Life is Too Short for Bad Hair | Nicole Bingaman

Hello Cut To You family! Today I am sharing a super simple single page layout featuring one of the newer released cut files No Bad Hair Day.

I used the cut file as is and cut it with black textured cardstock. For some reason I tend to stash dive while playing with Cut To You files and I let my paper selection kind of guide where I will go with the cut file. Today I stuck with just backing it in pattern paper that coordinated with the sheet I picked for a background.

Because I was telling a specific story that was focusing on a span of time and a personal issue I was going through, I knew that I would have multiple photos as well as a larger journaling area than I would normally be working with. So I kept the entire design of the page super simple to allow the focus to stay on the photos, the journaling, and the big bold title piece.

To allow the focus to remain on those elements, I kept any embellishing to a minimum. I tucked some floral stickers around the photo collage and journal block to break up the straight edges a little. I then tucked in a few banner stickers and then sprinkled some gold puffy heart and gold pearls all over the page to bring in the cohesiveness I was looking for in my embellishments.

I have a process video linked below if you would like a more in depth look into my planning process and how I put this page together from start to finish.

Best Dad Ever | Circle Star Combo | Nicole Bingaman

Hello! Today I am sharing a one page layout I created using the Best Dad Ever cut file and the Circle Star Combo cut file from the online shop.

I did not have supplies or collections that were specifically themed for a Father’s Day layout, so I had a ton of fun digging though old stash and mixing and matching a lot of different supplies to create a layout to fit my theme and photos.

I used two of the Circle Star Combo files and welded them together to make a larger piece. Then used the knife tool in my software to remove sections that I would be covering with photo blocks (shown in process video). I then cut this out with white textured cardstock and also cut backing pieces with my electronic die cutter as well using a bunch of scraps.

I cut the Best Dad Ever title piece with black textured cardstock so it would stand out more against the fun and colorful circle panel. I used some of the same paper scraps to cut the backing layers for the title pieces as well.

Below my title piece, I attached journaling strips with foam adhesive strips so these would pop as well. From there I really dug into my stash of stickers, die cuts, brads, puffies, and anything else I pulled out that I thought could work.

To learn more about how I designed the layout, my thought process when pulling product and step by step of how I created the die cut pieces in silhouette studio, please watch my process video below and I hope you find it helpful!

“Movie Night” | Movie Night and Popcorn | Nicole Bingaman

Hi there Cut To You family! Today I am sharing my take on the Movie Night and Popcorn cut files in the Cut To You Shop.

I wanted to do something a little different with the cut files, so instead of doing the traditional outline as the file is designed, I altered the file a bit and created solid bases for both the Movie Night and the Popcorn cut files. From there I cut out the layers that would normally be backed behind the cut pieces and instead attached them to the top of the solid bases. Some of the layers I glued directly to the base piece, and others I used foam adhesive to pop up and create some additional dimension and interest.

I also decided to pull out some black glitter paper to cut out some of the layers in the movie ticket section to add even more texture and fun.

I created the same solid style base layer for the Movie Title file and popped up the letters on top of this base layer. I also printed my journaling with white text on a black background for a unique twist to my journal strips and fit in with the colors and theme of my page.

From there I dove deep into my stash for any elements I could find that fit my theme. I found all kinds of old product that I was able to pull out and play with.
I had so much fun revisiting old supplies and creating a theme specific layout thanks to the jump start of the Movie Night and Popcorn cut files.

If you would like to learn more and watch this layout take shape, I would love for you to take a look at my process video linked below where I take you through the entire process from product selection, cut file editing, and page assembly.

Nicole Bingaman

Banner Trio | Pool Party | Nicole Bingaman

Hi there! Nicole here and I am back sharing another project using a fun summer themed cut file, Pool Party. I thought the cute little unicorn floatie would perfect to pair with some photos from a pool party we had for my son’s birthday.

I started my process by inking an entire sheet of white textured cardstock with three colors of blue ink and a wave border stencil. I also sprinkled some water all over to give it more texture and play into the water themes.

I cut the main Pool Party digital cut file out with textured white cardstock. I also cut out two of the banner pieces from the Banner Trio cut file.

Both banner pieces I backed with paper scraps in tone on tone designs. I found some older summer papers and used those to back the floatie image and the title piece to bring in some fun and vibrant colors.

After I back cut files I like to stash dive for stickers and die cuts that I tuck here and there to bring more layers and dimension to the cut files that are mostly just paper. I think this just give more interest and it’s fun to look through supplies for fun pieces to use up.

I finished the layout with computer printed journal strips popped up with foam strips and made sure to remember to stamp the date so this layout is ready to go into my 2020 album.

I have a process video linked below sharing how I created the layout and would love for you to check it out.

Summer Fun | Beach Life and Summer Page Builder | Nicole Bingaman

Hello Cut to You crafters! I am pumped to share another project with you all today. I am definitely missing warmer summer temperatures here in the northern hemisphere and that was in my mind when I planned out my projects for March.

I combed through every single page in the Cut to You shop and selected both Beach Life and Summer Page Builder files to create a vertical stacked title area.

I went traditional and cut the files with white textured cardstock to back with fun tone on tone style pattern papers from various 6×6 paper pads.

I started my stacked title “scene” at the top with the clouds and sun from the Summer Page Builder file. I cut off the actual title piece that is included in the design file for Beach Life and used only the umbrella and beach ball portion of the file.

Moving down, I backed the title from the Summer Page Builder file with colorful papers in a rainbow order, and layered on some fun swim and beach themed icon stickers to add interest to the title area.

I cut out the “fun” section of the title three times and glued the layers together to create a thicker and more dimensional version of the piece to stand out a little bit more. I printed my journaling and cut it into strips that I then backed with foam adhesive strips.

I edited a quick process video to share a little bit more about the creation of this layout and would love for you to take a look.

2020 Holiday Card | Christmas Banner | Nicole Bingaman

Hello creative peeps, Nicole again! I am so excited to share another project this month. Today I am sharing a layout I created to document our Holiday Card for friends and family from 2020.

I paired my holiday card with a sketch that showed a lot of hand cut banner pieces. I immediately remembered the Christmas Banner Digital Cut File in the shop. Using a cut featuring cute layered banner all in one piece stepped up the dimension and interest in one step.

I cut both banners with my Cameo on white textured cardstock. I didn’t have a large enough piece of gold paper to cut the files with gold, so instead I used gold stamping ink and a dauber to color the white cardstock gold. This took the plain white outline up another notch.

I used 6×6 paper pads to back the openings in both banners. Knowing that one of the banners would be flipped and arching across the top of my photo card I made sure to be aware of any papers that featured text on them to insure that they were right side up in the finished product.

Once I had all the openings filled in, I attached the banners to the layout with liquid glue. Then I layered on lots of different products to add depth and dimension to the banners with die cuts, brads, enamel dots and stickers.

You can see the entire process in the video below, I love sharing my layouts over on YouTube and love chatting in the comments!

Hello 2020 | 12 Month Planner | Nicole Bingaman

Hey…Hi…Hello everyone! I am so excited to be here and working with this amazing crew of crafters and sharing my layouts with you all!

Today I am sharing a layout I created with the 12 Month Planner Digital Cut File. This will be the album opener for my 2020 scrapbook.

I tend to keep these simple as there is no need for journaling, and instead have fun with techniques and embellishing. When I saw the 12 Month Planner Digital Cut File in the shop I knew it would be perfect for this type of layout. The small calendar openings created mini layouts for me to focus on a photo or a little area to decorate.

I chose to go with a traditional method of using the cut file by cutting it out with white textured cardstock and then backing it with various pattern papers. I do a quick tracing in pencil of either the inside or outside of the section I want to back with paper and trim it with my detailed scissors.

I made sure to select a darker colored background paper to allow my bright die cut piece to really stand out.

I am so excited to be here and I look forward to sharing even more projects using Cut to You cut files! You can watch my entire process of putting this layout together below.