Starting from the Middle
My process of paper cutting begins with a spark of an idea, a glimmer of a thought, or a single clip from a situation. I'll draw the image that comes to my mind and rework it a few times in a sketch pad. I try to shape the imagery so it has a sense of movement and conveys a feeling. I will then draw that image in reverse on the paper that I will be cutting from.
I will then study the drawing and how the shapes connect with one another. I will make a note of what areas I will first cut away and mentally map out the progression. It is advisable to cut from the middle of the paper and then move out towards the edges. It helps lessen the chances of tearing the paper.