Have you ever wondered why it is so important to score paper when folding? Did you even know it is important to do? Are scoring tools and scoring boards really worth it? Can't I just fold a piece of paper without scoring? Well, I'm here to share with you 3 Fundamental Facts about paper and scoring that you may not have known. Prepare yourself to be amazed! ;-)
Fact #1: Paper Has A Grain
Yes, just like wood and fabric, paper has a grain. (Fabric grain...now that is another blog post!) The papers' grain is determined by how the fibers are arranged. Knowing the grain direction is important when you fold it. With thinner papers it is harder to tell grain direction, but in heavier papers the grain is more obvious and is easier to determine.
Fact #3 Fold Into The "Bump"
When you score paper, you create a depression on one side of the paper and a bump on the other. Fold the paper so that the depression is on the outside and the bump is on the inside. Scoring allows all of the outward force that normally would split or crack the sheet to be directed toward the weak, score line. As you make the fold, a rounded bead (or bump) is formed on the inside of the fold, absorbing all the force, while the outside of the folded piece remains smooth and unbroken. Voila! Beautiful folds every time!
You can score paper using a ruler and a dull knife or bone folder. Some paper trimmers offer a scoring tool where the blade would normally sit. In a pinch, I've used a bone folder in the groove of my paper trimmer, but I normally like to use a scoring board. I have the original Scor-Pal with 1/4" score lines. The newer Scor-Pal models and most other manufacturers offer boards with 1/8" score lines. I am totally fine with the older model and 1/4" score lines. There are also scoring boards specifically for envelopes and making gift boxes.
So what did you think? Are you more sure of the importance of scoring and how to successfully fold paper? And you thought you knew all there was about paper from Kindergarten! Now onto making better cards or books as the case may be.
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