Krystal Hartley: A New Chapter In My Life


I’m very happy to be welcoming back Krystal Hartley to The Digi Files this month. Krystal has a wide array of styles that she can do very well! From shabby and sophisticated to whimsical and fun, Krystal can do them all! Let’s take a closer look at “Uncharted” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!


Here are some layouts created using Krystal Hartley’s contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Uncharted by Krystal Hartley.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Uncharted by Krystal Hartley; Follow Me Vol. 4 (template) by Caroline S.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Uncharted by Krystal Hartley; Fonts: DJB My Mood Ring Is Blah by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Uncharted by Krystal Hartley; Brown Town Alpha by Brittish Designs; Font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

I’m Krystal Hartley, wife to Michael, and mom to daughter Avery (16) and son Landon (11). I’m a native Texan and we currently reside just outside Dallas.

I turned 40 last summer and have entered a new chapter in my life. I find myself compelled to creatively illustrate and document my story, my evolving paradigm, and the always important, yet sometimes painful revelations of self-discovery. I’m enamored with the process and the way it influences my choices. I fully look forward to an amazing decade of fulfillment and self-improvement.

When I’m not buried in Photoshop, you can find me exercising, freckling (weather permitting) or kicking butt as a shadow priest in World of Warcraft.




As I mentioned before, I’m sort of in an All About Me mode with my scrapbook pages right now. This page is a retrospective story of personal triumph. It’s merely a glimpse of a struggle because the details are still to dark for me to put on paper. I tried to mimic the story’s reconstruction of myself with the photos…revealing more parts of myself and appreciating the half-smile…hopefully a sign of a better things ahead.

Probably my favorite part of the layout was the journaling…the formatting and highlighted words and phrases. To do that, I simply used one of Photoshop’s wet media brushes in a color similar to my paper and free-handed lines though the text. Then I just adjusted the blending mode and opacity. Oh, and I love that font!


I started scrapbooking in 1996 when my daughter was a newborn. I needed a way to organize and document all the baby keepsakes and photos. I was thrilled to discover scrapbooking through a church event. I started digiscrapping about ten years later in 2006. One day I stumbled onto DigiShopTalk (DST) and then onto a designer contest and decided to try it. And I won! I officially began designing Oct. 1, 2007.

Everything. Music, colors, clothes, my kids, my mood, Pinterest, other scrappers, etc. I’m very eclectic in my tastes, but I’ve sort of finally settled into sort of a more sophisticated, shabby vibe.

Computer: I’m not very techy. I have a Toshiba laptop with 6 gb of ram.

Program: I have been using PSCS3 for years but just upgraded to 5.5. I have Illustrator but don’t use it often because I haven’t really sat down to learn all its capabilities.

Camera: Nikon D70
Canon Powershot 9
iPhone 4

Anything Else: Canon scanner
Intuos pen tablet
The one thing I can’t live with out…
Photoshop >; File >; Scripts >; Load files into stack

Seriously dream come true time saver for cluster scrappers or full kit scrappers like me. It allows me to select all the elements from the kit(s) and then opens them all into ONE canvas. I then just drag them all at once onto my paper and start rearranging, resizing, shadowing, etc. It even keeps the original file name as the layer name which makes it easy to credit.

So I was browsing Pinterest and found this gorgeous altered box using kraft, lace, denim and pearls…aged and distressed to perfection. I had been drooling over tons of photos and projects of crafts and wearables using natural and neutral fibers and textures all morning, and I just relate to the statement they make. I’m very much a girl next door, nothin’ but cotton, natural and a little bit shabby kind of gal, and the kit just showcases my love for that.

Well Natural Beauty is also my most popular, but this collab with KCB seemed make impression with the customers, too. It was Kristin’s idea to do a birthday kit, and I had those color set aside for such a theme and apparently we make pretty things together. I think I actually squealed when it was finished. I’m looking forward to doing a boy version with her very soon.


Here are some of my favorite products by Krystal Hartley:


Here are some more inspirational layouts using Krystal Hartley’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


Save 30% at Krystal Hartley’s Sweet Shoppe store with coupon code EPIPHANY. Expires 05-31-12.

Go have a look in Krystal Hartley’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!