Ribbonaholic! OK, I have no resolve when it comes to buying ribbon. I can't just buy a few different ones because what if that one over there would be the PERFECT ribbon for that card I'll make next June? I kid you not, I have a LOT of ribbon! I had no clue how to organize it all and then I went out to Ace Hardware on a wander-through-the-store and scope-out-the-options trip. This is the end result:
And yes, the shiny part is the plastic that the ribbon comes with before you use it. (I had a difficult time controlling myself at MemoryTrends and I ordered a BUNCH from May Arts). In my defense, however, it isn't as though when I make cards I make a single card for my Grandmother's birthday. Usually I'm designing cards to send to stores or classes to teach to dozens of people. Nothing worse than finding the perfect ribbon for your project only to find out you only have enough to do 5 cards instead of the 30 you need for your class!
Anyway, my brilliant storage system worked out really well. I bought 1/4" ugly steel dowels (they may not actually be steel, but you get the idea) and cafe rod holders (closeup below) for curtain rods.
I got good ones from Ace for around $5 but they only had 2 packages so I went to Wal-Mart and got cheesy ones for $3 because it's in my stamp room at the shop and I don't really care what they look like, I just needed to get them off the floor. If I were doing this at home, I'd make it prettier and probably either get the threaded rods or create ends for them to prevent the rods from sliding horizontally. In early testing, they don't seem too inclined to move so I'm not messing with it.
So that's my creativity for the day. Sorry, no cards but now that my ribbon is organized, watch out!