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