I'll freely admit. I was on the fence when it came to purchasing a ScrapRack for a good long time. My arguments against were: 1) There's no way I have enough product to fill one. 2) $150 seemed like a lot of money to drop all at once. 3) I didn't really like the way it looked.
"There's no way I have enough product to fill one." When reading Tiffany's organization tips online, I considered myself a "got-a-little;" I've only been scrapping for less than a year. I thought having 7 spinders was excessive. Well, I'm not even finished sorting my stuff out, and I've already filled 4 spinders, working on 5. It really is amazing how different organization and "containerization" is. I've found so much product that I completely forgot I had. There are so many PROJECTS I've forgotten I was in the middle of. I've finished three pages and a mini album, reaching right for the products that I needed.
"$150 is a lot of money to drop all at once." This was honestly one of my big obstacles. I have two jobs. I don't make a lot of money. I might spend $100 on product in 3 or 4 months' time. I had to stop and think about how I wasn't buying product; I was investing in my craft room and my creative experience. I knew that my system (or lack of one) wasn't working; I had already been looking around at websites that gave tips on organizing your craft space. My outlook was make-do. Then I found Tiffany's tips on her site, and I loved the idea of being able to find anything that I could possibly need for a project in 30 seconds or less. I spent a ridiculously long time trying to find my product; I used to have stuff stashed everywhere. I'd take an hour or two to pack up one or two bags to go to a crop. I needed something new.
"I didn't really like the way it looked." This is still kind of true. I'm not a big fan of the way the ScrapRack looks in my space, but I absolutely LOVE how much more room I have in my space because of it. Honestly, it's grown on me quite a bit.
All that being said, there are some draw-backs.
The base is pretty small, but the whole of it is really kind of big. I mean, they tell you on the website how much room you need for the ScrapRack, but they focus more on how portable it is and how you can scrap at the kitchen table. I put mine together, and I was really surprised by how much space it actually takes up.
Even when I keep the spinders locked, sometimes one of the rings opens ever so slightly and my a couple of my inserts either fall out or get snagged. Thankfully it isn't all of the rings, and the inserts don't always come all the way off the ring. Just enough to be annoying.
Overall, love the product and what it's done for me and my space. The draw-backs are beyond minor. Whenever you take a look at other craft organization furniture/systems, you realize just how affordable the ScrapRack is. Even with purchasing all the inserts separately, you're getting something that has the ability to grow with you. You aren't confined to a specific amount of space. You can purchase other base units; you can store your spinders. The whole thing makes organizing a breeze. Best organizational purchase I've ever made.
What a great system! I am 2 weeks into organizing everything in the hobby room, and I can really see the value of this system. There are embellishments that I haven't used in 10 years that are now front and center in the unit. Everything is in categories that I actually use regularly. I have freed up dozens of containers and drawers that I rarely looked in before. Now I have those contents in a useful area.
I like the concept very much. But it does take up a lot of counter space. The reason I only gave it a four star was because of the Spinders. Even with them locked, my protector sheet would slide thru......I do wish that Tiffany would have made an 8 1/2'' X 11'' version.
So far, this has been the worst storage idea I have bought. The storage pages are not punched right (they are crooked) and my embellishments keep falling out when I turn the pages. Also, because the storage pages sit up instead of laying flat, the pages end up all crooked and everything gets bent out of shape. (fyi: I saw on the video that some people were not laying it correctly, so I made sure I constructed and laid it out correctly so that is not the problem.) I have tried stacking up magazines and placing them underneath the front side to keep the platform more "even" but for the price I paid, I don't think I should have to rig something just to get a functional product. Just for clarification: I bought the rack from scrapbook.com, but the pages that were punched wrong came from the scraprack company website. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. I will be looking into how I can return this. Totally not worth $100.00!
I got a ScrapRack several years ago. At first, since I had no scrap space other than temporary use of the dining table, there was no place to set it up properly so I just laid it flat in a big plastic storage unit that fit under the bed when I wasn’t scrapping. Eventually I carved out space in the laundry room and was able to actually set it up properly on the base unit. I really, really like it a lot except for storage of card stock and paper. It just didn’t work for me in that regard, but it’s great for organizing all kinds of other things. It’s so easy to quickly find what I want, as it’s organized by color or general subject. I would caution anyone buying one though to be careful about going overboard on all the different types of storage “pages.” I have way too many of some and not enough of others so I would suggest getting just a few of the different types and see what you will really need and what you will not use much. I highly recommend this product, especially when you don’t have the luxury of a scrap room and your storage space for all the necessary goodies is limited.