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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Crafters Companion; Boxer Board

Crafters Companion; Boxer Board

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Crafters Companion; Ultimate Pro: The Boxer
  • Item number; 185716 Box
  • RRP at time of writing: £ 15

Reason For Buying

I haven’t got the Ultimate Pro set from Crafters companion, as I’d bought the individual box maker and envelope board just weeks before it was launched. This board is different to the Box making board that was previously available from the company but as I didn’t have the Ultimate Pro as a base to put it onto, it wasn’t a board I was going to go for. BUT I did want the Envelobox Creator, and I bought when there was a buy one get the other board free. So as a freebie it was worth a try.

Purpose

Scoring board. Quote: Create custom size and shape boxes or score accurate metric and imperial measurements with The Boxer board. One side is imperial up to 8″ in one eighth inch increments. Other side Metric up to 20cm in half centimeter increments.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Light weight but robust
  • Compact, easy to store
  • Metric and imperial measurements on opposite side of the board.
  • SUPERB embossing tool. Great if your dexterity isn’t what it could be.
  • Versatile
  • Step by step photos and written instruction leaflet.

There is also a separately available DVD with project ideas and tips to help you get the best from this board.

Cons

When demoing and asked on C&C, ‘Can this board be used alone.” Sara said “Yes”.

Without any stop blocks to butt your card against, at either edge of the board, this proves difficult and unreliable.

Quote;

When the board is used slotted onto the Ultimate Pro. When scoring lines beyond 7″ or 17cm, the longer pieces of card can become deformed on an opposite scoring edge. The instructions to over come this say to add a ‘padding’ to your Ultimate Pro by placing a spare board under the Boxer. This results in no raised edge to but your card against as it will lie flush with the top of Ultimate Pro.

Build Quality

Excellent. Sturdy plastic which makes it light but it is still robust. Watch out for moulding marks though, mine was prominent and if you aren’t careful, could scratch the card as you use the board. Luckily it didn’t distort the scoring lines. The hand tools are excellent, very ergonomic and comfortable to use.

Value for Money

I cannot comment as to how well this performs in an Ultimate Pro, as I don’t have that board. Without an Ulitmate Pro, for me, it can’t do what it’s designed for accurately, without any stop blocks at the edges.

Would I buy it Again?

Sorry but without the Ultimate Pro, there are no stops on the edges of the board. For this reason ONLY I would not buy this as a standalone product. They say you can use it budged up against other things, but that isn’t the way to get a reliable enough stop to measure against.

Summing up

  • Well made
  • Great quality
  • Excellent embossing tool

This seems a good idea, that perhaps needed more work IF, it is being sold as being able to be used as a standalone board as well as on the Ulitmate Pro.

The leaflet that comes with the board, and the instructions on the separately available DVD both show that to avoid creasing larger card, when using the board with the Ultimate Pro you need to put an extra board underneath to raise it up. Then admit that you will lose the raised butting edge (lip that you hold your card up against, to keep your measurements straight and true) when you do this.

A secure and accurate 90 degree edge is essential to the whole process but used alone or raised to avoid damaging longer card in an Ultimate pro you are without it.

This is the first product of its kind from Sara that I’ve not had success with. I had her earlier version of this board which had box bases on one side and lids on the other. That worked as a stand alone product and had raised edges.

A great shame, adding raised long edges like on the design of the earlier Box making boards from the company and this would have worked better in and out of the Ultimate Pro. Perhaps that could be included in v2 ;)

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Welcome Back

In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Ultimate Pro: Advanced Construction Techniques

Ultimate Pro: Advanced Construction Techniques

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Crafters Companion; The Ultimate Pro; Advanced Construction Techniques for use with The Boxer & Envelobox Creator Boards
  • Item number; 185717
  • RRP at time of writing: £15

Reason For Buying

I’d seen several finished projects created from this DVD, that I wanted to try, shown on C&C. In the past when I have bought boards of this kind, I really didn’t do that much with them. So I thought getting this DVD would encourage me out of my comfort zone and help me get more from the boards.

Contents

Run time 2.5 hours

12 Step by Step Projects

Beginner;

  • Envelobox
  • Stepper Card
  • Tealight holder
  • Accordian box File

Intermediate projects

  • Swing Card
  • Mini Desk Organizer
  • Treasure Chest
  • Hinged Box

Advanced

  • Set of Drawers
  • Tealight Basket
  • Stationary Case
  • 3D Scene Card

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Clearly explained projects, how to use the boards and their tools show as you create projects
  • Any products used are listed at the end of each project
  • A variety of projects to suit all skill levels and ages

Cons

Not really a con, just a niggle. Something to be aware of ;)

Check the title, because although this title is mainly about the two new boards; The Envelobox Creator and the Boxer board, some of the projects shown require the Ultimate pro or other add in boards. Mainly just for embellishment but extra boards are part of the construction for; Swing card, Treasure chest, 3D Scene card.

Build Quality

This is an excellent quality DVD, not just for the content which I covered earlier, but the production quality is superb. The tutorials are well-lit, perfect sound and superb camera work too. No busy distracting backgrounds. The only music is during the gallery or during some assembly when there is no other dialog, so no struggling to hear instructions over music.

Value for Money

Excellent, Even if only a few of the projects appeal, it would cost far more than that for a tutorial class for just one project ;) I have turned into a DVD convert, it was easier to watch how to do techniques than trying to read how to construct things.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, and if you have bought either the Enveloboxer or the Boxer board you will get a lot further, much faster with your boards when you watch the tutorials on here. Highly recommed this DVD to crafters of all abilities.

Summing up

Great DVD, beautifully made and projects shown from start to finish. Inspiration, education and fun to watch, well done Crafters Companion, a job well done! If you are a more advanced crafter, once you have understood these techniques, you can easily modify the projects to your own style.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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