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This would be another of my essential crafts items... my dessert island list is rapidly filling and at this rate it had better be a pretty big island.
The Hougie board is basically a large scoreboard with a total size of 16 x 12 and scorable area of 12 by 12 inches making it ideal for larger projects and scrapbook pages as well as creating fancy fold card blanks. One side of the board measures and scores in centimetres and the other in inches. The board itself is green and comes complete with a scoring tool. I have tied mine to the handle with elastic so that I use it without untying it but so that it is stored safely with the board.
I find the scoring tool very easy to hold and grip and that the board creates beautiful crisp score lines. I use my Hougie Board when designing 3d models as well as to create fancy card blanks and gifts boxes. It is very easy to use and very durable and well made. It has a handle so it can easily be taken with your to craft clubs and crops.
I also like to use my Hougie board to create flowers and rosettes. To do this you would cut a strip of card to your desired width and score at 1cm intervals and folding concertina style before twisting and joining the ends with a strong adhesive glue such as Glossy accents. I then tick this onto a small circle (smaller than the finished size of the rosette or flower) to add strength and stability. You can then add a circle to the front perhaps with a greeting on, or add gems card candy or similar to make it look like a flower. They also look nice if you ink the edges or add glitter. This would be lovely to do with children you could make the rosettes into badges or flowers into brooches.
What I especially love is that it can measurements in both inches and centimetres making it very easy whichever you prefer to use.
The Hougie Board is widely available from craft shops and online and costs around £20. You can also buy ideas booklets which are around £10 each.
I love my Hougie Board and would be lost without it. Even after having mine for a couple of years and using it most days it still looks new. It really is very well made and so useful.
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I have been making hand crafted greetings cards for quite a few years now and I guess it has now become my main hobby but it can become an expensive one if you are not careful and you would have to sell a heck of a lot of cards in order to recoup some of your expenditure. Luckily I belong to a craft club so I am able to try out some of the more expensive 'must-haves'(??) without having to fork out.
The Hougie Board is marketed as an 'essential' for card makers and, although it is a good idea, I think it is expensive at RRP of £33.99 especially as you only get a leaflet supplied and really the need the book and DVD too to make the most of it.
It is basically a cleverly designed plastic scoring board which comes with a matching scoring tool. It measures approximately 16" x 20* and the measuring size is 12" x 12" which is a fairly large area. All you do is lay the card on the board and use the measurement lines as a precision guide to score your folding lines with the tool. It this sounds like gobbledygook it means you can make cards in many different sizes and individual shapes plus boxes to fit them perfectly. The board can also be used for embossing cards so used to its best advantage it can transform handmade cards into more professional handcrafted ones.
The idea is brilliant because the score lines are already marked out for you in inches as well as centimetres (by turning it over) but I do have a couple off issues about the Hougie Board. Firstly, I think, considering the price, that it should come with at least a booklet rather than just an instruction sheet. Secondly, I think the scoring tool should be more robust as it tends to bend whilst scoring and I feel it might even snap - other members have remarked on this too.
In conclusion therefore I would say that the idea is brilliant and it does save a lot of time and allows you to experiment with different types of card shapes so would be a useful tool, but be aware of the drawbacks which as discussed, have been mentioned by myself and members of my local craft club members?
For the above reasons I am awarding 3 stars.