Spiral Bound Softback Books

Today I am going to show you a quick tip that I have done for years.  For the last decade or so I have been in a fall and spring bible study.  At the beginning of each semester we get a new soft back bible study curriculum.  About the time I had babies it became increasingly more difficult to lead a bible study while holding my book, bible and a baby. That is when my mom mentioned spiral binding the book to make it easier.  Why didn’t I think of that?

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For under $3 I get mine spiral bound at any office supply store that has binding services available.  You just bring your book in and they do the rest.

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The nice part about a spiral bind is that it lays flat on the table and you can fold the book back on itself as well.  Even though I don’t have little babies anymore I still get this done for every study.  It just makes it so nice and easy to take notes and fill in the answers.

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  • Rachel F

    What an awesome idea! I saw the book for Bible study yesterday at church and it would be fun. We do BSF and love it! I want to do this one too but think it might overextended me…Thanks for the great tip!

  • Marilyn H

    Great idea- I didn’t realize you could make a hard back book into a spiral bound.
    We are doing Precept Upon Precept (Kay Arthur) on Matthew for the entire school year this year. I have the privilege of helping with the teaching! Praise God for wonderful Bible studies that are available to grow us and nurture our souls!
    Thanks for the post!

  • http://randomthoughtsfromamomsperspective.blogspot.com SarahinSC

    What a great idea! I didn’t know that could be done!

  • http://GiftsWeUse.blogspot.com Ferly

    I love this idea! So simple and so useful! I’m in a study right now using the book Captivating by John and Staci Eldridge. Ladies, if you haven’t read that book, I would HIGHLY reccomend it! I’m discovering so much about myself and about how God hard wired us as women. It’s awesome. I’m thinking I should spiral bind the study guide that goes with the book now because those little guide books are a bit tough to keep open and write in. Thanks for this quicky tip Beckie!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I love that study! So good! Enjoy and I am glad you found the tip useful.

  • http://www.serenitynowblog.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    This is a great idea!! Bible study books can be hard to “manipulate” with pens, highlighters, etc. Thanks for sharing, Beckie. :)

  • Cherie Z

    Becky do have to remove the binding before you get it spiraled or do they do it? I was thinking of adding some blank pages between each weeks study for notes…

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh good call!!! You could just need to bring the paper in and they do everything.

  • Gabrielle Martin

    We just finished a book about Ephesians and now we’re do one on the Fruit of the Spirit. Luckily this book if already spiral bound :)!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awesome who is the author?

      • Gabrielle Martin

        My goodness! My life had been so chaotic and sad lately and now I’m finally getting back to you, sorry! The author of Fruit of the Spirit is Joyce Jameson. I can remember this now because it reminds me of James Joyce :). Thank you for both of your blogs and your pinterest pins. I enjoy reading about you. You seem like a bright and fun person and I wish I could get to know you more. Thank you for your hard work!

  • http://www.kerryskronicles.blogspot.com Kerry Murphy

    I have been doing this for a few years with all my piano music books. The bindings are never great and within a few months (especially for larger books) the bindings break and the pages fall apart. I advise all of my piano students to do the same when they start to get larger “keep forever” books. And I LOVE that the books stay open while I’m playing the song and the page turns are so much easier too because the whole book isn’t shutting on me.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh I bet, tat would be ideal for your piano students. I can’t imagine using the regular binding and having it close on you while playing.

  • http://www.abakershouse.com Holly

    Great idea! I didn’t know that binding a book like this was possible. I think it would work well for cookbooks too. It’s frustrating to have a page open to the recipe I’m using and then for the pages to turn or close if they are not held down. Thanks!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh good call I never would have thought to do a cookbook!

  • lacey

    I didn’t know it was so cheap to do that. All the years I have wasted because I assumed it was too expensive. Thanks much.

  • http://plumdoodles.com SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Thanks for a great tip! I’ve taken mine in to have hole punched so I could add it to a notebook, but this would be so much easier!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You are welcome Sheila. I love it this way. And for just a few bucks it is totally worth it.

  • http://www.organizingmadefun.com Becky@OrganizingMadeFun

    This is a great idea, Beckie! We haven’t used a book for awhile….our Bible Study is written by one of our leaders and we’re going into our second year of doing I Corinthians. We actually have them uploaded to Scribd and then all the Bible Study ladies can go on and download onto their computers and do their HW that way – many of us now bring our laptops and Ipads and such to have ours typed in {my preferences for sure}. Love this idea, though!

    Becky B.
    http://www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Wow someone writes it all? That is impressive!

  • June

    I.LOVE.THIS.IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! (IDEAS!) Thanks for sharing Ladies…..and I don’t know yet what our Fall study is…I guess I better find out!

  • Alysia B

    Genius! I had given up on following along in my book during bible study while holding/rocking/entertaining a baby. We are doing Courageous Love: A Bible Study on Holiness for Women by Stacy Mitch this fall. I just had a baby Aug. 1, so I am super excited to be able to at least keep my book open to the right page during the study. Thank you so much!!!

  • Karen

    What a wonderful idea – just confirming … you take the book in and THEY take it apart for you? I take LOTS of notes and those notebooks are really hard to write in normally. We’re going to be doing a study on James by Beth Moore. I’m definitely going to see if my Staples will do this! (Also like the idea someone had above of adding additional pages, I think I’d use lined paper).

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yep just take the book in that is all.

  • Jenny

    You have just saved my entire ladies group, The Twisted Sisters. We are constantly juggling with our books and I am sharing this awesome idea with them all via email! We are starting the Beth Moore study “Beloved Disciple: The Book of John” next Monday so that will give us time to get the books done. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      OOOOhhh I am a Beth Moore bible study junkie. I just started the new one by Priscilla Shirer and i like it so far and trying hard not to compare the two.

  • GMC3MOM

    Do you have to precut it from the original binding or do they cut it for you too?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      They do it. You just have to bring the book. Easy peasy!