As you have heard me whine...life has been very full lately and I've lost my focus. Every once in a while I do a reality check and realize that my blog has switched from "you, you, you" to "me, me me". So let me get back on track here by giving you a tip and also catch up on a promise.
This is for Sue from Oregon. I promised her I'd blog about my ribbon storage. I use the Ribbon Rings (bought mine at Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts). Pink Hedgehog also made this easy for me to setup as I bought their 1 yd groups of ribbon to get me started. I keep the ribbons organized by color (all greens together on one ring, etc.).
I love them because:
1. I am a very visual person (big surprise, eh) and I like everything out in the open. If its put away...I'll forgetaboutit.
2. I think these rings of ribbon are absolutely beautiful hanging there. Almost a work of art!
3. It is easy to tell when I need to purchase more ribbon. I just pull the long ends out and the short ones reveal themselves to show which ones I need more of. See:
4. And lastly, its easy for me to pick the ribbon for my project without making a big mess. For example, let's say I'm working on a project and I'm thinking it may need a pink or red ribbon. I like to "try them on" before I decide which ribbon is best. I used to grab the spools unroll a bit from each one and lay them across my card. If I didn't like them, I had to roll them all back up and put them away. Now I just grab the ring with pink and red, select a few ribbons and drape them across my project to see which one I like. When I'm done, I just grab the ring and hang it back up. So easy! Here's what I mean about "trying the ribbons on":
What? You don't remember the card in this example? That's because it "didn't make the cut". I still have it laying there. Maybe someday I'll figure out what it needs.