New User and I am lost!

Dear friends, I have been using smartsheet for about a month now but I see that I do not have my sheet set up correctly in order to use the cards view or make a report. I have various small projects that I am tracking with a few deliverables and only a handful of resources. I want to be able to quickly produce a summary report for upper management at any time. But since my sheet is not set up correctly I can't figure out how to make a report. I would also like to create a form for the input of a new project so that I don't have to type it in Grid View and each project has the same field requirements. I have tried starting from a template, but I'm not sure how to do that either! I am lost. Will smartsheet set up the sheet for me and then I can just maintain it? I need newbie help here to get started. Thanks community. Please point me in the best direction!