To ProClick or Not To ProClick

To ProClick or Not To ProClick

I’ve owned my ProClick binding machine for almost four years. To this day, I still consider it one of my best investments for homeschooling. I bind pre-printed workbooks, printed PDFs and my school and personal planners; it is also wonderful for creating a year-end portfolio. It is also great for making those perfect bound workbooks easier to use. The ProClick has several advantages over comb binding. One is that you can open and close the spine, when you use the official ProClick spines. Another is that the bound material can be folded back, making it less annoying than comb bound material. Materials can also be bound on the right side or top– this is great for kids who have issues writing with a spine in the way. I’ve also created custom notepads or journals for myself or to give as gifts.

What is the ProClick binding machine? The GBC ProClick P50 binding machine is the cost-effective, entry-level model made by GBC especially for the ProClick spines. It’s basically a fancy hole punch that creates a series of holes to insert a spine. The ProClick machine can punch up to six pages at one time and hold an 8 1/2” by 11” sheet size. The official ProClick spines comes in three sizes: .375”which has a 45 sheet capacity, .5” which has an 85 sheet capacity, and .625” with a 110 sheet capacity.  These spines can be opened and closed with the aid of a zip tool, included when you order spines. A more cost-effective spine is the 3:1 coil spine, which can be purchased in a great variety of sizes and colors. These, however, cannot be opened as easily. A variety of covers are also available. I often use regular pocket folders as covers. These simply have to be trimmed a little on the top for size. Spines can also be trimmed with sharp pliers for creating your own custom sized books.

The ProClick binding machine and its accompanying supplies can be found at major office stores or through online retailers. My original investment was around one hundred dollars. I am still using the two boxes of 3:1 spines I originally purchased. I did splurge on a box of 100 of the largest ProClick spines, which are extremely handy. If you have a friend who also owns a ProClick machine, it can be ideal to split boxes of the spines. With so much of the new homeschool materials being available in pdf format, it is nice to know that if we need to print something, it can be bound in a professional and useable fashion.

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  1. Marcy Guyer says:

    I am a bit obsessive about organization so the ProClick has been a valuable tool for our family. After creating my lesson plans for the year, I was able to bind them into a cohesive book for my son. I also created memory work books and even used it to create our own family cookbook.

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