In order to save a bit of time, I try and work out where I'm going to put the photos and only stitch the bits that won't be covered up. The flower in the photo above was cut from the middle of the template but you can see the little holes that give you your stitching line. This is the effect you get when you select perforate rather than cut - the dashed lines do go through the paper so you can stitch directly straight from taking it off the mat. However, I do find it easier to use a pokey tool and just quickly go over the template again to make it easier to see.
You can see the difference in this photo between the dashed holes and my added piercings. It makes the actual sewing much easier on the hands and the eyes, especially if you have something dark underneath your work to show the holes up better.
I'm really happy that I'm getting some use out of my collection of cross stitch threads and embroidery needle again. I split the skeins into 2 sets of 3 threads for most of my paper stitching and keep the lengths to about wrist to elbow measurement.
Bye for now.