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Friday, January 14, 2011
I have become somewhat of a ribbon hoarder but I have had to seriously limit my impulse to buy all the cute ribbon I see because I have been struggling with and very unsatisfied with my current ribbon storage "system". (If that's what you wanna call it.) First, I had my ribbon stored in a shoe box and I QUICKLY outgrew that. Next, I had it stored in a photo box in which I had punched holes in with my Crop A Dial and laced the ribbon thru. Again I QUICKLY outgrew that. Then I had seen an idea from a fellow scrapper where she took an inexpensive plastic storage basket, unspooled all of her ribbon and placed it in the basket threading it thru the MANY holes in the basket. Well, that worked for me for about a minute. She claimed that the ribbon didn't tangle up for her but for me it almost instantly became a tangled mess. UGH.... So my ribbon had been sitting in that basket getting more and more tangled every time I used it. I was seriously thinking that it was going to have to come down to throwing it all away and beginning all over again. I REALLY didn't want to do that (which is why I had been putting it off, and putting it off) so there it sat.....
Well, my dear friend Ann from YoursTruLee posted on her blog yesterday how she just began storing her ribbon. So simple, so cheap and best of all I had everything on hand that I needed to do it.
Here's how it works:
1) You take pieces of cardboard, I used the flaps off an old shipping box, and trim them down to the size that will fit into your basket or box, whichever you use. Mine ended up being about 5"x8.5" & 2.5"x4".
2) You spool your ribbon around the cardboard and secure, either with straight pins or tape. I used both because for the life of me I cannot figure out where all my straight pins went. Guess next time I go to JoAnn's I better pick some more up.
3) You place your neat and organized ribbons in the box or basket you chose to store your ribbon in.

I LOVE this idea. Everything is neat, organized and I can see it all with one quick glance.
Thank you so much Ann. :)

Here's how my NEW ribbon storage looks.






Pretty cool, eh? I mean really so simple, so obvious. I ask myself..."Why didn't I think of this first?"

How do you store your ribbon? Is this something you think you can/need to do for yourself?

Keep Kreating,
Erin

7 comments:

EllenM said...

This is how I started storing my ribbons and trims and I outgrew that mighty fast. Now I put them on clothes pins in huge empty pickle/condiment jars I've collected. I should do a video on how I store scraps, stickles, ribbon and other embellishments.

Yours TruLee, Ann Marie said...

GREAT JOB my friend!!! yay!!! I almost think you have more ribbon than me!! I know, you thought it wasn't possible! lol

Liz said...

that looks great. My ribbon is a complete disaster. Its all just a big tangled mess. I've tried several different ways but it just looks messy.
Great job!!

Liz

Ellen Jarvis, aka CardMonkey said...

Your ribbon looks great! For me, I bought two long narrow (round) curtain rods and mounted the two rods on a handy wall in my craft room. I slide the original reel on the rod and try to keep them organized by color and/or holiday. I have curtain rings with little hooks on them (got them at Loews) where I hang little baggies with ribbon scraps. The only thing I needed to do is to make sure the end of ribbon is kept secure to the reel so it doesn't unfurl when I pull another; I use a straight pin or glue dot for this.

One day, I'll take a pic and post to my blog. But your system works too, so don't change a thing!

Ellen (a.k.a., CardMonkey)
www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

I am a total ribbonholic! Thanks for the tip. I think after I am done making my cards I will do that. or better yet, have my daughter do it!! ;)

GreenScrap said...

Oh My God!! BRILLIANT!!! I need to try this thanks so much!! TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

EELS said...

Well I gotta say, this is the best idea I've seen so far.....I have one of those EZPull bags pic is posted...but it sags a lot and the ribbon is starting to tangle.
Elaine

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