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Published on May 20th, 2010 | by Cut@Home


Scor-Pal Versus Other Scoring Tools Review


WHAT IS SCORING: Scoring breaks down the fibers in the paper and allows it to bend and fold accurately without creasing other part of the paper, making your fold EXACT!

From Scor-Pal to Crafters Companion to Scor-It-All to Martha Stewarts Scoring Board, we have had many questions flying about what is the BEST scoring tool out there or if there is really a difference in which one you should buy.

So here at we did our own investigation visiting forums, talking to owners, designers, and of course most important YOU the PAPER CRAFTERS! Here is what we found out. Many like the Crafters Companion because of its options (i.e. envelopes),but complain that it does not have the deep channels like the Scor-pal. With deeper crafters companionchannels the score line makes for easier scoring and not having to press so hard. The Scor Pal is lines with a scoring tool, thus the “learning curve” is much easier. The crafters Companion is geared towards the paper crafter that is okay with complexity and a large learning curve. It is also double the price of the Scorpal because of everything it comes with and does.

MS scoring toolOkay lets talk about the new MS scoring tool (Martha Stewart Scoring Board). This is the newest scoring tool on the market and is less in cost than all, but also has the most complaints. When scoring it tends to jump out of the tracks if you don’t push down really, really, hard. This is due to the flimsy material it is made out of. If you are planning on doing ONE project and then will never do card folding again, then this is an option. The other thing we’ve seen across the message boards is that eighth inch marks are VERY confusing. Here is another good article on Scor-Pal & Martha Stewart Scoring Board

scor-it toolThere was NOT much talk about Scor-It-All (Scor-It) Tool that we could find other than what the owners say, which is it comes in 5 different styles ranging from 6 inches to 36 inches. It has a ruler function that seems to be useful. We also read through a bunch of reviews online and Scor-Pal still was favored by majority and that the Scor-It-All was more sturdy, but more difficult to use. If you are wanting to score chip board or other REALLY hard materials this could be an option. Here are what other people are saying that had a debate on Craft Critique: Scor-Pal vs Scor-It

Scor-Pal Grooves testingWhy Cut@Home chose to carry the SCOR-PAL over the others?

1. More sturdy with two side rails, which help with stability and compatible for right and left handed people.
2. Wider Deeper Grooves so tool does NOT jump rail. And helps with scoring thicker materials. Has been tested for depth perfection over & over. (see image to the right)
3. Quick measurements at every half inch making it SIMPLE to score.
4. Easy access to the tool on top of board and Multiple scores w/o having to move the paper.
5. Many accessory items also offered like the Scor-Mat and Scor-Bug.
6. The Price is affordable for the excellent quality you receive &  so much more!!!


If you don’t need anything fancy and want a scoring board and tool that is EASY to use and practical, but built with quality and durable enough to score through MOST materials for an affordable price, we feel the Scor-Pal is the BEST OPTION! Read more about Scor-Pal… or see the NEW Scor-Buddy, which is portable and ideal for card making, invitations, and small gift boxes! Grooves are at every 1/4 inch. The Scor-Pal now has a unique Scor-Pal Project Book as well with 80 fun filled pages of all the crafts you can do! It is called the “Score, Fold, Create! a Scor Pal Project Book. Here is a little more about what Diane Crick has to say about this: Stunning paper crafts with unique and inspiring designs can be found in this collection of projects. Crafters can learn how to use the Scor-Pal scoring boards and tools to their full potential with the aid of easy-to-follow tutorials, detailed assembly instructions, and graphs. Lovely handmade cards, gift boxes, and decorative pieces are among the brand-new project ideas that will be treasured by friends and family for years to come.

Cut@Home Team

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  • Janine

    I have tried a few of these scoring tools mentioned in this review and they do all have their pros and cons, even the Scor Pal—although none of the Scor Pal cons are mentioned in this review. This review on scoring tools seems to be nothing more than a push for the Scor Pal. A review should offer all pros & cons for each tool.

    It should be noted that the Crafters Companion does come with a DVD that is close to 2 hours showing the different projects that can be made with this tool. The Crafters Companion also comes with a booklet (or user’s guide) which gives assorted measurements for the cardstock you will need based on which project you want to make—including numerous envelope sizes. They do cater to the beginner in this respect helping to take beginners to the next level with being able to make many assorted projects, step by step. The learning curve to use the Crafters Companion is something they did take into consideration when the tool was designed. Crafters are not left stranded to figure things out on their own.

    The MS Scoreboard is one of the easiest scoreboards that I have tried. I’m not sure where people are getting confused with the measurements on the board as they are as simple as reading a ruler—unless you happen to be someone who can’t read a ruler. If that’s the case, then someone who can’t read a ruler is going to have problems with any scoreboard they use. In fact, if rulers are a challenge for a crafter, they are going to find the Scor Pal even more difficult to read than the MS board. It should be mentioned, too, that the MS board does come with a tool to create envelopes and a size chart for various cardstock sizes to create both envelopes and gift boxes. But, this review is correct in saying that the board is flimsy. I got mine for 10 bucks with a coupon and it is something I would have not paid full price for. Although it does make really nice scorelines, with any tool on the market, you have to practice with it in order to get the hang of it. They all work differently with the amount of pressure you need to use to get the results you want. You can’t do the same thing with any of these tools and expect the same results.

    The best advice I would give anyone is to go to your local scrapbooking store as many of them have these tools available in their crop rooms for you to try out for free. Only then can you make the best choice before spending your money.

  • Thanks for the comment. We chose to write the review based on our findings. And in the end stated why we chose to carry the Scor-Pal over the others to advise our customers how we made our decision. This POST is a small portion of what helped us make the decision. Although we try to give great prices on our products our MAIN concern is providing the BEST quality. We do this with EVERY product we research and bring on so that customers feel confident when shopping at Cut@Home! Thanks!

  • sara ross

    Over the years, I’ve purchased the Score-It-All, the Crafter’s Companion, and the MS scoring board. I find that I like them all for different reasons. I like the MS score board because of the smaller increments, and the Crafter’s Companion because of it’s versatility. I haven’t tried the Scor-Pal but I’m sure it has it’s own good qualities.

    I think Janine had a good point in that you should try the different models at your local craft store before you decide which one to purchase. You should also consider what your uses for the board will be, i.e., will you mostly be using it for folding card stock to make basic cards, or will you be making complicated scores for more advanced cards and more intricate items such as rosettes.

    I also think it’s very important for the crafter to practice with their purchased choice until they get “the feel” of it and then use it carefully and not try to rush through scoring. Precision scoring takes precision use of the board. If the crafter does not care so much about precision, hand-folding is adequate for many projects.

  • I totally agree! Personal preference is important, so you want to make sure the item fits your needs.

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