I've often said that I find my time in my art journal to be very meditative. It's my time to quiet myself down, focus on what I'm doing and where I am, and to just revel in the moment.
I love the simple act of cutting. I've never been an x-acto knife kind of gal. I use my scissors to do all of my intricate cutting. I cut slowly, turning the paper as needed. (I use my ruler for straight cuts.) I don't cut anything out ahead of time. I don't plan my pages ahead of time so I never know what I want to use or how I want to use it. I prefer to discover what I'm going to do with a specific piece of paper when I'm ready to work with it and I never quite know when that moment will be until I have said paper in my hands.