Hi teacher friends! Thanks for stopping by! I've gotten so many requests lately about how I put my teacher planner together I thought I would do a quick post to show you all the details.
**First off, let me say that this blog post in NOT sponsored or endorsed by Swingline. I just wanted to share with you what works for me! I've tested out a few binding machines and I've found my personal fave! I hope you enjoy this post and find it to be helpful!
The first time I had my own planner bound (at an office supply store) I literally cringed upon paying for it. It was super expensive and after a while, I wanted some things to change but I couldn't do anything about it, because the planner was bound permanently!
After all was said and done, it turned out to be a waste of time and money. In the past, when I assembled my lesson plan book, I just used a 2inch binder. And that works totally fine but I really wanted the FEEL of a planner. There's just something about a spiral bound book that makes me incredibly happy. I know, weird huh? LOL
Then I found this AMAZING binding machine on Amazon and all my wildest planner dreams came true. This Binding System allows you to bind your items and then REMOVE or OPEN the binding spines!!!! It's also incredibly EASY to open it. Swingline gives you a little tool that quickly pops the binding clips open. BEST BINDING MACHINE EVER!
I was worried the binding might not hold up over time, so I gave it a year. Pictured above is my planner from this past year and I've had ZERO issues. The binding clips hold up wonderfully!
Some of the machines I sorted through look like you need a special degree to operate them?! This one from Swingline couldn't be simpler. You place in your paper and push the black lever up or down. It was even strong enough to punch holes through these super cute Llama plastic dividers (pictured above) that I used in my planner last year!
That's it! It really is that easy! I will mention that this binding machine cannot handle for than a few sheets of paper at one time. So if you're looking to bind a lot of books (like a class set), you may want to find a machine that can handle more volume at one time! For me personally, I use this for making my own planners, calendars, and books for my two boys.
You can find the binding machine featured in this post on Amazon HERE.
Grab a 25 pack of binding spines on Amazon HERE.
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