Sunday, April 20, 2008

*A Closer Look* #2

I have decided to break the ribbon installment into two groups. Today I will show you how easy it is to organize and store the dreaded, but delicious, ribbon by the yard. I love purchasing ribbon by the yard at my LSS, but bringing it home can be a nightmare. I finally realized that I could make my own *collections* like I can buy from SU!, SEI, Making Memories, Etc.

For me, it all starts with the Pattern Paper. I chose this beautiful collection from Polar Bear Press which can be seen in the background of my photos and then on the finished card. I then select ribbon that coordinates with the paper. I usually get around 5 yards of each, but for this collection, I only purchased 3.

Once I have my selections, I take a piece of the chipboard backing from my SU! designer series paper, to make a base for my ribon. I then take my 3/4 inch square punch to make indents for each ribbon. I make the indentations at the top, wrap the ribbon, and then punch again. This way I will have perfectly spaced notches. I usually pin it once I have come to the end, but some ribbons are so delicate, that a piece of scotch tape is best. Once I have a finished collection, I add it to my container that houses my ribbon by the yard. I put each card in like a file would go into a filing cabinet so that it uses a small amount of space, but all the ribbon can be seen.

Once I had played with all of that scrumptious ribbon, I thought it was only fitting to create with it. I used my Paris Stamp Set from Cavallini and Co. and added some fun buttons. I love this little flapper girl button. Doesn't she look cute?
Also, I had a comment left last week on where I got my desk. It actually belonged to my Father and wasn't in the *best* condition, so I took a can of black spray paint and painted it, took off the original hardware and replaced it with some nickel drawer pulls. I {love} how it turned out and I {love} creating on a desk every day that belonged to my Dad, who I miss very much. I think about him every day as I sit there and hope that the things I create would make him happy.
So...remember, everything old can be new again with a little TLC. All it takes is a little *vision*!

*****Next week I will be showing you some of the ways that I store my ribbon spools. I will also a fun project that you can do to house some of those spools! Thanks for fluttering by!! *****
Also a HUGE thanks to Elaine for helping me get my pictures and text figured out! You are a gem!


Sara in WI said...

What a clever idea, Kelly! One of the reasons that I hesitate to buy ribbon by the yard unless i know exactly what I need is that is gets "lost" or wrinkled, (and who wants to get the iron out?) Thanks for sharing this! Your card is wonderful,too. Such inspiration...I need to get off my "chair" and get busy stamping!

jackiestamps4fun said...

AWESOME card! Simply stunning! And thanks for sharing more of your organization tips!

Giovana said...

WOWWW, great idea Kelly!!!
I will do the same.

God bless

rohla said...

Oh mylanta, Kelly...this is the darn cutest card ever! Thanks for sharing your ideas Ü


Cathy said...

Very nice card! I love the Paris girl button - where did you find it?

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my gosh, Kelly, you are so right to call that ribbon "scrumptious". It is fabulous and your gorgeous creation with it is breath-taking!!

joyk said...

Beautiful card!!! Excellent idea for the ribbon.......I love that you can still see them even when you have them filed. Making your own *collection* to go with the dps is so clever!!! Thanks for sharing!

Elaine said...

You are sooo welcome! *grin*

What a fabulous idea to use the square punch for notches! What size do you trim the chipboard down to?

Libby Hickson said...

What a great tip for storing ribbon, thanks for sharing it. And love the card you made with it, so cute!!

Novell said...

Gorgeous card!!! Love those buttons!

Heidi said...

Great idea- will have to do this too!

Cindy Major said...

Wow, vraiment très cool! Love the colors and wide ribbons you used :)