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Posted: 8/10/2009 7:22:58 AM
Good morning, organizing scrappers! This is a week a lot of you have been waiting for - we're going to get your mess of ribbon and fibers organized! Yay! Details are up on my blog - let's get to work!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 8:20:10 AM
Oh do I need help with this! I have ribbon ALL over my room. I think I'm going to do the MM jars organinzed by color because they are so pretty. I'm going to let the idea perculate for a day first and then commit to it!! Can't wait to rope in all my ribbon into an organized way.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 8:23:05 AM
OOOOOOOO - so many choices! This is the ONE area that I need to make a decision on. I looked at all the links just now - another great compilation job Stacy! (And you are right - this IS the week I've been waiting for!)

What I buy mostly is ribbon by the yard. So, anything that works off a spool is really out for me. Also, I have a moderate amount of it - enough that needs to be dealt with - but not enough to fill a wall like some of those gals!

Right now I have my ribbon loose in plastic repurposed Walmart cookie containers, sorted by color family. It sits in a drawer. This is slightly frustrating to me as the ribbon gets all tangled and it's hard to see what I have. I also have some ribbon in an art bin ribbon divider and all of this ribbon is rolled individually on little ribbon cards. I actually hate this method because the bin is full and rolling all of that ribbon is B O R I N G. Of course, when I abandon this method it's gonna' bother me to undo all of that work and waste those supplies. But I don't want to go farther down this road either and go buy another one.....(I don't think....)

The space I have to store it in is a choice of 3 spots: my counter top's corner, a drawer that is file drawer height but slightly wider or I have the backs (insides) of cabinet doors.

I was thinking I could do the ribbon on the clothespin and store in glass jars on my counter top (and I think I would really love this visually). I could do the magistical memories method like Stacy - and store in that drawer. I do love this idea but overall I am worried about maintenance (on any method). I could do the ribbon rings and hang them on the inside of my cabinet door.

So - let me hear from you P's - what do you have that works for you??? Would love to hear your ideas. I'm gonna' need to order something!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 8:46:02 AM
Finally...one of these challenges that I'm ahead on.

I'm trying to find time and ways to work back through the other ones, but this one I'm good on.

Over the course of a few nights a year or so ago, I dragged all my ribbon into the living room and pulled it off the spools while watching TV. I then hand wound them into smaller rolls, and put one or 2 in the tiny, 2x3 ziplock bags. Everything got sorted by color, and put into quart sized bags by color. Then I store them all in a plastic "sweater size" box.

My fibers are wound on floss cards and organized by color in the floss boxes.

Any ribbon scraps go in sandwich sized ziplocks, one bag per color, and stored in a decorative lunch box.

Now, if I could only find time to get to the other tasks so far!!!

Candace

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Posted: 8/10/2009 9:13:51 AM
Most of my ribbon is on hanmade ribbon rings. I bought 12 x 12 acrylic sheets from accu-cut, cut them into 2 inch squares, punched a hole and ribbon slots with the MM ribbon punch. I still have lots of cards to finish and even more ribbon to put on the rings. If anyone would like to share a bulk order from ribbon rings, PLMK


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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:24:16 AM
aj2hall - I love your rings! When I saw people using the ribbon rings, I fell in love as I love all the organized cascading colors! If I were in a bedroom, I would so use those. Since I"m in the dining room, I'm going to do something else.

Penny - can you send pics of your space? it would help to visualize your three space choices (unless you were just ruminating out loud...)

The plastic bins that came out a while ago with ribbon slots is what I use. I'm not sure I like them as they take up a lot of space and unless you put a washer between the rolls, they catch on each other and the one spool causes the other to spin.

I love the ribbon ring concept, but most of my ribbon is over 5 yards in length (from SU). When I sold SU, I used to run a ribbon club and I would wind up their ribbon on these handmade cards; turns out manufacturers have started making those. I saw a lady who keeps her ribbon in a card catalog on one of those and I fell in love. So I went and pulled my extra cards from when I sold them and would up all of my ribbon. Somehow, it doesn't look as good as hers did. I bought jars and pins to wind them, but a friend told me she did it and she regrets it as it's hard to fumble with them if the jar is full.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:41:11 AM
I am Good on this one!!
Since I purchase alot of ribbon by the spool, I found that alot of methods that were "pretty" did not work for me, so I am using the clear ribbon boxes, so I can drop in the larger or mini spools directly into the box. If I have by the yard pieces I wrap them on a cardboard piece and add them to the box. I have them organized by color with
3 extras
1- Christmas 2- Halloween 3- Plaids [which I have alot of]

Any of my name [It's a boy*It's a girl/beach/dog paw/ printed ect../specific design type/ ribbon is in a small sectioned drawer next to my desk as I use it totally differently than my colored ribbon.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:44:11 AM
So I just went through some the choices on Wookie's blog (great job!) and my system is called ribbon wrap and still on rolls in those craft bins. Currently, I need to find a new basket for my ribbon wraps as it's in a plastic container that I dont have a place to 'hide'. I want just decorative out, so away I go.

I'm posting both the picture of the craft ribbon bin by snapware that I use (I am now converting one to hold my Cricut supplies) and another picture of the ribbon wrap in a lady's room that has them in a basket. The first and fifth pictures show her ribbon wraps well. (I think this is a link that my friend Dancingfish sent to me when we were going 'find and view scraprooms' crazy ).

snapware 2 layer ribbon container

example of ribbon wraps in a basket

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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:49:47 AM
So I"m late posting these, but since I'm taking a break to cool down (outside in Texas heat steam cleaning my high roof full-size van - can you say 'sweat'?) I'll post my pic's of my new cabinet and the sticker storage I was talking about last week.

I have two buckets - that I worked hard to find as they have tall lids so nothing is crushed - filled with Decofile folders from CM. I outgrew the CM holder they come in, but it works well with this. I am now going to try and find baskets they work in as I'm trying to avoid visible plastic in my new 'room'.

One of the buckets is still a problem; I posted during paper week that I have over four areas that my paper is in - this is one of them. These are scraps. I know I should probably pitch them, but I can't.

The new cabinet is holding stuff that isn't permanent there - I'm just still trying stuff out in it.

The pic's are in my gallery.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:20:23 AM
Jumping in and waving hand wildly!! My ribbon is a disaster. Like Penny Mentioned I have it in different places. I have a pressure curtain road holding rolls... I like this alot its out of the way but visable... but its always messy looking-- Then I have some in baggies in a drawer. And then I have fibers in a glass jar, and then I have a little metal container that I put ribbon scraps in when I cut it off the roll and then decide I really don't want to use it... Needless to say its everywhere.
I also have some MM threads (hello 1999???) That are still on Cards, as well as some Heidi Swapp ribbons on cards....

Like Kelly said I am going to sit on it today before I make any big decisions. I certainly don't have a ton of it but its enough...

Penny-- I always worry about clean up when looking into a new method.. I know that if I have to open a drawer, and then open a container and then..... you know multiple steps-- it won't get put away... I am really ok with a "managed" tangled mess!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:22:14 AM
Jo- I know you like your wrapped ribbons.. what about using your baskets that stack in the wooden box thing as a holder???

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:36:54 AM
Oh, Dancing Fish - you let me down. I just KNEW you'd be ahead of the class on this! This gal starts rolling hers on a toothpick, so she has the ribbons in jars without clothespins. It's cute and I was really leaning toward THAT method, until Jomama said her friend doesn't like reaching into a crowded jar....

Cause I could really own up to being a "dump out the jar, sort it out, dig, use and pitch it back into the jar" kind of gal.....

I know the rolling on card method works great but I just don't think I have it in me to maintain it to that level.....

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:42:26 AM
Ribbon is a true problem for me. I have some that I get by the yard. Some that I buy on spools. And mostly 50 yard bolts and ziploc bags of various ribbon that I get at the Offray Ribbon outlet. So it's really hard to know what to do with a single yard as opposed to a huge bolt that is 10" across.

So I decided to group by color. I cut a length (usually a few yards) off each bolt and put each ribbon in its own ziploc baggie (sandwich size). I also took all ribbon off the spools and did the same.

Now each color has its own box (from Ikea) of ziploc bags. If I want red, I just grab that box and paw through it (only take a few seconds). All the boxes are labels and in cabinets. It's not pretty to look at, just white boxes in a cabinet, but it IS functional and I find myself using more of my ribbon now. The extra on the huge bolts is stored in a flip top bin in a storage closet becasue I don't need them often.

I'm considering a ribbon ring, but I lost motivation after the gargantuan job I have already done to tame it this far.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:43:57 AM
Question: If I decide to go with those cute old-fashioned clothes pins, does anyone know if M's or HL sells them in their general crafting area?? Thanks!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 12:00:59 PM
Vicki - your ribbon sounds like my paper! Bits everywhere. oh hey - I posted my new cabinet under my gallery. I can't get the stuff to stay in 'photos' - it always has a red X. What do you mean "baskets stacked in the wooden box thing"? Do you mean the baskets I had in the craft cabinet? My biggest problem with the new cabinets is that the shelves are very far apart. Rob is going to put more shelves in it for me, but that will be a while out - more projects to do in front of it.

Penny- the card isn't any more maintainance than the clothespin - still have to wrap it and then pin it. If I had more wooden bookshelves to display 'cutesy' things - I would definitely have it out in jars .... 0r if I had a whole secluded room - I would have ribbon rings (except some is too long for that). I bought my clothespins at JoAnn's - I think in the doll section. I'm sure M's and HL has them also - but they are in different sections. I'd just ask when I walked in.

Creative engineer - I have the same problem. Stashing half a yard and stashing 20 yards are completely different monsters.

I'm starting to have a huge problem with the whole task as I'm back to breaking one of Stacy's rules. NOw that I have a new cabinet and have to change it all, I find myself arranging the CONTAINERS where I want them, not the SUPPLIES. I was trying to do Penny's 'zone' idea but I'm back to scattering things because of containers. I need to re-focus here. It's hard though because I want all of my boxes together, so it means one may have inks, one may have alterables, etc as that's what fits in there. I dont want visible plastic in my cabinet so i'm putting what fits in there, not necessary grouping things....

I have to get a majority of this done in the next four days. I go back to work on Friday. I still have stuff scattered all over the house.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 12:05:12 PM
oh Penny - I just reread your post. My friend has hers on those clothespins (the larger ones - they have small ones too) and she says the clothespins take up room and make the work ability harder. I like your post's idea of the toothpick roll - but sometimes I like to see a few inches across the page and I just know I'd make a mess of those little rolls - I'm so clumsy. 76 ribbons though! wow.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 12:43:11 PM
Wow a few hours in and you gals are already busy. I don't have a ton of ribbons and fibers so I can slide by with my current system. I keep all of my ribbons and fibers in a drawer in my desk. All in their packaging. I do have some bits/pieces that I have on floss cards and tucked in there too. Works since I don't use it often.

So this week is more catch-up on the other weeks. Happy organizing.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 12:48:12 PM
I'm actually okay for this week too. I'm still back on picture week though.

I have most of my ribbon rolled into those small square Cropper Hopper boxes and then they are organized by color and stored in the doubled-sided CH supplies box. If the ribbon came off a roll, then the roll is stored with other rolls in a Rubbermaid box in the closet. I mark the little CH boxes with a black dot if I have additional ribbon.

I have six of those CH supplies boxes filled and I store them in the 4-shelf Target cube with the additional two stacked on top.

I also have four All My Memories flip-top ribbon boxes and I store the wider ribbons in them. I keep some ribbon on the CH ribbon cards and keep those in the drawer in the AMM boxes. The rolls are standing on edge with dividers between them and the ribbon is threaded out through the ribbon holes. Delicate ribbons or lace are just folded up and kept in the pocket in the lid.

I have a pink, green, blue, and white boxes and organize the wider ribbons by color. Pink box: pink, red, orange; green box: yellow, green, teal; blue box: blue and purple; white box: white, black, brown.

I love the rooms with the ribbon displayed so beautifully on the rings or Clip-It-Up holders, but I have three cats and two have ribbon & string fetishes. Every storage decision I make has to consider them.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 12:48:51 PM
JO I love the new cabinet!!! and the sconces on either side are wonderful!! (But I see alittle altering in their future!)
As far as getting off track. I think you need to decide what fits in what type of container and then once its stored you can decide where it will be displayed. (did that make any sense?)

Have you decided where your work table is going to be??? I think that should be a starting point.. Because obviously you will need certain things closer to that spot --alterables not being one of them hehehe.

Penny I thought your were so organized... I never saw you as a dig and dump gal!!! Welcome to to dark side!! hahaha

Hobby-- feel free to jump in tell us what to do since you have this conquered.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 1:33:09 PM
Vicki -I mentioned 'altering' the sconces too to my DH and his reply? "UHhhhh.... (exaggerated like I'm a dummy) they match the hanging fixture..."

My reply? A smile and ... "Guess what that means?"

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Posted: 8/10/2009 1:37:47 PM
I was just thinking of that great button shade we saw!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 1:59:26 PM
Ha! Ha! I showed him that and his first response was, "you have all of those old buttons from your grandmother..... where would you put that lamp?"

That's when I said, "Think Sconces".

and That's when I got "uuuhhhh.....(dummy)...they match the fixture."

I am so making one of those for my room! Right after I finish sorting pictures, fix the paper problem, put the 200 torn idea sheets into something, sell those grey shelves, make the Cricut holder, go through my stickers and purge,.....

So that we aren't leaving anyone out, here is the lamp we are talking about (it's the second picture): (BTW it's one of my fav rooms - it's busy as heck but just calls me to come create..) cute lamp

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Posted: 8/10/2009 2:35:21 PM
KittyKatz-- you know I was backing up my pictures last night... whoa I was alittle behind!! anyway I got to thinking... do you all put one month of pictures on a disk... or do a few months at a time.
(I know I should back up once a month....)

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Posted: 8/10/2009 3:27:59 PM
WOW-I agree with Hobby- you guys are all over this week!

I did got a ribbon ring a few weeks back and got all my ribbon on there. Before that I had ribbon in three places (at least they were close to each other) spools were hanging on dowels suspended under shelves and I also had the vertical spool holder from Oriental Trading that is linked on Stacy's blog. Stuff that wasn't on a spool or didn't have a hole I used CIU clips on the dowel to hold them. I love the look of the ribbon ring, but I think I might need to split it onto two rings-seems like too much to sort through.

Jo-I agree with dancingfish that you should figure out where your table is going to be so you know what needs to be near that. Also, agree that you have to figure out what fits into what containers before you decide where the containers can go. I do like the photo boxes in the cabinet (it's really nice).

Finally made it to IKEA this past weekend!!! Got my Expedit shelves I assembled the smaller one by myself last night. DH is going to help with the larger one tonight. I'll take some pics and post soon.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 4:07:05 PM
OOOH Mickeygirl you are going to LOVE your Expedits. I have a 4x2 and wish I had got the 4x4. I am seriously thinking (almost daily) about if I can possibly squeeze another one in my room! There is one cool gallery post where she HUNG TWO on the wall and had them butt up against each other into an L. Talk about serious stud reinforcement!

I just don't know about those ribbon rings. I need to get home and measure my spaces and count my ribbons <gasp> and mull it over....

I am just so EAGER to eliminate this issue!! Then that will of course free me up to EMBRACE ribbon buying!

Oh - and Dancing Fish - I know I may not seem like a dump and sort kind of gal - that is why I had to "confess" it. Of course, when you are OCD the beauty is that you get to PICK what you obsess over! LOL! You should see my clothes in our closet - NOT!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 4:26:09 PM

Question: If I decide to go with those cute old-fashioned clothes pins, does anyone know if M's or HL sells them in their general crafting area?? Thanks!





yes, sometiems M's has them and Ive never seen them at J's.

I have over 1000 clothes pins I am getting ready to sell if anyone wants to buy them.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 5:24:05 PM
I love the one on the wire dress form, but I like the one hanging on the wall more (behind it without the ribbon)... anyone know where I can find one of these?

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Posted: 8/10/2009 5:38:17 PM
I googled for you and couldn't find the wall peice but there are tons of wire dress forms..... Not a bad price here alittle more expensive another one

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Posted: 8/10/2009 6:13:42 PM
Thought I would post a before picture of my ribbon mess... See it here

I still haven't figured out what to do.. but I do know that the ribbon rings are not for me. Cat would love it though!! I really liked Wookiemouses link to the pants hanger.. but sadly I have no closet available. And hanging it on the wall has major potential for messiness.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 6:27:36 PM
Penny - I know JoAnn's in Plano has them as I bought them there.

Mickey - I"m jealous on the Expedit - I have a whole category of saved pic's with Expedit's. I've debated and debated it, but it doesn't fit what I'm trying to do with vintage or shabby. My favorite ones are the ones where people put them on top on cabinets or drawers and lifted them up a bit.

I'm not sure if I described my 'plight' correctly. I am focusing on where they go as I'm after a 'look' not just 'organized'. But now I'm matching to where the containers fit - which is where I'm off, but I maintain that I have to do that some or my containers will be way to random. So the boxes may look nice in the cabinet, (and thanks for the compliment as I wasn't sure about how they looked) but there are things that don't in them so I'd have some of an item in one just so I can use them and then some of that item somewhere else and that wasn't the point of Stacy's mission. BUT I own them so I don't want to ditch them if I can help it. ugh - will I ever stop doing things backwards?

Videa, I LOVE the dress form - you run with that!

Hey ya'll - POST PICTURES! Thanks to those who have...

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Posted: 8/10/2009 6:38:21 PM
Vicki - Thanks for the pics -your ribbon is like my paper - all over.

What is your goal? to put it all together? it would be hard to lose your hanging rod with the ribbons. Your drawer was somewhat like mine, but I put them all on ribbon wraps. I'll take a pic - oh you have some already on ribbon racks that come from the manufacturer like that.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 9:37:41 PM
Stopped at J's, M's, HL and Target on the way home. Ugh. I walked all of the first 3 - looking for any idea that might work. I did find some good jar ideas at HL and T. I found the clothespins at HL - but they looked kinda' China and not sure about that. I did see also a plastic tote that will work in my drawer at J's if I could that route. Only I think Dancing Fish is right - too much sugar for a nickel for this P to have to open a drawer, pull out a container, open it up, file and then repeat.... I did photog my current mess of ribbon and also a couple of the jars I'm liking if I go that route....Next: I need to count my ribbons and see what I'm looking at capacity wise....

I live by this Rusty Pickle t-shirt quote: "So much paper, so little time" - that is how I felt today went!

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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:47:06 PM
Wow lots of angst around ribbon! I think I've tried every method mentioned here:

CH mini boxes - too small for wide ribbons
jar - had a beautiful biscotti jar. Looked fab but a PITA to keep digging.
Floss boxes - Better, but I had filled 3 and I have 3x what I had then
homemade ribbon ringish - I used safety pins poked thru the top hng on book rings. Looked great, tangled easy and was too visually cluttering

and I really only remember use it on cards!

so now it's mixed in my color storage :
left in original packaging
once opened I wind by hand And secure loop with mini paper clips that work throws out

it's been working pretty well, especially since I've put a ban on buying more until I use what I have.

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Posted: 8/10/2009 10:50:26 PM
I bought a couple of inexpensive make-up bags at WM and used my crop-o-dile to punch a ton of holes in them. Very cheap ribbon storage and they hold a LOT! Easy to grab and go also.


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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:29:45 PM
Simplyparticular - so what is your original packaging with color storage in now? did you show us and I forgot?

Cara - Your bag is pretty enough to just sit on a perch somewhere. I've looked and looked at those. No tangling? and how long a piece can you throw in? Again - part of my problem is that I have 25 yards of some things.

Penny - so no clothes pins tonight?

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Posted: 8/10/2009 11:35:23 PM
Hey Cara, where outside of Houston? I used to live south of Houston. Loved it, but now when I go back I'm surprised I survived the humidity, mosquitos, and fire ants. I love Kemah, but prefer it before the boardwalk, love NASA but was able to enjoy it before 9/11 closed things up, love the Hogg estate especially in spring with the azaleas, was able to enjoy Astroworld AND the water park next door for the same low price (which i can't do here in Dallas - and it's a bummer Astroworld closed) and when you grow up in the desert, Surfside looks like a great beach!

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Posted: 8/11/2009 8:31:40 AM
Cara, that bag certainly perks up its space! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts about the different methods.

I am leaning toward jars and something inside them - but haven't counted out cards in a plastic bin or the almighty ribbon ring yet either. I am really thinking about MY SPACE and MY STYLE.

Those of you that have the ribbon ring or the magistical memories type cards - any thoughts??? I'm an equal opportunity employer for ideas.

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Posted: 8/11/2009 9:33:03 AM
Penny, I deliberated the three options also. Because I'm in a public space right now (the dining room) I did not choose ribbon ring. However, I love it!

Because I had the heavy card to do ribbon wrap (majestic style) I chose that one. I love the jars, but was trying to spend my money in other ways right now. I also found the lady who did the cards and laid them in baskets - I liked it and had both.

In Stacy's book, she asks you to evaluate if you are an open but visual container person (you want it open access and out in the room), or a closed but visual container person, or a closed-put it away container person. Which will you work best with to incorporate the ribbon in your LO's? Which do you think you want for your space?

Vicki - perhaps you want to ask yourself the same thing?

(and why is it that I can ask you guys this and not myself?? hmm...oh wait, I'm trying to use what I have...These questions did not help my paper situation much)

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Posted: 8/11/2009 9:43:43 AM
Just placed an order for bulk ribbon rings. They were on sale and I just couldn't resist. I have a big bin full of loose ribbon waiting to be hung and I'm definitely going to run out of my homemade ones. When I finish the homemade ones, I'll have more than 400. I ordered 500 ribbon rings. If I run out, I have a major problem.
I love the ribbon rings, but I'm lucky to have cabinet doors where I can hang them out of sight. hope everyone finds a solution that works for them. I'll try to post before & after pics

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Posted: 8/11/2009 9:44:53 AM
Jo - I appreciate the direction your questions hold. Trouble is, I try to hoard/preserve/protect my counter space (jars are big....) On the other hand, I am rather messy and don't really embrace the idea of having them all wrapped up and in a bin in a drawer.

I am also considering a hybrid - using the clothespins IN a bin in the drawer. I found a J's coupon so will stop off there on the way home and buy one of the bins I found to see how it "feels" in the drawer....

All so silly over ribbon, I know.....


But, by golly, I am DETERMINED to fix what's broke so in my precious little scrap time I can scrap and not shuffle stuff.....

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I totally get being a messy scrapper. We all laugh when we crop together as most of my friends are 'neat' croppers and their tables are clear. Mine looks like a craft room explosion occured. I can make the biggest mess in no time!

Have you seen the movie called Yours, Mine and Ours with Dennis Quaid? He marries this lady (Rene Russo) and she designs ? something ? and she has stuff EVERYWHERE! Her kids 'help' her one day and put it all away, and then she can't function. When we saw that, everyone in the family pointed at me. This is why I desperately need a bedroom to crop, not the public dining room. OH well, I'm gonna keep counting my blessings and move on....

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Posted: 8/11/2009 11:28:35 AM
Here's a quick idea for those of you who want to use ribbon jars. I use the clear "hair" elastics from the dollar store. You get tons in a small package. I just wrap the ribbon around my fingers,pop on a elastic and toss into the jar. I found the clothespins to be way to bulky. I haven't had any problems with the ribbon being wrinkled.

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Posted: 8/11/2009 12:05:11 PM
OH jcm scrapper that is exactly what I'm going to do!!! I'll have to make a run to the dollar store this week in order to finish this week's challenge! Great idea! Thanks!!

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Posted: 8/11/2009 12:18:32 PM
So Kelly what ya' gonna' do for jars?

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Posted: 8/11/2009 12:30:50 PM
That is such a cute Idea Cara-- And I love that you repurposed something!!! So colorful!!

I am definately a visual person and love digging through things to find something-- I like being able to see EVERYTHING--

So I think I am going to Keep my Jars-- But I am going to empty them (OHHH--AHHHH)and wrap ribbons into neat little packages (perhaps using the hair ties or a needle to close it) and sort the ribbons into color families.
I don't want or need a separate jar for each color.

So do I mix fibers with Ribbons???? I am thinking it might make me think to use them???? What are you guys doing???

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Posted: 8/11/2009 12:34:21 PM
Penny-
I saw some pretty big apothocary Jars in Walmart-- I was actually thinking it was big enough to dump ALL the ribbon into and throw color sorting to the wind.. And the opening at the top was really big so you could really dig around in it!
I think if I used ribbon more I could justify taking up a whole drawer for it. But I seem to horde more than use. And for me Drawer space is within reach of where I work... and you know I don't want to have to move when I am working!!! hehehehe

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Posted: 8/11/2009 2:49:23 PM
In a house full of men I don't use ribbon too much so I only have about a shoe box full of fibers, ribbons, trims so they all go in a drawer and I don't even take them out of the package. I probably should take them off the roll to make them fit better but I don't want to open the door to more container needs. For now its great.

I'm back in paper week..UGhh What to do with those "mini" stacks. 4x6, 8x8, and the like.

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Posted: 8/11/2009 2:51:43 PM
great ideas here,
I have 3 shelves of ribbons, most are in jars by type/color.
and I like them..also like the visual they provide in my room

the problem is the rolled ribbon like the American Craft..it is in a bin, but not visible, so I'm sure I'm not using them like I could.

I have no wall space, so can't do the ribbon rings.

will enjoy seeing pics of your solutions...where is the dress form? was there a pic? did I miss it?


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Posted: 8/11/2009 2:58:49 PM
Hobby, on the little paper packs I kinda' cheated. Since I use them 99% for cards, I put them in my "card zone" with all of my blank envelopes and card forms....

I have enjoyed it as when I go to make a card, I look at my little stacks first before I go tearing into tearing up a 12 x 12....

MJ - if you check out Wookie's blog, there is a Donna Downey link and I believe Miss Fabric is the one who had the dress form in her studio.

Dancing Fish, please please don't send me to Wally World! LOL! Do you think they are that different than the ones I put in my gallery???

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Posted: 8/11/2009 3:49:46 PM
Hobby-
I keep the 4x6 paper stacks right infront of my work space in a little tin box, because I primarily use them to mat photos.

And then 8x8 9x9 cardstock I have in a box with mini albums, extra page protectors extra chipboard... anything used to make a mini album.

If its patterned paper I keep that with my 12x12 patterned paper (I store mine horizantally)

Penny-
The ones I saw look like the ones on the left with the glass lids that you saw at target except they had a base to them and were alittle curvier (does that make sense?) I do like that one with the glass lid that you saw at target... nice a big would be very colorful filled with ribbon and you could easily dig around in it!
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