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Thread #12964   Message #105160
Posted By: Tiger
15-Aug-99 - 07:10 AM
Thread Name: Help: Personal Songbook question
Subject: RE: Help: Personal Song Book question
Some fine points from my own songbook experience, applies to 8-1/2 x 11 sheets in 3-ring binders:

1. Don't let the binders get too big or they'll self-destruct from their own weight. The spine is strained, the rings get askew, and you need an industrial-strength coffee table. Mine are about 200 pages each, and even that is a bit heavy.

2. I use a D-ring binder with the ring mechanism mounted on the back cover, not the spine. Much less strain this way. The flat (right) side of the D-ring allows all pages to rest flat and aligned properly when the book is closed.

3. I have a 3-hole punch that makes oversize holes for easier page turning. For larger batches (I do mine 4 or 5 at a time), there's a deluxe version called a paper drill, probably overkill. IMPORTANT - use a punch with FIXED, not adjustable, punch units and be sure you always align the paper the same way when punching. Otherwise, each batch winds up punched differently and you can't flip pages quickly or in a bunch.

4. ALWAYS use sheet lifters, front and back, to keep the pages away from the ring mechanism and prevent the book from being closed if the pages aren't aligned.

Man,......what a fussbudget.