Reported by: Tracy Schultz
My ribbon storage system had gotten out of control. It was to the point where I could no longer find what I was looking for! So I consider myself pretty lucky that I got to review the Ribbon Ring. Now my ribbon is back under control- and best of all, out in the open so I can finally SEE and use what I have.
The Ribbon Ring is a very simple system. It’s a series of metal rings on which hang small plastic tags. Each tag has three slots through which you weave your ribbon. This keeps the ribbon from falling off of the ring when handling.
The standard tag holds ribbon up to 1.125″ wide. But there is a new jumbo tag that holds ribbon up to 2″ wide. With each tag set you also get small black inventory dots. These are handy as they let you record when you have more ribbon tucked away somewhere in case you run out.
Now, let’s get back to my own ribbon disaster- I mean, story. Above you’ll see my ribbon storage solution prior to the Ribbon Ring. I had FOUR drawers that I purchased from a home improvement store. Each was loaded with rolls of ribbon. It started out simple enough: I arranged my ribbon by color in these drawers. But I found when I added new ribbon I had to constantly rearrange my rolls as I filled up the rows in my drawer. It was a pain!
As I started crafting more, I quickly outgrew my system. I started stacking rolls on top of one another. I even bought ribbon storage cards and started winding smaller lengths of ribbon onto them. But the clips would often fall off and I would find my ribbon unwound in the drawer. Or worse- when I took it out to use, the ribbon was all crimped!
When I got the Ribbon Ring system in the mail, I immediately set out to organize my ribbon. It’s advised that any ribbon you have more than one yard of be cut into one yard lengths to hang on the tags. I didn’t heed this advice and quickly learned the hard way. It’s too difficult to tame your ribbon and sort through it when you have these random long strands hanging. So be sure to cut your ribbon- I just cut an arm’s length and that worked fine. Then I affixed an inventory dot to the tag so I knew I had more somewhere.
I found sorting my ribbon by color to work best. I hung two, or sometimes three, different types of ribbon on each tag. That way I could fit my whole inventory on this system. Melissa was nice enough to include extra metal rings, so I was able to put one color family on each ring. And then put those rings onto the giant metal ring included.
- Reasonably priced
- Metal rings and tags are sturdy
- Inventory dots let you see when you have more ribbon in storage
- Can fit multiple ribbons on one tag
- Ribbon fits securely on tag and doesn’t fall off, even after handling
- Standard tags only accommodate ribbon up to 1.125″ wide
- Doesn’t come with enough inventory dots- I ran out!
- Still need to store ribbon rolls somewhere
- No system on which to hang the Ribbon Ring
I’m glad to say that USING the Ribbon Ring is so easy. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about having my ribbon out in the open. But I love it! Whenever I’m working on a project I can glance over at my ribbon and see what colors would work best. If I want a closer view, I can bring the entire system to my desk. Or I can just pull off the color family that I’m interested in. And removing ribbon to use is simple. I just open the ring, slide the tag off that has the ribbon I want to use on it, tie it around my card/project, then put the tag back on the ring.
I’ve been using this system for over a month and I haven’t had to refill any ribbon on the rings yet. And best of all, I’m using my ribbon more. I’m mixing colors and patterns on my projects that I never would have when my ribbon was in a drawer.
My only big con for this entire system is that I wish there was some sort of hanger for the ribbon rings themselves to go on. I have mine hanging on a random nail in my studio. But I would like something that allows me to see and MOVE the ribbon around without having to worry about it falling off the wall.
All in all, I think this is a great system and it’s at a great price. I’d give the Ribbon Ring an 8 out of 10.
Do you own a Ribbon Ring? We’d love to hear what you think! Remember there is a Ribbon Ring in it for you!