Hole Reinforcing Strips

Over time, your sheet protector holes may begin to stretch and tear. This is especially true of trifolds which need more careful handling than single-page sheet protectors.

Because trifolds can be extended so far out and can hold three times the material (thus making them heavier), their holes are subject to higher stress.

The hole tearing can be delayed by making sure to "accordion in" trifolds before turning. Also it's a good idea to leave a little slack when clipping the trifolds (so that they're not pulling against binder rings).

When sheet protector holes DO tear, these plastic hole-reinforcing strips are great for extending the life of your trifolds. These are the only hole reinforcements I've found that will stick to sheet protectors. 

Watch the video or read steps (shown below the video) for tips on how to apply them.

  1. Separate strips (if not already separated)
  2. Peel off paper backing to reveal sticky side of plastic; discard paper. Important: Use entire plastic strip and reinforce all three holes at once.
  3. If holes are not centered on the width of the strip, apply such that the wider part of plastic is toward the outside of the sheet protector (see video above for more explanation).
  4. Hold plastic strip slightly above the sheet protector to visually center the strip's middle hole with the sheet protector's middle hole.
  5. Align the other two holes and lightly place plastic strip on sheet protector. Note:  If misaligned, lift up plastic strip and try again.
  6. Gently smooth plastic down outwards from the center hole. Press firmly along the entire strip to ensure strong adhesion. 

A few other thoughts. The ends of these strips can be cut if they're too long to fit on other sheet protectors. 

These can be applied on top of previous reinforcement strips. You can also put them on the opposite side from existing reinforcements.

Finally, I find it easier to apply these against a solid-colored background. My kitchen counters have a spotty pattern, which makes it hard for me to see and line up the holes. I use a thin, solid-colored, plastic cutting board to make it easier.

Use with Music Longer than Six Pages

If you follow me on Facebook or have recently placed an order, you may have already seen this. 

A question that pops up from time to time is what to do with music that's longer than six pages. No, it's not time to go back to cardboard and tape! 

Depending on how much longer the piece is, there will need to be some page turns, but not as many as there would be without a ChoreoKeeper.

Watch the video or see the steps shown below the video for how to set up a piece of music up to 10 pages long. 

With music 10 pages long,

  1. Set up pages 1-3 in the trifold on your left. 
  2. Put pages 4 and 5 (back to back) in a single sheet protector.
  3. Put pages 6 and 7 (back to back) in a single sheet protector.
  4. Set up pages 8-10 in the trifold on your right.

You'll play pages 1-4, turn the first single sheet protector once to reveal pages 5 and 6, turn the second single sheet protector to reveal pages 7-10. 

If you have only 9 pages, the right outermost pocket can be left empty or folded back.

For an 8-page song, you'll need only one single sheet protector in the middle of the left and right trifolds. 

To bring outer pages into better viewing range, slide the binder back and forth by grasping the rings.

This approach can be applied to songs with even more pages. However, if you have too many more, it could be time to consider something different like a person to help with page turns or an iPad Pro. 

 

Landscape Documents (or Music) in a ChoreoKeeper

Our friend Bob asked a question that initially stumped me:  "Do you have suggestions for using my ChoreoKeeper with documents (music) that are printed in landscape mode?"

Then my husband had a great idea. Here’s what we came up with.

Fold-out sheet protectors have no seam between the two pockets. These hold papers up to 11” x 17” in landscape mode. ChoreoKeeper clips keep the fold-out sheet protectors from sagging.

This will work even if the paper isn’t a full 11” x 17”. It’s a good solution if your music or document is an odd shape.

The white page on the right has been cut to be 8-1/2" x 11". Because it's in a fold-out sheet protector, it still works in the ChoreoKeeper. The arm clip keeps it from sagging.

Staples carries the fold-protectors. They're around $5 for a package of five

Thanks for the question, Bob!

Recommended Piano Light

No matter how well you've got your music set up, if it's too dark to read, it's going to be hard to feel relaxed about playing.

My mom RAVES about this Cocoweb light! She is a pianist who rotates playing among four churches and works with many different lighting conditions. 

The LED lights should last a looong time. My mom uses the plug-in light which gives her the freedom to NOT worry about batteries. However, it does mean that the piano needs to be near an outlet. 

Mother scoots her ChoreoKeeper back and forth as needed to bring outer pages within viewing range AND for good lighting.

Her 19" wide light illuminates several pages; there's also a 22" wide version (some reviews indicate that it will brighten 5-6 pages). The lights come in various finishes too.

This light is an investment, but you'll be set once you own one!

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