I'm not really sure if this would qualify as a tip or trick, but I guess that it might. I was just reading a designer gallary article about ribbons and how wonderfully useful they are. As soon as I read this, I thought of all my ribbons. I'm a very cost consice gal. One of my favorite things to do is go to Walmart. Most WalMarts have a fabric section. The neat thing about this is that they usually have a clearance area in this section, too! Since they sell a lot of their ribbons per cut, they tend to have a little left over at the end of the roll. When this happens, they mark it down and put it in the clearance section. It's always a great place to look when you need some short little peices. I tend to look there everytime I go into the store. That way I can stock up on all kinds of fun ribbon. the pieces are usually between 2 and 12 inches long and I have found that they generally run around the 30 cent pricetag. It's a great and savey way to add to your stock!!!