Friday, January 22, 2010

Sizzix ScoreBoard XL dies

I couldn't resist trying this new offering from Sizzix. These are similar to their other XL Bigz dies but they cut and score matboard and chipboard, with the recommended thicknesses of the board being between 0.04" and 0.055" for the best results. I thought I'd get the most use from the Memo Holder and I was excited when this die arrived in the mail yesterday.

Here's how things went....

I started with getting out my Big Shot and the extended cutting pads. I also pulled out my rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, and some matboard. I cut the matboard down to a size that would fit nicely through my Big Shot--this was roughly 3 3/4" wide and 18" long.

Here's the usual sandwich. It rolled easily through my machine. From the bottom up: clear cutting plate, die cutting side up, matboard, other clear cutting plate. Yes, the die will fit through the opening of the Cuttlebug, but the extended cutting plates made by Sizzix are too wide--this is the same as with the other Bigz and XL Bigz dies as noted before.

Here are all of the pieces, cut and scored.

Here it is folded along the score lines.

In this photo I wanted to show that I used adhesive Velcro dots to keep the flap closed over the 3" x 3" size Post-It note pad that I'd adhered using my ATG. I think ideally I'd use the magnetic snap closures, but I couldn't find mine. I hate it when I clean up and then I can't find stuff! LOL!

Here's the finished product. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo where the memo pad was actually showing. But the holder was made from matboard. The flowers were chipboard by DCWV and the I used self-adhesive pearls for the embellishment. The finished measurements are roughly 3 3/8" x 3 1/4" x 1/2".

This Sizzix ScoreBoard Memo Holder die worked beautifully. It cut through the matboard and chipboard without any problems at all. The scoring was perfect. It assembled very easily and the end result is that I made a very nice sturdy memo holder in a very short amount of time. I think it probably took me longest to locate all of the paraphernalia that I needed. :-) Typical.


  1. When I've tried to score matboard, it ends up tearing or spliting. Did you do anything to keep it from doing that?
    Love your blog. Always learn something new.

  2. You are a real treasure. Not only do you teach us how to use all that's out there but you make ME feel better by your comment about not being able to find things when you change their locations. That's the story of my life, seems like, and to know someone of your caliber has the same problem is comforting.

  3. Nancy, I think that matboard is so thick that it will split along the scored line no matter what you do--the fibers can't stretch as far as they'd need to when making some of these folds and stay intact. If you don't like the look (my memo holder actually tore quite neatly along the score lines), you could probably disguise it by running the tip of a coordinating color marker in the groove. I've also seen projects that were painted after assembling, which would also hide the split. Some folks have also covered their matboard projects with decorative paper, ribbon, and other embellishments. If you look closely though, in many of the photos you can see that there is usually a split along the score line.

    Pat, I'm still trying to recover from the holidays! I had to move a lot of my stuff around and I still find myself having to look in several different places before finally figuring out where that spot was that was oh-so-very logical at the time that I put that something away. LOL! This is even worse than usual!

    Thanks for coming by!


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