I'm always looking at different ways to bind my chipboard scrapbooks. I like the "freedom" the pages have when you use binder rings to hold the album together. Using rings gives you the flexibility to choose how many holes to punch - and therefore, how many rings to use - and also where to punch the holes. Placing just one hole in an upper corner gives your chipboard scrapbook an entirely different feel than if you place 3 holes down the left side like a notebook.
When you use binder rings to hold your chipboard scrapbooks together, you've got a more relaxed sort of page that is better able to hold 3-dimensional items. That means those beautiful flowers you used to embellish your page are less likely to get smushed than if you'd used a binding that holds your pages tighter like a book. Something to consider if you're going to be adding lots of pretty 3-D items that you don't want to ruin.
And when you use rings you have the freedom to decide where and how many to use, which means you can create different looks with your chipboard scrapbooks. This also means that you can think outside the box when it comes to determining the top, bottom, and sides of your album pages, especially when your pages have an unconventional shape.
And how about the rings themselves? Nowadays there are all types and colors to choose from. You can get all different colors of the rainbow from places like Kaisercraft. And hopefully you've already seen the really cool rings that 7 Gypsies carries? Antiqued, strewn with bling, jewel-encrusted, and gorgeous. And there are cable rings, Tim Holtz D-rings, and even rings with words on them!
So be sure to keep an eye out for just the right binder ring to take your chipboard scrapbook from plain to wow!
For those who don't care for the loose, "carefree" style that the use of binder rings affords, I'll devote a post in the future to other methods of binding chipboard scrapbooks. And I feel compelled to admit that I used to be one, my friends, who didn't care for the pages all "willy nilly". But now, it's the only way I'll bind MY chipboard scrapbooks!
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