Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Fun New Toy

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Remember the planner I shared a while back? Yes, that's a cover I made for it, and may I just say it took me way too long to get all those dandelion seeds all over the place. The effects were worthwhile though, don'tcha think? Anyway, that's not the new toy, the new toy is how I got that nifty spine on the planner! Several months ago I was considering purchasing the Proclick Binder from Amazon. It was then that I discovered Amazon truly had it out for me, because they refused to post that particular item my way. I was frustrated by it and decided to think about how to get around this problem. It's possible for me to send things via an American address, but sometimes items are too big or heavy to fit in the boxes we typically used. This binder went on the back burner for a while, but it was never forgotten. Then last week I had to make a run by the local office supply store. While there we decided to wander through the area they'd recently remodeled.

While the boys were wandering around the desks I stopped to look at the binders. They've never had what I wanted, I'm strictly against the comb binding. Probably because I'm too picky, but I was against it. While the binder I wanted wasn't on the shelf I noticed they had some interesting spines and I took a look. The spines I needed for my binder were on the shelf! So when the guy with a nose ring came to ask if I needed help I was able to focus on a real question instead of that highly annoying ring.. I asked him if I could use the spines with any binder they sold or if I needed a specific one.


The nose ring man was very unhelpful because he was really convinced that any old binding machine would work. I wasn't willing to risk 149 dollars to find out. So I thanked him, rounded up my guys and walked up to the counter with the spines in my hand. When the clerk rang them up I asked her the same question. She firmly said no any old binding machine wouldn't do at all. She then stated that to her knowledge they'd never even had that binder in stock. Oh so not helpful! The weird thing is, I bought the spines and decided I'd come home and see what I could find out about the binder I wanted.


After about 5 minutes I actually located the binder I wanted IN Australia. I was shocked, but oh so happy. I managed to purchase mine for $19.95 AUD from Deals Direct. When it arrived today I was literally jumping up and down, which means it's probably a good thing my husband collected the package and not me. Chances are it would have been the final straw for our poor Postie and he would have made a mad dive back to the post office and quite on the spot. After all, there's only so much craziness you can take from the American on your route before you've had your fill.

As for me, I'm pretty sure I'll be binding a whole lot of e-books I've acquired. The Click (as we've dubbed it) is seriously easy to use. Slip the paper in, slide the rounded bit on top to the other end, and you're done. The spines are equally easy to use and we've popped it open and re closed it many times all ready. That was the main reason I wanted to go with the Click. I wanted to be able to add to my spiral bound planner or take away from it! I really love this little thing!

10 comments:

Michele said...

YAY! I am glad you got it! I have this on my wish list!

Kendra said...

You won't regret it! All though it is a tad addictive since it's so fun to play with! lol I ended up binding three more books yesterday and have several more planned for today. :D

Morgan said...

How neat! Definitely one of the things on my wish list now!

Sugga Mama said...

I bought a proclick off ebay and it came in yesterday. I can't wait to use it!

Your planner looks great!

alecat said...

Hey, that looks great!
I didn't know you could get such a binder. We've been comb binding here, and it's not always what you need.
I was going to resort to trecking into Officeworks to do it there, but buying your own ... !!! :)
alecat

A modern day Essene said...

I love the look of your binder! Could you please tell me the name of the combs that you use for it? How do you take pages out and add more? I have a comb binder and can't quite get my head around this idea but it sounds great.
Jenna

Kendra said...

Jenna, it comes with a small "tool" that you pull up one way to "zip" it closed, and you pull it the other way to open it. I might have to make a quick video of how it opens and closes cause it's just so much fun. :D The spines are by ibiclick, mine came from a local office supply store (Complete Stationary something or other..), but of two branches nearby only one had them. I've no idea if Office The Works has them, but NexusAustralia & OkOffice online have them. For the A4 sizes, lots of UK sites have them as well. I'm using the 12 mm size.

Tristan said...

Horray! Mine came not too long ago and we're having fun with it. I also found a place(not sure if they ship to you) that sells coil binding that works with the ProClick. it is 3:1 ratio, comes in over 60 colors, and it super cheap. If you invest in coil pliers(not sure if that is the technical term) you're supposed to be able to bend the coil so it doesn't come out. I'm hoping to try it eventually....

Kerrilyn said...

The 'click' looks great.

I am curious...Where did you get the nice graphic organisers for your planner?

Kendra said...

Kerrilyn, I made it with a scrapbooking program.. you can download them here. I'll be uploading the planner and the monthly calendar pages as soon as I can get my technical difficulties worked out.. Hopefully tomorrow!