So, I've been hermitted away in my studio for the past 3 days.
So, I guess that be...
Agonizing Organza Organizing.
And, since I did it without preservatives, additives or wearing any makeup...that would be
Organic Agonizing Organza Organizing.
I am SO ELATED to be finished...that one might even say (now that I'm done)...it was
Orgasmic Organic Agonizing Organza Organizing.
But, I digress.
I got the idea from my bestee, Jodi -- who (on many occasions) has led me down numerous "primrose-laden paths" over the years. This was no exception. What can I say? She inspires me ... like the Pied Piper. That, plus the fact that I got SICK AND TIRED of rummaging through my chest-o-ribbon to find the perfect shade to go with whatever my current project is at the moment. And then having several spools scattered about my studio waiting to be re-chested.
I had a 4-drawer dresser FILLED with spools of ribbon. Nothing obsessive about me. No siree. It's just every time I go to Michaels...there is this GIANT bin of ribbon outside their front entrance... beckoning me, like sirens call to sailors off the rocky shore. I can't remember when the last trip to Michaels didn't include at least one spool of ribbon coming home with me. Maybe I should open my studio as a home for orphaned ribbon.
Anyway, Jodi found this awesome idea for how to neatly store ribbon, so I thought I would tackle my Mt. Everest-sized pile of spooled ribbon. Sounded easy enough...all you need is:
- Foam core board (or mat board or corrugated cardboard) cut into 2 x 2.5 inch pieces.
- small rubber bands (the ones for hair work great)
- Something to store your ribbon in...(I chose 12 x 12 plastic scrapbooking paper cases by Iris--the same ones I put my patterned paper in)
- Box knife
- ruler/yardstick (I actually used both)
- Strong hands
- Ibuprofen (you try cutting/winding a bazillion ribbon cards)
- Lots of time
- Mindless movies in the DVD player (I chose the Stargate SG1 series)
500 STINKING CARDSI measured and marked the foam core into 2 x 2.5 inch rectangles. Then I cut them all out. FYI, foam core REALLY dulls your box knife blade FAST. I went through 3 blades (and yes, I turned each around to use the other side). After I cut about 200 of these, my hands needed a break, so I switched to winding the ribbon (not much of a break is it?). This is how I transferred the ribbon from the spools to each card (notice how neatly and precisely I wound it). Let's just say I got REALLY good at winding this stuff by the end. I can now, confidently, go to China and get a job in a ribbon factory for 20 cents an hour.
Now, OF COURSE I (roughly) arranged it all in rainbow order. DUH. How else would I do it? I ended up with 4 boxes total. Each box holds about 150 cards of ribbon. I have one for warm colors, one for cool colors, one for neutrals and one for multi-colored, metallic, and miscellaneous wide ribbon.
Here is the "cool colors" box.
Here are all the finished boxes.
This is what 500 spools of ribbon looks like.
So...does ANYONE have suggestions for doing something creative with 500 empty ribbon spools? ANYONE???