Tape or Thermal Binding

(Thermabind)

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Tape binding is a method, sometimes referred to as Thermabind or thermal tape binding.  Tape binding is a process which uses a fabric tape strip that is pre-coated with a durable, heat–activated glue to hold or bind the pages together.  This type of binding is  not normally used in scrapbook binding.    The glue strip tape is wrapped around the front & back covers of the book block, extending to about a half-inch to an inch on the back and front sheets.  The glue strip is then heated to bond the tape to the book.  The best practice is to use a tape binding machine. (The cost of a binding machine generally makes this process cost prohibitive for most scrapbook applications–but machines can be purchased for as little as $99.)  which centers your book’s binding edge on the tape, and completes the process by melting the glue.  The material becomes bound once the glue has cooled.  Thermal tape binding strips come in a variety of colors and size ranges to accommodate a variety of book thicknesses from 3 to 600 sheets of 20 lb.  paper.

Hand Tape Thermal Binding

Step 1

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Organized Scrapbook Pages

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Jogging Paper

Arrange your pages–including a front and back cover–in the order you want them.  Jog the pages (taping them on a hard or firm surface so that all of the pages are even along one side–the spine side) to get all of the pages uniform across the where the binding will be made.

Step 2

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Hand Sanding Book Spine

Clamp the jogged pages to keep them in their uniform position.  With the help of sanding (hand or with an electric hand sander) rough up the back (spine) of your pages.  This process will help more glue to hold you bound pages together.

Step 3

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Adding Glue to Scrapbook Spine

Apply a pre-glued tape spine to your clamped pages, and then apply heat to melt the glue to the spine edge.  Wait for the glue to cool and dry thoroughly.  While the glue on your pages is drying, fold the cover to match your spine. Keep the entire book securely held until the glue is completely dried.

Glue Gun Method:

Follow the steps above for the Tape Binding method, but make these simple adjustments:

 

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Glue Gun

When applying the glue use a hot glue gun with at least a 1/16 inch nozzle, and run a bead of glue down the spine in a curvy line. Making sure to get good coverage on the entire spine, but don’t be overly excessive with the glue. Let the glue dry. Add your cover over the dried glue. With a heated iron go over the cover and spine to re-melt the glue. You may want to add a piece of paper between your binding and the iron to prevent scorching your cover. Then allow your scrapbook to cool.

 

Binding with Thermal Binding Machines

Thermal binding your scrapbook can be much easier with the help of a thermal binding machine. Depending on the device, there are sometimes just three steps to the process, but you need to check the procedures with each machine because they may vary.  There are great thermal covers available–including ones that have windows cut into them so you can show off a title page.   Once you use one, you’ll wonder why you ever used anything else.  Click on the photographs below to get details on the particular machine/system:

Thermal Binding Machines

Helios Thermal Binding Machine

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Fellows Helios Thermal Binding Machine

Ideal for medium duty home, office or desktop use. Rapid 30-60 second binding cycle with one-minute heat up. HeatGuard technology reduces surface heat so binder is always safe to touch. Indicates when machine is ready and beeps when binding is done.
Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine

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Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine

deal for medium duty home, office or desktop use. Rapid 30-60 second binding cycle with one-minute heat up. HeatGuard” technology reduces surface heat so binder is always safe to touch. Indicates when machine is ready and beeps when binding is done. Auto shut-off safety feature prevents overheating. Folds flat for storage. Binding Spine Type: Thermal; Binding Sheet Capacity: 600; Punching Sheet Capacity

These options may not be what you are looking for.  Click here to visit our web-page on other scrapbook binding options, or go to our alphabetical subject page above and click on the “S” to see information on other binding pages.

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Ron on January 30th, 2011 | File Under Binder/Laminator, Helpful Products, Scrapbooking | No Comments -