Please welcome Debbie O’Neal from Houston, Texas as our Guest Reporter. We are so excited to have her join us today. Debbie has been a crafter all of her life. She enjoys working with paper, glue, scissors, fabric, paint, tools, beads, yarn and thread. She also loves to inspire others through her crafts and sharing her ideas with other. She has a very dear and supportive husband who understands her need to craft everyday and even helped create her very own craft studio. Her two daughters and granddaughter also love to craft and she loves that they all share a love to craft.
Even though I have been making scrapbooks for a number of years, I had never really gotten into making cards with my scrapbook supplies. While I have admired those who use beautiful patterned paper to make their own cards and envelopes, I was frustrated at the complicated templates and scoring products I had tried. Repeatedly over the years, I had abandoned my dream to join the card maker ranks until recently.
Low and behold while on a recent trip to a local craft store, I found a scoring system that didn’t look so awkward and promised to be easy to use. It was the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board. I have loved all my other Martha Stewart Craft purchases so I was intrigued they had a scoring tool. Retail was only $19.99 USD but with my craft store coupon it was even less expensive so I decided to give it a try. Readers, I joyously wanted to share this great find with you.
After reading the easy instructions, I was ready to make my first card and matching envelope. I chose to make a standard A2 card and envelope. The Scoring Board comes with everything you need except paper and adhesive to make a card base and envelope. Plus, it has handy built-in storage for the scoring tool in the tray on top and envelope template fits on the back of the base.
Crisp, clean lines are achieved due to the great scoring tool included. As you can see in the picture, the scoring tool (on left) is thinner than a traditional bone folder (on right) and fits in the scoring tracks perfectly. I love that the folds created are also thinner and not as bulky as those made by a traditional bone folder.
The large scoring base easily holds both small and large paper up to 12″x12″.
You place the envelope guide in the upper left corner of the base. The guide lines are easy to read and after locating the appropriate measurement, it is simple to place the scoring tool in the right place and run down the length of my paper in one simple motion.
Once the envelope is scored, it is easy to follow the directions and snip the sides of the folds as directed. The scored lines are easy to fold and make a nice sharp edge all around the envelope.
Tada…I made my first envelope, ever, and a card to match!
This was such an easy and fun tool to use. I immediately jumped into creating a few other projects that would benefit from using the scoring board. I made an adorable 4″x4″ gift box and top decorations all of out of patterned paper in less than 30 minutes! The best part was that very easy to follow directions to make various size boxes are included with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board!
- Extremely easy to use right out of packaging
- Clever built-in storage for scoring tool and envelope template, which are included
- Easy to read markings for scoring
- Crisp, clean, thin lines made with scoring tool
- Large base surface fits up to 12″x12″ paper and light weight to transport
- Easy to follow instructions for various size cards, envelopes and gift boxes included
- Instructions are in English, Spanish and French
- The grooves were a little hard to clean out when I accidentally got adhesive in them
I couldn’t be happier with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board. In fact, I think it is one of the best purchases I have made to expand my crafty projects. Don’t walk, run to get one for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
What kind of projects do you make that could use a score board?
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