Ribbon Organizer Review by Suzanne, and Show Us ***Your*** Happy Place-Week 2!

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Welcome to Week 2 of our “Show Us Your Happy Place” promotion!

Now for a great product review by Suzanne!

Hello, crafty friends! This is Suzanne from Scrapbooking Sue, here today with a product review from Organize More. I had the pleasure of trying out the 12-cubby Ribbon Organizer from Organize More recently, and let me tell you, I was impressed! First of all, this is how the Ribbon Organizer came out of the box…

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…fully assembled! Who wouldn’t love that? Not only was it ready to go out of the box, but it also had the hardware (sawtooth hangers) mounted on the back for wall mounting, and felt feet on the bottom to keep your desk/counter scratch-free. I love that the folks at Organize More have taken their product a step further and really prepared it for all of our needs.

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I could not wait to get started filling the cubbies with ribbon, and soon found my very favorite feature of the Ribbon Organizer…. I did not have to thread my ribbon spools through any dowels! I hate having to take my entire ribbon system apart once a spool of ribbon has ended, just to take the empty spool off of the dowel. Well, with the Ribbon Organizer, that is not a problem! Each spool of ribbon sits comfortably on the shelf, and the only dowels present are the ones that hold your spools in place! When you need a spool of ribbon off the shelf, it is super easy to take it off and put in back in its place. And, just look at all of the different sizes of ribbon spools it holds.

In the picture above, I showed how the wooden dowel can be used for more than just keeping your spools from rolling off the shelf. If you like to unroll your ribbon in a controlled manner and have it at the ready at all times (no searching for the ribbon ends), then you can thread the end of the ribbon under the dowel and it will securely hold it in place for you!

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Personally, I like to take each spool off of the shelf when I am using it, so I did not take the time to thread each ribbon end under the dowels… but it is always an option! This is a picture of my Ribbon Organizer fully stocked! Organize More also makes Ribbon Organizers in smaller (6 cubbies) and larger (20 cubbies) sizes to meet your needs. Plus, you could always stack the organizers side-by-side, on top of one another, or mount on the wall to save desk space.

I really love this product! It keeps my ribbon neat and organized, and very easily accessible. And best of all, I ditched the dowel! You can find out more about this Ribbon Organizer and other products at the Organize More website.

 

Now, since you’ve read the review by our fantastic Suzanne, you can link up YOUR happy place at the bottom of the post from now until Thursday afternoon (October 16). The winner for this week will receive an identical Ribbon Organizer of their very own from our friends at OrganizeMore!

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Our Rules:

 

  1. Winner must live in the USA or Canada, we are so sorry but international shipping is just too pricey. :( Hawaii and Alaska residents are welcome to enter.

 

  1. You may enter your room (on Mondays) one time per week and you may also enter the random giveaway (on Wednesdays) one time per week.

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  1. On room links, you must link to a specific post about your creative space and not the entire blog. If you don’t have a blog, you may link to a photo of yours on a photo sharing site, such as Flickr or to a photo of yours in a forum, such as Splicoaststampers. You may not share photos that belong to other artists.

 

  1. Not required but we would LOVE it if you’d share our graphic above on your blog or Pinterest boards!

 

  1. PLEASE make sure that either your comment or blog has an attached email address so we can contact you if you win. Comments without email addys may win, but if you don’t email us within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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  1. The winners of both weekly contests will be announced on Friday, October 17, 2014!

Another thing we want to mention is that your room doesn’t have to be a “traditional” craft room. We would love to see photography studios, art spaces, sewing rooms, and more! The thing we are MOST interested in seeing is creative & useful storage solutions in the rooms of real crafters and artists. The rooms do not have to be fancy or magazine worthy to catch our eye or win the contest. Please share your happy place, we would LOVE to see it!

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Just One Tip: Small Ribbon Storage

Organizing Small Ribbon Pieces

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing small pieces of ribbon (or twine, string, floss, etc.). We all have a favorite brand, color, or pattern of ribbon that seems to run out sooner than the rest. If you keep your ribbons on their original spools, that means that you may be taking up prime storage real estate with a tiny piece of ribbon left on a large spool. The solution that works for me, is to take the remaining ribbon off its spool and twist it around a tongue depressor (also called a jumbo craft stick or popsicle stick). Have a look at the pictures below to see how crafters are using this technique.

This first picture is from my own small ribbon storage.  I wrapped ribbon, waxy flax, twine, and hemp string around tongue depressors and then corralled similar ribbon types in Mason jars.

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Here is a picture of the same technique but the ribbon is stored in clear jars. There are plenty of pictures on this site, so check them out for some great ideas.

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This ingenious way to organize and store small pieces of ribbon utilizes clothespins. I love this idea because the ribbon can be held in place by the clothespin clasp, which prevents unraveling.

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These ribbon pieces are wrapped around a completely different type of clothespin. The advantage of this wooden pin is that it is round, and will not kink the ribbon during storage.

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And finally, we are back to the tongue depressors, but with a twist! These wooden sticks had holes punched in one end so that a steel jump ring could be placed through them and clipped together. There is a step-by-step tutorial at her website if you are interested in this type of storage.

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Be sure to check out all of the links for additional pictures on each storage solution. Do you have a favorite way of storing small pieces of ribbon? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Suzanne

 

Just One Tip: Color Sorting

Happy Monday. It’s Cicily sharing a quick tip for you today.

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Back when my scrapbook supply collection hadn’t overtaken my room and I wasn’t so concerned with organization, my sister had me flabbergasted when she coordinated her cardstock by color. I thought she was a little off her rocker. Then she sorted her buttons by color. I still wasn’t fully convinced.  But then I started thinking about how easy things are to find if you were able to go straight for the right color.

Then this happened in my room!

 

My buttons, card stock and scrap paper soon followed suit and were sorted by color . I have to admit it helps a lot when searching for a specific color of something. I even sorted my patterned paper by color, right next to my card stock. I don’t do this with everything, mostly with supplies that I don’t have too many of, like my washi tape and markers.

Organizing is all about what work’s for you. If you haven’t tried color sorting, give it a whirl!

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Storage Solutions Roundup: Using tension rods for flexible storage

Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.

P1210500-imp I recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! :(

P1160085 I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about  running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.

P1210503-imp One day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!

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Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!

Here’s a few that I found:

 

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Sew Many Ways: Tension rods between table legs.

 

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Midwest Living: Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room Beautiful storage for large papers and ribbons! You could also store large cuts of fabric this way!

 

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Yahoo Homes: 10 Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities I realize these are cutting boards, but wouldn’t this work just as well for Silhouette cutting mats, 12″ stacks of paper, or stamp sets?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget, we have an awesome giveaway going on right now from Organize More! To comment to win, go to the previous post and chat us up a bit! :)

Have a fabulous day,

Noelle

Craft Room Tour ~ The Polka Dot Closet

Hello! Do you have a favorite pattern or design? Mine is polka dots. I love the thought of them, the sight of them and even the words…polka dots! They make me happy. So when I discovered The Polka Dot Closet on Pinterest, I was intrigued. Why didn’t I think of that name! I’ll be sharing just a snippet of this pretty craft room in the photos below. Be sure to stop by for a visit with Carol to see how her craft space was redone and all of the shabby chic storage ideas she has to share.

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Carol utilized the space above her window to display these pretty linen covered storage boxes from Ikea as well as a handy ribbon rack.

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As you can see in this close up, her shelf and ribbon storage are made from wire closet supplies. Sturdy without bulk!

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Isn’t her fabric closet neat and tidy! Shelving provides plenty of storage for her fabric. The bins in the lower portion of the closet are also from Ikea.

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Take a look at Carol’s luscious chocolate brown computer area! She made a bulletin board that matches her stool from foam core.

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And finally a full view of the sewing table. It’s accompanied by the prettiest little stool topped off with the sweetest polka dot fabric.! Sigh, isn’t it dreamy.

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I’m so happy you could spend a little time with us today. Stop by to tell Carol hello, you’ll enjoy your visit at The Polka Dot Closet.

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Craft Studio Tour: Handcraft Your Life (Lia Griffith)

It’s Cicily with an amazing Craft Studio, Handcraft Your Life, from Lia Griffith. I found her blog and studio space while browsing on Pinterest. Once you see her amazing photography, you’ll see the inspiration for her talent and if you’re like me, you’ll spend oodles of time perusing her blog.

This is the picture that caught my attention. I love so much about it and all together it’s amazing!

I love all the work surfaces she has. Look behind the desk. She removed a door, added a hollow-core door and painted it with chalkboard paint.  Oh and look up! Through the doorway is her office. I envy her all the natural light coming through her windows!

Here’s some of her creative and decorative storage ideas.

I hope you follow the links to check out Lia’s blog. You can see more of her office and studio on this tour here!

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Product Highlight {Spools}

Hey there, it’s Lisa here on this crisp November day! Have you ever purchased an item for your crafty endevors but never got around to using it? I know silly question right ~ we ALL do that!!! I have a jar of wooden spools that are about to be rescued. Today I’m sharing a variety of ways to use them as a storage solution.  First up are these gorgeous shabby chic memo spools. A great way to use up snippets of favorite ribbons or trims and a pretty place to store notes or ideas!

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Turning a spool into a sweet little pincushion keeps fancy pins and sewing needles close at hand. I see something like this in my future!

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A perfect way to store delicate or vintage trims can be seen at the Paper Doll Girl!

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Ready for a touch of  happiness in a jar? Even a small spool can hold yard after yard of twine then be tucked neatly into a jar.

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Larger vintage spools that can be found on Etsy, Ebay or specialty stores work beautifully for buttons or wrapping twines as well as hemp cording and jute. I love the idea of pretty scissors placed in the spool ~ decorative and handy!

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Altering one end of the spool to be removable is a cute way to store and color coordinate your Washi Tape collection.

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This is a delightful way to store ribbon! Neat, tidy and easily accessible!

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I’ve been inspire to put my neglected spools to good use I hope you have too! Don’t have any spools? Most stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joann carry them in large and small quantities. Archivers and other scrapbook stores usually stock Maya Road and Jenny Bowlin. And if you have a fondness for the vintage variety try Etsy, Ebay and antique stores they offer a great selection.

Thanks so much for your visit, we appreciate it!

Lisa

DIY Ribbon Storage

Hi there! Lisa here today sharing a fun collection of do it yourself ribbon storage ideas. When doing my research for this topic I found so many terrific projects, here are just a few!

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Aren’t these a pretty way to store and display ribbon! Perfect for any style of craft room made with minimal supplies. All of the how to details can be found at The Cottage Mama.

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Mmm mmm mmm I do love this soft aqua and white color combination and this simple rack idea.  And aren’t the items displayed swoon worthy!

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Have a small collection? Even though it’s not the prettiest daisy in the bunch, this idea is simple enough to hang just about anywhere.

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Not handy with tools! How about a this super easy and inexpensive solution. All of the little holes make it possible to pull your ribbon from one side of the basket or both.

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And no do it yourself post would be complete without a project by Marthat Stewart! Isn’t this fabulous ~ a copper gutter! Not too industrial and easy to customize to your desired length. Love it!

There you go friends a few fun ideas for creative ribbon storage. Thanks for visiting!

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Many, Many Ways with Binder Rings

Hallo to all the crafters looking at Craft Storage Ideas today.  Once again, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa and today we will have a look at what can be done with binder rings.  Yes, the little things most crafters have in their stash and only use to bind books.  I love the colored ones – little gems in disguise and after you have read this post, I hope you will agree with me.

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And my fellow scrappers. What about keeping all your Christmas and Post cards together or your Addresses and phone numbers?

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And what about a DIY “clip it up”? Use plastic bags and binder rings!  Monika Wright keeps track of her washi tape with big binder rings.

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This is what I need to sort out my bin with embroidery thread!

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Talking about sorting out.  My ribbon stash can do with a makeover as well!

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On the right is packaging that you want to keep on a binder ring.  I do this with my die cuts and stamps and it really works.  Sometimes I just page through them to get inspired by my own stash.

I always try to find alternative uses for my stash and my storage items and this is what I came up with:

Keep all your planting instructions and paint samples in one place.  Never again would you be guessing about what went where.

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Scarves neat and tidy and ready to go:

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And on the right – a “blind” for your window!  This is a great idea for turning photo art into a wall hanging.

And what about keeping your cookie cutters in sets? If you have a lot of store cards and your purse is getting bulkier by the day, put them on a binder ring.

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Finally, something for the kids.  A DIY bracelet and how to use binder rings to store your lego manuals:

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That’s it! Binder rings many, many ways.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at these ideas and if you have some more, PLEASE leave a comment – I would love to see what you do. Until next time. Have fun and craft on.

Hazel

Blayne White {My Digital Scraproom}

I’m excited to introduce Blayne White to you today!  Blayne is an entrepreneur; work at home mom, wife, and owner of both a professional photography studio and her newest creation, My Digital ScrapRoom.  ScrapRoom was born out of her love for photography and scrapbooking, and an overwhelming passion for helping others organize their tremendous libraries of digital photos.  She lives and works at home with her husband, Bryan, and her two children, Alyx and Tristan (yes, from Legends of the Fall), and her two rescue dogs Daisy and Cuddles.  She has been a scrapbooker for 19 years and loves how her hobby and passion have now become her work. You are going to love her craft room.  And don’t forget to check out the awesome coupon she’s offering to CSI readers at the end of this post!

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When it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely a collector.  I love to have the complete set of anything – paints, pens, die cuts, you name it.  And that can cause a problem trying to store everything.  Several years ago, my daughter and I turned an extra room at the front of our house into an art room.  I was a little worried about it being the first room in our house that people see, but really, art is what we are all about, so I got over it.  I love that I can be in the middle of everything going on and also creating, or organizing, whenever I have a few minutes.

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I have learned several things about myself when it comes to storage and how I use my ‘stuff’.  I need to be able to see it, touch it, and find it in order to be inspired by it and use it.  I use lots of clear and open storage in my space and find some of my favorite items at The Container Store and Ikea.

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Because my scrapbooking organization is constantly changing and evolving, I don’t really have a budget in mind, but I am continually looking for items that are inexpensive or meaningful in some way.  When we travel, I try to pick up a memento or container that reminds me of that place or time.  For instance, on my desktop, I have a Butterbeer mug to hold my paintbrushes, a Pixar mug for my journaling pens, a George Michael mug for scissors, and an adorable glass vase from Anthropologie to hold Epiphany epoxies – all within reach, meaningful, and adorable at the same time.

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I also like to use supplies as the decor in my room – washi tape is in a wooden tray I found at a thrift store, and I also raided my kitchen for tiny sauce cups/ramekins for my new baker’s cart.  This is my absolute favorite item at the moment.  I saw one in Ali Edwards’ office when I visited her recently and found my own once I returned home.  It has ten 18×24 removable trays and I store not only supplies, but also projects I’m working on.  When I need something, I just grab it and place it on my worktable, then put it away to work on something else.  It really helps keep my tabletop a little more clear. DSC08700

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My favorite Ikea find is the little turquoise cart my friend Mary bought for me.  It has wheels so it can go anywhere I want it to.  I use this to store my paint, sticker letters, journaling cards and tags, stencil letters, ink pads, spray paints/inks, and stamping supplies.  It doesn’t take up much space, but because of the vertical storage, it holds a lot.

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Along with organizing in open or clear containers, I also organize by color.  I use color on my Clip It Up, as well as some clear plastic boxes I found at the Container Store, and of course, all my paper.  The boxes are great for taking with me to a crop since they are portable and while I’d love to have all my embellishments in one spot, for now the two options are working for me.

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I have a problem with stamps.  I love them, but I am bad about not using them.  I found some cute little baskets trimmed in my favorite color – turquoise – at Target.  I bought them without knowing how or even if I was going to use them. (Always, if you see something you love, buy all they have.  You can always take it back.)  I reorganized an Ikea printer cart for my stamps.  I placed a cutting pad on top so I could stamp right where my stamps live, and stored my stamps in the new baskets below.  I cut the snap closure off the Close To My Heart stamp cases (I know, I know – I had a hard time doing that!), and I was able to fit THREE times as many stamps in a basket.  I do not miss the snaps at all.  My larger stamps are stored in clear snap folders in larger baskets.  Again, with the clear storage, I can just flip through and quickly see what I have.

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My absolute love of organization was really the reasoning behind the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom, the world’s first all-in-one digital photo organizational and scrapbooking solution.  I was so frustrated with the overwhelming amounts of digital photos I was taking and the process of finding them again to use in my projects.  I almost stopped scrapbooking at one point.  Now, with easy but robust searching and tagging options and a mobile app on the way, finding my photos is a snap.  And extra bonus:  I can use the same software to store my digital elements and make a custom digital project without having to use multiple programs!  For more info, please visit my website:  www.MyDigitalScrapRoom.com

I hope you have found some tips and tricks that help you in your own organizational journey.  You can also visit my YouTube channel for more videos on organizing your supplies, as well as your photos.

Thank you for tuning in!

Blayne White

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Isn’t Blayne’s room lovely?  I especially love her baker’s cart.  What a brilliant idea!

Not only has she given us a peek into her craft room, but Blayne is also offering a sweet discount to CSI readers who are interested in using My Digital Scraproom.  Just use code: craftstorageideasrocks for 20% off!  This offer is good through July 31st!

Update:  Blayne has also posted a video tour of her space here.