cardstock since perforation can wear on thinner paper and tear.
Still have questions about properly inserting your work in to your screwpost portfolio book? Feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free 1 855 279 0558.
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