Scrapbook Organization: The ScrapRack

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I purchased a ScrapRack about 3 years ago and really love it. It helped me to get organized in a way that was logical to me. This made me very happy because the system I had before this was not working. I used to keep my papers filed by subject in Scrapfolios (the 12×12 accordian folders with handles that you can get at Michaels).

Scrapfolio

My theme stickers and embellishments were first kept in a Creative Memories binder…

CM Binder

…then in “PSB’s” (Paper Sticker Binders) by Crop in Style. Themed ribbons, beads, metal, buttons, etc were kept in other separate places. The problem was when I went to choose items for a page, I was looking in 10 different places for what fit the theme I was working on. It would get very tiring and frustrating. I also had outgrown the capacity of my old system, with 3 paper takers and 3 PSBs bursting at the seams. It was time for a change…

Then one day I was at a Scrapbook Expo event and they were demonstrating this product called the ScrapRack and I fell in love! I knew on the spot it was right for me.

An Empty ScrapRack:
Empty ScrapRack

This is how it looks without any pages in it. It consists of a metal Base and 7 Spinders, which are like the spine in a 3-ring binder. The Spinders are attached to the Base with velcro and you can add, remove and configure them as you like. You can use the huge variety of 12×12 pages sold by ScrapRack or you can improvise. I purchased a kit which came with the ScrapRack and a variety of pages, and I’ve supplemented them with my old PSB pages (which I just moved right from the PSB to the SR) and with 12×12 page protectors for full sheets of paper.

The ScrapRack website is full of helpful information on how to best utilize it. There are organizational steps, category suggestions, room makeovers, testimonials, and FAQs. They have excellent customer service and are happy to answer any questions. They’ve really done a great job with their website.

This is how I’ve utilized my SR system:
- It’s on my desk right in front of me when I scrap, within easy reach.
- I have it divided into the categories that made the most sense to me, but you are of course free to make it your own. First, I have a kind of ‘through the year’ half which goes January through December with all the months, holidays and events. For example: New Years, Winter, Valentines, St Patricks Day, Spring, Easter, Mothers Day, Summer, July 4, etc.
- The other half is by topic in alphabetical order, for example: Birthday, Camping/Outdoors, Cowboy, Dog, Family, Graduation, Ocean, School, etc.

Here is a filled page showing how you can also use the ScrapRack to file your items by color:

Orange Page SR

I have lots of stuff and getting it all into the ScrapRack was not a quick process. I think it took about a week of evenings to gather things from their various places and get them into the pages. I took most things out of their packaging which helped them fit better into the pocket pages. The only paper I put in the ScrapRack was themed paper. So my cardstock and more generic patterned paper is elsewhere; otherwise, I would need another ScrapRack! What I love about this system is that everything from a given theme is all in one place. I just turn the pages til I get to that theme and everything I have is right in front of me. No more searching all those other places and taking 30 minutes just to see what I have. For instance, the other day I was working on an Easter page. I turned to the Spring/Easter section and found some cute Easter-themed paper, some 3-D bunny stickers, and a card of pastel self-adhesive ribbons. All I had to do then was get cardstock from the vertical holders on my bookshelf, and I was ready to scrap!

The only disadvantage to this system is that some would consider it pricey. I know I did, and asked for $$ for my birthday that year so I could afford it :). But when I considered how much I had invested in 3 PSBs, 3 Scrapfolios, and the other storage I could get rid of, it was more than worth the cost. I wish they could get the ScrapRack on QVC – then you could get a good deal for sure! As you can tell, I highly recommend this product (no, they are not paying me to say that, LOL). Feel free to ask me any questions you have about the ScrapRack.

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7 Comments on Scrapbook Organization: The ScrapRack

  1. harmonia
    June 2, 2007 at 7:26 pm (7 years ago)

    I still have to get those organizational items from CM! Neato!

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  2. americanmom
    June 3, 2007 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Harmonia ~ I think the organizational products are as addicting as the scrapbook products!

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  3. Candace
    September 26, 2007 at 10:46 pm (7 years ago)

    I bought the scraprack a few years ago and hated it.
    I found the stickers fell out of the holder, the paper holder was too weak to hold the papers properly it bent etc.etc. etc.
    A friend of mine bought one last year and also hates it. She should have asked me! I threw mine out but I did keep the travel binder. I like it a lot.

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  4. Debbie
    October 2, 2007 at 11:22 pm (7 years ago)

    I have the scraprack and love it. I am just converting to using the 4 section system. I had only used it for stickers before. I am just confused about how to organize my papers. Any help would be appreciated. Where do you put the striped or multi-colored papers that don’t logically fit into any theme or one color?

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  5. Roselyn
    November 19, 2007 at 4:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Do the scraprack pages/protectors fit into other systems? Such as PSB or a 12×12 binder? I am thinking I want to go the series of binders route, instead of one huge rack.

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    • Anna
      October 18, 2011 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

      That is the great thing about the SR you can use anyone elses 3 ring system and the SR system fits anyone elses system. I love mine just dont love the price, can’t believe how $$$ they have gotten.

      Reply

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