These silver & gold leaf notebooks came to be, because I'm a hoardy-mc-hoarder-pants. (In other words, I wanted to find some way not to waste the pretty remnant leavings of this floral silhouette cut file):
To make it all easier, I tried to cook up a way to use the remaining pieces left over from the cut file without having to tortuously pry each teensy piece from the cutting mat and stick them down one by one.
to pull them up off of the Silhouette cutting mat:
(Silhouette Foil-leaf Resist )
Step 1) Leave the remnants on the Silhouette cutting mat. Cut a piece of Silhouette sticker paper to the size of the area taken up by your lovely cut file remnants. (You could also try this with other sticker papers or adhesive papers to see what works).
Step 2) Lay the sticker paper (sticky-side down) over the remnants. Press the sticker paper into the the pieces to be sure it is sticking to them. Then slowly peeled the sticker paper back, looking underneath to be sure the pieces are all stuck to the sticker paper.
Tip: If any pieces have escaped, simply lay it back down and press on the sticker paper again. Then proceed to peel the sticker paper away from the cutting mat.
Step 3) Lay gold or silver leafing foil onto the sticky side of the paper, press it down onto the adhesive using your fingers. Then simply removed the excess foil using a stiff stencil brush or a cloth.
Step 4) Use your sparkly paper however your heart desires. I stuck mine on some notebooks (after I used silver and gold metallic Sharpie markers to colour the tops of the notebook covers to match):