First of all I splurged and bought the giant sized plate - 12" x 14". At first I was too overwhelmed to try it. I thought I had to work big. But as it turns out I do not. In fact I am working smaller than ever. The large plate gives me the freedom to do that without the confining space of the smaller ones.
I have room to ink more than I need and that way I am better able to compose and design my pieces with the added space. If you can afford it, I would suggest buying the larger plate. I think you will agree that you will feel freer.
This is the large plate.
I decide which part of the design I like and place my mat board over the area. I have added tape to the corners where I want to line the paper up every time. The tape matches the corners of the paper. This board is for the 9" x 12" paper. I have a different board for each size of paper.
I then snug the bottom of the paper up to the corner first and then the middle area. You should be able to feel the paper snug up into the corner and then the center. I then drop the paper onto the print area. I really like this way of registering. it is not too complicated. I call the tape "faux kento" marks since they are lined up the same way as kento registration marks in woodcuts.