Friday, March 4, 2011

Organizational {Friday} Trims, Ribbon, & a Spooler

Okay, first, NO I am not changing my ribbon storage. I have had it the same way for years and years, and I love it. No creases, no dust, easy to find and store! If you have never seen my ribbon storage post, look here. Here is a photo of some of my ribbon drawers:

Recently, I have started a wonderful collection of gorgeous trims. I purchased a bunch from A Million Memories when they had some of it on clearance. I wished I would have purchased more because the quality is amazing not to mention I have never seen trims like this anywhere else and the price was great. Anyway, they are beautiful but how do you store them?

Well, since the larger Cropper Hopper boxes are no longer being sold, I went ahead and purchased these clear boxes from The Box Depot. PLB103 is the box I am using (see samples in the photo below), and they measure 1.5"x1.5"x1.5". This size fits perfectly in my Scrap 'n Cube drawers and goes well with my Cropper Hopper boxes. They are also perfect for odd-shaped trims, fancy trims, hand-dyed seam binding (Hug Snug), and for ALL ribbons up to 1.5" wide!These boxes cost $28 for 100. When they arrive, they look like this:
I actually love that they arrive flat because they are super easy to store! When I need another box, it just pops open into place. To store the hand-dyed seam binding, I just stuff each separate color in a box. The seam binding should stay crinkled so stuffing it in the box keeps it that way.

Now of course I want the trims to stay nice so I needed to roll them up first before putting then in a box. Winding trims is NOT an easy task; however, I have a new and wonderful tool called a ribbon spooler. Man is this thing AMAZING. You can purchase the spooler here, and it is one of the best tools I have ever purchased. I have carpal tunnel too so this is a life-saver. I can wind trims and ribbons very fast using this tool. Look how beautifully they go onto the spooler: For trims or ribbons that make a roll too large for the box, I just cut the yardage in half and roll two rolls. You can see how the roll on the left (above) really was too big. I cut it in half, and you can see two rolls of it in this one box (below):Love it! And other trims with fancy attachments like flowers, etc., do not get messed up in the boxes. Here is how my drawer looks now with crinkled ribbon, trims with flowers, leaves, etc.:
I hope this has been helpful! Trims sure are beautiful but finding a way to store them without getting them messed up can be a challenge.

And for those of you that have made it this far through my post, I bought an extra spooler to give away to one of my amazing subscribers! So, leave a comment about trims--how you store them, where you buy them, if you use them or not--something about trims. Leave your comment by Sunday, 3/6, at 11:59 p.m. Central. I will post the winner on Monday, 3/7! Enjoy your Friday, and thanks for stopping by! Blessings,
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45 comments:

Leora said...

I love the spooler idea. I now store my ribbon is several places...jars on top of my desk and in my scrapncube (thanks to you) ribbon drawer.

Good luck to all,
Leora

Anonymous said...

Impressive storage organization. Would I horrify you to say that my trims and ribbons were jumbled in a wire basket, and only recently improved to hanging the freshly ironed ones from the metal handle of a file cabinet? (Sheepish smile)
Happy Friday---Jennifer in Ohio

Christy Q said...

I love that spooler so I learned something new today as I did not know they existed. As for how I store my trims... I do not have a lot so I use the ribbon keeper system and hang them on mini tension rods that are installed in my closet. It works but I forget they are there as it's out of sight and out of mind but I am getting better about remembering to look at what I have when creating a card. I need to come up with a better system.

Gail said...

I love your storage system!!! I have al my ribbons on the original spools they came on hanging up on the wall on the ribbon storage my husband made for me. Works well except for the dust. My trims are just put in a draw. Your system would work grat .....might have to copy it. Thanks for the chance to win a head start on it!!!!

Krista Ritskes said...

Oh, how I love trims. I don't have too many yet, but maybe a trip to the fabric store is in my plan for next week. Love your storage!

Rita said...

I love your NEW tool! What a great idea & your ribbon storage is fabulous. I'm going to have to try this because I get so frustrated with my ribbon,I never found a way to store them that was cheap & easy but yours looks like what I've been looking for..organized, pretty & easy on the pocketbook! Thanks for sharing.

Carole RB said...

Hi Patter

I love the spooler. I also love your storage.

Have a nice weekend!

Carol said...

Love all your organization posts! You are truly the master organizer. I, too, stored my ribbon in the Cropper Hopper boxes, but after their demise, I just started keeping my rolled ribbon and trim pieces in the inexpensive craft storage boxes that you find in jewelry sections of the big box stores. Love that roller...have had my eye on it for some time now. Thanks for your generosity in giving it away!

Anonymous said...

I'm loving that spooler tool! My ribbon storage is varied, which causes problems when I go searching with a project in mind. I have flat spools & scrap ribbon stored in tilt bins; spooled ribbons on CD spools (what bulk, blank CD/DVD's are sold in); and mini/larger spools & skeins of fiber in clear shoe tubs. I need to simplify my storage. Thanks for the organizational inspiration! Jena :)

Beth Rigden said...

Wow! You have a lot of ribbon and lace and trims! I would love the ribbon spooler, right now my ribbon is in 2 drawers and a big candy store type jar!

Verona H. said...

My ribbon is stored in a couple baskets and in a clip it up tray with a rod beneat it to hand the ribbon on clips. Thanks for showing the spooler, I hadn't heard of it. It is a neat too. I need some help on storing and organizing stamps, have you done that one on your blog?

Patter Cross said...

Hi Verona! Yes, I have covered storing and organizing stamps. Here is one post, and there is a link to another post in that one:

http://triplethescraps.blogspot.com/2010/03/organizational-friday-revisiting-stamp.html

If you want help on storing wood mount stamps, see this post here:

http://triplethescraps.blogspot.com/2010/05/organizational-friday-wood-mount-stamps.html

and

http://triplethescraps.blogspot.com/2010/10/organizational-friday-rotate-your.html

I hope that helps. :) Blessings,

Vicky said...

Wow! Love your storage ideas! I've never heard of a spooler before, great tool :)

Trims, ribbons are fabulous! Love to use them on my projects. Storage...well that's another story :o}
My lss keeps a variety so that's where I go to indulge!

Laureen said...

I have been trying to decide how I wanted to do my ribbon and was thinking of wrapping it around pieces of cut board. Then the question of what to put them in? I wasn't excited about setting and wrapping all my ribbon either so I love this tool, I didn't know there was one like this! Right know I still have mine on the spools it comes on or in the zip lock bags I bought it in, in boxes and baskets. Maybe I can get this straightened out before I go to the ribbon outlet again! Thanks for a chance to win this and for those of us that don't win where did you buy this?

Patter Cross said...

Lauren, click on the "Frantic Stamper" link in this post and it will take you directly to the shop! :)

stampwithclara said...

Most of my ribbon is on spools because that's how I bought it but I do have a small collection of trims and ribbons on cards. Love that spooler - thanks for the info. Clara

Catherine said...

Your ribbon and trim storage is beautiful!!! I'm an organizational nut and my heart went pitter patter when I saw your rainbow colored drawers full of loveliness. I haven't ventured into trims really - I know it's coming but I've been resisting and my scrappy budget has shrunk in recent months. Thanks for all the great tips.

AlpacaRose said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you! I was feeling waaay guilty for having too much ribbon. Not anymore! You've rescued me! I store my ribbon on their cardboard rolls on pants hangers. I bought them at Walmart. Each hanger has four bars to hang four pairs of pants. Each bar releases from the frame to slip on the roll of ribbon. Great idea, but it takes up lots of room in the closet and if I don't tape the end of the ribbon to the cardboard roll, it often unwinds. :(

clickingandscrapping said...

I love trims, and I love the rainbow of color you have in your drawer! I have several special trims, as they are the scraps of trims left from the clothes DMIL has handmade my children. :) I also have a healthy collection of store bought spools and such. :) I love the ribbon spooler you have! I could finish putting my trims in rolls. I often hold the roll together with bread ties and the trims unroll as if they are on a tape dispenser. I did this when I ran out of CH boxes one time. :)

Susan said...

Thanks for your organizational tips. I'd never seen that spooler - neat idea. I keep all my trims and ribbons wound on large chipboard cards filed in photo boxes.
Susan

Susan said...

Thanks for your organizational tips. I'd never seen the ribbon spooler - great idea. I keep all my ribbons and trims wound on chipboard cards filed in photo boxes.
Susan

Stephanie said...

I like trims but don't have too many yet. I store them in my jetmax cubes with my spools of ribbon. Right now it's working for me but for ribbons & trims that aren't on spools....well, I need a new system. It has to be cat-proof so these little boxes would be great. Thanks for the chance to win the tool. It would be MOST helpful!! ;)

Cassie_lu said...

so loving and needing that spoolier right now as I am in the middle of trying to organize my ribbon stash. It is so messy right now that I don't even want to use any ribbon on anything. Thank you for your post as I like the why yours is stored and the ease the spoolier seems to work.

April said...

Wow, how cool Patter! That tool is definitely going on my wishlist...I have spent waaaaay too many hours winding up my ribbon in the past. ;)

Right now all of my ribbon and trims are wound up and stored in small ziploc baggies, all in one big drawer. It's SO hard to see what I have though so I'm definitely looking for a new solution...
- April W

L said...

I've only recently come across your blog & I'm just thrilled! It looks like God is using you to bless many women!
anyway about trim storage...right now all my ribbons are on spools & my trims are in baggies BUT after reading your ribbon storage post I've starting making my own "ribbon wraps" out of cereal box board & when I'm done with the ribbon I'll do the same with the trims. which will be especially great for the trims cause I forget that I have them. I'm already amazed at the space this will save!

Thanks for the chance to win the ribbon spooler!
Leigh
1Peter 5:7

Elizabeth said...

I love that spooler! What a wonderful idea! I currently store my ribbon in shoe boxes-one for each primary color, and one for each holiday. However I am in the process of taking over my son's bedroom when he leaves for college, so I have just purchased the Simply Renee Ribbon Holders. I have two of them so far. I plan to use a table cloth over them to keep the dust and light off of them.

Anonymous said...

I love ribbon too! I store mine on 2x3" poster board squares. My drawer used to look like yours-lol-but now I have most of my ribbons in an Ikea box. Love it. Neat and organized. That ribbon spooler looks really great. I just bought some ribbon with flowers on it and can't store those my usual way. Thanks for sharing. Jo4Him

Rene said...

I love that ribbon spooler! I've struggled with ribbon and trim storage. The rolls they come on take up too much room, but keep the ribbon wrinkle-free. I've tried baggies, which is too wrinkly and hard to find. I've also tried wrapping around cardboard, but that leaves creases. I think this may be the storage system for me! Thanks! Rene'

Lexi E said...

GREAT idea! I have mine wrapped around cardboard and sorted by color. It works ok but does leave creases sometimes> I hate having to drag out the iron to press the ribbon. This system sounds great!

MaxineD said...

Patter this is an amazing system - My trims tend to be in 2 litre ice-cream containers..... and a lot messy :-)
Love your systems, I am constantly in awe of how tidy you keep things!!
Blessings
Maxine

Fontaine said...

That spooler is a great idea! Right now, I just scrapbook and haven't bought too much trim. The little that I do have is stored with my ribbon in a basket (eek!).

Thanks for the awesome giveaway and good luck to everyone!
--Fontaine

Stefanie Staniak said...

Those trims look scrumptious !! I might have to investigate that world now. Up until now, I have only been a ribbon freak. I'm no longer freaky because I adopted your ribbon storage system and I love it. You are absolutely right, they stay unwrinkled, and look so pretty when they are all lined up together. Thanks so much for the idea. I'm now working on your stamp system. All ready bought my rolladex !! Thanks for that idea too.

Jennie said...

Love your organizing posts!!! I store my ribbon semi-organized in a drawer in my Scrap Mini Box....thinking of which I need to get it under better conrol again. What a great tool and may have to consider buying on of these, might help, LOL!

Kim Clayton said...

Well, I have used a large glass container, till it filled and cant stand digging, then I tried dow rods till that no longer worked. Now, they are wrapped on cardboard in photo boxes but that is not working so... part of the fun is organizing it, LOl

Teresa, Chowbaby said...

I have several ways to storage trims/ribbons. I have end pieces hanging by my desk on an old craft ladder from badge holders by color. I have my spools in shoe boxes on my shelf behind me. I love that spooler - great idea and the little boxes are cool too

BarbaraB said...

I currently keep most of my ribbons on the original spools in these plastic stackable boxes I got from Michaels. They take up too much space so I bought som Ribbon Organizers and the ribbon spooler at a stamping vendor fair. I just have not taken the time to transfer them yet. My husband recently saw my ribbon collection and couldn't beleive how many I have! He teases me about it now. :) Oh well, for some women, shoes and clothes are their vice, my is stamping and scrapbook supplies.

Tamrah T. said...

I can't get enough of trims. They are so versatile! Anyway, I usually store them as purchased, cardboard spool. But those bought by the yard, wrapped around a square of cardboard.And then everything goes in my stacked (ornament) organizer.

Michelle said...

I have never heard of a spooler until now. What a great idea/tool! I would love to win it and get my stuff organized. Thanks for a chance to win!

Pat said...

Wow, that spooler is a genius idea! Most of my trim is loosely looped and placed in a small plastic bags. I have about 6 plastic bins that hold ribbons and trims by color. Definitely not as nice and organized as yours.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Patter:

Love your organization ideas! I am new to the ribbon/trim addiction. It is mainly the result of a JoAnns store going out of business in my area. Currently, I store ribbon pieces in a jar. I store longer lengths in different ways: Wrapped around cardstock in my ScrapRack ribbon holders; Wrapped around clothes pins (the one piece wooden kind); on the original roll they came in stored in a basket; and finally, I have a several spools of wired ribbon hung on a length of cord in my scrap closet.

Your system is very neat, maybe someday I'll try that too!

Anonymous said...

I wind my trims by hand and store them in the tiny zipper jewelry bags. I love that spooler! That really would be a major time-saver! Thanks for sharing - I really love your blog and all of the inspiration and organization tips that you have!

~ Linda in Houston, TX

Kate said...

thanks for the great ideas! i love those boxes (and the fact that they come flat) and the ribbon spooler.

Barbara said...

Hi Patter,
I have been following your Organizational Fridays and keeping all of the ideas...I have so little time to make cards and scrapbook that I need to have my space organized to find what I need. I have utilized many of your ideas, tweeking them some, love the idea about catalogueing supplies...I am stretching my creativity trying to get started using other mediums such as yo-yos, trims, ribbons, buttons, etc and was delighted to read your ideas about the ribbons and trims because mine are a mess. The spooler looks like the answer to a prayer for effectively and neatly winding my ribbons, etc for the little boxes that I am going to order. So neat and tidy, I love it. Thank you for all that you do, such an inspiration. Barb

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I definitely need theis tool but I've never seen anything like it in the Philippines! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Judy McMullen said...

What a terrific ribbon storage system, Patter! Thanks so much for leaving a link to your blog on my forum SCS question regarding storage of ribbon. I love the ribbon winder tool!!

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