I know what you are thinking. What the ^&*$% is a moodling? I get that question a lot. Click here to learn the whole story.

September 29, 2015

3 Fundamental Facts About Paper and Scoring + Project Inspiration

3 Fundamental Facts About Paper and Scoring
Hey Crafters, Shirley Pando here. Just in time for World Card Making Day, Saturday Oct 3rd, 2015, we get a chance to talk about scoring, folding, and, of course, card making, or book making, whichever suits your fancy. (Gee, that sure is a lot of commas in that last sentence! Where's the punctuation police??) 

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 #2: Paper Cracks When Folded
Paper Cracks When folding thicker papers, as you do in card making, scoring the paper before folding is super important so your paper doesn't end up split and cracked. Hey, folks, I'm not making this stuff up! Some papers of lighter weight will fold just fine when folded with the grain. But when we use heavier weights of papers and card stock, fiber cracking and splitting occurs. This is where scoring is of utmost importance.

The photo at left shows a fold without scoring first. See how sad it looks? :-(

Fact #3 Fold Into The "Bump"
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!

Scoring Tools
Scoring Board and Bone FolderYou 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.

Project Inspiration: Mini Book Necklace, 
Video Part 1
Mini Book Necklace

Looking for Video Part 2?

Looking for even more inspiration? I know, I know that is a silly question.  Who doesn't want tips and ideas for using our crafty supplies. 

Subscribe below and you will receive our weekly challenge and process video.  And the best part....it will come right to your inbox. :) Part 2 of this video will be sent to you in the Saturday, October 3rd newsletter.

Need more ways to use your Scoring Tools? 
Make sure to register for the BRAND NEW upcoming card workshop, "Beyond the Fold" with Shirley Pando. Enroll today and save $5. Special pricing ends on October 7th.

Your Turn
Are you a card maker? What type of scoring tool do you use. Do you love it or hate it?

Happy Crafting,


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. Thanks for the reminder of scoring into the bump. Cracked fold edge isn't pretty.
    I made a little album book and scored both front and back (instructions), supposed to help prevent cracking.

    1. Ooh, good ides. I hadn't thought of that or heard that tip.

  3. Thanks, lighter papers fold and bone folder, not always even till 2nd try, need to reach for scoreboard. Have the older too, Need a noteup to remember bump inside, and to consider grain when possible before cutting for a card.

    1. Hi Dot,
      Maybe a little post it on the scoreboard will help. I forget, too!