A funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago. I was merrily working on some card making in my craft room just reveling in the joy of creation when tragedy occurred. While I was digging through my super full and embarrassingly messy pink ribbon bin, I dropped the most perfect little pink rose brad into the abyss. I dug a little, but I knew it was hopeless. It was gonna be awhile before I saw that brad again.
So, in true Susan-style, I threw up my hands and started to plan my complete and total ribbon revamp. Where the ribbons are housed wasn’t the problem. It was how they were stored within.
I store my ribbons by color in these affordable shoe organizers that I bought at IKEA (and I splurged to add in the drawers). Each drawer is labeled accordingly, and then there is room for more tools in some of the open sections below. Here is a close-up of what it looks like:
From the outside it all looks so tidy, but as you can see, that green drawer is a hot mess of ribbons. Just all sorts of random thrown in there. It’s a little cumbersome to say the least. I’ve seen people use wooden clothespins to wind their ribbon around, but after three stores did NOT have the type of clothespin I was looking for, I decided to use a little ingenuity. Because you see, I am far too impatient to buy them online and wait. This revamp needed to begin NOW.
Hobby Lobby hooked me up with their jumbo craft sticks. I bought 150 to begin with (but had to go back for more!). Armed with straight pins, scotch tape, and a marker to label each stick, I was ready for action.
You see, I had determined that ribbon cards and rolls were taking up far too much space in each drawer, so it was my plan to eliminate this waste of space. Ribbon scraps were gathered in snack-sized baggies. General ribbons like plain satin and grosgrain were unrolled and popped into the bin as-is, but specialty ribbons were wound one by one around the craft sticks. The end of each ribbon was secured with a straight pin, and I wrote the initials of the manufacturer at the end of each stick. And the transformation had begun.
Don’t get me wrong – this took a VERY long time, but with persistence, I got it done, and I’m so glad! It is so beautiful and so organized! It’s just a few nights (and one snowy weekend) in front of the TV rolling and rolling and rolling ribbon. See how pretty?
All of this organization made me want to dive in and craft again. I’d found so many beautiful ribbons and trims that I had forgotten I even owned! So, with a renewed sense of craftiness, I headed to the craft room and tried again.
This first card utilizes a multi-colored ribbon. This striped ribbon became the focal point of this card, and all of the papers and embellishments came together because of it. It was a fun way to approach making a card!
Another card I made features several scraps from the green ribbon scrap baggie. I adhered the scraps to a piece of cardstock with super-tack double-sided adhesive and then die cut the ribbon panel into this label shape (inspired by a card by Sarah J. Moerman that you can find in Die Cutting for Paper Crafters). The label didn’t cut all the way through (I used a Spellbinders die in my Cuttlebug), but I was able to easily finish the cut with a craft knife.
I love ribbon. Obviously.
P.S. If you want to see more of my craft room, you can check out this blog post from awhile back.