Don't be afraid to mix and match different designs within a project. Also, try embossing patterned paper for added texture and design. If using a lighter paper, find a scrap piece of cardstock and emboss the two together to prevent the paper from ripping. If a folder has a repeating pattern (such as Swiss Dots), a longer strip of paper can be embossed by running the first portion of the paper through the Cuttlebug and then lining up the last two or three rows of the embossed part with the un-embossed portion then in the embossing folder. Repeat as required! I also like to emboss smaller papers in larger patterned folders by selecting an area (i.e. a flower) and placing my smaller paper in that section of the folder. Finally, just before I run the folder through the machine, I always look through the top Cuttlebug mat to make sure my paper has not moved. I've learned that lesson the hard way!
Thank you, Kate for sharing with us.
Have a great weekend!-Valerie