Let’s Get Organized!

January 9, 2011

in home decor, Sale, Shop News

Well, first let me say, welcome to 2011!  This really has nothing to do with organizing your supplies but I got a new camera for Christmas.  And now I have to learn how to manually focus – didn’t realize how much I had been relying on the auto thing.  But did anyone catch the absolutely fantastic sunsets we had last Wednesday.  I rushed out and snapped this photo using the “Scene – Sunset” setting on my camera.  It really did look just this incredible (only a little crisper as I still don’t have the focusing down).

sunset 1

Anyway, I hope 2011 finds you snapping lots of photos for your albums.  We are so blessed to live in a place of incredible sunsets, don’t you think?

One thing I hope to do by sharing about organizing your supplies, is to show you how I organize mine.  And I love the way I have my ribbon “stored.” I love the way it adds color to my studio space.  I have collected various jars, mason and others, to keep my ribbon in.  I sort by color.  I don’t roll it up or anything.  I just shove it in the jar.  It doesn’t seem to get wrinkled. When I need a piece I just pull it all out, choose the one I want, and shove them back in.  Not very scientific but it works and it looks so great up on my shelf.  I also have a selection of smaller jars for buttons. Then I use snack size baggies to keep the fibers in.  These I punch holes in the upper left corner and thread a piece of ribbon through and tie a bow.  They hang on a pin below the respective jars.  Here’s a photo of how it looks in my studio:

ribbon jars

This method of course, implies that you have a shelf to store your ribbon jars on.  My second favorite method for storing ribbon is to use ribbon rings.  These we sell at the store.  They take up virtually no space at all.  Your ribbon does not get wrinkled.  You can easily pick up the rings and put the whole kit and kaboodle in a ziploc storage bag and bring them with you to crop (or a suitcase if you’re going on a retreat).  The plastic tabs and the rings are pretty inexpensive.  And they look so festive hanging from a nail or a drawer pull or wherever you want to hang them.  Super easy and really economical.

ribbon ring

And here’s a close up of the rings and the plastic tabs:  you can really store an awful lot of ribbon of all widths and styles on these tabs, which come in two sizes.

ribbon ring close up

Thanks for stopping by the check out my first Organization tip.  If you read my email newsletter for this week, you know that all products for organizing your stuff are 30% off starting Monday, January 10, and lasting through the end of January.

Next post, I will talk about paper.  Hope to see you then.

Marjorie

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