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Ribbon Ribbons can be one of the messier items in our stash, with tangling and knotting going on every time your back is turned! Here are some options to stop those ribbons getting into trouble:

BBaarrggaaiinn bbaasseemmeenntt Every household has them and they’re as cheap as chips to get hold of... For the money-saver option, why not try coat hangers and jam jars? You can use coat hangers with the trouser bar to hang ribbons in full view, which also allows you to see everything at a glance and makes them easily accessible – all you need is a convenient place to position the hanger.

BBiigg ssppeennddeerr Strano Ribbon Keepers (below) are stylish, modern and magnetic. Brand new from Strano Designs (www.stranodesigns.com), these fab little fancies aren’t yet available in the UK but will cost roughly £12 for a set of eight. Although the price itself isn’t putting us massively out of pocket, think how many you’d need to house your entire ribbon collection! The AMM Metro Chic Ribbon Chest is truly something to behold, with its stitched faux

leather finish, five fab colours, sleek design and extra interior storage. These can dispense eight ribbons, have a drawer for charms and the like, a small storage tray for tools and crafting items, and also a mesh storage pouch in the lid. Again consider the number of ribbons held in comparison to the cheaper options available. Check out www.scrapbookingonline.co.im for stockist details.

The jam jar option (above) means you can tidily store ribbons and fibres of the same colour. Simply save your jars from marmalade, coffee etc, give them a good wash and you’re ready to go.

MMiiddddllee ooff tthhee rrooaadd For an easy-to-use and tidy spool system, get your hands on one of the Cropper Hopper Ribbon Drawers (right) available from Chatterbox Gifts Ltd. These start at £1.99 for the 11⁄2x11⁄2” drawer. Don’t worry if your ribbon isn’t on spools, as you can easily make some by cutting strips of scrap card and taping them round into a loop, repeatinga few times until they’re sturdy. Also follow the trick of taping the inner end of the ribbon to the loop to help keep it on track. If you’re not one for being regimented in your ribbon organisation, then Dodo Boxes might be the perfect solution. If you simply tie your ribbon and want to store it away neatly, then Argos sells a set of three Dodo Boxes with lids which are also stackable. These are still quite a bargain at £8.99 for the set, and are sized (H)14.2, (W)26.4x(L)36cm.

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Obviously the cheapest option is to store your photos in the paper wallets they come in (or on a disc if they’re digital!). Here are some other options for printed photos...

BBaarrggaaiinn bbaasseemmeenntt For tidy storage, a basic A6 storage box will serve you well. Storage4Crafts sells a bargain one for £1.50, which is a definite must-have for sturdier storage than the standard wallet.

Sized 61⁄2x61⁄2x5”, the Snap & Scrap Photo Box (above) is a great storage option for standard-sized prints, with sturdy construction and a book plate for labelling. Invest £5.39 in one of these from Chatterbox Gifts Ltd.

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