Review – Martha Stewart Scoring Board

I’ve wanted a scoring board (aka scoreboard) for a while now and after quite a bit of comparison shopping, I finally decided to get the Martha Stewart version. Though most products of this kind are very similar, the main features that set this one apart for me were the measuring increments offered, included an envelope guide and scoring tool, and compartments to house the guide and tool for storage. Unlike other versions, this one offers scoring guides every 1/8″ across the entire width of the board. The envelope guide is also very handy since it allows you to effortlessly place your paper at the perfect angle and has the proper measurements and score line placements printed right on the device. There is also an insert in the compartment that gives you the measurements for card sizes and boxes!

Using this convenient and easy to use tool, I created 3 gift bags. I referred to the tutorial offered on Scrap Whispers to enter their challenge, but made a few modifications.

This first bag is made using the instructions, but I folded in the top on each side by 7/8″ to reinforce the paper since I planned on adding ribbon handles. For this one, I used MME Bella Bella paper from their paperstack (not cardstock) and SEI ribbon.

For the second bag, I followed the instructions, but added a few additional score marks to allow the bag to close smoothly. I also punched 2 holes on each side so I could run the ribbon through both sides and tie a bow for the closure. This gift bag was created using cardstock from the DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl Stack and bit of Webster’s Pages trim that I took apart.

The additional score lines: When the instructions say to turn the paper and add a score line all the way down at 5″ and 7″ I added a short 1″ score mark at 6″ on both ends. Then scored 1″ from the edge of the paper and the end of that mark to where the lines intersect on each side of it and repeated for the other end. I then creased inward on these marks. It’s hard to describe, but I think you can see it well enough in this pic:

The third gift bag was made the same way as the second. For this one, I used Webster’s Pages Wrapping Paper from the Waiting for Santa line, fussy cut elements out of Reindeer Cottage from the same line and tied it with a strip of vintage inspired netting.

To view the tutorial I used or to enter the challenge, CLICK HERE


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Georgina
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 07:58:19

    Wow! You’ve been busy!! Great job with all your gift bags. Looks like the scroe tool was perfect for the job! thanks for playing along with scrapwhispers.

  2. Nilsa
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 15:05:48

    Great take on the Scrap WHispers challenge, I love all your gift bags! I also have the Martha Stewart scoring board and I love it… makes life so much easier when making cards and projects.

  3. kelly
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 07:31:37

    I NEED me one o those scoreboards! I love your gift bags and thanks for giving it a try!! I love the way you made it your own!

  4. Rosey
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 20:29:37

    Your gift bags are so pretty! I nearly added those extra scores too, but I decided to give mine long handles instead. Thanks for joining us at Scrap Whispers!
    Rosey x

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