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Old 05-18-2009, 06:02 PM   #41  
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
This is pretty much exactly what my "System # 1" looks like except they're tied to ribbon rings. But it has that same pretty effect.
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Okay .... I could seriously consider a trip to JoAnn's now.
Barb, is this effective for your formerly 'spooled' ribbons? Or are you only using it for your unspooled ribbons?
These tabs contain all my ribbon except one shoe box of organdy ribbon, no more boxes of spools, cards, bags or jars to look through. I got so tired of going on the hunt for ribbon. In fact it got to the point I wouldn't even bother to hunt for right color ribbon, it was just too much work. I do love having a few rings with all my multi color ribbon, I can bring them all over to my work table and use them for color inspiration, while choosing my cardstock and DP.

It took me a week of evenings to punch the tabs and add the ribbon to them. But for me it was time very well spent. I had two large trashbags full of spools etc. when I was done and so much more space in my stamp area.
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My ribbon is all in a huge basket, each rolled on a clothespin! There are pics in my gallery! The clothespins were at the dollar store. Inexpensive and easy!
Emily, your ribbon basket makes such a great splash of color! Looks like a great idea as well!
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My ribbons are in so many different storage containers! The solution was to cut one inch strips to keep in an looseleaf notebook ribbon inventory book. They are grouped by color (gold, blue, etc.), and the pages are in sheet protectors. The storage containers are numbered, and the number is next to the swatch. I could simply throw ribbons in plastic shoe boxes if I wanted.

I usually buy spools with several yards to make the inventory process worthwhile.
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Emily, your ribbon basket makes such a great splash of color! Looks like a great idea as well!
Thanks. I like it... lol

I just don't have room for tons of containers, etc...
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I have issue because when I went to the offray outlet, I bought an immense amount of ribbon, all 25+ yard rolls. Now, how does one store LARGE rolls of ribbon, over 95 large rolls or ribbon, lol. I had it organized with a system that worked, however, I lost my stamp room and now my system doesn't wok. Guess I need to go through and (gasp) get rid of some.
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
Looks awesome -- my cats would LOVE it!!! LOL

I have used the gutter system, but it took up too much room on my walls. Now I have 2 racks that hold spools, and my loose stuff is in clear paint cans on a shelf, sorted by color. However, I really like the drawer idea. I may spend summer vacay re-winding ribbon. LOL
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I have hundreds of ribbons, and I LOVE my storage methods. I have had it like this for years! I use the Cropper Hopper embellishment boxes (3 sizes) so they fit ALL sizes of ribbons. You can see my storage here.

And here is a post with several other ribbon storage ideas. I hope you have fun finding what will work for you. Enjoy!
OMGosh! Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Y'all have been so very helpful on this issue! I believe I've found the idea that is just perfect for me & my shameful stash. There are some terrific ideas for varied needs and varied amounts of ribbon collections!
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I have mine in the bottom drawer of an older armwoire I have in my craft room. They didn't all fit so I have my SU ribbon and PTI ribbon in a separate tupperware container.

I have friends who simply unspool all their ribbon and hang them on a regular hanger in their closet - no little cardboard tabbs or anything.
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Im a total ribbon addict and I store mine in jars wound with tiny rubber bands.
I love your jars. I would love to see a pic. of your studio.
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
I loved idea too, but I refused to pay $$$ for them. Thank you for the great alternative plan. I can't wait to try these.
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Lot's of wonderful ideas. I think I am going to go with this system. I am going to measure one of my drawers and see what size mat board to cut. I have no system right now. I have everything in bags as I am in the long process of setting up my room with my new Workbox from Scrapbox.

For those of you that use this method, do you find the rubber bands are harmful to the ribbon? I am thinking I may use a pin to hold it down.

The other question is will this leave the ribbon with creases in it? One poster said she uses quilting batting to prevent it. How big of problem is it? I guess you can always iron the ribbon.
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... ...For those of you that use this method, do you find the rubber bands are harmful to the ribbon? I am thinking I may use a pin to hold it down.

The other question is will this leave the ribbon with creases in it? One poster said she uses quilting batting to prevent it. How big of problem is it? I guess you can always iron the ribbon.
Deborah, because I have mine in a variety of containers, I usually have to iron a lot of ribbon. I just use that nifty little pink ribbon iron that folds together over the ribbon like a hair straightening heat tool. I just got back from Office Max, picking up a couple of sheets of foam board. Yay!
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I obviously don't have enough ribbon!

But, for the little bit that I do have, I made a foam board rack to store it in.
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OMGosh! Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Y'all have been so very helpful on this issue! I believe I've found the idea that is just perfect for me & my shameful stash. There are some terrific ideas for varied needs and varied amounts of ribbon collections!
Glad you found something. I used to keep my system in the Wal-Mart iris drawers and then moved them to my Scrap 'n Cube drawers when I got those. The Cropper Hopper boxes work in any drawer or box. Enjoy organizing. It is definitely fun! Sometimes I think I like it as much as creating.
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hahahahahha, Patter!
We must be "strange" in some way ... IKWYMean!
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We must be "strange" in some way ... IKWYMean!
LOL!!! It just must be something about us Texas girls!
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I have a great system. I just cram it all in drawers until I can't see it anymore. Then I buy more ribbon.
LOL!! You're funny.

This is the shelf DH built me:

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There are little hooks along the bottom for the ribbon that isn't on a spool--and of course, this pic was taken back in Jan, so it's at full capacity now. DH gives me "that look" if I bring home new ribbon or say I need some.
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
This is so cool--they look beautiful all gathered by color! LOTS and lots of ribbon there, girl!
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LOL!! You're funny.

This is the shelf DH built me:

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There are little hooks along the bottom for the ribbon that isn't on a spool--and of course, this pic was taken back in Jan, so it's at full capacity now. DH gives me "that look" if I bring home new ribbon or say I need some.
Ahhhhhh, good to see another lady with a "keeper" hubby!

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Perhaps we shouldn't "tell or reveal all" ???
My dh is fully aware that I've been pondering this issue. Perhaps I need to "hold back a wee bit of info.???
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You ladies that store your ribbons on cards- do you find you have to iron/press them each time you use them? When I did this mine were so wrinkled they always needed ironing.
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LOL!!! It just must be something about us Texas girls!
Patter, I'm with you and Grammy - it must be something about Texas! My DH is fairly well convinced (based on his observations) that I have more fun collecting and organizing than I do actually MAKING things. Problem is, I'm not sure that he's completely wrong.... I'm having fun though and we both decided that's what really counts. That's why I love him!
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You ladies that store your ribbons on cards- do you find you have to iron/press them each time you use them? When I did this mine were so wrinkled they always needed ironing.
I would love to know the answer to this too as I have all the stuff to do this and was planning on starting today or tomorrow or the next day
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This is so cool--they look beautiful all gathered by color! LOTS and lots of ribbon there, girl!
Well those were old photos, there is even more now.
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I would love to know the answer to this too as I have all the stuff to do this and was planning on starting today or tomorrow or the next day
My only ribbons that I didn't already iron are the ones on spools. Anything from my countless jars or ziplock bags had to be ironed. It only takes a few seconds with my little ribbon iron. For me, regaining the space taken up by the plastic bins of spools will be a trade-off that's fine.
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My only ribbons that I didn't already iron are the ones on spools. Anything from my countless jars or ziplock bags had to be ironed. It only takes a few seconds with my little ribbon iron. For me, regaining the space taken up by the plastic bins of spools will be a trade-off that's fine.
Yeah I have some misc ribbon (non su) on spools that are like 4, 5, or 6 yards and those are the ones I would like to put on the boards to save space. I dont have a ribbon iron.. guess I will need to get one.. hahaha
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My spooled ribbon is on gutter (2 fairly large ones), though I've run out of gutter and need another piece. My by-the-yard ribbon is on foam core bobbins by color families in the bottom drawer of an Iris cart. I find I can put quite a few ribbons on a single bobbin. I tape one end against the bobbin and when I get to the end, I use a tiny sequin pin to hold it. It's a fairly deep drawer, so the bobbins are pretty large and, no, I don't have to iron the ribbon. Prior to my gutter and bobbin system, I had some extremely cheap paper towel holders with p.t. cores and ribbon wound around those. Just became too cumbersome. I needed more and more and more p.t. holders. Talk about your ribbon addict.

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For my ribbon on spools I use tiny map pins to secure the ends. I like them because the head of the pin are colored balls and easy to grab!
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Here is how I store my RIBBON.
I kind of "stole" amizingraces idea.

My husband's ex left several sheets of matting board years ago when she left, so it came to good use!!
My husband cut 2 x 2-1/2" pieces for me.

On our trip to Alabama this spring, my Mom helped wrap the spools and put an elastic hair band around the ribbon, in the car. (She likes to keep busy) I got the elastics at the $ store.

I've got 5 containers, but I'm "needing" a 6th one.

I use the same containers for my Primas too! It works fabulously!
(Have 3 of those, and could use a 4th!)

I've seen so many good ideas here, but space only permits me to use this system. All of my containers sit behind me on top of one of my rolling carts of stamp sets.
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Lucie that look great.. love all the colors.. I think I might start doing mine.. I have all the stuff already too!
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Deborahmegan, I love the shelf hubby made you. I might just have to modify a bit and have my DH build me something similar. Thanks for sharing the pic.
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i found that in the iris drawers as well as around the doll rods, that the ribbon always needs to ironed... around the doll rods it curls like curling ribbon. in the drawers, it has creases where it folds around whatever you have it on. the rubber bands dont hurt the ribbon, but i found then bend the boards..
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
I loved this idea, but with no crop-a-dile (and not that much patience! ) I am going to try a variation. I got the plastic floss tabs and just punched one hole at the opposite end of the existing hole. I had a TON of small safety pins, so I am putting 3-4 ribbons on the pin and attaching it to the floss card, then will put the cards on rings and hang up.
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Ok so if you have to iron the ribbon if your using dowel rods or mat board then why not keep it on the spool to begin with? Is it because the spools are all different sizes?
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Ok so if you have to iron the ribbon if your using dowel rods or mat board then why not keep it on the spool to begin with? Is it because the spools are all different sizes?
For me that is the reason,, or you can fit so much more into a box or drawer with them being OFF the spools. Spools just take up to much space!
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I loved that idea but couldn't afford them so I made my own tabs out of plastic embrodery floss tabs I punched all the holes with the crop-a-dile, it took some time but I love being able to see all my ribbon at once and can grab a ring and take it to my work area. I think everything cost me about $7.00
Do you think there is a shot for this type of slot? I'd almost rather put them through my big shot or something. I tried to do the crop a dile thing, but I'm so OCD the fact that I didn't line the holes up and the ribbon could snag on it drove me crazy after making about 5 of them. If not a die, then maybe one of those paddle punch type of things where you could knock out a slot?
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I've been putting my ribbon on the embroidery floss thingies. I just cut a slit with a pair of scissors and put the ribbon through the slot, and the other end has the round hole , so I attach it to the ring with that end. If the ribbon is longer I just fold it in half or thirds or fourths and put it through the slot. The only ones I am going to leave in the box is if there is more than 5 yards on a spool. I have about 8 boxes of ribbon, so I should get it down to about 2 boxes. The plastic tabs and 2 inch rings come in a package at Michaels, about $1.50for a package. the ribbon looks really pretty hanging from the ring. I use one ring for each color.
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Do you think there is a shot for this type of slot? I'd almost rather put them through my big shot or something. I tried to do the crop a dile thing, but I'm so OCD the fact that I didn't line the holes up and the ribbon could snag on it drove me crazy after making about 5 of them. If not a die, then maybe one of those paddle punch type of things where you could knock out a slot?
Maybe we're both OCD, because I was thinking the same thing!! I was thinking SU's slot punch would work perfectly!
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Here's how I do it. wrap ribbon around card, adhere with masking tape. throw similar colors in zip loc bags. Here's a pic:
http://paperlicious.typepad.com/pape...lishments.html
Great idea, Joan! I never thought of actually organizing my numerous embellishments by color category. It will probably only take me a year or so to get that implemented.
I, too, need to think of a way to compact things. I can see how taking the ribbon off of the spools is a great way to go!
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