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If I ever meet Diana Crick in person, I'm going to kiss her right on the lips! She is a genius for inventing the Scor-pal! And I'm going to give one of these babies away this weekend! Trust me when I tell you, this is the best $39.95 (now $29.95) you will ever spend!



My first tutorial on the Scor-Pal is a easy design that you can do right out of the box. Actually, you can do everything right out of the box because there is no assembly required.




I love that you can snap the scoring tool into the unit because I always lose stuff like that on my desk.

The first thing you should do is get a sharpie and place a dot here. See the red dot? Look close. Right there! 4 1/4".



That line is your standard A2 fold. And since I got this thing, my folds are crisp and straight. As you know, I love Bazzill and Prism card stock. Both of these come in textures and textured card stock really needs to be scored in order to get that crisp line.

I score my card stock on the side you will see when it's folded. I learned that that's the way you should do it because when you press down on the card stock you stretch the fibers of the card stock so you can fold it away from the indentation without stressing the card stock. (Boy, I hope that made sense. LOL!)
In other words, textured side up and score down into it. Then fold toward the non-textured side.

My completed card measures 4 1/4" by 5 1/4. It's a little smaller but I wanted my scores perfect. This fits beautifully in an A2 envelope, your standard size for cards.

I cut a piece of pink card stock to 4 X 5. Then, I placed it textured side down on the Scor-pal in the upper left corner. I put the textured side down because I want my score lines to push out on the front of my card.

I scored 9 lines 1/2" apart. It's almost too easy. 
Then, I turned my card stock a quarter turn and I scored 7 lines  1/2" apart.



Next, I stamped my design and trimmed it. It doesn't matter what size you trim it to. As long as you trim it a little wide to leave room for the score lines. Then, I layed it on my Scor-pal to check to make sure my lines, (line 2) wouldn't overlap onto my design.



You can see in the picture above where I layed my card stock. Line one is my guide and line two is where I will score. Now that I know it won't overlap onto my design, I am ready to score.

I turned my design over to score because I wanted my score lines pushing out on the front of my design to match my background  card stock.

At this point, there is no need to measure anything. Score on line two. Then, turn the card stock 1/4 turn. Line it up to Line one and score on line two again. Keep going until all four sides are scored.

Your finished piece will look like this.



Isn't that elegant? I love the overlap on the corners!

Here is an up close shot of the matted piece on the card.



I made this card for my hubby. I know, it's all pink and chic-like but I like it. It's for our anniversary! On March 1st, which is tomorrow, we'll be married for 22 years! Where did those years go? 


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I have both the scorpal & scor buddy but I prefer to use my Martha Stewart Scor board as it is marked every 1/8 of an inch.  I don't use the scor tool that came with it though as it has a sharp edge and tears paper so I use my Scor tool from my Scorpal.  The MS Score board also has an envy maker and has a recessed compartment for the Score tool.  Love this technique and really should use it more often.  Thanks for the reminder!

The newer version of the Scor-pal has tons more lines as well. This tutorial was done right after they released their first version.

I seem to have trouble with the ms as it tends to get out of the channel when I score.  I think I will have to try the scor- pal.

I've had that problem too Doris but I found if I score slower, it stays in the channel.  

I do try it slower and it is usually near the end where I screw it up. I hate when I want to do decorative scoring and I goof up.  Could be me the user. lol

Anna Luke said:

I've had that problem too Doris but I found if I score slower, it stays in the channel.  

I have a MS score board and use a stylus from the Friskars embosser (where you put your cardstock between 2 plastic sheets).  The scoring tool that comes with the MS shaves over time, I am sure the newer ones have a true melamine one.  I would love to get a Scor-Pal but can't fathom having both :)

You are so right Gina it is elegant really neat

Love this idea!

And Scor Pal must have seen your tip about the red mark at 4.25 inches, as the new models have that mark ;)

Gina K. said:

The newer version of the Scor-pal has tons more lines as well. This tutorial was done right after they released their first version.

What a springy lovely card Gina! I forget about simple scoring but this is beautiful!

Love Love Love:)))) Going to try this one...Thanks for sharing:))))

I always love the look you get when you demonstrate this.  I have not purchased a scoring board of any kind yet. Do you recommend the full size Score Pal or is the Score Buddy big enough for most things?

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