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Setting up the Scrapbox: the Rainbow

1 Jan 2019 2:38 PM | Heather Gillbanks (Administrator)

Left Side: before & after

  

Originally, the left side contained a Velcro wall, a column of evenly spaced deep drawers (ribbon box at the top), and a column of small drawers at the right.

We removed the fastener wall, placing a custom-designed insert for glitter glues & Nuvo drops at the bottom.  I haven't decided what will go above it yet (it is very shallow, so options are limited).  I have kept the fastener wall in case I decide to put part of it back up. 

Glitter Glues & Nuvo Drops

I really like the Best Craft "Dazzle Caddy" - although the newer Nuvo drops (and Stampin' Up!) bottles do not fit into them.  Ranger drops and Stickles do fit really nicely.

We are fortunate to have a Laser Cutter on site, and this is an example of where that really comes in handy!  Neil was able to measure the depth of the Scrapbox, cut shelves - with a lip to them so the organizers do not fall out - and with 2 wee screws the entire structure stays stable.

Ribbon & Baker's Twine

Ribbon comes in lots of different shapes, depths, widths, etc.  This causes some interesting storage challenges.

  The original ribbon box that came with the Scrapbox is really useful when storing smaller or round cording, Baker's Twine, and fibers.

  Neil made me a couple of custom-designed laser cut ribbon boxes.  Given the constraints of the Scrapbox's existing size, each box can contain 2 or 3 carriers (depending on the size of the ribbon spools).  I really like the design of these as they keep the spools of varying sizes from bumping into each other.

  Best Craft's K-6 ribbon holders are great for relatively small amounts (less than 2 yards, typically) of smaller ribbons (1/4" - 3/4" widths).  Ribbon contained in these units cannot be very thick, or the units don't close properly.  They are, however, really great for taking to crafting events - you grab a package and go!

Neil made an extra-large carrier for the odd-sized and oversized spools of ribbon.  While he could have made another box for me like he did for the rest of the ribbon, I asked for just 1 of these larger caddies, because I don't intend to increase the number of full-spools I own.  I also put some tape, floral supplies/wire, and magnet rolls in here because it was convenient.

For me, these system works because ALL of my ribbon is in this rainbow area.  This was not always the case, which meant I had to search 3-4 places to find any particular type.  Obviously this was far from ideal!

Rainbow Stuff - including some ribbon & fiber

Two of the places I used to have "excess" or odd ribbon stored were in plastic containers like the one below, and in a modification of Totally Tiffany's Scrap Rack system (I store mine horizontally).

    

In the new system, if they don't fit well into the ribbon sections above, they will go into a smaller drawer to the immediate right of the Ribbon area.  This way, all the ribbon is co-located! Front view of small drawer

Top view of small drawer

Here, you can see some of the ultra-tiny ribbon (top left of the photo) which I use for miniatures.  It is silk, very thin, and really difficult to find so it needs to be stored carefully.  You also see some ribbons that don't spool well (loose fibers get caught), or are detailed & thick.  Or there are short sections that don't "deserve" their own section in the larger ribbon organizers.

The plastic organizer & the Totally Tiffany system are not gone - but they are not stored in the Scrapbox.  And now they contain more focused types of items.  So instead of containerizing, we are getting organized.

Washi Tape

I use the Best Craft organizers for Washi tape, too.  I use it differently, though.  I don't pull the tape out like I do with ribbon.  Instead, when I need a roll I pull it out and use it, then replace it.

I also have some Washi tape in Queen & Co's pink washi tape boxes, because I just love those boxes.  They are on the bottom shelf of the Scrapbox (not shown here).

Note: I use all 3 sizes of the Best Craft plastic cases for ribbon and Washi tape.  Normally, for ribbon, I use the smaller size, while for Washi I use the medium and large sizes.  I sort them by size & color.  That looks like:

  • Large red
  • Medium red
  • Large pink
  • Medium pink
  • Large Orange & Yellow
  • Medium Orange & Yellow ... etc.
  • I put brown just after purple, white & grey/black after brown
  • I store metallics & multi-color items separately, usually


The odd one out (because there is always one, right?)

So, the system is working great, and then I realize I have 1 color too many for the drawers.  Mainly because I have way too much red fibre!  I compromised and I've put my white ribbon & fiber into a shallow drawer.  Seems there is always like 1-2 things that don't quite fit, doesn't it?

The white ribbon & fiber in its shallow drawer

Thanks for reading

That is what is currently in the left hand side of my Scrapbox!

Note: we have no affiliation with any of the suppliers mentioned to and linked from this article, aside from our own Etsy shop.  The products mentioned are simply the result of years of trial & error - and what works best for us.  "Your mileage may vary", as they say.

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