Sunday, February 19, 2012

Organize Ribbon and Punches!

When scrapbooking and card-making turned to the ribbon for embellishment, my non-existent stash of ribbon grew overnight.  I was faced with a new storage challenge.  The fact that most ribbon spools have a hole in the center makes it easy to utilize common dowel rods from the home improvement store.  The walls of my art studio are old knotty pine paneling that has been painted, so it made it easy to take a big eyelet and/or a large hook, screw them into the wall, and hang the dowel between them.  The dowels have warped slightly from the weight over the years.  (A third hook in the center would stop that warping.)  This ribbon storage area is above the media storage units holding my packaged stamps--again, behind the door.  The yard-long dowels reach from the edge of the wall to the window facing.  The loose end of the ribbon is secured to the spool of ribbon with a short map pin.  

It is true that when running out of one type of ribbon in the middle of the rod, some spools have to be removed to get rid of the empty one. That gives me a chance to re-organize the ribbon left on the dowel and to add new acquisitions to it as well.  Note the small spools of actual scrapbooking ribbon to the right of the rod next to the bottom.  These are on a large ring, since those spools have holes that are too small to put on the dowels.  I am sure there are better methods out there, but this one works for me.  And it does add an awesome splash of color to the studio wall!

Recently someone posted a great storage idea for punches using curtain rods inside a door.  That inspired me to share this storage method with you.  When organizing the studio seven years ago, these racks for storing spices inside a kitchen cabinet became fantastic storage for punches.  The punches in the top two racks are larger punches, and they can be stored two deep.  Oval punches are stored together, as are squares and rounds.  There are two different sized tag punches stored together, and other shapes that are related are together.  It is easy to find the punch needed by using this method.
When the new style of punches began coming out the past couple of years, I was excited, since they can be stored several deep, depending on their size.  The third rack from the top holds several of these punches, and the picture of the shape is stored up and forward facing, so it can easily be chosen from the rack.  Note the border punches stored beside them by inserting one 'wing' from the punch into the wire slat in the rack.  I have some of these newer punches stored in another rack a little lower, too.

There are four racks in each unit, and each unit is secured by four screws.  My door hold two units comfortably.  They are very sturdy, and my door is a hollow-core door.  Neither unit has ever gotten loose since its installation.

The bottom unit holds lots of the older style punches, and I have removed a bunch of old-style Christmas punches.  Those old punches are rarely used, so they will just sit in a cloth bag in the bottom of the closet until Christmas comes around.  It also gives my toddler granddaughters something to poke around in when they want to see all the stuff in my closet!  Here is a close-up view that shows the storage and the rack itself a little better. 



  1. More great tips! I love the kitchen racks for the punches. Alas, my studio has NO closets :(

    Still, I'm thinking of putting the racks on peg board. That could work, perhaps?

  2. Nancy, love your storage posts. Van would say you have a Harley in your studio too! haha

    1. Well...there may be nearly everything BUT a Harley in there!


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