Many of the 6 x 6 paper pads use a smaller scaled down print. This can really help if you are either working on a smaller canvas size or if you are using the print like I do to create fabric or clothing. You do need to check out the pads because there are some companies that just cut down the original 12 x 12 size into four sheets.
Another paper tip is look for scrapbook paper at some of your discount stores. I have recently purchased most my new paper pads from TJ Maxx. This is where I got my first gelatos and Faber-Castell Artist markers. Ross, Tuesday Morning and Big Lots are other places that I have found great items like chip board letters or sticker. Don't forget garage sales, junk stores and flea markets are great places to find old patterns and books. I was able to purchase a set of children encyclopedias for only five dollars...wonderful text for collaging backgrounds.