Sunday, May 4, 2008

*A Closer Look* #3

Hello! First of all I would like to apologize for taking so long to get this installment to you. I will admit that my system for organizing ribbon is not revolutionary or very exciting, but I am sharing with you anyway. Hopefully you will find something that you could benefit from. The first thing I would like to share with you is a fun project that I did in order to house some ribbon in an organized way, but also allows me to see what is inside. I have had this old cookie tin for a couple of years now and what it holds has changed a lot. I finally decided to put spools of ribbon inside and then I realized that I could make holes using my crop-a-dile to punch through the tin. I used a pencil to mark the width of each spool so that they would line up properly and then I punched! I can't wait to get the new crop-a-dile that you can reach even farther!

This is an easy project for anyone to try. I am glad that something finally has a permanent home in this tin. I also use the baskets that hang from my SU! punch holder. I knew these were a must have as soon as I spied them at IKEA and was even more thrilled to see how well they held ribbon. I have two of these which can be seen in the post entitled "window on my world". I showed one here, that houses an assortment of fun ribbon which really can be a springboard for creativity. The other one holds my SU! In Color double stitched ribbon and re-inkers. much as I love having ribbons out to inspire my creativity, it is important for me to have things looking tidy and organized. My creative space is at one end of our family room so I want things to look orderly. For this reason, I have alot of things placed in containers or baskets. If they have a label holder, they have been labeled, but it is not hard for me to remember since these items get used weekly, if not daily. LOL!
I tried to use this photo and label the different areas that I have ribbon, but I think it may be too small to read. If you can't read it, at least you can see the areas that I have ribbon. I also have the small and medium ribbon holders from SU! on my desk top that houses my taffeta ribbon, gingham ribbon, striped grosgrain, 5.8 inch grosgrain (all SU!). I would love to hear your comments on what you think or if you have a great idea to share with me. I would love to hear from you! Thanks for fluttering by!

Next week's installment will focus on my desk, what it holds and why.


Mary Dawn said...

i have a ton of old tins AND a crop a dile! thanks for the idea

stampin_melissa said...

Thanks so much for sharing your closer look. I have a ribbon chest, but as I gather (I prefer not to use the word "accumulate") some unspooled ribbon I have been trying to find a storage solution.

Jennifer Love said...

I have SO got to do something with my stinkin' ribbons. I can't even tell what I have anymore so I'm buying duplicates. FRUSTRATING! Thanks for the tips and ideas! :)

Anonymous said...

I hope that in one of your next installments, you show how you organize all of your stamps! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

-Nancy in Lake Forest, CA

Alora Sweetser said...

Hey Kelly,

Love your space! Just wondering where you got your
"cubbie bookshelf"?? I've been looking for something similar for my craft space and I can't seem to find one anywhere. Thanks in advance!