I love ribbon…almost more than designer paper. I love to order it and not use it, and just look at it all lined up in my ribbon holders. Then I realize that I need to get over it, remember that life is short, it’s only ribbon and USE it! These are my Stampin’ Up Ribbon Keepers. I use mostly the Medium and Large. I stack mine on top of each other to make a 2 story ribbon house. There are little connectors to keep them together. Rapunzel could stack hers like a tower if she wanted to. The Small size is almost too small but the taffeta and gingham fit well in there. If I were to buy them all over again, I would get the Large and Medium only. p.s. I know someone is going to ask so here is the link to see them in the catalog. They come 2 in a package – the medium set is 15.95 and the large is 18.95.
Below is an idea sent to me from Laurie in Lake Elmo, MN. She bought a water gutter from Home Depot and had the service guy there cut it in half. She mounted it on the wall – Clever and Thrifty! Love it!
After a while of using it, the grrrr becomes how to organize the big wad of leftovers. I’ve had these little canning jars for about 5 years. I can see what I’ve got so I don’t have to go pawing through a big pile. I have them sorted by the SU color families, gingham and I have another one for In Colors. I’ve thought many times that I need bigger jars, but now when it is getting full, I force myself to use that instead of going to the roll. I have the lids open b/c I know there is NO way I am going to unscrew the lids to get what I want!
I was in Bed, Bath & Beyond a while back and saw these tie hangers. I thought it would be neat for a ribbon hanger for scraps. I have to say that it has been handy to just grab a piece and throw extras up there. They have velvet on the arms so the ribbon won’t fall off. $4.99 for Two.
If I have a bunch of ribbon left over from a class that is all the same color and length, I put them in our cello envelopes or zip bags. I write on the bag how long they are so I can use them for swaps or workshops.
If I have long pieces that are orphaned, I reunite them back together again with a glue dot. Saves space since the roll is already there.
Stampin’ Up published this old time idea for wrapping ribbons around cardboard and storing in baskets. Very pretty but I might go mad trying to keep them looking this nice after I spent HOURS getting them on there!
Below is a neat thing for storing ribbon pieces. It’s called a Ribbon Ring. It might drive me a little crazy putting them all on it but still looks nice. You can see them here:
That’s all for now! If you have a picture of a great ribbon holder or way to store all those loose ends, email it to me and I’ll post it! Linda
From Jessica Jensen: “I saw your post about ribbon storage, and I wanted to share what I’ve done. I like to consider myself frugal, so I looked at what I had in the junk closet, and came up with an easy and useful way to store both rolls and shorter lengths of ribbon. You can see some photos and a description here, on my blog”: