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I am hoping to share a series of box/gift tutorials with you over the next few Friday’s. Today’s tutorial is based on a demo that I saw on Ideal World, demonstrated by Sara from a company called Crafter’s Companion. I have slightly adapted it for the sake of this tutorial, as the original required the use of a particular scoring board that their company sell, but not everyone has this board.

The finished box will look like this;


You Will Need

  • A piece of decorative square card
  • A piece of colour coordinating ribbon
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone Folder
  • Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch
  • Optional extra; A scoring board such as a Scor It



  • Score your card into thirds
  • Rotate the card 90 degrees and score into thirds again
  • On each of the corner squares score a diagonal line from the outer edge into the corner of the centre square. (This is shown with a dotted line in the picture below)

Your card will now look like this;


  • Fold along all the lines and reinforce the folds using a bone folder.
  • Fold in the corner squares as shown in the picture below
Folding in the corners

Folding in the corners

  • Use the hole punch to punch a hole through both sides of the folded corner.


Your box now looks like this;

Showing the holes in the corner squares

Showing the holes in the corner squares

  • Thread your chosen ribbon through the holes and draw the ends together. This pulls in the sides of the box, tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

Your finished box will look like this;



I did not include measurements in the instructions as this box can be made in any size and the measurements of where to score will be in thirds relative to the paper size. However for those who would like the measurements for popular sizes of card

12 x 12 starting size of paper would be scored at 4″ and 8″

6 x 6″ starting size of paper would be scored at 2″ and 4″


If you are not near a craft store for decorative card you can use craft CDs that contain background papers and print on to A4 cardstock to create your base card, don’t forget to print on both sides of the card as both are visiable in the finished project. With a little trimming to get round non borderless printing from most home printers you would still be able to make a maximum of an 8″ square starting size of card.

The Smaller size of box made from a 6″ base card would make ideal individual boxes suitable for table settings.  I will show a smaller version later next month.


As ever any questions just leave me a comment, best wishes and thanks for reading. See you soon

Billie 😉


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Continuing the series on crafting equipment that I find essential, today’s subject is tools. I can’t stress enough the value of buying quality. As my father used to say ‘Buy quality – buy once’ and it is true. I am on a limited budget too but buying cheap tools can really hamper your progress. Good quality tools will outlast cheap ones every time, mainly because they are well made. That said I’m always on the lookout for a bargin, so if you see a quality product that is out of your budget it is worth doing some research as to who has it for the best price. Be careful with this though to ensure you are buying the genuine product and not a cheap copy. Buy from well know respected sources and you should have no problem.

I store most of my tools in a fishing tackle box, the divided sections stop things rattling around too much and the one I have has movable dividers so you can customise they layout.

My tool box contains

  • Heat it Craft tool from Ranger; http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_heatit.htm
  • Self Healing cutting mat; I have a couple an A3 one for at home and an A4 one for if I travel
  • Steel Ruler; 12″ and 17″
  • Hi Vis Ruler; http://www.joannasheen.co.uk/craft-supplies/tools/highvis-cutting-ruler-metric-with-steel-edge/ I have one in metric and one in imperial. I have not found the hi vis that helpful but to keep cardstock squared up this is fantastic. It also features a steel edge on one side so if budgets were tight you could just get one of these. Made by Judikins. See stamping Tab at the top of the blog
  • Non Stick Craft Sheet; Essential for inking techniques as it is so much easier to work on and clean up too. http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_craftsheet.htm
  • Craft knife; http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_heavy-duty-craft-knife.aspx although this is heavy the rubber grip is a big advantage. I also have a small and a large kinfe with snap off blades, the advantage being you know you will allways have spare blades for it.
  • Scissors; One small pair for detailed work and a large pair for larger areas. Also an old pair of nail scissors which I dedicate to cutting double sided tape as I know they will get sticky.
  • Paper Trimmer; My all time favourite one is made by Fiskars http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_9-personal-paper-trimmer.aspx they have a much larger range these days. I’ve had mine in use for about 6-8 years and it is still fine.
  • Scoring board; (does not fit in the tackle box hehehe) My most favorite is my Scor-It board http://www.scorit.com/index.html unless you only want to work on A5 card do buy the larger board as you can then use it for A4 and 12 x 12″ carstocks 😉 I also have a couple of boards from the Crafters Companions range Top Score Board http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=81 if I want a quick card in dimensions other than half of what I have pre cut, but mostly I use the Scor It.
  • Embossing tool; A small selection of embossing tools, very useful to score lines down which you want to fold as well as their traditional use with a stencil.
  • Thin sheet of Funky Foam; this is very handy under your cardstock if you are stamping a large and detailed stamp. I find I get a better impression, it also helps stop me pressing too hard as it is an extra cushion to the stamp.
  • Acrylic Blocks; An assortment of sizes to match the sizes of un mounted stamps I have.
  • EZ Mount Foam; I try to keep at least one sheet of this in the cupboard at all times. It isn’t always the easiest thing to get hold of but it is the best one I’ve tried. You apply this to the back of unmounted stamps, one side is sticky to stick to the back of the stamp, the other side is cling to hold the stamp onto an acrylic block.


Gosh I’ve gone all essay girl again OOPS!!!! thanks for reading and more pictures for next week promise.


Billie xx

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To round up our week on the Scor It board, here is a nice easy tutorial on how to make quick accurate blanks for your ATCs. An ATC or Artist’s Trading Card measures 2.5 x 3″

You will need

  • A4 cardstock in the colour of your choice
  • Scor It board
  • Steel Ruler
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Craft knife with sharp blades.



1.  Place your card stock onto the Scor it board with the Short edge right up to the ruler guide at the top of the board. Move your cardstock until it lines up with the 2.5″ mark on the ruler and score a line.

Scoring blank ATCs using Scor It board


2.  Move the cardstock across so that the line you just scored now lines up with the 2.5″ mark on the ruler guide and score a line here.

  Scoring ATC blanks using the Scor It Board.


3.  Move the cardstock across so that the line you just scored now lines up with the 2.5″ mark on the ruler guide and score a line here.

Scoring ATC blanks using the Scor It board



You will have scored three lines and have a short piece left. We will be cutting that short piece off later but for now ignore it.


4.  Turn your cardstock so that the long edge of your paper now lines up with the ruler. This is know as the ‘Landscape’ orientation.

Scoring blank ATCs using the Scor It board


5.  Move the card stock so that the edge of the paper lines up with the 3.5″ mark on the ruler guide and score a line.

Scoring blanks ATCs usignthe Scor It board


6.  Move the cardstock across so that the line you just scored now lines up with the 3.5″ mark on the ruler guide and score a line here.

Scoring B;ank ATCs using the Scor it board


7.  Move the cardstock across so that the line you just scored now lines up with the 3.5″ mark on the ruler guide and score a line here.

Scoring blanks ATCs using the Scor It board


You will have scored three lines and have a short piece left.

 Scoring blank ATCs using the Scor It board


8.  Place your cardstock onto a self healing cutting mat and cut along all your score lines.

9.  You will now have nine blank ATCs and a couple of narrow scrap pieces of cardstock. We crafters never throw anything away, so put the scrap pieces in your scrap box and they can be used to create boarders and for smaller stamped pieces.


There, I said it was a nice easy one to finish on. I hope you have enjoyed our week with the Scor It board and it has given you just a taste of what can be done with the board. If you have any questions or comments I would be pleased to hear from you, just fill in the box below and I will get back to you.


Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie xx


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For those of you who know me from http://www.stampingmadforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl you will know I am a big fan of a stamp designer and paper crafter Anna Griffin. This is a bit of an irony as I am such a tom boy kinda girl, that the floral style of Anna Griffin shouldn’t really appeal, but I adore her botanicals range of stamps.

Today’s book was made on 4th June 2008, as you can see given the learning curve I am writting stuff for the blog ahead of publishing dates. This book is another in the longstitch bindings, and features a wrap around cover, which I created using the Scor It board.


Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 


Here is a closer look at the longstitch itself. I bound this one using a lighter Barbour thread of 25/3 cord, which I coloured using the same Adirondack ink that I had used on the cover, Pink Sherbert. I then waxed the thread to keep the colour sealed in as the dye ink would run without this.


Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 


Since this book has such a feminine stamped image, I decided to add a Pink organsa ribbon to help hold the book closed and add interest to the cover.


Longstitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped background. 


My book is A7 in size and features ivory pages, which I cut using the handy Dream Kuts machine. It will be going to my Auntie for her birthday in September. For details of where you can find out how to learn longstitch for yourself see __LINK TO PREVIOUS POST__


If you have any questions or comments please use the box below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie 🙂

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Today I would like to share with you the ATC or Artist’s Trading Card holder that I made with the help of the Scor It board.

Longstitch book with wrap around cover        Longstitch book with oriental images and wrap around cover

As you can see this book has a wrap around cover and the scoring for this I achieved using the Scor It board, simply taking the measurements from the pages, to guide me where to score.  I used a Crop A Dile tool to punch the two holes and then a craft knife to join the holes together, to form the slit into which the back covers edge fits into to hold the book closed.

Longstitch book with wrap around cover; inside pages

The pages themselves were cut from a 12 x 12″ scrapbook cardstock, using my trusty DreamKuts machine.  I then stamped with the oriental images using Adirondack dye based ink in Willow. I added photo corners to hold the ATCs in place.

Lonstitch book with wrap around cover; Oriental images; detail of spine

This shows the longstitch itself, which is the binding that is holding the pages in place. I used Barbour thread, in this book it is the 18/3 cord the same as I used on the Stab bindings 

https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/04/japanese-4-hole-binding-my-first-attempt/  I cut thread to length and then waxed with Beeswax before sewing, to help keep the knots in place. This book is 3″ wide and ?” tall.

Further reading

If pestered I could do a tutorial on how to cut and score the cover but you will need to refer to the following books if you would like to learn the longstitch itself. This is because it is FAR too detailed to go into in the confines of a blog space.

Keith Smith Non Adhesive binding Volume I

Cover to Cover by Shereen La Plantz

For further details of these books please see the BOOKBINDING tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie 🙂


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Today I would like to share my review of a wonderful tool called the Scor it.

Scor It Board with packaging

The board with packaging

Scor it Board with tool

The board and tools

I love this board beacue it is well made and robust. It is a bit on the heavy side although I believe there is now a newer lighter version becoming available.


This board comes with the following;

  • A ruler set across the top of the board to allow easy measuring. This is available in metric or imperial versions.
  • The board has a good grip rubber surface that holds your card or paper in place as you score.
  • There is a blunt blade that runs the virtical length of the board to allow for the scoring.
  • There is a scoring tool that comes with the board and can be attached to the top by a ball chain, so you won’t have to go searching for it.
  • There is an stop guide that you can screw to the top ruler to allow you to make the same score line multiple times with out having to stop and recheck you are in the right place.
  • Non slip feet under the board make it stable and stop it moving on the table while you score.


Alternative boards

There are a variety of versions of Scor It  boards available;

  • Scor it; This is the board I have and features 12″ scoring blade and 12″ centering ruler. This board is available in metric or imperial mesurements on the ruler.
  • Scor it Mini; This board has a 6″ scoring blade and a 9″ centering ruler. This is also available in metric or imperial versions on the ruler.
  • 24″ Maple wood board; This has a 16″ scoring ruler and a 24″ centering ruler. This is METRIC only.
  • 36″ Maple Board; This has a 21″ scoring ruler and a 36″ centering ruler. This is METRIC only.

Spare parts are available for the scoring tool and the stop guide. There are accessories like a wax to help the tool run smoothly over card, and a storage bag for the Scor It Mini shown on the manufactureres web site; http://www.scorit.com/.index.html


Why This board

The best thing about this board over other scoring systems available is that YOU have complete control as to whereyou score the lines. Many other boards on the market have pre cut grooves into a base board, you HAVE to score where the board dictates. With the score it you have the freedom to score where your project and your imagination dictate,a much better idea if you ask me.
One tip I would suggest is that if you find yourself often making the same type of scores, eg folding A4, A5 cardstock in half is to make a note somewhere, of the number on the ruler you scored to. The only disadvantage is that the board doesn’t come with any instructions so what ever you do you will have to work the measurements out for yourself. This isn’t hard as for folding cards in half, since there is a centering ruler you just line up the card with the same number either side of the ruler and you know it will centre score.

As I mentioned before this board is well made and robust, although this does make it a little on the heavy side for moving around, it does mean the board is stable and does NOT flex in use. If you like to craft on the move maybe consider the smaller Scor it Mini board, as this is lighter but also smaller.
This board is great for anyone using card and paper in their craft/bussiness. It would be perfect for card makers, bookbinders, scrapbookers and all papercrafters.


I will be posting some tutorials on here for projects I have made using the Scor it board. But in the mean time, there are also Video demos on You Tube and on TV Weekly.  Here are some links if you would like to see the board in action.

TV Weekly

Waterfall fold;


Card Keeper;


Divide and Conquer;


You Tube

Scor it Introduction; This is a video by the manufacturers and is a great overview of the product.

Scor it Mini; Project;



This is a fantastic product and I couldn’t live without mine. If you get a chance to try one go for it, you won’t regret buying one of these boards.
If you have any questions just ask in the comments box below

Thanks for reading and see you next time

Billie 🙂

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