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Altered Mailbox – Valentine’s Day

This altered mailbox is perfect for stuffing Valentine’s in, giving Valentine’s, giving cookies, using for a bridal shower, or wedding. I loved making it and it was just so much fun.

I’m happy to announce that it is also for sale in my shop — www.sugarbearcreations.etsy.com — if you would like to purchase or request a custom mailbox. Enjoy!

Altered Valentine's Mailbox from the side

Altered Valentine's Mailbox from the side

Altered Mailbox Details

Altered Mailbox Details

Altered Mailbox

Altered Mailbox

Altered Mailbox Back

Altered Mailbox Back

These boxes are great.  At 5×7 size these boxes can be covered using just a few pieces of paper.  Utilize pop dots when you create yours to give depth and dimension to your own altered mailbox!

Storing Scrapbook Ribbon

Storing Scrapbook Ribbon--no matter what form it's in

Storing Scrapbook Ribbon--no matter what form it's in

I store my ribbon by color on this ribbon board! I looked around for a long time for something affordable and that would hold all my stuff. I saw a lot of neat things, but nothing that did everything I wanted for the price I wanted. I designed and created this board myself.

It cost around $18 and holds a ton of ribbon–in whatever form it comes in: on cards, loose, or on rolls.

Quick run down on supplies:
The back is a piece of a cabinet from Ikea’s “AS-IS” section. I got it for $2
While I was there I picked up two shelf brackets for a couple bucks and a shelf piece. $5
I found 2 hooks (for the upper rod) in my “hardware” box
Bought 2 dowels for 76 cents each at Michael’s.
I bought the lower too “hooks” (which are actually brackets for a curtain rod) at Ikea a long time ago but didn’t need them. So that $3 doesn’t count! I also used hooks for one of their curtain systems for the top ribbon attachments. I bought them for something else and never used them…that $3 doesn’t count either!
The toughest part was finding the hardware to mount this board on a cement wall in the basement. $6

I store the rolls of ribbon on the lower rod (there is even room to add another rod if you have a lot of rolled ribbon). Loose ribbon gets put in glass jars. Yes, this might make it wrinkly, but there’s no way I want to deal with hanging it by hooks on the upper section. Finally, ribbons on cards get hooked onto the hanging rod on top.

This really only works if you have a large space where you can mount this board, but you could also scale it down and put it inside a cabinet.

So far it’s working out well for me!

What’s most important when organizing your ribbon is to think about how you scrapbook. Do you need it organized by color or by company? Do you want to coordinate it so that storing it with buttons and stickers makes more sense or does it need a home of its own? How much money are you willing to spend on it? Do you go to crops a lot? Is it better to have them on cards in a little case you grab when you leave the house?

I would encourage you to give a great deal of thought to how you think, scrapbook, and organize before you just jump into organizing your supplies and commit to a certain organizing system. I looked at lots of ribbon options, but I ultimately decided this fit all my needs the best.

By the way, I am more likely to use ribbon on a layout now that I have it organized by color! Go tackle your stash so you can unleash your creative ribbon side!