Position your placemat onto your background cardstock and using a pencil lightly trace around all the cut-outs including the outer edge. I used a couple of pieces of tape on each edge to make certain it didn't move while I was tracing the shapes.
You will need to cut off the outer edge of your cardstock making sure that you place your scissors on the INSIDE of your pencil line. Don't be too fussy with your cutting as this edge will be hidden under your Placemat.
It's time to start adding all your bits and pieces including the alphas which can be a little tricky but careful placement and a good quality eraser to remove your pencil line will make the process easier. Don't worry too much if a small amount of each letter falls over the pencil line as the word will still be easily read.
When cutting your shapes patterned paper use the placemat as a template to get the right size by turning your paper over and tracing the circle on the reverse side. Don't forget to cut on the OUTSIDE of the pencil line to leave a little bit of overhang which will be hidden beneath your Placemat. A good tip is to keep putting your placemat over the top to make sure all edges and letters are hidden from view, sometimes you may need to trim an edge or two. And yes, your page is supposed to be looking a little rough and ready at this stage.
Once you have everything in position it's time to adhere your placemat onto your layout. I wanted a slightly raised appearance so used small pops of foam adhesive.
This is just one of many ways you can use the new Jillibean Placemats so don't forget to share all your ideas with us... we'd love to see them.