Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Digital Designer: Krystal Hartley

Last night I finally decided to take the plunge and get my very first digital kit! To be honest, I have been afraid of digital scrapbooking even though from the scrapbook magzines it looks like a lot of neat things can be done with it. Plus as you might have noticed I have a TON of paper scrapbooking tools and supplies, but what I don't have is a 12x12 printer so hybrid scrapbooking would probably be a challenge or I'd try to combine both.

Then I started a blog, and I love the free template I use now. So do a lot of other people; I started seriously thinking about getting a blog makeover. Looking at all the different blog designers, reading their policies, trying to figure out what to do...so confusing!

I've been thinking more and more about making the jump into a little digital scrapbooking so I can make easy customized pages for online developing services such as Shutterfly. You can design a whole pape layout digitally and then upload and turn them into a hard bound book. So I thought it couldn't hurt to look around, get a kit to experiment and if I don't end up using it for my blog I can always use it with scrapbooking.

There is a huge wealth of resources available and like looking for a blog designer it can take a long time to search out the perfect kit. But I found it!!! I love A Beautiful World at Scrap Orchard by Krystal Hartley. It is so bright, colorful, and cheeful. It just makes me happy. She has some freebies on her blog that I plan to get and play around with too.

I was up way too late working on a header design for my blog. I LOVE everything about the blue version at the top of this post except for the birdie's color, I'm working on that. I think it blends in too much with the background. I also made a green version, which I may go with because then I could use the pretty blue as my blog's background color. I was just so excited playing with my new kit, I had to share it with everyone!

I'm not sure if I'll be using one of these headers, as I'm not sure about what's permissible or not to do with the kit's elements - I've emailed Krystal about that. But I am very happy with how things turned out, learning new things...like Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

4 Friends Said:

Kris said...

Oh I love this 2nd header! So bright, cheerful, and fun!!!

Vickie said...

As I said in my email...you are gettin' so fancy.

Heidi Boos said...

I'm sure this would be so much fun to play around with! (Another thing to keep you busy, right?) I design digital photo cards and it sounds similar. I love the header you created...hope you're able to use it!

Krystal Hartley said...

I'm sooooooo flattered! Your header is adorable! Congratulations on your dive into digi, and I hope you find it super rewarding!

I did move from Scrap Orchard to Sweet Shopped Designs, but you can still find me and my freebies on my blog!

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