Curriculum Materials Center: Curriculum Design Studio

About the Curriculum Design Studio

The Curriculum Design Studio (Peabody 302) is a project space created with teachers in mind! The studio is equipped with a large white board table, two die-cut machines (with over 100 die-cuts!), a binder machine, a large paper cutter, a permanent collection of creative supplies, a page laminator (available upon request), a chalk wall, as well as bins of scrap paper, book covers, magazines and other consumable materials.

Permanent Collection in Design Studio

Animals Stamps
Dinosaurs; Vehicles Stamps
Sea life stamps
uppercase alphabet stamps
Lowercase Alphabet Stamps
ink Pads for Rubber stamps

Public Domain Images & Clip Art

How to Use the Die-Cut Machine

  1. Place your die, with the foam side up, directly onto the sliding tray.
  2. Place paper to be cut on top of the die.
  3. Place cutting pad on top of your cutting paper and die.
  4. Carefully push the sliding tray ino the opening of the machine until the cutting pad contacts the roller.
  5. Note the rotation of the handle and rotate it in the same direction until your die, paper, and cutting pad have passed completely through the rollers.
  6. Remove your finished die-cut shapes and scrap material

Please place any usable scraps in the scrap bin and the die away.

How to Use the Binder Machine


Please notify the staff in the Curriculum Lab Office (Room 309AA) if questions arise during use. If no one is in the office, please see staff at the Public Services Desk.

Step 1

Set the edge guide to the desired paper size (e.g. 8.5” or 11”).

  • If you are using a cover, set the edge guide to OVERSIZED COVER.  Then for the documents, set the guide to 11” LETTER.

Step 2

Align your documents with the edge guide (according to use of cover or not) and then punch the holes by pulling the large handle toward you. 

  • Insert at most 10 sheets of regular paper at a time when punching holes.
  • If you are using heavier paper such as construction paper, cardstock or sheets that have been laminated, insert 3-5 sheets at most.

Step 3

Use the binder sizer to determine the comb size you need. 

  • Slide the sizer open, insert the documents to be bound, and then release the sizer. You will then know the size of the comb needed.  
  • Read the appropriate comb size and procure a comb from a staff member (Room 309AA).

Step 4

With the open portion facing you, place the comb behind the corresponding comb on the binder.

Step 5

Turn the bind lever toward you until the comb opens wide enough to insert your documents.

Step 6

Insert your documents.  Then turn the lever away from you to close the comb.

  • Lift the bound item up.