Project Life // sweetgirldesigns July 1-19

Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to do a blog post for quite a while now but haven’t been able to find the time.  My little girl is sick and currently sleeping on me, so the time is now! 

This post will include THREE, yes three, layouts in my brand new family album.  I am so excited about this album and the documenting of the everyday of our family and not just Norah. Not that I didn’t love documenting Norah’s first year it’s just that other events happened in our lives that went undocumented.  I am happy to know that those memories and stories now have a place to be recorded. Anyways… 

Left hand side of July 1-5 layout: 

Right hand side of July 1-5 layout: 

Lots of journaling on this spread, which is one of my goals for this album. Also, I am in love with this title card!

Although there are still quite a few photos of Norah in these layouts, I was able to incorporate a few photos I took throughout the week that didn’t have her in them.  Which surprises me a bit because at this point I didn’t know I was going to start a family album.  In the next few layouts you’ll see that it’s pretty Norah heavy.  I’ll have to be more mindful of taking everyday photos too!

Left side of July 6-12: 

Right side of July 6-12: 

I try to put my title card in a different spot every week but just realized here two weeks have them in the same pocket.  I could switch the cards around but that kind of messes with the balance and the flow of events.  Not that I place my photos chronologically but still, I love it as is.  

I’m so happy that I actually used a month specific item from one of my subscription kits.  This wood veneer comes from Gossamer Blue and I love it!  I’m loving using the dates instead of “Week __”. 

Left hand side of July 13-19:

Right hand side of July 13-19:

See what I mean about lots of Norah photos!? But it was her birthday so I feel like it was inevitable.  

One of the simplest title cards I’ve ever done on a 4×6 but I didn’t want to cover up too much of the map print.  

Thanks for much for reading about and viewing some of my layouts.  If you can find the time I’d love for you to check out my YouTube channel as well sweetgirldesigns

xoxo Kristie

Project life// week 29/2015

Hi everyone!

I really had wanted to get this layout up last week, but the time got away from me on Tuesday and then we went on another road trip on Wednesday, so today is the day!

I had a very photo heavy week for week 29 (July 20-26). We went on 2 road trips, did the midway at the stampede and were just busy! I also took out my DSLR for our trip to Fort Walsh and got some really nice photos that I wanted to include. Instead of trying to cram everything into 1 spread, I ended up spacing them out a bit and moved them to 2 layouts. I am really happy with how it turned out as there is a bit more space for everything and nothing feels overwhelming because it was crammed in!

These layouts also have less embellishments than I normally use. But I felt that the layouts didn’t really need them.

1st layout: 

2nd layout:


and of course, the process video so you can see how it all came together:

Thanks for visiting!


Project Life // sweetgirldesigns Norah’s Birthday Layouts

I can’t believe that my baby girl’s birthday has come and gone! I also can’t believe that I’m almost done her first year album(s).  I made a list today and hope to wrap up a few finishing touches before posting my second share video later this week. I’m on a mission to get it done! 

Yesterday I worked on Norah’s birthday layouts.  They came together pretty quickly but they are quite a bit simpler than other layouts I’ve done.  There are two layouts! 

Here is the left hand side of the first layout: 

I’m using primarily cards from Studio Calico’s birthday card add on along with cards from the Dear Lizzy mini kit.  It’s been so long since I’ve dug into my stash and used non-kit subscription cards.

Here is the right hand side of the first layout:

I broke out my Fuse for the first time and I have to admit there was a bit of a learning curve! I’m not sure what I was doing but I tore the page protector a few times.  I tried to go around the “1” wood veneer and I think I was getting too close to the veneer. I didn’t want it to shift at all but I had to change my plan when I saw that just wasn’t going to work.  

All the wood veneer used in these layouts (aside from the hearts) are from Freckled Fawn. 

Left hand side of second layout: 

I love how this layout came together.  Those Studio Calico cards are so cute!  I used an acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs on the card with the cow and pig.  

Right hand side of second layout: 

So colorful! I absolutely love Project Life for allowing people to incorporate so many photos! Plus I was able to include a ton of journaling about the day.  

If you’d like to view a short 14 minute process video of how I created these two layouts please visit the link below. 

Birthday Layouts

Thanks for looking! 

xoxo Kristie

Project life// Week 28/2015

Hi again! 

It’s Tara with createlifepaperwords and I have my week 28 done! I am all caught up again and it feels good! I’ve actually already printed pictures for this current week. So I’m hoping to get some time on Monday to do some work on that layout. In my downtime lately (feeding my littlest) I have been watching YouTube process videos. It’s been great to see a lot of differen styles both in filming as well as in project life! 

  Full layout: 

Left side: 

Right side:
I am now in love with the 3×3 page protectors! Yup, these are getting used a ton from now on! I love how they look, I love how easy they are to embellish, I love how the pictures look… I could go on!  So. In. Love.

And then the details:


I used cards all from Studio Calico’s Fairground PL kit. This will actually be my last PL kit from them. I have cancelled my subscription. But I am just deciding on a different company to try. So any recommendations are welcome in the comments below! I really love the bright pops of yellow and reddish- orange. I’m not a big yellow fan but I really like using it in my PL. I think because it’s so bright that it add a lot to the page. And then I’ve muted it with some of the soft blue and my usually black/white combo! I bought the 4×6! Paper pack this month and am so glad I did for those cards that needed to be 4×4.

And as usual the process video! If you haven’t subscribed to my channel, you can find it below:

Week 28 process video
Thanks for visiting!


Project life// week 27/2015- createlifepaperwords

Hi all! Tara with createlifepaperwords here to share with you my week 27/2015 layout! I did something a little different this week with my layout: I didn’t use Design A! And I used the project life app to create the right side. I also have a process video for you at the end of this post so you can see how this came together for me.

Full layout: 
Left side:

 I used lots of The Teal Lime Press cards (found on Etsy, used TaraR for 20% off your purchase). I’m loving this Travel collection she has out for summer. I tend to mix and match, so these are from a whole bunch of different kits.

Right side:  Made with the app and exporting and printing at 4×4 size (just from my home computer). I printed these in triple so that I would be able to add to my #littlesummerJOY project and create a mini album for my parents who came with us. If you haven’t been to Heritage Park you should go! It’s a great historical village in Calgary, AB and a great out both for those with kids and those without.
 This center card is from The Teal Lime Press and I thought it would be a perfect “title” card for this page.

  Not sure still if I like this lets go on an adventure card… It’s growing on me the more I look at it but it gave Me some trouble! I love the go see do one, though!

 Love this title card! I think it’s one of my all time favorite title cards I have ever made. And I got a new package of the Baxter collection vellum hearts, so you will likely be seeing more of them again.

  This is my all time favorite photo that’s I’ve embellished EVER! It’s so simple and yet so gorgeous! I used color cast designs wood veneer from the #hashtag collection, a geo tag and my white uniball gel pen to create it! That’s it! Sometimes less is more.

 And a currently card- the Katy Perry reference is only because my 6 year old has discovered pop music- so the 3 hour drives consisted of A LOT of Katy perry!

You can find the link to the YouTube process video below.

Hope you have a great rest of your week.


Project life// week 26/2015

Hi all!

Tara here today. I’ve got for you my week 26, which I have broken into 2 parts. My album for 2015 just can’t take any more pages, so at the end of June I had to go into a new one. Because of that I decided to do week 26 in part 1 which encompasses June 28-30 and in part 2 July 1-5. Now, that is actually 8 days, not 7…. and that is because I am going to have my weeks start on a Monday instead of a Sunday. I am hoping this is easier to document our weekends and not feel like they are split.

So, Part 1 is below and can be found on youtube in the form of a process video:

This “oh lucky us” card (from The Teal Lime Press) is the one that gave me the most trouble this week, but also my favorite card! I love the simplicity of the thickers and the alpha!

and Part 2 can be found on YouTube in the form of a share video and consists of a title card separate from the pocket pages (trying something different!), a 6×12 insert (for July 1), a 3×12 insert (for June 2,3 and 5) and a 12×12 page for (July 4). I feel like it’s a bit of a jumble, but it makes sense to me why I did it! I think week 27 will look more like my traditional layout.

 I love how this card turned out! July wood veneer is from Michaels and inked with Stazon black ink pad. Alphas for week 26 (I love the color!!) are from simple stories. I thought this was a fitting card as it’s the “beginning” of my 2nd album for 2015!

   Insert for Canada Day! Again kept it quite simple and used very little for embellishments.

    One of my favorite things to document is a new recipe we tried. This week we actually tried 2 so I put them both in a little 3×12 insert (I cut down a design J). I also printed off the recipe and stuck it behind the photo. I needed something for the middle pocket so I used 2 little 2×2 pictures and fused them in the middle of a shaker card.
   Collages were made using picstitch app and cards from The Teal Lime Press. I kept it pretty simple this week and just used labels, a bit of journaling and stamps.

This weekend was going to be filled with Project life for week 27- but that was when I thought my studio calico kit would be here. It hasn’t arrived yet 😢 so I’m not sure what this weekend will bring for crafting. I’ve started printing photos and cards from The Teal Lime Press, so maybe I will change my plans with what I thought I was going to do for week 27 and try something different! 

What are you working on this weekend?


Project Life // sweetgirldesigns Week 49 & 50

After a three week hiatus from Project Life I am so happy to be working on my daughter’s album again! In the past two days I’ve completed two layouts and their process videos which can be found on my YouTube channel.  

Both of these layouts came together pretty quickly.  I think it was because I am feeling super motivated to wrap this album up and I’m learning not to stress about my decisions as much. Trying not to complicate things because I know once I’m back to work I won’t have as much time to play! 

Left side of Week 49

Right side of Week 49

I’m really love the combination of orange and blue as inspired by the Be Nice card.  The card by Studio Calico also has hints of pink and teal which I also incorporated into the layout.  The 3×4 card with the heart (Gossamer Blue) ties all the colors together perfectly!

So many of my embellishments this week came from an awesome pocket letter I received.  Happy mail is the best! 

Check out the process video for more information about products used and for a closer look at my layout. 

Project Life Process Video Week 49
Now on to Week 50! So hard to believe I’m almost finished documenting Norah’s first year. 

Left side of Week 50

Right side of Week 50

The colors for the week’s layout were based on the Dad You Are Rad card from Studio Calico’s Father’s Day card pack.  I also used four cards from Laurel Lane Designs.  I love the way the brush script looks with the Thickers by Amy Tangerine. 

I kept my title card pretty simple this week. Actually the entire layout is pretty simple.  I used my DSLR for all my photos except one and I really wanted them to tell the story and was worried that too many embellishments would take away from them. This layout took me less than an hour to complete which is unheard of for me! 

Check out the process video for more information about products used and for a closer look at my layout. 

Project Life Process Video Week 50
Stay tuned for the remaining layouts in Norah’s album, along with a new project coming very soon! 

xoxo Kristie

Scrap Room Tour // sweetgirldesigns 

House guests are coming so you all know what that means! Must hide the mess that is usually my scrap area! 

I’m generally a pretty tidy person (just don’t look in my closet) but when I do Project Life or any other crafty project I make a big time mess!  There is stuff everywhere.  I don’t know how or why this happens but it does.  I generally can leave my supplies out indefinitely but my daughter is coming to an age where if she knows she can’t have it, she will find it and destroy!  So alas I fear my messy days are over.  

I thought I’d show you my set up since it’s nice and clean! 


 It’s not perfect but it works for me.  I definitely could be more organized. I thought the Alex desk and drawers from Ikea would allow me to have a spot for everything – I do know where everything is – but it’s kind of all thrown in there.  

I am in the basement so it’s a bit dark at times.  I’m hoping to get another craft light pretty soon.  

I store my washi by color in the organizer on the left. I have some ribbon and twine in there as well.  The other organizer on the right has a ton of different supplies – enamel dots, roller stamps, stamp pads, washi samples, my Fuse and my pencil case that is filled with my essential supplies.  

This pencil case is just from the Dollar Store.  It’s the perfect size to store my scissors, tape runner, pens, corner rounder, my go to roller stamp and stamp pad and of course my beloved Glossy Accents.  It does zip up! Just everything is crammed in there at the moment.  

I do preplan my layouts and use my Canon Selphy to print. Planning out what page protector I’m using helps me to print only the photos I know I’ll use.  I occasionally change my mind because the photo doesn’t fit or the layout is too photo heavy and  doesn’t allow for enough journaling.  I do my planning in a simple notebook – nothing fancy.  I go through my photos for the week and slot them into a pocket. Then I check them off when I have them printed.  If I circle them that’s usually because they are on my DSLR or I’m waiting for the photo from a friend or family member. 

Lastly I thought I’d share my bowls of embellishments. I’ve recently upgraded to a few more bowls.  I originally had red and pink together and blue and tourquoise together but it was getting out of control! 

I also have a small bowl where I keep embellishments I want to or think I’ll use on my current spread.  

I hope that gives you an idea of how I organize and use my supplies.  I still have a long ways to go.  One day I’ll organize those drawers and sort my cards by color!  

xoxo Kristie

Design Team Announcement & Brand New Baby Album // sweetgirldesigns

Hello! Can you believe it’s July already!? 

June was extremely exciting and busy for me as I was chosen to be on the Laurel Lane Designs design team! 

For quite awhile I’ve been thinking about how amazing it would be to be part of a design team.  Not that I need validation or anything but it’s always nice to be recognized and know that people are inspired by what you create.  In being chosen for a design team I received that validation and was so excited!  Being part of a design team also gives me a bit of a creative challenge in using new products! Which is just a bonus! 


 I found out the first week of June but wasn’t able to tell anyone until mid month.  It was torture!  Since then I’ve created three Project Life layouts using a few of the cards.  The card kits offered are so versatile using mainly black and white designs and brush script.  They are gorgeous!  You can find her creations on Etsy at Laurel Lane Designs.

I absolutely fell in love with her Baby Monthly Update Collection that includes 6×8 papers to document monthly photos and milestones in addition to her baby specific Project Life Cards.  Even though I do weekly Project Life to document my daughter’s first year, I thought creating a mini album would be a more manageable viewing size for guests. As I’m sure two huge 12×12 albums would be a bit overwhelming to view in one sitting!  

Today I worked on setting up my album and doing a bit of preplanning of cards and photos.  I am really excited to work on this album and share layouts with you all.  

xoxo Kristie

Project life// week 25/2015

Yesterday was Canada Day and while it took me all day to finish my layout, I was happy to spend the holiday working on Project Life. 

The layout for the week was really fun to work on. I started choosing my cards and colors based on the beautiful dandelion card from The Teal Lime Press in the Dreamer kit. As soon as I saw this card kit my eyes immediately went to the dandelion card that I used and the fun plaid one (which I also used) and I built my layout around them.

  (Just to note- The Teal Lime Press is having a 50% off flash sale until July 4 in the etsy store! You might want to check it out if you love this kit like I do! Use code: TLP50FLASH)

  I’m just loving the clean look to this layout! 
Another fun thing is that I bought a typewriter off of kijiji on Tuesday. I really don’t like my writing. I tend to write really fast and then in just looks messy. But i find that if I go slow then I can’t get the words to come out right. So I plan to use it for any journaling or on labels. I love the look of it. As I was using it though I think I need to practice with it a bit as I kept typing quickly and making mistakes. Oh well! It’s a learning curve, and I’m just happy to have one. 

Left side:  


And some details of this side:

 Dandelion card! (The Teal Lime Press – TLP- Dreamer kit). Chase adventure card and adventure embellishment are from studio calico.   

 4×6 card is Studio Calico (no idea of which month), th stamp is from the June Galileo PL Studio Calico kit. Enamel dots and sequins are from Close to My Heart. 

   Plaid card is TLP, vellum heart is from 7 Paper Baxter Collection, and the foil sticker is also from 7 Paper. The right card is from an add on card kit from Studio Calico, the acrylic is from Paper Camellia’s June kit (embellishments)
 This is the top of my stack of pictures from Fathers Day that I fused. I wanted it kept very simple. from the Project Life Studio Calico Carolina Moon add on cards.

  My most favorite card this layout! I love the colors, how it fits with the picture, the stamping. It just all worked perfectly! The cards are Studio Calico Galileo, #love is from Color Cast Designs, stamps are Studio Calico.
Right Side:

  And some details:
   Movie review card and bottom right This from studio calico (unknown month).
 Date night card was one I received from Nina with I’m a Paper Nerd blog. Love how it looks and really brings the right and left sides together. Alphas are all from Studio Calico. The grey striped title card is from TLP’s document nerd kit. (which is totally how I feel all the time!)

   Both stamp sets on the above photo are stamped in stazon and from studio calico. The top one is from last summer and the bottom is from the June Galileo Scrapbook kit.
I also was able to do a process video! You can find me on YouTube under Createlifepaperwords and subscribe!
What are you working on this week?