Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Showers at The Daily Digi

I really love working with Steph and the gals at The Daily Digi and was thrilled to create this kit for The Digi Files this month. You can swing by and check out my feature there, enter for a chance to win $10 to my store, listen to a little podcast interview, and grab a coupon code for 30% off your next purchase!

April Showers digital scrapbook kit by Krystal Hartley

If scrapbooking isn't your thing, and you just want to hear the interview, you can listen here or access it through iTunes.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Facebook, Adobe Ideas and a Little Rain

I've been having a blast playing with art apps on my iPad. Here's my latest creation. Feel free to use it if it suits your fancy.

p.s. This might actually be a bit of a hint at an upcoming kit. :)

Rain Facebook Cover by Krystal Hartley

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cluster Freaks Rejoice!

If you love clustering as much as I do, then you may be like I once was, spending oodles of time opening up all the delicious elements and dragging them one by one onto my canvas. One day, I finally had an ah-ha moment and realized there is a much simpler way to do this if you use Photoshop.

First, I Go to Files > Scripts > Load Files into Stack

This will bring up a dialog box that looks like this

I hit the browse button and find the folder on my computer that has all the ellies that I want to play with.

Hit okay and then get another dialog box that looks like this:

Hit okay and then let the computer do all the work. You end up with something like this:

We're almost there. Open up your main background paper. Then go back to the stacked elements and go to your layers palette. Select all the layers:

Then, using your move tool, simply drag your stacked elements from the canvas over to your background paper.

From there, just start moving, shrinking, twisting, and shadowing until you come up with clustery masterpiece! Works great to load individual alpha elements to create awesome titles, too!

And one awesome extra perk using this system is that all your elements will have the original file name on them in your layers palette. This can make crediting much simpler.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy DigiScrap Day (*cough* Weekend *cough*)

Hope you enjoy all the fun sales and events this weekend. I'm excited to be guesting at ScrapMatters this month, and I'm starting out the festivities with a little Christmas spirit.

Of course, you can save a little when you buy them together!
Did you swing by for the Parade? If you're following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Gennifer Bursett and your next stop will be Sweet Caroline Studio (or here if you don't use Facebook). If you get lost along the way, simply head back to the main DigiScrap Parade site to view the master list and get back on track."

Here's a peek at my little micro kit available for my Facebook fans.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It's Going, Going, Gone!

It's been ages since our last big clearance sale, and I'm really excited to clean up my shoppe a bit. Now through October 12, 2013, you can save 50% on select products before they retire for good.

If you click here, you can see all my products with links to each product.

You can also click here and browse over 1400 items from the entire design staff, or you can do an advanced search putting my name in the search field and Going, Going, Gone as the main category.

Friday, September 20, 2013

You Never Know How Far You Can Fly

Happy Share Square

As some of you know, our family recently entered a new chapter as our daughter began her transition into adulthood with her college education at the University of Texas at Austin. I have been a hot mess of emotions for the past year as we anticipated and prepared for it, feeling everything from sadness and anxiety to excitement and pride. I am mostly thrilled for my {not so} little girl as she spreads her wings and leaves the nest.

Of course, I had to channel some of my sentiments into my creative work, thus the evolution of my latest kit: There She Goes. The title may sound familiar to those of you who follow my self-portrait journey, and it's related in the sense that we are all on our own personal journeys of self-discovery and learning to appreciate our uniqueness and gifts. And as my daughter steps gently onto this new path, I continue my own trek to being the best version of myself, owning my strengths and weaknesses, nurturing my gifts and remembering my unique calling to be Krystal in all of my roles, including the mother of a college student.

You can purchase the kit here. You can see wonderful creative inspiration here. Feel free to pin and share my Happy Share Square.

You can also pick up this fun element pack.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Birthday, SHCO!

I'm super excited to be a guest at SHCO for their birthday month. I hope you'll enjoy the rare opportunity to grab commercial use versions of my products. Scroll down to get your FREEBIE and the next link on the train! New this week:

You can read my TOU here.

Thanks for taking a ride on our CU blog train. Enjoy!

**Just click the preview to grab your free brush set**

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May 2013 Digiscrap Parade - That's Life

There's a new freebie "train" in town. Designers from some of the industry's top stores have started the DigiScrap Parade. You can learn more here. You can find my little micro kit on my Facebook page, along with the link to the next person in the parade.

Friday, August 31, 2012

September 2012 Blog Train

Thanks for swinging by. Your next stop is Pure Creativity Designs!
Some new goodies in the shoppe this weekend!

CT Call 2012 - Results

I want to thank all who applied again. You should have all received a response from me. Everyone had something to offer, and it just killed me every time I had to narrow down my "cluster" apps to just a few or tell myself I had enough scrappers with strong brushwork skills or that it probably doesn't make sense to saturate my team with newer, less-experienced scrappers. I spent a lot of time shuffling names from one list to another, eventually ending up with a what I think is a really well-rounded  group of permanent additions and a handful of guests.

So, I'll quit yapping now and give you the names. Won't you help me congratulate them?

Alisa / ayaandjudah 
Allison / AlPennington
Angie / nun69
Carrie  / carrie1977
Cheri / scrapdreams
Cornelia / *Cornelia*
Diane / dianeskie
Erika  / DoodleBop
Gloria Angeline / chocochoco
Heidi / scrappurple
Rachel / seatrout
Jennifer / iScrap
Jeanye /NeeNee
Judy / Moodyjudy
Kay / KayM
Kelley / kelleydq
Kim / kim21673
Linda / hondachicc
Lorie / Loriebug66
Lorraine/ Scrapmemories
May / MayS
Melissa / k23m
Sherri / Tierney
Sara / KSCwgirl
Trish / mommatrish
Zora / DeepGirl