Iâ€™ve seen scoring tools around the craft world for years now, and I always kind of scoffed at them. I would always just use my metal-edged ruler and a bone folder to score with. Why buy something extra?
Well, after trying out the Martha Stewart Scoring Board for the past 3 days, I can already tell you I donâ€™t know how I survived this long without it! Made of durable plastic, itâ€™s a large board that has scoring indentations ever 1/8th of an inch! Itâ€™s also open on the right hand side AND the bottom, so it will incorporate really large sheets of paper.
So, what exactly do you get in the package? You get the scoring board itself, a scoring tool (otherwise known as a bone folder,) and an envelope template. Also included is a chart with standard sizes of boxes, cards and envelopes. This is SO handy to have!
At the top of the scoring board youâ€™ll find a little tray â€“ and handy place to keep your bone folder, and maybe a pencil. There is also a sticker inside that has a list of box and card measurements.Â There is also a slot on the back of the tool where your envelope template will sit when you are not using it. Again, this is GREAT design! You wonâ€™t be looking for it everywhere!
I decided to try a folded rosette first:
I used the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer that I reviewed previously and cut a 1.5 inch strip. Then using the board, I scored every 1/4 inch. It was so nice to have the 1/4 increments marked in black- it made it so easy to see what I was doing and get that strip scored in no time. I can’t believe how much easier it is to use the score board than in is to use a straight ruler. And since I rarely make just ONE rosette (it’s always a group of 3 or more) this is really going to cut down on my time and hand fatigue.
I made a note that the thinner the paper is, the less ‘angle’ you have to put on the bone folder. For cardstock, I held it at about a 45 degree angle- but for regular scrapbook paper, I just needed to hold it at about 30 degrees.
So then I decided to pull out the envelope template from it’s handy storage spot and make an envelope from a piece of patterned scrap paper. I used the directions on the packaging, which were ridiculously easy.
Cut a piece of 8.5″ square paper (again, I used my MS paper trimmer because I could pull out the arm and do multiple cuts without have to measure each time.) Then 3 easy scores- two at 3 inches, 2 two at 3 5/8 inches.
Snip out the corners, fold, and glue!
Omigosh, it was so easy and so cute that I got inspired to make a card to match!
Confession: I have a lot of paper. No, really, a LOT of paper! I figure that if I just went through my second-string paper I could make a slew of notecards with matching envelopes to last me for a year or more. What a great incentive to use up my stash!
So here’s a little tip: since I use A2 size a lot, I marked that 3 5/8 increment with a little star rhinestone sticker. That way I can find it super quick and churn out my cards even faster!
Bottom line- a total WIN! ConsumerCrafts.com has it for only 14.97- and to me, that’s a bargain! This tool certainly wins the coveted…
Craft Test Dummies Seal of Approval! The Scoring Board was also named as one of her staff’s favorite tools on the Crafts Show, which I was lucky enough to attend. (Read up on that here.) I couldn’t agree more!
Do you have one? Love it? Let me know!
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