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5 Ways to Get Organized and Buy Back Time

2013 March 11 by

When people talk about what money can’t buy you there is always a big debate. Some people think money can buy you happiness, whereas others will tell you this is not true. The reason this is so debatable is because nobody really agrees, but something people do agree on is that you can’t buy time. They tell you not to waste time because you will never get it back. Once you’ve gone to sleep that is another day of your life assigned to the record books.

What nobody tells you is that time can be bought, but it involves not wasting any in the first place. If you become a more organized person you can sometimes save hours per day and those free hours can be spent doing things you love. So you can buy time, but first you just need to become a lot more organized than you are at the moment. It’s not easy because we’re used to wasting lots of time every day, so look at these techniques that can help you buy some time back.

Some digital help

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Why Buy American Made Products…the Top 10 Reasons

2012 October 2 by

You may think twice about buying foreign products after reading the top 10 reasons why you should buy American made products.

1. Creates Jobs

Each manufacturing job creates approximately 5 additional jobs such as positions in accounting, technical support, sales, and marketing.

2. Helps keep the American Economy Growing

Profit earned from orders shipped abroad are rarely advantageous to our economy. Buying American-made products recycles our dollars back into our economy.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Choose the Right Binder

2012 September 4 by

We’ve all been there. You walk into a store, find the binder section, and are completely overwhelmed by the selection. How do you choose the perfect one? This infographic gives a few helpful tips on picking the right three-ring binder for your needs.

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Things to do with Ring Binders

2012 August 30 by

Ring binders can be great everyday organizing tools. There are many more uses for ring binders than just organizing school papers and storing presentations. Here is a list of a few uncommon uses for 3-ring binders:

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12 Items to Keep You Entertained at Work

2012 May 18 by

Let’s face it. Cubicles stink. No one wants to sit down for 9 hours in a makeshift cloth box doing TPS reports. Below are 12 items plus a bonus item to keep you and your neighbors entertained at work.

1. Airzooka Air Gun – $13

2. Executive Elite Marshmallow Blaster – $55

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30 Amazing Sculptures Made out of Cardboard

2012 May 1 by

We are no stranger to cardboardat Samsill.  We make the RAW binder which is highly durabletype of chipboard/cardboard. All of our binders had some form of chipboard between the sheets of Polypropylene. We know our way around cardboard, but Chris Gilmour brings cardboard to an entirely different level.

Via Chris Gilmour via TwistedSiftler 

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What is Administrative Professionals’ Day?

2012 April 25 by

What is Administrative Professionals’ Day?

Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a holiday in several countries. Recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. In North America, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (Today)

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8 Uses For Binders

2012 March 21 by

The ring binder was first patented in 1854 and since then they have been used for many things. The binder is the most efficient way to organize all kinds of materials. Since binders come in different sizes, colors, materials, and capacities, they are a universal tool for any type of organizational need. Binders also allow the user to become creative in what a binder is used for. Possibilities are endless when it comes to the many uses of binders.

Samsill has one of the widest, if not the widest, array of binder selection in the industry. There are WAY more than 8 uses for them but here are 8 that others have found useful.

Here are 8 uses for ring binders:

1. Sales pricing books
2. Owner’s manuals or employee handbooks can be easily organized into a binder
3. Organize school materials, homework, etc.
4. Organizing collections: Whether you collect stamps, baseball cards, or other memorabilia, plastic sheets and inserts are a great place to put collections and can be easily placed into a binder
5. Binders can make great scrapbooks or photo albums
6. Easel binders allow for making presentations easy
7. If you have a bunch of recipes lying around, a binder can be used to make a cookbook
8. A binder was originally created to hold loose leaf paper, which is a great place to write a journal, a book, or track goals

These are just a few examples of how binders can be used, but there are many more uses out there. Binders make organization easy and convenient, especially with binder accessories such as tabs and page protectors.

8 Uses for Binders - Samsill

The Binders For Life series from Samsill are great binders to use for any of the 8 uses for binders.

Who Invented the 3 Ring Binder?

2012 February 28 by

The three ring binder serves as an integral component to any office, home, or educational facility. It keeps papers organized and neat, and presents them in a professional manner. The invention of the three ring binder led to other inventions and innovations related to office implements.

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Dutch Street Artist Creates Amazing Portraits Using Only Tape

2012 February 26 by

We like office supplies around here at Samsill.  Tape is DEFINITLY an office product, and this is by far the COOLEST thing we’ve ever seen done with it!

Via Design Taxi

Dutch street artist Max Zorn has revolutionized the way we usually use duct tape by creating portraits out of them.

Using layers of translucent duct tapes, Zorn creates stunning portraits of pop culture figures like the Beatles and also classic artworks such as Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.

Zorn’s fascinating works have appeared on buildings, windows as well as street lamps all over Europe.

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Types of Three-Ring Binders

2012 February 25 by

Three-ring binders can help keep important papers organized. The ease in opening the rings adds to the convenience of separating papers into groups and using tabs to label sections. Three-ring binders are available in different ring shapes and sizes. Each ring shape has a different mechanism and is fitted into the three-ring binder differently. Knowing the difference in the types of three-ring binders will aid you in picking the right binder to meet your needs.

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Recycled Binder Uses – Making an Aerodynamic Kit For A Lamborghini Out Of Two Three Inch Binders

2012 February 24 by

A good friend of mine, Mark from Marketing, is a car enthusist as well as a skier from Monaco.  He put a ski box on top of his Lambo but didn’t like the speed limit that put on his car. So he created a DIY aerodynamic kit for his Lambo out of binders.  Just another way to reuse old binders!!

From his blog:

I know you are not supposed to put a ski box on a Lambo and I do know that you are an absolute idiot if decide to build an aerodynamic improvement on the car with a some card board and duct tape. I guess that makes me a super idiot! Haha

As Janni will be waiting for me in Monaco tomorrow I decided that I am going to get there as fast as I can after the race. So I decided to design an aero modification that I think will help the drag, creating better fuel economy and most importantly taking away our high speed limit… ;-)

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how our modification worked, I must say that with our only option of some card board and duct tape we did a pretty good job! 250km/h+ here we come? ;-)

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Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Plastic

2012 January 31 by

This story comes to us from the great people over at Co.Exist.  Here is an excerpt from their article.

The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.

The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.

The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and–even more surprising–do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill.

Student Pria Anand recorded the microbe’s remarkable behavior and Jonathan Russell isolated the enzymes that allow the organism to degrade plastic as its food source. The Yale team published their findings in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology late last year concluding the microbe is “a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation.” In the future, our trash compactors may simply be giant fields of voracious fungi.

mushrooms

 

This is great news for us and the rest of the world.  Plastics can be very harmful to the environment.  That is why we, at Samsill, take such great care to recycle almost everything, use post consumer content, use as little plastic as possible without degrading performance, and buy our supplies through environmentally friendly suppliers.

We also have the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder on the market. It is one of our top sellers and it is fully biodegradable (meaning it breaks down in a traditional landfill environment unlike most plastics).  2012 is going to be a HUGE year for us because we are introducing quite a few new, full environmentally friendly, products to the binder market.

Stay tuned for more.

Biodegradable Binder

 

Samsill Launches New Binder Fashion Colors for 2012

2012 January 30 by

Like Saturdays INFOGRAPHIC said, this is the beginning of “COLOR DAYS” around Samsill.  We are extremely happy to announce our NEW FASHION COLORS FOR 2012.

and be sure to check out our 2012 FASHION COLOR PRESS RELEASE that went out this morning!

What Will 6 Million Matches and 16 Years of Life Get You? Awesomeness

2012 January 17 by

Via My Modern Met

Think you have the time, dedication and patience to create an artwork like this? First, try and comprehend these numbers. 6 million matches. 16 years of life. Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov used that many matches and spent that much time to create this impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery. Made of wood, matches and gems, it’s now on display at the Museum of Archaeological in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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New Year Wisdom

2012 January 5 by

It is a few days into the New Year and it is about the time when the holiday season hype is over and things are slowly getting back to normal.  A lot of you probably made New Years resolutions, as so many people do, but maybe this year is different. Maybe this year is the year to keep your resolution. Whatever your resolution was, even if you didn’t have one, this article could be the difference between starting the new year off right, or wrong. It was quite a paradime shift in my traditional way of thought, maybe if can help you too.

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2011 Office Products Holiday Shopping Guide

2011 December 2 by

Samsill a huge manufacturer and supplier of office products in the country. But we don’t make everything.  That is why I get excited when I find other cool office products I can add to my collection in my office. Here is a list of some awesome office supplies I am adding to my “Office Supplies Christmas Wish List.”

Enjoy!

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Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know

2011 December 1 by

As 2011 comes to a close, Samsill, wants to reminisce a bit. We make office products (along with some other things) and as society gets more technological commodity products are often forgotten about.  It is  true that a lot of commodity products are declining and eventually won’t be needed anymore. Technology is quickly replacing a good portion of the industry.  With that said, there are new commodity products that work with technology that are quickly on the rise. At Samsill we like to look forward to where the industry is going.  It is an exciting time in our industry and we are putting the pedal to the metal to say ahead of the curve.

Below is a list from Yahoo with some interesting things that babies born in the last 12 months will never know about.  What surprised us was some of these things listed aren’t that old themselves.
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Guarantee

2011 November 30 by

Samsill’s BindersforLife is about creating products that matter to you. We are proud to constantly create unique products;
like our Biodegradable, Antimicrobial, Breast Cancer Awareness and Ergonomic binders.

Our Guarantee

The BindersforLife Guarantee is a statement of confidence to our customers for the reliability and durability of Samsill’s BindersforLife products. Our binders are designed and manufactured to the highest standards in quality, appearance and performance. This lifetime warranty reflects a 58 year tradition of excellence and a commitment to superior binder products. The BindersforLife guarantee is our pledge to you that we will proudly stand behind our products for the lifetime of the binder.

Samsill’s BindersforLife products are fully guaranteed to the original owner against a defect in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturer defect, even after extended use, we will replace it. If product is no longer available we will replace the item with a product of similar style and value. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, improper care or use, negligence, or the natural breakdown of colors and materials over extended time and use. Samsill’s liability under this guarantee shall be limited to the cost of replacement only.

To report a binder defect, please contact customer service. Please include your telephone number so that we may contact you. In order to receive replacement product you must present proof of purchase and send the defective binder to Samsill for review. If after inspection, we find that the product is defective in materials or workmanship, we will refund any shipping cost, replace the product at no charge and return the product to you. If the exact product is no longer available we will replace it with a product of similar cost and construction.

ATTN: Binder for Life Guarantee bindersforlife@samsill.com
Samsill Corporation
5740 Hartman Road
Fort Worth, TX 76119-6234

Humor To Uplift You On The Monday After a Holiday

2011 November 28 by

Oh the joy of a Monday after a holiday break. It never gets easier!

This made us laugh. Hopefully it cheers you up too!

Happy Monday!

Samsill Marketing

[INFOGRAPHIC] Saturday

2011 November 19 by

It is time once again for the weekend’s infographic.  We have it pretty easy in the states. We can travel with hardly any restrictions or visa’s.  Not all countries citizens have it so easy. . .
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The World’s Biggest Binder

2011 November 18 by

The TITAN 6″ BINDER – Samsill Corp.

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The first ever six inch binder. It is the largest binder on the market. The Titan is made of heavy-duty construction and supported by a locking heavy-duty D-ring.  Most impressive this binder holds over 1200 pages.  No other binder comes close to the TITAN’s storage capacity.

The TITAN comes in 3 different styles.

First, it is available in our Antimicrobial Reference Binder (163 series).  This binder not only holds 1200+ pages but it also doesn’t allow germs to grow on its major surfaces.  That is a big deal for anyone that is going to have a lot of different hands touching this binder!

Second, the TITAN comes in our standard NON-stick D-Ring view binder.

Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents.

Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene. Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings. Two clear inside pockets for additional storage of loose papers. Holds sheet size 8.5×11. Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content.

  • Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine
  • Front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents
  • Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene
  • Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings
  • Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content

Made in USA with domestic & foreign components

America Recycles Day and a Good Feeling Video for this Tuesday

2011 November 15 by

Today (November 15th, 2011) is America Recycles Day.  Here is what the website says:

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!

Help the world we live in, take the pledge to recycle and reuse instead of discard.  Here at Samsill we took the pledge. We use 100% recycled chip board any time we can. And all of our products are made up of at least some recycled material.  We also make the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder.  If you choose to throw it away instead of recycling it (which all of our binders are 100% recyclable) the binder will break down in <5 years as opposed to 20+ year.

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Ergonomics

2011 November 3 by

Ergonomics.  Not a word that is often used and therefore not a word that a lot of people know.  Ergonomics is defined as the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities.

The Economics of Ergonomics (via HumanScale)

Ergonomics has much more to it than simply promoting comfort and reducing injury risks. Good ergonomics increases productivity and employee morale. It reduces costs and contributes to company goals; therefore impacting the bottom line.

The largest and most important assets of any organization are the employees. A good ergonomics program is the best way to maximize their potential.

 

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DIY Recipe Binder

2011 October 27 by

UPDATE:  New video documenting how she created this recipe binder!  Check it out!

We are blessed to have such wonderful & loyal customers.  The below post comes from a close friend of ours who made an incredible DIY recipe binder from our Antimicrobial Binder & our Sheet Protectors.  What a great DIY!

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Breast Cancer & Plastic

2011 October 13 by

What to use & what not to use

I must thank our friends at the Think Pink, Live Green column on breastcancer.org for this week’s blog. 

Plastic. It is a polarizing material. Love it or hate it there is no denying it or getting away from it. Plastic has helped revolutionize the world in many ways but it has also caused its fair share of problems. It isn’t healthy to ingest…at all. Cancer and many other diseases have been linked back to plastics. There are a bunch of different types of plastic and each has different issues. This post is to help you become knowledgeable about the material and figure out what is okay to have around and what is unhealthy. Continue reading »

City of Hope – The Power of Hope Campaign

2011 October 4 by

The Power of Hope is the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in City of Hope’s history. This ambitious initiative will raise $1 billion in support of its mission — to cure and prevent cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The campaign will culminate in 2013, City of Hope’s centennial.

Since its founding, its work has been advanced by generous individuals, corporations, foundations and chapters from across the country. This national support has already helped it raise $550 million of its $1 billion goal.

Today, City of Hope is better positioned than ever before to change the landscape of cancer research and treatment.

To learn more about the Power of Hope campaign and support City of Hope, please visit http://www.powerofhopecampaign.org.

Speedy Spine™ Time Saving View

2011 July 3 by

Round Ring
Loads spine inserts 5 times faster than traditional view binders.

Speedy Spine™ Time Saving View

2011 June 9 by

D-Ring
Loads spine inserts 5 times faster than traditional view binders.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable View

2011 May 20 by

D-Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable View

2011 May 19 by

Round Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

DXL/Contour Cover Ergonomic

2011 May 18 by

D-Ring
Solves the problem of overhanging index tabs and page protectors

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable Storage

2011 May 7 by

D-Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Clean Touch™ Antimicrobial View

2011 May 4 by

Round Ring
Antimicrobial protected binders, using the natural power of silver.

Clean Touch™ Antimicrobial View

2011 May 1 by

D-Ring
Antimicrobial protected binders, using the natural power of silver.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable Storage

2011 April 4 by

Round Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Clean Touch™ Antimicrobial Reference

2011 April 1 by

D-Ring
Antimicrobial protected binders, using the natural power of silver.