How to make spine labels for a binder

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When organising your office or home library, it can be difficult to tell what's inside 3-ring binders that line your shelves. A simple remedy is to make spine labels for each binder so you can see at a glance what's in each binder. From simple text descriptions to colourful images that draw the eye, you can make as many spine labels as you need with just a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Binders
  • Internet access
  • Printer

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  1. 1

    Use a binder spine template, such as those found on (see the Resources section below for a link).

  2. 2

    Select Binders in the product category, then find the design that you like most.

  3. 3

    Enter in the information that best describes what's inside the binder. With most templates, you can import your own graphic if you'd like, such as your company's logo. Be as specific as possible to ensure that the label will help jog your memory when you're trying to find the right information in a hurry. On the other hand, you want your text to be large enough to be read at a glance, so don't include so many words that the text is too tiny to read. For best results, pick a short yet specific phrase of four to seen words .

  4. 4

    Print your labels. You can pick up paper that is specifically created for spine labels at an office supply store, or you can use regular paper and cut it to fit the binder. If any (or all) of the binders don't contain plastic sleeves to hold the spine labels, just use Sellotape to attach your label onto the binder.

  5. 5

    Save your work. Be sure to save your project or bookmark the template download page for easy access the next time you need to print spine labels for your binders.

Tips and warnings

  • If you purchase blank binder labels, be sure to do a test print on regular paper to make sure that your labels appear the way you want them to look before printing on the more expensive label paper.

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