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While checking out Mels blog I found that she had put together a list of over 100 uses for the Scor Pal.  I just used mine this past week to make bindings for 6 little coaster books that I made for a baby shower.  Of course I just realized this morning that I never even took a picture of them!  Too bad now, the shower was last Sunday and they are home with the guest of honor!!

Below is her post!! (Aug 18
, 2008)

Over 100 links / Things you can do with your SCOR-PAL (& counting!)

The Scor-Pal:

(Sorry y'all that this initially went out to mailboxes unfinished, but here's the finished version) :O)

This one's for you Noreen! Inky hugs!

What's the Scor-Pal? I'd
me remiss if I called it a scoring tool, since I've discovered that
it's also an amazingly versatile & artful embosser. I never knew
until I had one (and also spent a day drooling over these links) that I
couldn't live without it! It makes everyday scoring a bazillion times
easier & it opens up new worlds of homemade papers.

  • There are a ton of free project tutorials (the projects section) (clicking on both the links in the left and right columns will let you see a ton of great schtuff)
  • The Scor-pals Yahoo group: Scor-Pal Pals (you can share your creations there.)


  1. Scor-Pal & Score It by Sharon
  2. Review @ Kaboodle
  3. Review @ Craft Critique
  4. & reviewed here too by Lauren & here too
  5. Scor-Pal Review by Kris
  6. Julie's Review of the Scor-Pal
  7. The Scor-Mat review by Nichole


Some of my Tutorial faves
(from scor-pal.com):

  1. The Purse Collection by Brenda (WOWza!)
  2. Lauren's Scor-pal envelope (So adaptable!)
  3. Valerie's A2 envelope (perfect for bulky cards)
  4. Maria's Handmade CardBox (SO sweet!)
  5. Linsey's Ice cream cones (Yummy!)
  6. Jen's Mini pizza box (cute cute cute)
  7. Lynn's Card Caddy (perfect gift)
  8. Beate's Tiny Take-out Box (awww!)

(from other sources):

The Grid Baby!:

  1. Grid cards by Judy (on scor-pal.com)
  2. Beate's grid technique tutorial
  3. One of Beate's pretty grid cards
  4. & Beate's paper-pierced grid!
  5. cwilliams stamps first & grids later (me likey!)
  6. The grid technique gallery
  7. & The "got grid" challenge gallery
  8. Grid technique (video tutorial) by Kim
  9. Gina K's Scor-Pal grid tutorial#1 (square grid)
  10. & tutorial#2 (diagonal grid)
  11. Grid window by Debbie
  12. Bead the grid
  13. Faux French Knot the grid (card here) & tutorial here
  14. Susan's bathroom tile (on scor-pal.com)
  15. Kelly's peony grid card (on scor-pal.com)
  16. Debbie's lattice (grid in a frame) (on scor-pal.com)
  17. Sanded grid! by Cary ( from scor-pal.com)
  18. Scoring with markers by Rita (on scor-pal.com)
  19. Becca' gorgeous double embossing (Cuttlebug then grid!)
  20. Faith inks the grid
  21. Cammie's grid under vellum
  22. Imastampin's neat grid angle
  23. blessingsX3's Kinkade window
  24. Rox71 uses part of a grid to add interest to a collage card
  25. Susie nelson uses block grids for paper piecing squares!
  26. Rohla's double-layer grid
  27. artystamper's cool subway tile grid look
  28. stampaholic17 Stamps a dot where grid lines meet
  29. flaxychick stamps, grids & stamps again!

Fantastic Projects:

  1. Maria's sweet simple tri-fold card
  2. & her 4×4 mini tri-fold album (video!)
  3. Heather's sweet purse-onality book
  4. Leslie's Double-accordion gatefold (that stays shut!)
  5. Beth's super Explosion Box
  6. & Beth's Tote Tutorial
  7. & her Small file box & gift box tutorial
  8. & her Recycled coaster card booklet
  9. Heather's Scor-Pal & fiskar's rotary cutter faux stitching (coolio!)
  10. Round Gatefold card tutorial by Debbie
  11. Moni's amazing folder tutorial
  12. Sharon's gorgeous way of adding lines to a card
  13. and here & here too.
  14. Scallop flap gift card holder (with Nesties) by Debbie
  15. Lace edge & Scor-Pal lines by Linda
  16. Lisa's Treat-a-lope
  17. ellepaul's double frame with eyelets
  18. Paula's envelope scrapbook tutorial
  19. Ashley's vellum pocket envelope (video)
  20. Lindsay's Tall treat boxes
  21. Scor-Pal CD case (video) by FreckledFunDesigns
  22. Scor-pal projects SCS thread
  23. A sweet card (reverse grid technique) by mom2grace
  24. Spooky sweets by Nichole
  25. Vicki's one-sheet pocket book
  26. & Vicki's never ending card tutorial (with template)
  27. Maria's coat card tutorial
  28. Sweet ruffled faux ribbon tutorial by Eleonor
  29. Party Package by Lauren (with a purse)
  30. SueR's nugget box revamped for the Scor-pal
  31. Little nugget or favour purse by Elizebeth
  32. Jen's Sweet Scrapbook Purse & Accordion Album
  33. Heather's BonBon Box (Scor-Pal & Coluzzle)
  34. Beate's partial Cuttlebug & Scor-Pal embossing Tut
  35. Partial Cuttlebug with Scor-Pal lines by Sue
  36. Sue's gorgeous Heart Prints gallery
  37. Mary Jo's Pop Up card here & her tutorial here
  38. Rose Ann's Flap card tutorial
  39. Jen's adorable 2-4-6-8 favour box
  40. Laurie's 3×3 note card box
  41. Beate's Meander Book
  42. Vicki's tri-pocket card
  43. Annette's Photo altering (neato!)
  44. & her quick grid for room planning (too clever!)
  45. & Annette's sweet little Scor-Pal frame
  46. Diane's Scor-Pal Sampler
  47. Diane's Striped cardstock
  48. & a number of her cute Scor-Pal cards
  49. Vicki's seed packet holder
  50. & her double accordion album
  51. artystamper's large embossed frame with faux stitching
  52. & #1artist4highhopes' Scor-Pal frame with faux stitch
  53. Dawn L's Scor-Pal lines as a guide to cut out squares
  54. Kharmagirl uses lines to subtly highlight ribbon
  55. Hobbywoman's classy stripes
  56. myboys makes ribbon on a gift-box shaped card
  57. Silvia's arc with Scor-pal boards here & here too
  58. Etha combines nesties with scor-pal lines to bee intricate
  59. Gift Box in a Bag by Vicki for Inspirational
  60. Kisa's Embossed Stitches

ETA: Schtuff I made up:

Beaded Scor-Pal Grid
Blinged up Scor-Pal stripes (or grid)
Distressed Scor-Pal marker grid (& an example here)
Faux French Knot (& a sample here & another example here)
Faux Tin Tile (& an example here)
Purses with gem studded Scor-Pal quilting

Scor-em if you got 'em! ;O)


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I have had several of my customers ask about these scoring boards.  I own the Scor-Pal but not the Scor-it.  I have only used the Scor-it once.  I found this review on Sharon Johnson’s blog (no time to stamp!).  I thought it contained some really important information!  I hope you find this information valuable!

As written by Sharon Johnson–

Four months ago I didn’t even know a score board existed.  Today I
own two of them — the Scor-Pal and the Scor-It, and I’ll tell you, I’ll
never again be without one.  As far as I am concerned a score board is
every bit as essential to the card maker and paper crafter as is a
paper cutter.  I have had about 3 months experience with the Scor-Pal
and about a month with the Scor-It.  Both boards do essentially the
same thing — score and straight line emboss paper — but they just
function in different ways to accomplish this.


The Scor-Pal is a board with
numerous grooves right in the board.  You lay your paper on the board,
select the groove you want, and run the scoring tool along the groove. 
It presses a groove, or embossed or scored line, in your paper, the
embossed side being on the underside and the debossed, or dented side,
being on top as you are pressing into the groove.


The Scor-it is a board that has one center rail on
which you score, or emboss.  It is a metal rail that is raised up a bit
higher than the board.  When you lay your paper on the board you then
run your scoring tool along this raised rail.  The tool has a groove in
it, so as it passes along the rail the paper on top of the rail is left
raised, or embossed, leaving the scored line, or embossed line on the
top of the paper, with the debossed, or dented in side, on the


Scor-Pal:  Measures 12 7/8 x 14 1/4″, weights
exactly 1 #, is completely plastic, has 4 rubbery feet, has a plastic
scoring tool that snaps into the frame of the board for safe keeping
when not in use. 

Scor-it:  Measures 12 3/8 x 13 3/8″, weighs 3# 7
oz., is mostly plastic but the bed/table is much thicker than the
Scor-Pal, accounting for the extra weight, has 6 rubbery feet, has a
wooden scoring tool that is attached to the board with a chain.  The
rail that you actually emboss on is metal.  There is also a metal stop
guide that you can easily attach which you would use if you were mass
producing an item and doing repeated scores on the same mark. 

Ruler Markings/Bed/Function

Scor-Pal:  The table where you lay your paper is
plastic and has a raised fence on the top where the ruler is and the
sides, and the idea is that you push your paper up into the corner,
hold it with one hand (it can’t move because of the raised fence), and
score with the other.  The grooves basically go in 1/2″ increments,
with some additional grooves for common scores required by card makers
(4 1/4, 2 1/8 , etc., as well as markings for the 1/3 points on an 11″
sheet).   There are additional ruler markings, without grooves, for the
1st inch and the last 1/2 inch of the ruler.  As long as you are doing
scores using standard and common measurements, you push your paper into
the corner and score on your desired mark.  And as long as you want to
score on the standard measurements that have grooves, you can score
multiple scores on one sheet without moving the sheet.  If you want to
score on an increment not accounted for on the board, you do some quick
math in your head, and move the paper out from the left edge, pulling
it away from the fence.  If you want to score at 5 3/4, you would pull
your paper away from the left edge and line it up with the 1/4″ mark,
then you would score on the 6″ groove (6 minus 1/4 = 5 3/4).  

Scor-it:  The table where you lay your paper is
rubbery, so once you position your paper where you want it, it won’t
move one bit.  There is only one place on this board to score, and that
is on the metal rail right in the center.  The ruler, which has all
standard ruler markings, measures out in both directions from center,
centering being 0.  It is very easy to find center on any size piece
with the ruler running in both directions from center.  To score 2″
from an edge, you merely place your edge on 2″ and score.  If you want
your next score at 4″, move your paper to the 4″ marking and score
again, etc.  Your paper must be moved for each score.  The non-slip
surface makes this very easy.  There is a fence on the top along the
ruler edge to butt your paper up against.  There are no fences along
the sides, allowing you to use any size paper and have your paper
extend over the edges as you place it where needed.  You can score at
any increment desired, just place your paper edge at that ruler
marking.  Also, on the rail where you run the scoring tool, it is
notched up into the ruler, allowing you to get your tool up above the
paper so you never miss that very top portion as you begin your score. 


Information taken from the product packaging:

Scor-Pal:  “When possible, always score with
the grain of the paper to avoid cracking.  This is very important when
using textured or heavy weight card stock.”

Scor-it:  “Score with or against the paper
grain.  It can handle up to 24 pt board.  It will also score thin
metals, plastics, synthetic and hand-made papers, metallic coated
papers and much more!”

The following are results from tests I did with papers I had at home:

Standard Cardstock:  Both scored equally as well.

Mirrored Metallic Cardstock:  Both scored equally as well.

Backing Board from SU 12 x 12 DP package:  The Scor-Pal score was light, but suitable.  The Scor-it score was noticeably deeper.

Thin Chipboard Coaster:  I had problems with the
Scor-Pal.  The scoring tool would not follow the groove well, it wanted
to run off track.  It seemed to follow better in one direction than the
other.  The score was effortless and perfect with the Scor-it.

I wish I had metal to try, but I didn’t.

That pretty much wraps up the facts — hope I didn’t forget
anything.  If I did, just ask and I’ll see if I know.  If anyone
reading this has comments or any experience they care to share, those
comments are welcome.  The sole purpose of this post is to answer
questions that readers have had about both these score boards.  Which
board anyone might choose will depend on their needs and preferences.

Here is the link to Scor-Pal and here is the link to Scor-it
Both sites will give you far better photos than I can offer as well as
more info and project tutorials.  You can order the Scor-Pal directly
from their site.  I don’t believe you can order the Scor-it from their
site, but you can read all about it.  To find a retailer for the
Scor-it, just do a Google search and a lot of retailers will pop up.
(See below, I just listed one retailer)

Scor-Pal has a carrying bag for their board.

Scor-it has many other score boards availabe in both larger and smaller sizes, and some with maple construction.

Hope those of you considering a score board will find this helpful!!! As always, thanks for stopping!!!

Editing to Add:  The question I have been
repeatedly asked these last few weeks is if I could only keep one,
which would it be.  I see that has come up again in the comments, so
just let me say, it’s a decision I don’t have to make, and I’m glad for
that.  Both of these score boards live happily, side by side, in my
stamp room.  I use them both every day.  I have the best of both
worlds.  There are 2 major differences I see here, and each of you must
decide for yourselves what is important to YOU and the way YOU work.

The ruler — do you want to have the convenience of
scoring within the grooves on the standard measurements; or do you
prefer the flexibility of moving your paper to the exact position you
need on a well marked ruler.  The answer to this, in large part, will
depend on the type of work you do most often.

The item being scored — do you strictly use
standard cardstock, or do you venture off into other projects requiring
some more non-standard or heavier materials?

I can not and will not endorse one product over the other — like
I’ve said before, it’s like being asked which child is your favorite —
you don’t have a favorite child — you love them each for what they
are!!!  I love both my score boards and I know you’ll be happy with
which ever one you choose!!!

EDITING AGAIN:  I will answer each question right in the comments under their question.

ANOTHER EDIT:  Tim Hammonds, who is the man behind the Scor-it,
just sent me an email attaching a very interesting brochure that
explains a lot about the making of paper, paper grain, testing for
paper grain, hinge scores, letterpress scores, and why proper scoring
is so important to achieve a professional looking result.  I found the
brochure very interesting and helpful and I learned a lot.  I am trying
to attach it here – but I’m not so sure
the attachment will work — please bear with me as I’m trying to figure
this out. – OK,  my attachment is not working — trying to fix it —
sorry — OK — I am obviously  not able to get this attachment to work —
if anyone wants this info, just say so and I’ll email it to you — no
problem.  Thanks!

Still another edit:  It was just pointed out to me by a reader that the Scor-it is available through Ellen Hutson.  I love shopping with Ellen — she has a ton of great things and ships immediately — can’t get any better!!!

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