Step 5: Prepare some cardstock for the cutter
Lay a sheet of cardstock or bristol board on the mat and line it up as shown in the photo. The cutter will cut your design starting from the right edge, so line the edge of the paper up over there.
For this particular sheet of bristol board, I adjusted the knife dial to the "2" setting. At the "1" setting, it did little more than score the cardstock.
Line up the mat alongside the plastic guide and press the "load paper" button.
Be sure to leave space behind and in front of the machine for the mat to slide back and forth as the cutter is working.