Reported by: Lauren Meader
What is the Scor-Pal?
Well in my own words, its a lightweight, heavy duty plastic board, with deeply etched grid lines, that enables you to make nice, deep, straight, crisp scores on the lightest weight paper, to the heaviest duty cardstock without problems! You don’t even have to move your paper-unless you need to score going in the other direction!
This tool was designed by Diana Crick (check out the site HERE). It costs $39.95 plus S/H for US.
It arrives with instructions and a mini tutorial when you get it!
There are lots of great tutorials on the site with photos and step by step directions which are very helpful. I myself am a very visual person! I often don’t need directions but can figure it out by examining it. (Must be my nursing skills shining through! LOL!) More tutorials are planned in the future. I think it’s neat for her to be so concerned that you get the maximum use from your Scor-Pal once it’s purchased! A lot of places don’t care to continue to entertain uses for their product once it’s in your home.
Let me start by saying that before getting a Scor-Pal, I rarely scored my cards! I would often just fold them in half-then use a Pampered Chef stoneware scrapper (if even that) to get a crisp seam.
The result of that-due to heavy weight cardstock, would often be a cracked looking seam, sometimes a bit crooked, and I would have to turn the card-inside out! NOT COOL!
The other way I would score my own designed boxes and what not was using my Fiskars Paper Trimmer which had a scoring blade that you could attach to the rail. While I didn’t mind using that from time to time, it was annoying to change out the cutting blade, then keep sliding my paper along the the measurements I needed scored!
This is where the Scor-Pal comes in. I am now wondering HOW I made all that stuff I did without it! Since getting it, it has saved me time and frustration, and gives me a real professional crisp line.
I planned on putting it under my desk after using it, but it hasn’t left my workspace since day 1.
I LOVE the fact that I don’t have to even pick up my paper ONCE! I just score along the grid.
The grooves are deep, so no slipping out as you run your Scor-Tool down the line. I really like the little holder provided at the top of the Scor-Pal that holds that little Scor-Tool. I am one who would DEFINITELY “misplace” it if I didn’t have that little holder! LOL! It even has a button that allows you to POP it out of the holder! So no breaking those nails or getting annoyed that its “stuck” in there. There is also a special slot under the Scor-Pal for another Scor-Tool! You can never have enough of those right? LOL!
The Scor-Tool in itself is cool because its shape makes it easy to grasp, and of course it fits perfectly in the grooves. It just has a nice “feel” to it, and isn’t made of anything that leaves those shiny marks on your paper like other tools might.
OK Now for the ONLY part I’m not thrilled about. It really does need a few more scored grooves. Like at 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch. You can, of course, start to score at the 1/2 inch mark which you can find at the far end- 11 1/2 mark. This gives you that 1/2 groove. But there really is no beginning 1/4 or even 3/4 inch mark.
I was told that a NEW Scor-Pal is in the works with MORE grooves! YEAH!!!
Diana is great about listening to what people think and want. In fact, this is a comment from Diana from Scor-Pal… it looks like previous owners will get a discount on the NEW ones! Great news!
“I am thrilled you all love your Scor-Pal. Yes there will be a special price for previous Scor-Pal owners. We are offering it at $20.00, the wholesale price plus shipping.
As to 1/4″ and 3/4″ scores it is important to become comfortable with the 1/8″ markings at 0-1″ and 11″ -12″. By lining up the edge of the paper to these markings instead of the side fence virtually all scoring measurement are possible.
At this point, I use this tool EVERY time I stamp! I feel like it was money well spent. Since I work on several design teams just mediocre work doesn’t cut it. Even if I weren’t I think we are always looking for ways to improve the overall appearance of our items.
Here is a quick bag cover I made using my Scor-Pal…it was so easy to make all those scores! I just LOVE my Scor-Pal!