These little peices of plastic are absolutely the best! No more messing with screwdrivers and adding extension posts with the Snap Load bindings. Once you replace your posts with this product, your pages will lay better, turn better and you can easily add in more pages anywhere you want. Double page layouts look better together, too, with no gaps between the pages! The instructions that come with the set are not very easy to follow so I'm going to help you out.
Just take out the posts and throw them away. Don't bother with the instructions on the pack for leaving the posts in place. Now take all your pages and thread the straps through them. The straps are flat and have a smooth side and a ridged side. With the pages laying on the table, the ridge side should face center of the book. I know you want to thread with the ridges faceing up or down, but the ridged straps need to face each other. Now get the mounting locks. Peel off the backing and you will see that they each have a little bumpy snap at the back on one end. Place those snaps inside the album holes where the screws were so that the long end of the lock is facing down for the top holes and up for the bottom holes. Now thread the straps through and press them into place. If you made your book too tight or loose, you can easily adjust them at any time.
These are the best for replacing the posts. I am a post album girl, and I have only replaced my post albums that are too thick for the extension post not giving a tight fit.
I have not had problems with them coming undone, but I do know others that have and we discovered that there is a limit to how "thick" you can build the album before the glue begins to un-stick.
FYI, one way to ensure the snaps work the best is to insert chipboard strips in between each page along the inner post spine. This allows the album to lay flat without the bulging uneven look. When the album lays flat, this lessons the pull on the snapload adhesive and they do not pull off from the album.
Just loves these things!!!!
I hate messing with screws in my albums. Hate it! Having to hold your completed pages straight up, unfold the inside cover flap of the album and with one screw driver to hold one side of the screw stationary while you use a second screwdriver to unscrew the the other side. THIS IS NOT A ONE PERSON JOB! Then you add your screws and pages, hopefully you don't miss a page - because if you do, you get to do it all over again. Anyway, after you've added your pages and lengthened the screws you get to put the album back together again.
If anybody tells me they scrapbook, the first thing I ask them is if they use the Snap Load system. Every scrapbooker should know about these. I order 10 or more at a time, because I would be devastated if they were ever discontinued. I have been scrapbooking for 13 years, and these make my life so much easier.
I have always favored post bound albums, because I like to have my 2-page layouts continuous (right up next to each other). And, I like to be able to switch pages around and expand my albums. I don't create my scrapbook pages chronologically (rather, what inspires me while I'm scrapping), but I do keep all the pages from one year together randomly in one book.
The Snap Load system allows me to easily add pages, move pages around, and lets my albums hold TONS of pages without looking awkward or wobbly. It is fabulous! I'm changing ALL my albums over to Snap Load, and I recommend it to everyone I can!
There is a great instruction video at YouTube:
SnapLoads couldn't be easier to use. I made very large, very heavy scrapbooks but my arthritic hands make posts impossible to use and I had to have help putting them together or adding pages. These are the modern way to build a scrapbook! As a scrapping grandma, I have to have these or I wouldn't scrap any more!
I really love this product because it works great and your scrapbook won't break apart if you have 40 pages in your book!!!!! When I first started out scrapbooking pages I use to only use the 10 sheet protecters that came in the scrapbooks and never thought about expanding it!!!! Then when I purchased my third scrapbook I finished a 40 page back and front layouts and used posts to extend my book!!! Well, after a week or so of traveling and showing friends and family my wonderful book, it fell apart!!!! Yikes! :( Yes ladies I did cry, my husband tried to fix it but it broke again and so I ended up buying another new scrapbook to put my pages in!!! When I went to the scrapbook store I was told to use these snap loads and that they were better than using post if you wanted to expand your scrapbooks!!!! I said thank you god!!! So I've been hook ever since, and yes 10 scrapbooks later I'm still buying these bad boys to replace all my scrapbooks so I won't have that problem again!!! OK I've said too much!!! ;)
Happy Scrappin Ladies and Gents!
I HATE how post-hinge albums work. Those stupid posts get lost, bent, don't all fit the same or go back together the way they are intended. And who wants to take out ALL the posts to deal with the above situations only to find out that they can't get it back together?!
Behold, a solution!
I love my strap hinge albums, and plan to buy more. However, I found a post-hinge album that scream my name. It is so ME, perfect for an album about my single life. I bought it, and lovingly looked at it. I happened to see one of these in a big box store, and was so excited that I took it home and proceeded to put the album and empty pages together. It worked BEAUTIFULLY and lives up to its claims. Now I can't wait to get those pages done so the album is complete!
I recently ordered these to try--having made my dd's pre-wedding album WAY to big LOL!!! I finally got them swapped out today- and I LOVE this product!! I will definately order more and start converting all my albums. I like the directions that Okispice wrote up -- very good. Personally I think next time I will put the plastic tabs onto the binding before threading the straps through, rather than the other way around. Anyway you do it, it's well worth doing, the book can be expanded instantly next time you add pages. No more messing with all these tiny metal screw extensions!! Toss them all!!
I've slowly replaced all of my post albums with this snap load system and they work great. I don't have hundreds of pages in them though and I think that may be a reason some people are having trouble with this item. I also use spacers (cardboard strips) between the pages and I think that is why mine don't flop around. The albums seem to be more sturdy with the spacers. I have been using this product for over a year now with no problems at all. I was happy to throw those stupid little metal posts away. You'll be happy too!
Love, love this product. NEVER use anything else. I hate trying to remove those screws and then getting them back in after you load the pages!!!
The only thing is that the Snap Load is expensive when bought one at a time. Several years ago I bought 15 in one package that was considerably less per item than buying them one at a time.
Would love if you would carry the multiple packs, I'll bet you could sell more due to the savings. I do three or four scrapbooks a month and I'll bet that other scrapbookers do so also.
I am soooo glad I found these online - I bought them a few years ago at Michael's and went back today for more and they apparently don't carry them anymore. These straps hold everything in place nicely and as tight or loose as you want it to be - there's no messing around with how many extension posts you need, etc. The only thing that would make them better is if 3 came in a pack instead of 2. I like to hold my 12x12 scrapbooks together with 3 of them so I buy 3 packs to get 6 straps and use them on 2 books.
I first got the snapload system on QVC some time back and tried them and have been hooked ever since. I just love not having to deal with posts and trying to find longer posts for my post bound albums.
This system is so easy to put in your albums and they allow more pages to be put in my albums. I would reccomend them to everyone and in fact I have been doing that ever since I purchased my first ones.
Try them you will like them and never go back to the old way of holding pages in your albums.
This product is ingenious. Take the posts out of your albums and replace them with this efficient system and you'll be able to fit up to 200 layouts in your album. There's no need to have extension posts anymore. The Snap Load locks enable you to add and remove pages from the front or back of your album with ease. The nylon straps and Snap Load mounting locks are easy to install (the mounts are adhesive-backed). I've converted all my post-bound albums into Snap Load albums.
Jill Davis, Founder
The Snap Load system has made scrapbooking so much easier. I used to have a terrible time trying to get post together (or apart) and my album pages would get stuck in the screws of the post. After doing some research, I settled on this alternative as I was not a big fan of D-ring albums. Much to my suprise, these are very easy to use, easy to open, and very easy to install. I purchased albums that would hold a large number of pages, and this system holds them all (over 70 LO's) nicely.
I DO NOT MAKE SMALL SCRAPBOOKS, I MAKE VERY LARGE ONES. I LOVE SNAP LOAD BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ME TO DO THIS!!
IT IS NOT PERMANENT SO I CAN ADD SOMETHING I MAY HAVE LEFT OUT.
I BOUGHT MY FIRST KIT A FEW YEARS BACK AND IT CONTAINED MULTIPLE SETS. I AM WORKING ON A WEDDING SCRAPBOOK AND I COULD NOT FIND ANY LOCALLY. I WAS WORRIED THAT I WOULD NOT FIND THIS PRODUCT AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I COULD USE THE EXTRA POSTS ARE NOT GOOD WITH LARGE SCRAPBOOKS. I WAS VERY PLEASED TO FIND IT!!
These are the greatest things to put your scrapbooks back together after they have fallen apart but better yet--they are great to just excahnge your binder in your scrapbook before you even start. It is easy to add pages or go in to move a page and best of all--they hold! I love them. Wish they were not so spendy or that there were more in a package to begin with. They do pay for themseves over time but the initial purchase can be a bit spendy if your are on a scrapbook budget.
Oh my goodness- genius!! These little plastic bits are super easy to install (read okispice's review for perfect instructions- the box is kind of complicated). And All of the Sudden, you have space in your album! Talk about a money saver. $5 for these extensions saves you $20 on a new album. Keep in mind that you can fit at least 3 albums worth of layouts in one, and you have an even bigger savings.
So much better than posts and extensions... I STRONGLY recommend this product!!
This Pioneer binding system is fantastic!!! I ordered three, came in to order more and they are gone so am waiting! About two reviews down from this one is one by another member who has a more succinct way of laying out the instructions on using the system ... be sure to read that, because that helped me immensely ... had I followed the package directions I probably wouldn't be giving this a five star rating, but with her help I got mine in place and they are WONDERFUL!
Wow, this actually works! This combines the "laying flat" advantage of D ring books with the the postbound feature of having your pages right up against each other. I'll never keep posts again. In all honesty, I can not say if the instructions were helpful or not. I never looked at them. Having read the great reviews already here, I knew exactly what to do and had no problem transforming my extremely full 12x12 postbound. Thanks fellow sb.com-ers!
As a scrapbooker, the scarcity of this product makes me shake with fright. I have tried the metal post screw pieces - whatever, but there it nothing more frustrating that showing off a great scrapbook and it falling apart while you show it! Not with this product. I am aggravated that the major craft stores have stopped carrying it....but I am most excited as SCRAPBOOK.COM had plenty in stock and shipped it super fast!!! They are my new best friends!!!
I use this product in every scrapbook I do now. It makes adding or changing pages so easy and you don't have to fuss with the screw-in bindings. I have always had trouble with adding to them to increase the number of pages I may do per book. They often times are hard to unscrew to open it up and other times just too hard to judge how many extentions you need to fit your pages. Not so with the strap system. It's great!!!!!
This is the very first time I've ever used a post bound album, it was given to me by a friend. I have heard horrible things about refilling them, and then I saw this! I switched the posts out before I ever tried to refill it, and it is super easy!! The whole unscrewing things was a hassle so I'm glad I found this. Absolutely a great product. Now maybe I'll buy post bound albums from time to time.
I had heard about this product on the television and I was very hesitant to buy becasue I worried it would not work...I then found them for sale at Walmart and I thought if I do not like it, I will return it. Well Needless to say I love it...It is so easy to do but I would not reccommend using the package directions..they confused me...I would definately reccommend this product to anyone...
I was very happy to come across this fix for the posts I've always had issues with. They were easy to install in my existing albums and now I don't need to worry about the posts popping apart! I would recommend this to anyone who uses post-bound albums. My only complaint is that for some reason they make 12x12 and 8x8 album with this already installed, but not the
Why didn't I know they made these before? I had been spending time screwing and unscrewing to add more pages that leaned to the side and what not.
I am glad that I got these and need to make a second order as I have so many albums that I want to add a couple of more pages too!
Pioneer is a stand up product, screw those screws between the albums.
I love these. I have converted all my post bound albums to the Snap Load system. It is very easy to take apart, switch the order of your layouts, add, subtract layouts or add refill pages. It is super easy to expand your albums, yet it hold everything together nice and tight I usually keep several of these ahead. I can't believe I ran out!!!
Used in this image: Album Cover: Once Upon A Time
This system allows me to put in an unsurmounted amount of layouts into a scrapbook that I would be limited to other wise on a post bound album. This system is easy to use, and I love it!!! I reccomend it to anyone I know that has problems with their post bound stuff. I am hooked. This is going into every scrapbook I get from here on out!!
I just replaced the screws in my scrapbook with this product. It took more time to remove the screws than it did to install these straps.
I wish there were more scrapbooks utilizing the strap binding method on the market. In the meantime, I'll make use of this product if I have to purchase a screw binding scrapbook.
I ordered 6 of these systems and need more! The installation was VERY simple and they work very well. On the 8 X 8 album I found I needed to adjust the straps so that did not overlap in the middle of the spine so the album closed correctly - however this will not be a problem when the album is holding 100 pages!
I make scrapbooks for my grandchildren for each year of their young lives and these are perfect!! I don't have to worry about having too many pages of their precious pictures, nor do I have to worry about those metal screws to hold everything together. I hope these are always available!!
I want these for all of my post bound albums!!
It's best to wait to use these when your album is full and you have a large stack of completed pages to add. Opening and closing often tends to weaken the velcro.
Overall I wish these replaced all of the post bound albums.
I first purchased these several years ago at CK Convention ... the Pioneer rep threw in a killer glue stick as I doubted the sticky would hold ... haven't had a problem with the stickiness quitting but you can always use some super adhesive to glue them back down.
this system is really an awsome idea. i tried one before i bought them and i love them. they replace the posts and screws in post bound albums, they are easy to use and they make it easy to add more pages, all without the hassle. i would give them 10 stars.
I love, love. love the Snap Load system. It truly does transform awkward post-bound albums. The system holds pages in tightly, and allows more pages to be placed in the album. It is much easier to use than the metal posts and extensions which come with albums.
This replacement product will give you more secure photo albums by removing annoying posts with secure straps. So much easier to remove or replace pages and a more secure hold for precious albums after all the hours you put in to them. They are a snap to use.
I just installed these in one of my albums last night and it works beautifully. I tend to overfill my albums to the point that they twist at the post hinges pretty badly, but once I put these in the twisting effect was vastly improved. Great product!
This is the best thing I have ever used, I never did like the post screws, This snap load is easy to put on and makes the scrapbook lay much nicer and so easy to add pages. So happy that you carry them. Have told all my scrapper friends. Thank you CJ
These snap and loads are a wonderful invention. I hated those stupid post bound albums and the extenders because 3/4 of the time the extenders would not fit in the current posts. I love these and now all my albums are converted to the Snap-n-Load.
The snap load system is the best thing ever for scrapbooking. Without it you may need more than one scrapbook. Have used it before, and it is very easy to use. I just love it. You can tell your scrapbook story in one book instead of divided books.
I just love this product. It allows me to build a much bigger album then with those metal extenders. They are easy to use and are eaiser on the albums as well. If you are looking for a better binder, this is it.
this product is amazing!!! So easy to use. I've done all my scrapbooks with this product. It enables you to add as many pages in a book as you need! would absolutely recommend it to anyone who scrapbooks!!!!
One of the best new items I have seen and used in a very long time
Well worth the money and time in switching it from the posts already in my albums.
Hope more people will try them...........
This is a great product. It took me some time reading &
re-reading the directions to get it in the scrapbook correctly.
The pages lay nice & flat. I will be using this snap load on all
This snap load binding system is just the best! I got to tired of the screws coming loose in larger scrapbooks and this surely took care of that! I highly recommend!
These are the best, sure beat the screws u have to have 2 screw drivers to get them lose and add pages. I will never use anything but these
I am in the process of putting together scrapbooks for each of my nieces and nephews (for Christmas), and I want to add as many pages as possible to each scrapbook without expanding the books to such a degree that they don't shut correctly. I like the metal posts (extenders) that I have purchased in the past, but they only allow me to a add a few additional pages. When I read about the Pioneer Snap Load Binding System I was intrigued. It seemed as if quite a few more pages could be added without affecting the album's ability to lay flat. Since I'm currently working on a dozen different albums for my nieces and nephews, I went ahead and ordered six of the Snap Load Systems. So far, I have installed three in the albums. Here are my initial impressions of the product:
(1) The product is easy to install.
(2) It is VERY easy to add/move/delete pages from the albums, which I REALLY liked.
(3) The Snap Load System allows you to add several more pages to your albums which can save both money and space by reducing the number of scrapbooks needed.
(4) As long as you don't add too many pages, the pages will lay correctly and the albums will close flat.
(1) The Snap Load System Binders are very flexible so if you add too many pages, the albums aren't very secure. (They are a little "floppy".) With some of my nieces/nephews' albums, I only needed to add a few pages to complete the story (i.e., "My Childhood"; "Early Adulthood"; "My Wedding"; etc.) so the Binders worked great. For other books, the Binders were't strong enough to accommodate all the pages I needed to add so I ended up having to divide the pages into two separate albums (i.e., "The Early Years", birth-12; "The Teen Years", 13-18; "The College Years", 18-22; and "On My Own", 22+). Both methods worked well. Maybe there's a way to strengthen the albums so more pages can be added without them feeling so flimsy... I'm not sure...
(2) The glue on the Snap Load System Binders isn't very strong. I had to add duct tape to the edges of the Binders to keep them securely attached. It's not too pretty to look at, but since the Binders (and duct tape) are hidden within folds of the covers, it's not a huge issue. The important thing is for the Binders to hold to the albums.
Overall, I would recommend this product to other scrappers. Just be aware of the limitations. (P.S. If anyone finds a way to add lots of pages without the albums becoming too flimsy, please share! Thanks!)
I am a beginner, and the first night I fussed with my first album, my wedding album--actually, the only album I own right now--I nearly went off the deep end because of my emotional frustration with the posts on the album. I knew I would need more pages than the 10 pages the album came with, so I had bought more pages. When I unscrewed the posts, it was like Pandora's box. I was just not able to get the pages to stay in there while I tried to attach and secure the second level of posts. Who knows what would have happened if I had wanted a third level of posts. I saw this product in a scrapbook store near my old home, and I was very excited. I haven't used it yet, though. I guess I still have post-traumatic stress from my initial encounter with the posts in the album. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that it does yet make sense in my brain how to use this to replace the posts, but, I do have problems generally visualizing three-dimensional things from two-dimensional instructions. My husband says he can do it, but he says that about everything, though, and he's rough-rough-rough with scrapbooks, and he bends my page protectors and creases them from how roughly he turns pages, and he pops embellishments off of my pages in progress when I ask for his help in finding matching paper at the store. Instead of hovering the potential new paper above the in-progress layout, he puts it right on the layout and moves it around, getting the new paper under the embellishments or glued on mats and cardstock, popping them right off . . . so, needless to say, I want to figure out how to use this product on my own. Maybe I can find some more detailed instructions and pictures online somewhere. *ANYTHING* is better than the posts the album came with!
I "ditto" all the good things people said about this. The reason I gave it 4 (and not 5) stars is that I notice the bigger I expand my album the more wobbly it gets. The posts seem to hold it more steady than the straps do. Also, the adhesive on the clip parts is pretty lame--get a couple mini glue dots to help hold it to your album more securely. (If you don't have mini glue dots--you should!! They're great for EVERYTHING. LOL) Oh, and the written instructions are confusing--check out the video listed with this product here and it'll make it so much easier. TAKE CAREFUL NOTE of which way the ridges are supposed to be facing--if you do it the opposite way, the straps won't want to stay snapped in place when you try.
Used in this layout: Snap-load album
I love these things! My pages lay so much better, and it's so much easier to put the album back together when you have the strap vs. a post bound album. With a post bound, I avoid taking it apart at all costs - with the strap, it's not a big deal. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the piece that sticks onto the album isn't quite as sticky as it could be... although it hasn't been a problem for me.
I purchased 6 of the snapload systems and I LOVE the concept but Pioneer needs to rework the adhesive on the part with adhesive to stick to the album front & back covers. Lucky for me, I had some very strong adhesive sheets so I rmoved their strips and cut my own and it works great.
I would recomend the system to anyone. It keeps the albums nice and tight and the pages open nicely.
I found the package install instructions very confusing, so I figured it out on my own and I love the results! The Snap Load system is easy to open-for new sheet additions- and allowed me to make one huge album without fear of it coming apart! I'm throwing away all my metal posts and purchasing this system to use in all my albums.
Do you have lots of thick pages filled with embellishments? This product is for you. Here is an easy way to expand your albums without ridged post expanders. These are very easy to install. It took me 5 minutes to convert one of my post bound albums. It works great and I can continue to add even more pages!
I followed okispice's directions and it was easier than I thought :) I'd like to add one tip that I used when I switched all my other albums to snapload .... I replaced ONE post at a time --it kept all my pages together & cut down on time it takes to thread the strap thru a bunch of scattered pages :)
I've been using the Snapload system since they first came out with it. I love how you can extend your scrapbooks without having to fight with the little posts. The only difficult part is getting the plastic threaded through the holes and getting the plastic stays to stay :)
they do seem to work well for adding pages and holding the books together nicely my only complaint is the snaps are hard to get to stay at times and the instructions are a little confusing. It is a great item though
I've retro fitted all my post bound albums with these. There have been a few times though, that I have had to use additional adhesive on the anchor piece. That's my only complaint.
I bought these from a TV sales show about a year or so ago. I was very excited and immediately changed over my largest album. Well, 2 yrs later they still are holding all the pages together, but the glue on the locking part is not sticking to the album. If it weren't for the folded over parts on the front and back covers, the whole album would fall apart, I think!!!!
It could be that my album is too thick for these straps but that was the main selling point for me when I bought them!
I am kind of disappointed in the fact that the glue doesn't hold well but I continue to keep them in my scrapbooks until I can get enough extensions for the screws again.
Be careful if you buy them!
This is actually more of a question than a review. I purchased the snapload system several days ago and can NOT figure out how to install it. I am a fairly educated person but having never seen these on tv or in another album, I am clueless. The instructions are NO help. There is a review with instructions on this site but still too hard to follow when I can't even tell what part of the album they are talking about when adding this or threading that. I really need help here! Anyone???? I am an educated person and I'm sure after doing this once it will be a breeze but for now-its a mess!
I was - like everyone else - ecstatic when I saw these. Finally, it was a way to work with albums and not have to deal with those little screws. However, right out of the box, I set up the first album and within 2 weeks, the sticky wasn't sticky and the album began falling apart. Don'tn bother converting because after a while you will be going back to the posts....
My scrapbooks can be as thick as 3-4 inches. Besides pictures, I put in postcards, brochures and small booklets i.e. Playbills, guidebooks. It can get heavy. I thought the Snap Load system would be perfect because it allows for the thick books. It doesn't. I am working on a scrapbook using the Snap Load book I finished for my grandson as template. It started to fall apart as I was turning the pages. Needless to say I put the posts back in. I'm going to return the Snap Loads that I was going to use on the other books. Perhaps the Snap Load system works better on smaller books, but then you wouldn't need the long straps. Very disappointed. Seemed like a good idea.
I think they need another package for these straps. They are curled up in this plastic case. They are bent and when you try to "snap" in it place it pops out because they were bent too long. I now have a weight on the extra ones I bought to try to straighten them out. I hope they hold.