Do yourself a favor, make laying out cards and scrapbooks a breeze with a Magnetic Layout Board. You can make this one yourself for under $17.00 – all you need is a magnetic board (board dudes) and some super strong magnets (office supply store).
Hang it up on the wall when you are not using it! Makes for some interesting conversations – but also allows you the flexibility to move embellishments/ pictures and matting around until you are satisfied.
If you notice in the picture my board is larger than the 12×12 paper so that I can have all kinds of embellishments around the outside of the 12×12 and then begin to piece together a layout.
These magnetic boards come in all kinds of sizes, now I can layout a project and quickly put it away (or hang on wall) when I need to walk away for a bit… when I come back to the project, everything is in place how I left it.
I also create all my embellishments with copy paper first and then when I finally decide on a layout I like, I then get the good stuff out! This saves me time on cutting up my precious cardstock and then not using the embellishment I created.