Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sheet Music Envelopes & Confetti

On Sunday, I spent my evening working on making envelopes out of a Sheet Music magazine for Standard Piano/Guitar from October 1987.  I was hoping to find some real vintage sheet music, but this was the closest I could find.  

The magazine features these songs: Elmer's Tune, Frenesi, I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You, Perfidia, Racing With The Moon, Stompin' At The Savoy, Maria Elena, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You.

I don't have a photo tutorial because these were pretty straightforward to construct, although a little time consuming.  I cut the pages down to size and used my Martha Stewart Scoring Board for directions to make the envelopes.  

What I really like about these envelopes is that portions of the lyrics are included with the music notes, so it really makes them unique and can be a fun conversation starter.

Do you like my envelopes but don't have time to make your own?  I have them for sale in my Etsy shop.  

The sheet music envelopes are a little larger than standard 4-bar envelopes (not sure how it ended up 1/2" wider than 4-bar envelopes, I think the scoring board has an error
Photo with a paper on the inside of the envelope so you can see the envelope detail.  I like the little triangle bit that sticks up!

A handful of the envelopes.  Love these!
Open envelope without paper inside.

The music sheets were about 8" x 10" but I only needed a square 7.5" x 7.5" to make the envelopes, so there was a strip of sheet music leftover of about 2.5" wide that I couldn't just throw away.  I hate throwing away, or even recycling, anything that I know I can find a future use for.  I'm a bit of a hoarder, but on a very smaller scale.  More of a controlled hoarder that doesn't actually hoard much, but hates throwing anything out.

Instead of hanging onto the scrap paper until I find a use for it (or more than likely recycle it after I realize I have a huge heap of scrap paper that I'll never use), I grabbed my 1.5" scallop punch and made a handful of large confetti.

I love the way these turned out, especially since some of them have words and some are just music notes.  These would look great as Valentine's Day decor, or as part of a Wedding Decor, or really anything with a vintage flair.  

Confetti next to a quarter for size comparison.
Do you like my large confetti but don't have time or the materials to make your own?  I have them for sale in my Etsy shop.  

My next project is going to be to make some envelopes (and maybe confetti punches with scraps) out of old children's books that I have collecting dust (mostly Dr. Seuss and Golden Books).  They are well-loved and really need to be upcycled or thrown away.  Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for more upcycled envelopes!  I'm excited for the endless possibilities! 

I'm hoping to find a lot of well-loved children's books at garage sales this summer.  You know the ones.. they have a few pages where the kid scribbled on them or have some ripped pages, but for some reason they just can't be thrown away (not dissing on the people selling these at a garage sale - I hate throwing away things that can be salvaged too!).  These would be ideal for my projects because they don't have many other uses before they are just thrown in the trash.  

I'm linked up here (be sure to check out their projects and all of the other projects linked up!):
The DIY DreamerCrafty Scrappy HappyCraftberry BushDesign Dining and DiapersFinding Fabulous504 Main, The Shabby Nest


  1. Your envelopes are lovely. I like to make my own, too. When I find an envelope I like, I steam it open and create a template from cardboard. I especially like mini envelopes.

  2. Gave you a shout out on my blog today. http://onceuponafirefly.blogspot.com/2013/02/make-your-own-envelopes-for-that-extra.html