There are many reasons why a business needs to have professional-looking booklets. It can be to distribute a presentation to the board, internally to staff, or even to help present a new concept to potential customers. Whatever the reason, you’re going to need a way to create great booklets.
The good news is that there are plenty of great booklet makers on the market, simply look at the one that fits your needs the best. Alongside this, it is possible to create a booklet using a long-reach stapler. It may not have the panache of a laminated binder but it will still look good. Here’s how you do it.
Get the Right Tools
Before you can start creating your project it is important to ensure you have everything ready. You will need plenty of paper, this is for printing the documents that need to be turned into a booklet. Alongside this, there needs to be some thick card that can go at the front and back of your booklet.
This is the cover page and helps to protect the document. You may wish to pick a thinner card that can go through the printer to make it easier to create the cover.
Of course, you’ll also need a long-reach stapler and plenty of staples. A long reach stapler needs to reach the centre of your page, effectively the fold line. For example, if you are creating an A4 booklet you’ll need to print the information onto A3 paper. This can then be folded in half to make a booklet and stapled in the middle.
Sort The Booklet
With everything ready you simply need to stack the paper for your booklet. Remember, this is going to be stapled and folded in the middle. That means page 1 is on the left and page 2 on the right of your A3 paper, both in A4 format.
Fold all the pages in half so that the pages are in order and then place three staples near the folded edge, at the top, bottom, and the middle.
If you only want to see information on the right side of your booklet then you can print all the information on the left side of the paper and simply stack them. This is when you’ll need the long-reach stapler to staple the middle before folding.
The key to getting this stage right is to experiment before you start stapling. This will help to ensure the papers are in the right order and stapled properly.
The final stage is to check that the booklet looks like you intended it to. This is why you only do one first. You can take it apart and redo it until you are happy. Then, when you check it you will be happy and you can start printing and stapling lots of copies.
If you need a lot of copies this is definitely a good time to invest in an automatic booklet stapler. They do all the hard work for you.