Ribbon was another toughie for me to find the "perfect storage idea". There are lots of things out there, not alot of them worked well for me. I found this idea on Becca Feeken's blog (Amazing Paper Grace) and went to town making it my own! I started off with a huge piece of white Mat Board (Michaels sometimes carries these, I got mine at a Frame Shop, Aaron Brothers). I knew I wanted them to be stored in my Scrap n Cubes, so I adjusted the card measurements accordingly. I wanted 4 rows, so I measured the inside of my drawer, divided by 4 and took off a bit for divider space. My spools measure 2 1/4" x 2 3/4". I secure the ribbons with a rubber band... voila!
Mat Board is necessary for these spools as it very strong. Chip board or cardboard would certainly bend too much either from the ribbon being wrapped or from the rubber band. I'm more than a little anal when it comes to listing my supplies used (when I was getting started I relied heavily on other's listing this info!), so I put labels on my cards. For ribbons I LOVE and will certainly replenish when they run out I write on the spool itself, but for ribbons like SU where they retire, etc. I just write the info on a teeny post it note and stick the post it to the spool. It certainly took some time to spool all of the ribbon, but honestly I took a bucket in with me a few times while watching a movie with hubby and it wasn't so bad! When we went to the mountains for the 4th I took my last bucket and my friend Shaela helped me finish! I love this way of storing ribbon, because it is certainly adjustable, as I get more ribbon it can grow. I currently have 2 1/2 of these drawers full. And as I have snippets of ribbon that I cut off but ended up not using, they can just as easily be added to the spools. And best of all, this takes up WAY less space than keeping it all on the spools they came on! I hope you found this helpful, please feel free to leave a comment with your ribbon storage ideas or comment on mine!