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CHA Summer 2011 | Ribbon & Trim

CHA was full of fabulous ribbons and trim.  Everywhere we turned there was ribbon!

Maya Road had an amazing collection.

The textures were beyond scrumptious. Zipper ribbon, petals, flowers, and more frills and ruffles than one could ever dream of!

 The colors and textures were amazing!

The ways we could use all this ribbon is endless!

The frayed edges on the ribbon used in the flowers here give such a textural look to these tags.

So much texture! 

Another booth with new ribbons, trims, and even netting was Webster’s Pages. Their new Tinsel trims are unique, fresh, and come in four cheery hues and are available by the yard.

The colors and sparkle in these ribbons brings so much interest to these pages.

Netting and ruffles… a perfect combination for airy flowers!

We saw so much ribbon out there, it was hard to pick our favorites.  What is your favorite ribbon trend you’ve seen so far?

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CHA Summer 2011 | Ribbons, Twine, and Trim

At CHA, I had my eye out for ribbons and trims. At Doodlebug Design I spotted Doodle Twine in their happy color palette:

We R Memory Keepers Fancy Floss has variegated, glittered, or classic baker’s twine in a rainbow of colors.
We R Memory Keepers offers velveteen ribbons and twill tape in a colorful array perfectly sized for their new Sew Ribbon tool.
Expo International has trims and tassels and pom pom fringe in rainbow colors!
I loved these elaborate crochet trims:
This trim has sequins for extra sparkle:
May Arts has the most spectacular ribbon I’ve ever seen:
They offer dimensional, fluffy ribbons, ribbons with ruffles:
shaped ribbons:
natural colorful twine:
and seasonal shapes for all the holidays:
So much inspiration!
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From a Kitchen Table to a Warehouse Full of Ribbon: Company Feature and Giveaway!

Be sure to see the Giveaway below!

How did RABOM get started?




The story of Ribbons and Bows Oh My! began in 2002 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside Chicago, when company founder Jennifer Huinker bought $50 worth of denim grosgrain ribbon and sold it on EBay. A stay-at-home mom, Jennifer was interested in a business which would allow her the flexibility of operating from her home and keeping her own work schedule. Today, RABOM is currently approaching $3 Million in annual sales.


Where do you get your unique designs?

We are constantly researching color trends for both fashion and interior decorating. With our designer, we create our own new, unique ribbons that reflect current trends, themes and seasons.

We also carry Trims & Things such as, headbands, crochet caps and beanies. Embellishments such as puff appliqués, resins, and crochet flowers are very popular. 

Need some scrapbook paper to match your favorite ribbon? Our Scrap Packs provide matching paper and ribbons to create that very personal project.



Do you design your own ribbon?

We have over 250 original prints of ribbon. We also carry other products such as, headbands, caps, appliqués, korkers, flowers and scrapbooking paper.

What is printing on Demand?

Printing on Demand is a unique opportunity to order the specific color for your project. All of our 100 solid grosgrain colors are available for printing with white polka dots, paw prints, or stars. Need a ribbon with your logo, custom design or saying? We do that too!

Contact our sales office for details.

What is the latest trend in ribbons?
Dots of any color are as popular as ever. Check out our new Dazzle Dots!

clip_image016Retro styles are still trendy and we have some new spring designs coming soon. Our 30 new College Team Collections are hugely popular for cheer-leading and school spirit. See if your school is here!

What kind of project ideas and how-to’s do you offer on your website?
Videos and instructions on how to create a variety of cute ribbon projects are found on our Project Ideas page. Hair Clippies, Feather Headbands, Key Fobs, Pony O Streamers and a Wreath Mirror are our newest tutorials. You are sure to find a ribbon project that satisfies those craft cravings.

 

How do you manage to keep up with demand and still offer such great customer service?

By providing attractive products and good prices, and doing so on a timely basis,
RABOM helps our customers to succeed. Free shipping, Free Giveaways and 10% off to Club Members sales run monthly. Our biggest sale, All Grosgrain on Sale runs quarterly.

Should I join “The Club”?
Become a member of “The Club” and get an additional 10% off every order. Plus a solid grosgrain color chart for free! Club members get additional coupons, Club Exclusives and special deals. Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ohmyribbons to stay in touch with daily contests, sales and local crafting events at our warehouse location in Hixson, TN.

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Giveaway: 
Craft Critique readers have a chance to win a lovely gift basket from RABOM!  Just leave a comment here telling us your favorite way to craft with ribbon!  We’d love to see your ribbon projects and tutorials too!  A winner will be selected on 3/25/11 at midnight cst.  Thanks ROBOM!

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Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy

The Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy is a simple yet handy invention for tying the perfect bow quickly and easily. Before I get into my review of the Bow-Easy, allow me the indulgence of a bit of reminiscing about the woman behind this tool. After all, the crafting industry is a personal one; paper and glue bond more than our cards together.

Valera Scott has been in the crafting industry for 40 years and has shaped the industry in amazing ways. She has so many wonderful stories to tell. In a brief e-mail interview she mused about the early days of crafting: “The first trade show we had shown the Bow-Easy at was the HIA (now CHA) show in Chicago in about 1982. They had a one day consumer show the Saturday prior to the Trade Show opening on Sunday. That HIA show was also the first show to introduce the use of using embossing powders with ink and rubber stamps. I remember it was extremely hard to get Ranger (then the predominant embossing powder house in the country) to even sell to us. They had no idea what this “Craft Industry” thing was and really were not interested in participating. As with many of our inventions, we were about a decade too early. Needless to say, we could not get the “craft stores” interested. It was just too different at that time.”

The invention of the Bow-Easy came about in 1980 when Valera was only 10 years old and crafting with her mother Betty Scott. As they sat making hundreds of very small bows for a charity project, the invention of the Bow-Easy dawned upon Betty.

Stamp by Toodles & Binks

How It Works
The Bow-Easy is a flat, plastic slotted tool about 4.5×4.5 inches square. It goes beyond dowel and fingers to not only be an extra hand for you as you loop ribbon into a bow, but also to help shape the bow into a perfect pretty little thing.


The original Bow-Easy, which retails for $6 US, can make seven sizes of bows: 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4, 1 3/8, 1 3/4, 2 3/8, and 2 3/4 using widths of ribbon from super thin cord style to 3/4 inch wide ribbon.

I admit I had quite the time figuring the instructions out. I am a visual learner and the 2D illustrations and written instructions got me quite confused. I was ready to give up but then I saw Jerri Jimenez’s Video Tutorial, and Sharon Johnson’s wonderful Picture Tutorial. When you realize that each “leg” is a loop of your bow, and the middle slot is where the knot will be, it is a lot easier to understand. You are looping around the whole leg (both sets) then dividing the large loop into a bow by running a tail of ribbon through the center slot. As I make bows “rabbit ears” style, which starts with two loops, this concept was hard for me to grasp at first.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous Bows – even teeny tiny ones look perfect!
  • Double and triple loop bows
  • Inexpensive
  • Made of sturdy plastic that will last

Cons:

  • Legs not marked for size
  • Written instructions were difficult for me to follow

I do recommend practicing on some cheap ribbon that you do not mind ruining until you get the hang of it. Once I figured out how to use it, I fell in love with the Bow-Easy. I admit to being a previously bow-challenged kind of crafter. No longer do I need to tinker and pull and twist forever to make a bow look pretty. Yay! While the instructions say that you are limited to up to 3/4 width ribbon, I found that one set of legs allowed for 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon or even wider if you scrunch it temporarily. Posi-Bendr now makes a larger Bow-Easy that will make larger flat bows in 4, 5, 6 and 8 inch sizes.

The original Bow-Easy retails for $6; the larger Bow-Easy #2 retails for $10.


Vendor Spotlight : Ribbon Ring (Day 2, Post 2)

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

My name is Heather and I am a ribbon and fiber addict. Offray ribbon has an outlet store near my home and I have over 200 rolls of ribbon and fibers and yarn. Some of my favorite ribbon and all of my fibers are squeezed into Iris chest drawers. They are stuffed full and I to find what I needed I had to unload half a drawer.

When I first saw the Ribbon Ring (and dramatic before and after pictures) I knew I had to try it too. The Ribbon Ring is a way to not only tame and organize your ribbon, but to display it as well. The system is comprised of standard and jumbo ribbon tags, assorted size metal rings and inventory dots. Essentially you thread a yard of ribbon or fibers through the tag and hang it on a metal ring. When the metal ring is full you hang it on the wall, allowing you to decorate your work area and see your ribbon. If you have more of that ribbon, affix an inventory dot to the corner of the ribbon tag as a reminder.

I decided to begin with my Halloween ribbon so I’ll know what I have for the Fall. My daughter’s ribbon was in a huge tangled mess so I organized her ribbon as well. I also took some ribbon samples that came on punched cards and slipped them onto a ring as well. It took me a little over an hour to go from mess to success. We have already used some of our newly organized ribbon. So far I have devoted one ring to holiday ribbon, one to my daughter’s ribbon and another for fibers. If I change my mind later, I’ll simply transfer ribbon cards to another ring.

My next project was my long neglected fibers and yarns drawer. Fibers were very popular several years ago and I still have an extensive stash. Because they aren’t shiny and smooth like ribbon, I find they tend to tangle faster. Since fibers are narrower than most ribbon, I was able to fit 5 or 6 fibers on a ribbon tag. As a bonus, I discovered some long forgotten fibers as I organized my collection.

If I had to change one thing about the ribbon ring system it would be to expand the inventory dots from one color to a three color system. Currently, the black dot denotes that you have “more” inventory of that ribbon. I would use the three colors to more accurately show inventory such as: “lots more”, “1 more yard (or so)” or “scraps only”. An improved color coded inventory system would prevent me from searching through my rolls or ribbon to find out how much I had left. But I have an unusually large supply of ribbon and this would probably not be an issue to the average crafter.

Pros:

  • Ribbon tag packs come with a sample piece of ribbon threaded through the tag. I am visual learner and this helped me get it correct from the start.
  • The individual components are very sturdy and are able to withstand the weight of ribbon or fibers.
  • Flexibility- it is easy to rearrange ribbon cards and reorganize from colors to brand or type of ribbon. You can easily add to the system or remove pieces as you use your supply.

Cons:

  • The recommended manageable length for ribbon is 1 yard and shorter pieces might be missed.
  • Long term I’m concerned that my wire edge, organza and satin ribbons might crease or fade over time from their direct exposure to light.
  • Supplies are not available in retail stores and must be ordered online.

The Ribbon Ring is available directly from their website and from Scrapbook.com. The components are available individually or in a starter kit.

As the owner of a large ribbon supply, I found the Ribbon Ring system to be a useful and flexible way to organize and display ribbon and fibers. The components are sturdy and can accommodate ribbon up to two inches wide. Since most crafters use some sort of stringy stuff in their work, the Ribbon Ring would be a great gift. I found the Ribbon Ring system to be a practical (and attractive) tool in my craft room and I recommend it. I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

Let us know what you think about the Ribbon Ring and if you think it will work for you! We want your opinions too!

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Vendor Spotlight : Ribbon Ring (Day 1, Post 2)

Reported by Heather Voinski

Over the years, I have gone through several different ways to organize my ribbon and so far none of them have worked for me. My ribbon always ends up being an uncontrolled mess or the out of sight out of mind thing happened. When we got the chance to review the Ribbon Ring, I jumped at the chance.

The Ribbon Ring is a system consisting of plastic tags that have three slots on them. You slip your ribbon through the slots. The plastic tags are then held together with a metal ring. The package recommends, “when you have super-long length of ribbon, we recommends you cut it to a manageable length (we like 1 yard). Then, affix our inventory sticker to the corner of the ribbon tag”. Each pack come with a package of “inventory dots” that you place on the plastic tags if you have alot of the same ribbon and are using several tabs. A little reminder for you that you have more on another tag.

Okay, I’m going to show you my before pictures. Viewer discretion is advised!! ha ha 🙂

Before shot number 1:
My first way was to put my ribbon and fibers in cute little jars on the edge of my desk. That worked until I had to dig to the bottom to get the ones I wanted and then I had to try to get them UN-knotted. It was a mess.


Before shot number 2:
Then…I got an idea from a friend to wrap them around some wood clothes pins. They did end up looking really cute. But then they got stored in two shoe boxes on the other side of the craft room and they were covered until I remembered they were there. Keeping them in order after that was time consuming and below is a picture of the end result.
So like I said, I jumped at the chance. The first step to ribbon rehab for me was getting my Ribbon Ring package in the mail.

I made myself comfortable on the floor of my scrap area and got to work. The directions tell you to simply slip your ribbon from back to front through the top slot, then take the opposite end and thread it through the middle slot pulling them to an equal length. Lastly, you thread both ends through the bottom slot. Simple as that. After you have your ribbon on the plastic tags you put them on the metal enclosed metal ring and you are done.

It took me about 2 hours to get done with all of my ribbon but I have alot. It was very simple and I was very pleased with the end result. It even worked on all of my fibers!!

After Ribbon Ring:



I think this system is a keeper for me. I’ve found a spot in my scrap area to hang it and I think it is really going to keep my ribbons and such handy for me to actually use. I also think it looks great too! All of the colors to me are very inspiring.

Pros:

  • Easy to use system
  • Works for Ribbons and Fibers
  • Easy system to add to

Cons:

  • You will need a place to hang it
  • Only available online

You can get your own Ribbon Ring system by visiting their website or online at Scrapbook.com.

So, what do you think? Is Ribbon Ring something that will help you tame you ribbon? and What do you think I should do with the 50-something clothes pins I have left over?

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Vendor Spotlight : Ribbon Ring (Day 1, Post 1)

For the next 3 days we will feature articles by our reporters about the ribbon organization system, Ribbon Ring. Here is a little information about Ribbon Ring from owner Melissa:

As president of Chicory Chic, Inc., I am dedicated to providing the best storage solutions for ribbon. Located in Hood River, Oregon, I have been scrapbooking since 1996. Over the years I had become more than disappointed with the ribbon organization products on the market. I spent time and money on these products only to find they didn’t work for me. I wanted my ribbon accessible, tangle free, wrinkle free and space efficient. I came up with a solution of my own. Ribbon tags hung on a metal ring. Ribbon Ring. Pretty. Practical. Accessible.

So check out the reviews by our great reporters, and leave your comments. Let us know if you have a Ribbon Ring and how it works for you. All comments will be entered into a giveaway for a Ribbon Ring Starter Set, which includes 30 ribbon tags which will hold 60+ yards of ribbon (depending on ribbon width), one 2″ metal ring and 15 inventory dots. This set will tame your ribbon monster!

And if you don’t win the giveaway, don’t fret! They just lowered all of their prices! So everyone can get their ribbon in order!

Reported by Sara McKenzie

This is my take on the Ribbon Ring, a new way to “tame your ribbon”. The product consists of a metal ring and plastic “ribbon tags”. The user is instructed to cut lengths of ribbon to about one yard to load up on the ribbon tags, which are then hung on the metal ring. If you have more than one yard lengths of any type of ribbon, you are provided with little black adhesive dots to apply to the ribbon tag. This is your “note to self” that you have more of that particular ribbon stashed elsewhere.

Here is my “Before” picture, and the reason I thought I could use Ribbon Ring:

This is a mid-sized plastic container from The Container Store (their “Men’s Shoe Box” – which is bigger than a standard shoe box, but smaller than the sweater box). I have been collecting rolls of ribbon, and also throwing in the loose lengths of ribbon that came in various kits or subscriptions that I purchase. While it is a see-through container, I still had the “out-of-site-out-of-mind” problem with the ribbon, with it all smooshed up together, and not particularly organized in any way.

Here is the “After” picture, following organization of all of these loose ribbons using the Ribbon Ring:

All of the ribbon that was loose in the box above was threaded onto 45 ribbon tags, and now hangs on three rings, in sight, in my studio.

And a close-up of a few ribbon tags below:

As you can see above, I found that I could not only put two different ribbons on one tag, but also I could thread more than one length of each ribbon. It made me feel better to load up the tags as much as possible. It took me a couple of evenings to load up the 45 tags (while watching TV).

Pros:

  • You can organize your ribbon by color, style, size, or all of these, making it easier to find just the right one for your project.
  • Your organized ribbon can hang in sight – I don’t know about you, but this helps me and even can inspire me, to have my supplies visually available while I am designing.
  • The rings don’t take up too, too much space, even when loaded up.

Cons:

  • I think it is a little pricey for what it ultimately is.
  • You need a place to hang the rings. Not everyone may have this type of hanging storage readily available.
  • Unless you only buy one-yard lengths of ribbon, you still need a way to store the rest of your ribbon, whether bought on rolls or in bulk.

The Ribbon Ring starter kit is available for $8.00 through their website, and that includes 1 metal ring, 30 ribbon tags, and 15 inventory dots. Additional tags, rings, and dots are available for your needs.

Me? I like the Ribbon Ring. And I think I will continue to use it. Unfortunately, I am no where near done with organizing my ribbon stash!! I have another box to unload, not too mention the yards and yards I have of bulk ribbon and I don’t know how many rolls. Ah well… in the end it will be worth it.

Have you used the Ribbon Ring? Or do you have another way of organizing your ribbon? Let us know!

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