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Clip It Up by Simply Renee

Reported by Stephanie Wheeler

After hearing rave reviews from my friends, and reading tales of organized embellishments across the world, I thought I’d take the plunge and buy a Clip It Up, what I think is one of the most innovative and practical ways to store scrapbooking and crafting supplies.


The Clip It Up is a vertical organization unit made up of one central column with an attached rotating metal ring. It comes in three sizes: a 18.5″ base unit, a 9.5″ upper tier and a 6″ mini tier (each sold separately). Each unit comes with a set of clips that slide on to the metal ring, allowing you to clip up your supplies. This makes them easily accessible as well as visible, allowing you to organize and flip through your stash of embellishments such as stickers, die cuts, ribbon, rub-ons and even brads and eyelets.

When ordering my Clip It Up, I decided that more space is always better, so I opted to order the base unit and the upper tier, giving me room for small embellishments on top and taller items like stickers on the bottom. The assembly was a snap. It probably took me a total of five minutes to get mine put together. Everything simply screwed together, no tools were necessary.

After a day of organizing and purging, my pile of supplies went from this:


to this:


making my scrap room much less insane.

For such a simple object, the Clip It Up provides a lot of practical organization in one spot. The fact that it’s vertical makes it perfect for storing on the floor, on a table or on a shelf. The rotation of the metal ring makes it really convenient as well, eliminating the need to shove supplies in a box where some might never again see the light of day. I highly recommend it for anyone who’s ready to get those embellishments out of a box and into view where they will be used and appreciated.

Although I would consider the Clip It Up to be one of my most favorite organization tools, it does have its drawbacks. For the price of $65+ for only one unit, it is disappointingly made of plastic. I would much rather have a unit made of metal that I know will last for years. It is also only available in single units, making it costly to expand.

Pros:

  • Super easy assembly, consists of very few parts
  • Base unit comes with 80 clips and 25 tabs and labels for organizing
  • Once assembled, makes embellishments easily viewable and accessible
  • Holds lots and lots of product

Cons:

  • Made of hard plastic, not metal
  • Only holds a 90-day warranty
  • Price is high for a single unit
  • Each tier is sold separately
  • Tends to lean if not organized properly

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Rating: 8 out of 10

The Clip It Up retails at $65 for the base unit, $38 for the upper tier add on, $55 for the mini tier and extra supplies like clips and zipper bags vary from $4-13.

So tell me what you think! Do you own a Clip It Up? Do you love it? Hate it? Has it changed your life?

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17 Responses to Clip It Up by Simply Renee

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    scrappypug May 26, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    I had one but sold it…I didn’t find it that helpful as I had problems with counter space and it leaning and the clips were always either too tight to get product on/off easily. My mother in law made her own by using a lampshade frame found at a thrift store wich worked well.

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    Jan Castle May 26, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    I have two bases…put my A2 cards on it (150 per base) for a craft show. My only objection is the clips are difficult to open – solution: a pair of pliers! I have decided to try it instead with my clear stamps that are now (as you said) buried in a box!!! Hope it works!!!
    Jan Castle

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    mandiegirl May 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Looks great, but that price is kindof hefty! Thanks for your review!

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    Zoe May 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    I own it with 2 tiers and the first thing I did was to spray it white as the black is ugly…and so that added to the expense of an already overpriced item…I do like mine but agree metal would be so much better and stop it leaning – I have a lot on mine, but sadly out grew it so quickly and I won’t get another as I think it does take up alot of room and boxes can be nicer…also it gets dusty so I keep a piece of fabric over mine…if you don’t have a lot to organise this is good, but if your collection grows fast it will be limiting quickly.

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    Hayley G May 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Great review Stephanie!!! Thanks. I had been thinking about getting one of these, but not sure. Now that I’ve read some other feed back I might wait to see if they come out with metal. Still, it was awesome to see what a difference in made in your MESS of a scraproom girl! LOL!

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    Bogner's May 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I was wondering if Stephanie would like to come organize my embellishments? !!!
    I have seen this sort of idea, but never a manufactured product. Thanks for the info.

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    Christine May 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    Great review Stephanie. I have often thought about buying this product. You have given some great information on it and answered my questions. I also appreciate what the people who commented said. Have a great day!
    xoxo, Christine

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    Michelle May 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I like my Clip it up, and have not had any problems. Simply Renee just released a mini version, along with a lot of other good organizing tools. I also have the clip it up ribbon organizer and that is a wonderful product.

    These products are pricey, but I see them selling for much less on ebay.

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    Stephanie May 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Thanks for all of the great comments!
    Glad you found the article to be informative 🙂

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    Rebecca Ednie May 27, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    mine is packed full with several sticker sheets on each clip. It doesn’t lean at all though I dont have the upper tier. I store it in a well lit room so I bought the cover to prevent fading. It does take up a lot of space, but mine is stored on the floor, not on a table top. Over all, I agree with the review. A bit too expensive, should be made from metal. I do not find the clips hard to open at all and I do not have strong hands by any means. It is a million times better than any other organization system I have tried!

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    MsAP143 May 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Here’s a great way to organize ALL of your stuff!

    Just visit:
    TheOriginalScrapboxThey have some excellent storage solutions and organizations products. I strongly reccomend visiting their website!

    You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

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    Cat May 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    I’ve had my clip it up for 3-4 years now and I’ve never had a problem with it leaning or the clips and there have been times when I’ve over-stuffed it. Maybe they are making them out of a lesser quality plastic now??? It’s one of my best organizing purchases. My set came with a cover that I’ve tried to use once or twice but decided it’s not practical.

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    Lisa May 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    It’s a bit pricey for a random impulse buy, but I may put it on a wishlist. Right now I have my stickers and embellishments on hangers in my walk-in closet/craft space. The little packages hang on bent-open paperclips that are hooked over the wood crosspiece and trapped by the metal hook/bar of men’s trouser hangers. I can fit about eight paperclips on each hanger and then one to three packages on each paperclip. It’s not pretty, but it keeps the stuff visible so I remember to use it.

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    Simply June 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi-it’s Renee, the maker of the Clip it Up. I happened upon the review and I appreciate all the comments and suggestions. I just wanted let you know why I used injection molding versus metal. Metal is very heavy and expensive. I designed the Clip it Up to be portable, lightweight and sturdy. Injection Molding met that criteria at a reasonable price. I was amazed to find out how much it costs to develop and manufacture a product and I try to keep the prices as reasonable as I can and still stay in business. Thanks for letting me give my feedback.
    Renee
    Simply Renee Inc

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    Angela Sargeant July 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    I just bought one of these yesterday despite some of the comments on here because I’m really an “out of site, out of mind” person and was getting frustrated at the amount of product (i.e. $-spent) that was sitting in drawers not being used and I just needed some solution.

    I don’t understand some of the comments about it not being sturdy – it looks and feels very sturdy to me. Re: leaning, mine is standing nice and straight and I can turn it without a problem – having said that, I’ve only filled the first tier (it’s full) and have spaced everything around it very evenly. I’ll have to come back and re-review when I fill the second tier.

    The clips are also fine, they come on and off the the rail without a problem. I have carpal tunnel in my right hand but I can squeeze the clips to add product or take it off the clips. If the clips weren’t as tight I’d say that the product I hung on them would slide off.

    Now I just hope that this investment will help me to use up all those rub-ons and embellishments I have spent so much money on!

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    Hula Girl at Heart July 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    I recently bought the clip it up – was able to use 40% off coupons on both the base and the upper tier so both together were less than MSRP on the base. I adore it! It has helped me to become very organized and I already have seen myself using more of what I have and buying less so in reality I am saving money.

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    RA October 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I love to scrapbook, but with my student loans and working two part-time jobs I don’t really have the money to spare. I’m a real DIY girl! I tried making my own copy of the Scrap Rack system, but I quickly stopped using it because it was just too much of a hassle. I came across the Clip-It-Up the other day when I was searching for cheap storage solutions, and of course I had to make my own DIY version — in metal, no less, and for about $35 (three tiers + ~250 clips). All it takes is an upright revolving shoe rack from Walmart, some paperclips, and some mini clothespins! You can find tutorials online. There’s also a version using lamp parts and a threaded curtain rod which is probably even cheaper, but I felt that one was too much work and I’d be compelled to find matching lampshades to tear apart.