Wednesday, April 17, 2013

May Arts Ribbon Organization Blog Hop & Giveaway








Welcome to the second day of the May Arts Organization blog hop!  The Ribbonistas are sharing ways to store all of that gorgeous ribbon that we love.  I have to tell you, this hop kind of sent me into panic mode, because I was afraid if I shared pictures of my studio, a camerman might show up from Hoarders, and want to shoot an episode!  But, luckily, I've been motivated to work on some storage solutions -  and I can tell you, I will be stalking the rest of the team's blogs to see what great ideas they came up with!  Also, be sure to leave plenty of comments along the way, for a chance to win 3 spools of your choice of May Arts ribbon.





I like to organize my ribbons by color (mostly) - because, I am generally looking for a specific color to go with a project.  My exception for this is my silk ribbon.  I keep it all grouped together, because I will generally work with it together.




I have CD storage boxes arranged on a wooden book shelf that the shelved are sloped towards the middle (like a V).  I can see into the boxes of ribbon while they are on the shelf.  My silk ribbon is just in it's own little box.
 For shorter lengths of ribbon, not on the spool, I use a large safety pin, and group similar types of ribbon together, and hang this from my baker's rack, that is right beside my ribbon shelf.  This seems to work better for me than having them all stuffed in a big box (which is how it was before the idea of this hop!)









Here is the rest of the hop line-up.  I hope you will be inspired to organize your ribbon stash.




Monday
Candy Rosenberg
Charlene Driggs 
DeeDee Catron
Emily Lanham
Erika Taylor


Wednesday
Erin Thiem
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears
Jenifer Cowles
Karen Baker


Friday

Lalo IK
Leah Farrar-White
Sandy Allnock
Virginia Fynes








42 comments:

TracyM #6773 said...

LOVE your safety pin idea - thank you for the inspiration :)
I have my ribbons in little boxes stacked inside tubs but sadly it doesn't take me long to get them in a real mess in need of urgent sorting!!!

Sue D said...

Great storage and I like the safety pin idea for scraps.

Buffy Esser said...

thank you so much for the storage idea's!

Mare said...

Great storage idea! My scraps are going to come out of their box now! Thanks.

Cheryl Walker said...

Its nice to have your ribbon out to view, makes it easy to find what you need!!! Awesome!!!
Hugs,
Cheryl

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

Very nice! Love your safety pin idea for shorter lengths of ribbon to have nearby and handy!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I organize by color, too. And I have individual lengths organized by color, stored in ziploc bags placed in a basket by my desk. That way, I actually use them!

marylouh said...

Using the large safety pins is a good idea for the lace ribbons. I don't know why I never thought about putting colors together when I'm storing my ribbons. Going to go do that now.

Barb Wagar said...

I pretty much have mine in boxes too. Like the safety pin idea. I also store in zip lock bags to keep clean if they don't have a spool anymore. My poor cat has long hair and sheds everywhere.. so I got to keep the hair and dust out!

sandee said...

Like the scraps hanging from a saftey pin!

Becky Dunham said...

I love your slanted shelves Gini! What a great idea! Also the safety pin - I have loads of ribbon off of the reel and am always hunting for ways to store it where I can still see what I have! Thanks for sharing :) By the way, I KNOW Hoarders would show up at my house if they could see my craft room...

sharon g said...

It's nice that you can always see them. I need to organize..

Camerageek said...

I love the safetypin idea.

Natasha G.P. said...

Storing the little strips on safety pins is a good idea. I have mine in a hanging jewelry organizer.

Chris said...

Great idea!!Love how you can see all of your ribbon!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great way to store your stuff, especially the scraps!

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

lovely storage and great idea to use safety pins.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Great storage and great ideas.

Jennifer Scull said...

cool idea to pin those shorter lengths and keep them nearby so you can see them. :)

Charlene said...

Sweet idea for those small pieces of ribbon, Gini...much better than my baggie.

DeeDee Catron said...

That safety pin is gonna win 'em all over! I love it, too!

Ravengirl said...

Oh Gini! I know what you mean about the Hoarders comment ;) I do like how you store the shorter lengths. Visible is good for me so that I remember what I have and can use it!

jen said...

Love that you can see it all! More likely to use what we can see, right? :)

Lucy said...

Great idea for the loose ribbon! Don't feel intimidated. We are all different and what works well for one may not work for the next person. We can't all be Super organized-I know I am not and that's ok :)

Caryn S said...

Very uncomplicated and sensible! I like the big safety pin idea.

Renee said...

Mine are in shoeboxes which works for me right now since I don't have a lot on spools. Will definitely break out some safety pins - quick and easy, I like that!

Sue said...

Oh la la ... I'm loving your storage idea. Thanks for the tip. Have a super-duper day.

Verna Angerhofer said...

That's a great idea sorting by color. Also like your storage unit too.I never thought of hanging ribbons by a safety pin either.

~Tammy~ said...

I am bad about out of sight out of mind....this is great! Thanks for sharing!

Robin B. said...

Great storage idea, thanks for sharing.

Laurie said...

Nice! Especially that simple idea of the big pin for ribbon cuts.

Barb Murphy said...

awesome ideas, especially the safety pin hanger ;)

Yvonne Morentin said...

wow... i am so in like with your ribbon and the display... if only i had the space...
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NWFlamingo said...

I organize by color too, until a project comes along and it gets all mixed up! I understand the hoarders problem!

TN Granny said...

Love all this organization, thanks for sharing.

Teresa said...

Love your storage idea! You easily see what you have! t.igo

Laurel Mitchell said...

Going to trade out my straight pins for the safety.

Caroline D. said...

It's really not a bad thing to have to find ways to store such pretty ribbon!

Donna Shelton said...

Thanks for the great ideas. I'm going to take my pieces and hang them so they will get used.

Ava Gavloski said...

yes, thanks for the tips and inspiration that I needs so much for my ribbon

greggers said...

thanks for the safety pin idea, my short pieces are tied together.

Brenda Kelley said...

The giant safety pin idea is great! Just pick it up & take it to your work area & not lose those small pieces which are usually plenty for one or two cards or for just that little touch of 'extra'.