i think i've mentioned before that i teach a series of classes called "maximizing your 6x6 paper pads" using basic grey paper pads, showcasing how to use cute card designs that allow you to easily get multiples of 6-8 card designs from just one paper pad (sometimes the tally of how many you could make is up around 40!). now companies like cosmo cricket & sassafras lass have caught on to the paper pad trend and are making 6x6 pads of minimized versions of their larger papers, cosmo cricket even includes complimentary patterns that aren't available in 12x12.
anyway, while we were in the process of moving the store, i played a bunch with cosmo cricket's "nutmeg" paper pad and made an altered fall tree for the mantle, a coaster mini album, about 6 cards and i still have a bunch of paper left to make even more!
the key is to minimize the card area you need to cover by creating flaps with edge punches, utilizing large stamp images & about a billion other tricks i'm not giving away outside of class. : p
anyway, consider this encouragement to cut into those paper pads, even your favorites! have fun!