With the holidays fast approaching, original gift and packaging ideas are in high demand. With that in mind, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with you one of my very favorite tools to use over at TV—the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board!
Perfect for making boxes, cards, envelopes (and much, much more!), the Scoring Board is a must-have for anyone wanting to add a personal, truly creative touch to the holiday season.
Follow the photo gallery below for an introduction to this amazing tool and a quick little tutorial on crafting both a simple box and a simple envelope. But don't stop there! Be sure to get your own Scoring Board (available at Martha Stewart Crafts online for less than $20) and start crafting to your heart's delight. The possibilities of what you can create are endless!
1 The Martha Stewart Crafts "Scoring Board"—one of my favorite craft tools!
2 The kit comes with three pieces (the board, the envelope making triangle & the bone folder) plus basic instructions.
3 Unlike most scoring boards available, the Martha Stewart version has scoring channels every 1/8 inch for infinite scoring capabilities. Brilliant!
4 The top of the board holds the bone folder as well as handy measurement "cheat sheets" for various sizes of cards and boxes.
5 I decided to work with paper from the Martha Stewart Crafts "Neutrals" 12" by 12" paper pad—another one of my favorites!
6 To make a 4" by 4" by 2" box, I started by cutting two 8-inch square pieces of paper (one for the top of the box and one for the bottom).
7 I scored each of the four edges of each piece of paper at the 2-inch mark and folded along the score.
8 For the top, I positioned the paper at the arrow mark, allowing a bit of room (about 1/16 on each side) for the top to fit snuggly over the bottom.
9 Here we have the top on the left and the bottom on the right—scored & folded.
10 I then cut along the short folds at either end of each box piece and folded the flaps up. You can see the box taking shape!
11 With a little bit of double-sided tape, I secured each of the small flaps to the larger flaps at either end, creating the top and bottom of my box.
12 Put the two pieces together and you've got a lovely 4" by 4" by 2" craft paper box!
13 To make a fabulous envelope, I started with a piece of pearlescent cream paper and cut out an 8.5" square.
14 I inserted the envelope making triangle into the grooves of the scoring board, flush with the top and side measurement rails.
15 I laid the paper on the board, directly abutting the triangle.
16 I scored across two of the opposite corners at 3" and then (for the remaining two corners) at 3 5/8".
17 Folding along each of the scores gave me this fun shape.
18 Then, just by cutting out the little triangles, you can begin to see the envelope really taking shape.
19 I folded the two side flaps in toward the center of the envelope and secured the bottom flap to each of them with double-sided tape.
20 Then I secured the top flap down to the rest of the envelope.
21 And, magically, with just one simple tool and almost no time at all, you have a fabulous craft paper box and a beautiful, shimmery envelope.