Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Spotlight: Scor-Pal Mat & Tote Bag

Any of you who have read this blog before know that I love my Scor-Pal. It was another of the many purchases that were enabled by the members of the Cricut Message Board. As someone who loves cardmaking and paper folding, I'm not sure how I ever managed without a Scor-Pal. I know there are several brands and types of scoring devices out there--and in the end, there is a degree of personal choice and what works best for you--but, I highly recommend the Scor-Pal to any of you who may be in the market for a multi-purpose scoring tool.

So, I've had my Scor-Pal for a while now. But, Diana Crick and the great folks over at Scor-Pal have recently introduced two handy upsell items for the Scor-Pal.

The first is a handy and beautiful colored teal tote bag to safely store and carry your Scor-Pal. The water-proof nylon material is very sturdy and some obvious thought went into the design of the bag. It has a detachable black adjustable web carrying strap. It's designed with a large front zip pocket with the Scor-Pal log screenprinted in white and gray on the front of it. It also features a front pocked ID window for identification and personalization.

The inside is surprisingly roomy. It feature two large elasticized pockets on the back wall that will easily hold a 12" paper trimmer and a bulky tool such as the Crop-a-Dile. The Scor-Pal fits in there with the mat nicely and there's still room for current projects, paper pads or other supplies you might need to take to a crop or friend's house. The overall dimensions of the tote are 14" x 16 1/2" and it sells for $16.00.

But, the real treat is the Scor-Pal Mat, which is designed to be perfectly seated in the tray area of the Scor-Pal. It also is a reversible, double-sided dual-use mat. The translucent teal mat is nearly 12" x 12" and features a self-healing cutting mat with inch markings done in black and 1/8" increments marked in white. The reverse side features a shiny worksurface with a slight amount of cling to keep papers from moving or slipping. Now when you are through using your Scor-Pal for scoring or folding, you can put the mat on top and continue working on your project. The mesuring scales are extremely handy and the work surface is fabulous for stamping and working on your current page or card. At $15.00, it is must-have tool for your arsenal.

Buying a Scor-Pal (sells for $39.95), the mat and tote is a bit of an investment for the savvy crafter. However, it pays off in dividends. You'll find yourself reaching for this tool set constantly. I'm always coming up with new ways to use my Scor-Pal--and the mat just gives it all the more possibility and flexibility.

This is a five-star (*****) winner! You won't be sorry


Anonymous said...

i didn't know about the mat. i will have to get that, my scor pal takes up my whole table and then i have to keep picking it up off the floor! thanks!

AMKs_mom said...

I had no idea there was a mat for the Scor-pal! I will have to get that one. I love the bag too. Thanks so much for sharing this!