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Vendor Spolight: Ribbon Ring (Day 3, Post 1)

Reported by Suzy Haghighi

When it comes to ribbon, I have different forms of organization to suit bulk, spool and scrap ribbon. My spool ribbon, the easiest to organize, is organized on a rack side-by-side. No problem there, but I find the bulk of my ribbon stash is purchased in loose 3-5 yard increments that I wrap around old fashioned wooden clothespins, organized into large jars according to color. As I use up the ribbon on the clothespins, however, I am left with smaller lengths of ribbon that really have no where to go. *Shakes fist at those pesky stragglers* Too short to wrap, too long to toss, these stragglers cost me a ton of space and organizational chaos that just drives me nuts. When I was asked to give the Ribbon Ring a spin, I thought, why not?



The Ribbon Ring is a ribbon organizational system that consists of metal rings (the sizes begin at .75 and go up to 3 inches) and slotted plastic tags. The tags have a textured, matte side (the front) and a shiny, smooth side. Each tag can hold more than one ribbon, depending upon width: the slot on the Standard Tag is 1.125’ wide; the slot on the Jumbo Tag is 2” wide. The picture above shows the 30 Standard Tag Bundle and two and three inch metal rings, which are purchased separately.

The Ribbon Ring Starter Set is $8 U.S. and comes with one 2 inch metal ring & 30 Standard sized tags. This package held about 60 yards of ribbon for me (2 yards of ½ inch ribbon side by side on 1 tag). You can buy both the Jumbo and Standard tags in bulk (without the rings), as well as different sized rings to fit your needs. Ribbon Ring recommends the length of ribbon used in their system to be about one yard. The packages include black inventory dots to use as a reminder for the extra ribbon you cut and store.


How the Ribbon Ring System works:

  • Hold a tag with the hole for the ring on top, textured side as the front.
  • Insert an approximately 1 yard length of ribbon into the bottom slot of a tag from the back to front (1 in the picture above), fit it through the top slot from front to back (2), then into the middle slot from back to front (3), then back down the bottom slot from front to back (4). That sounds so confusing, doesn’t it? Thankfully, every package comes with a piece of ribbon fit into a tag so that you can see exactly how it’s done in person. Trust me; it’s very easy once you are looking at it. Weaving your ribbon through the slots ensures it stays in place on the tag.
  • Put your ribboned tag on the ring. You can also combine the smaller rings that hold the ribbon onto one larger ring so more than one bundle can stay in one place.

How you choose to organize your ribbon is up to you. I used the Ribbon Ring to organize ribbon for my “inspiration station” – the corner of my craft room where I collect seasonal, matching papers and embellishments for easy access. I find that I tend to work according to seasons, so having my ribbon organized this way has really streamlined my creative process. I also keep a neutral ring for the neutrals I tend to use the most: different types of ribbon in black, white, brown and gray.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive way to keep ribbon easily in view and at hand, so you are more likely to use it.
  • Compact, easy solution for storage that is attractive- who can resist strands of luscious ribbon dangling on the wall, beckoning, like craft Sirens, to be used?
  • Great way to tame the unruly ribbon monster – it keeps the ribbon tangle free
  • Room to grow – as your ribbon collection grows, you simply add more tags and rings.
  • Great for travel – take your ribbon stash to your next crop!
  • Did I mention how purty it looks hanging in your craft room??

Cons:

  • Initial organization takes time (what system doesn’t though?)
  • Left uncovered, your ribbon could get dusty (unless you USE IT *wink*)
  • The slot could potentially crimp/wrinkle delicate ribbon such as silk and velvet
  • Not for sizes a lot smaller or longer than 1 yard
  • The sticker dot system is ineffective for lazy, unorganized people like me who will forget to add a dot. I also can’t bear to cut ribbon unnecessarily – it’s a thing I have.

The Ribbon Ring system is available only online at the moment at Ribbon Ring, and at other online retailers such as Scrapbook.com (currently sold out). Shipping is inexpensive and available globally at the Ribbon Ring store; no U.S. sales tax is charged.

In conclusion, I would rate this product a 9 out of 10. I recommend the Ribbon Ring as part of a ribbon storage system because it is simple to use, inexpensive, effective and pretty. I must say all the bright happy lengths of ribbon look so attractive hanging on the rings, and I am now more likely to use those yard length pieces as I can actually see them and have them at hand to easily test against a card. Before I had to dig it out, unroll it, hold it up. This saves a lot of work. Because of length limitation, it is not the only ribbon storage solution you will ever need, but I have yet to find one that is.

How do you currently store your ribbon? Would the ribbon ring be useful to you? How would you organize your ribbon? By color, type, brand, collection, or season? Inquiring, disorganized minds want to know!

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29 Responses to Vendor Spolight: Ribbon Ring (Day 3, Post 1)

  1. Sonja April 23, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Thank you for a good picture of how to insert the ribbon into tag. Great review.

  2. Cathy April 23, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Ditto on the tutorial!

  3. StampinCathy April 23, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Great samples on putting the ribbon one the ring. This would help me so much on organizing my ribbon. I would do by colors, except for SU I would keep all of them together.

  4. Tamikko April 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    This is a great review. Thanks for the pictures, its great to see a visual.

  5. Horsebroad April 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    I love this idea!!!

  6. weze April 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    What a great thought to organize your ribbon by seasons….halloween, Christmas, spring etc. I need to get mine out of the jar and maybe I will be more apt to use them more too!

  7. Little GTO April 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    I have this and I LOVE it. I can keep hugh amounts of ribbon close to me instead of rummaging around in bins. I’m a outa sight outa mind kind of gal. I don’t have much room either. I would recommend this wholeheartedly.
    Sharon L

  8. Rebecca Ednie April 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Mine is stored by colour in jars. I just font think in terms of seasons or theme.

  9. Christine April 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Thank you so much for the great review. I think you have convinced me that I truly do need this system. Thanks for the great pictures and explanations. By the way, I love the ribbon you have!!!

  10. Cindy April 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    What a great way to store the ribbon!! I store mine in jars by color.

  11. Verda April 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for giving us your opinion on this storage system. I have seen it around lately and wondered how effective it is. I buy most ribbon by the spool and store it in a ribbon keeper I purchased. This product would be great for all my odd pieces that get wound around a piece of cardboard similar to the tag in this product and stored in a jar.

  12. Krisstee April 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    ribbons????? Letme think……………LOL. I have a large jar with ribbon scraps……….I don’t toss any ribbon longer than inch into the bin. I have the clothes pins too………AND the ribbon boxes from our favorite craft store beginning with the letter M……The rings look nice……….maybe we would use our ribbon more if it was hanging in front of our faces……hmmmmmmmmmm…..food for thought.

  13. KanataNewf April 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks for an informative review Suzy!

  14. Linda S. April 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    I am right in the middle of re-organizing my ribbon…again. Tried the spools in closed boxes labeled by color. Was overwhelmed with all the overflowing boxes as each new purchase often resulted in adding yet another box. Then read on a blog about the ribbon on a peg clothes pin contained in a jar. Looked pretty sitting on a shelf, but the type and color of ribbon I wanted to use was always caught at the bottom of the jar. I also disliked the way I had to iron almost every piece of curled up ribbon before I could use it. Now I am using the Cropper Hopper Ribbon Storage Boxes and plastic winder cards that go with the system. Each drawer is 3″x3″x13″ long. The drawer fits into a sleeve so that everything stays clean. I am really liking this system, but I have one major problem. I need more of these units and I cannot find them anywhere. Do any of your readers have some that they would like to sell or trade? Contact me at lsfouratwindstreamdotnet Linda S. in NE I enjoyed your review of the Ribbon Ring, Suzy. I know that at the rate I use ribbon, compared to the rate I buy ribbon, dust and dirt would be a problem for me. I do quite a bit of sanding of wood and papers in my craft room, and the dust is really rampant!!

  15. Pegg S April 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanks for showing detailed pictures. I’ve been contemplating this system and am happy to see all these reviews of it. Currently my system is cropper hoppers/baskets. I think this system would be great for me because I tend to buy ribbon shares or just several yards. I like to have variety of ribbons! I would organize by color!!

  16. Maureen F April 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    I store my ribbon in a small three tier rolling cart by color still on their rolls. This system really is a great idea.

  17. Janet L. April 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Great review, very educational and helpful. Thanks for the chance to win a Ribbon Ring. I know I need one when I look at my current storage!

  18. Mona L. Pendleton April 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    This is an awesome review! Very helpful and informative! I would love to get my ribbon out of a bin!:) I will have to order this-thanks for sharing!

  19. Casmiles April 23, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Pretty cool for loose ribbon. Most of my ribbon is on spools, and hanging on dowels that are suspended down my closet (all 8 of them 6 ft each) then of course there’s all the extras in the buckets, bags, and everywhere else…..

  20. Ceal April 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    This is way cool. I currently store mine on old wooden clothespins

  21. rush8888 April 24, 2009 at 3:55 am #

    i don’t think i am sold on this system yet. i like to sort my ribbon by colors. su! would have to stay separate from the others.

  22. Megan April 24, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    I have soooo many ribbons…this would be perfect for them! 🙂

  23. ~Michelle~ April 24, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    I love your tutorial….awesome photos!

    I love this system….it’s so easy to see what you have.

    I also store ribbon on rolls in drawers and my SU! ribbon is in a wire cd holder on spools. This split system works well for me!

  24. Carolyn April 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I think this is a great idea. I do have a mess.

    carolyn s

    ceashark at aol dot com

  25. Toni K April 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Great review! I currently have my ribbon stored everywhere. It’s a mess. Some of it is in a long skinny basket (spools), some on an organizer on the wall (on a dowel), some in jars. I need a much better system!

  26. JessicaK April 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    My ribbons are currently all jumbled in little jars and boxes, so I defintiely need a better storage system. Thanks for the inspirations and review.

  27. Kim Budash April 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I am currently in the process of replacing my system with this system. Although it is time consumming on the front end, I believe it will be worth it in the long haul.

    Thanks.

  28. Sheri April 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    It is about time that someone came up with a solution for all of those pesky ribbon scraps. I currently store all ribbons in jars wrapped around clothespins. Also in the jars are scraps of ribbons that no longer would wrap around the clothespin. It drives me nuts!

  29. Sally M. May 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    What a great idea!!! This would make organizing my ribbons so much better and easier. I currently use a box which held a case of paper. I punched three holes on each side and then slide dowel sticks in one side, slide on the ribbons to fill up the stick and then put the dowel through the other side. Even still, it gets messy because when I pull out a length of ribbon they’re getting tangled on the spools next to the one I pulled out. This Ribbon Ring thing would be so much more better for organizing. I like how they hang.