So, my ribbon was out of control. Organized, but taking up way too much room. I decided that they just took up a lot of wasted space with the cardboard spools they come on. I emptied over 100 spools of ribbon, 3 drawers and 2 large craft storage jars that contained ribbon that was purchased by the yard. The round tab punch spools are in floss keeper 3 ring binder sleeves that I chopped in half and cut off the 3 ring binder part. They came in a package of 3 protectors with 20 pockets per sheet from Joanne's. I now have 120 little spools stored in them and can see what I have at a glance, no more dumping out a whole jar full to find what I need. The spool ribbon was rewound on ribbon cards that are 4" x 6" and are made by Cropper Hopper. They come 10 per pack and were $2.99 Awesome deal considering how much ribbon you can get on each one and even better when you have a 40% off coupon! There is a slit in the middle to put the end of the ribbon in and I used straight pins to secure the loose end. They do sell plastic clips for this purpose, but I chose the cheaper route and I think the straight pins hold the ribbon in place better anyway. These will all fit on the bottom tier of my clip it up as shown in the last photo. I still have 2 drawers of spooled ribbon(mostly SU! that held 15-25 yds each and take up most of the spool, not just a yard or 2 on a big spool with air in the center) and 2 drawers with floss binders that hold my small scraps and fibers. On that note, I am off on a road trip to my friend Juliana's new home to help her unpack her stamp room and get organized after their recent move. Check back for more space saving tips, I am thinking of bringing you a storage solution each Wednesday. (if I remember - HA!)
Here are some of the spools I emptied, the 1st batch was already out in the garbage and I wasn't digging them out.
A ton of my pretties all neatly organized.
Here's one of the Cropper Hopper cards. They are heavy duty plastic. I ended up stapeling 2 end to
end to make use of the hanging room on my Clip it up.
Floss sleeves containing 120 spools of loose ribbon I had:
Waiting for my Clip it Up to arrive. The Cropper Hopper cards all fit nicely in a Longaberger Notions Basket.
I still have 132 spools of ribbon(yep, I counted) in these 2 drawers because most contain 25 yards which
is more than I was willing to rewind onto the ribbon cards.
Here's a shot of the floss binders that I leave in the iris cart drawers open faced. There is a photo of
2 in the drawer, 1 on end and one closed. The zip baggies in the binders are 3 1/2" x 5" and perfect
for ribbon scraps and fibers.
And finally, here's the Clip it Up holding my ribbon, stickers, rub on's, grungeboard
and more. My top tier was on backorder but is in transit now. I am not sure what
will go on that level, but I am sure I will have no problem filling it up.
Here is the clip it up with the top tier add on in place. The bottom unit comes with 80 clips and the
top one with 40. I have about 10 empty clips left and ready to add some things. I will show you close
up's of some of the plastic storage containers and their contents another day.