A trick to saving paper I learned not long after I was introduced to die cutters is to cut elements from the background paper being used for a scrapbook page layout . This is a great way to save paper. If you are creating a 12 x 12 scrapbook page that will be matted on another sheet of 12 x 12 paper, that is an entire sheet of paper, that nobody will see the back…that is more than scraps. A double scrapbook page layout…that is 2 pieces of valuable cardstock.
A great benefit of cutting elements from the back page of a scrapbook layout is you have coordinating paper to the background paper. It is important to make sure you leave a nice margin around the outside border of the background paper as this is the only part of the paper that will be seen once added to a scrapbook album.