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Anna Aspnes
Aurora, Colorado
A digital artist/designer/educator creating abstract FotoART and seeking the artsy in everyday life.
Interests: I am an Artist with a Capital (and a little) A. I began my journey before I could walk, standing at my parent's coffee stable with a crayon in hand, intent on creating magic. While I deviated from this calling a number of times over the years, the desire to create has never subsided, and I have learned that all paths continue to lead back home. I see the world in a variety of colors and abstract shapes that transpire to my collections of artwork. I'm fascinated by fluctuations in texture and the fusion between differing mediums experimenting with seamless blending as well as the contrast through the use of organic boundaries. My artwork is created through combining tactile and digital techniques with a modern meets traditional approach. I create from the inside out enabling my subconscious self to direct the outcome of each new creative adventure. It is through this artistic expression that I am able to be so honest and real, enabling me to easily wear my heart on my sleeve. I am also a mother, wife, dog lover, healer, teacher, runner, wine connoisseur ,photo enthusiast and story-teller passionate about sharing an artsy approach to modern digital memory keeping. I energize members of the digital scrapbooking community and encourage, both men and women, from all age groups and walks of life, to inject artistic expression into telling their stories and photographic captures of their everyday lives. I provide memory keepers and photo enthusiasts with the tools needed to make them feel like artists and creative geniuses. I create a comprehensive range of digital products, provide the know for using them and develop strategies for getting photos and stories told in an artsy and meaningful fashion. I connect artsy people craving a different approach to documenting memories and share a decade of expertise through guest teaching, podcasts, webinars, blog post and my own educational video modules. I bring the artsy to memory keeping transcending traditional scrapbooking to a more modern photo-artistry approach.
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Getting Started. If you are new to the FotoInspired series, you will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts: Free Video Tutorial. Download and watch the FotoInspired #1 | 5 Step Process which demonstrates my basic FotoInspired layout creation process broken down into 5 easy steps. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks *Blending* Templates. It is quite conceivable that you might want to use more that one FotoInspired DoubleTemplate to create your weekly layout. This week, I selected FotoInspired DoubleTemplates (FIDT) No. 52 and 20, choosing to combine them into one layout, to create my double page spread. I created a new 24 X 12 300DPI layout and moved the layers from each sids of the FIDT No. 52 template to my new layout... Continue reading
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Happy to know I'm not the only one Amber. Thanks for sharing :)
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Thanks Lorrie. Hoping that all this re-organizing will pay off, so I have time to do more.
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MidWeek Release. And is Wednesday again which means we have a few new products releasing in the store. This week there are 3 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 at 9am EST. The ArtsyKardz MultiPack consists of 9 ArtsyKardz and are delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. 4 - 6 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 2 - 4 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz MultiPack coordinates with Artplay Palette Frozen Collection, which as a quick reminder is available until Friday only, after which you can find the ArtPlay Palette components in this category of the Anna Aspnes Designs store. Use the ArtsyKardz in tandem with the other digital... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
Ahhh! Yes :) Thanks for the candid feedback. It helps!
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I truly value each person who comes to my blog and supports what I do in this small little space.
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AnnaTeamer, Miki, demonstrates how she combines the use of Filters in Adobe Photoshop CS4, with various brushes and transfers, to create a layout. Searching | Miki 1. The Foundation. Create a new layout at 12 X 12 300 dpi with a white background. Select a solid paper from ArtPlay Palette Tinge Paperie as your background. 2. The Painted Photo. Select an image of your choice, move it onto your new layout and duplicate the photo layer 4 times. Turn off the visibility of the original photo layer by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer in the Layers panel. Label the layers: original, orginal copy, paint daubs, underpainting and watercolor, then Link all these layers together by clicking on each of the layers in the Layers panel, while holding down the SHIFT button on the keyboard, then click... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
Thanks Fran.
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Yep and yep. Thank you :)
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I'm sure there are many out there who think I've gone entirely mad Sue, so I appreciate your own insights.
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It's all about the evolution Ana.
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That's very true Lindy and I still believe that. Happiness is such an important commodity. Thank you.
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Thanks Monique. IT was a bit quiet over here for a while so I appreciate you chiming in :)
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First of all, I want to share 3 pages I made last week. It's been a bit of a rarity over the last few years to get one page created with the new release, let alone 3. I traveled back to 2007 to find the photos which were all taken about this time of year in Alaska. Face Your Fears | Anna Aspnes The Story. This page shares the story of one of Ella and Luke's first experiences with Halloween and how they danced between the excitement of the evening and the fear that comes with scary costumes. What I Did. I added one of the element clusters from ArtPlay Palette Frozen Elements and frames from Artsy Layered Template No. 165 to an Artsy Paper from ArtPlay Palette Frozen Paperie. Clipped my images to the the various masks, as outlined... Continue reading
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Yep. Enjoy! Thanks Fran.
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Thanks Monique
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New Digital Products. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 6 individual digital products is discounted by 20%. A BONUS 7th product is available with the ArtPlay Palette collection option which is 40% off through Friday October 31, 2014 at 9am EST. Origins. This ArtPlay Palette started as a Halloween-themed palette with a focus on the *facing your fears* and being brave approach. I'm always looking for ways to make the ArtPlay Palette as adaptable as possible to multiple uses. This approach morphed, as it sometimes does when I am in my creative zone. The colors began to change on the fly, and I saw possibilites for winter-themed layouts. With possible snow and cold weather around the corner, why not go with a little bit of both? ArtPlay Palette Fear became ArtPlay Palette Frozen, as the... Continue reading
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Getting Started. If you are new to the FotoInspired series, you will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts: Free Video Tutorial. Download and watch the FotoInspired #1 | 5 Step Process which demonstrates my basic FotoInspired layout creation process broken down into 5 easy steps. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks Re-use, Re-cycle and Repeat. I announced last week, that I will not be creating any new FotoInspired DoubleTemplates in order to focus on new digital products and projects. There are over 100 in the store so there are plenty to re-use throughout your project. I intend to continue my own FotoInspired into 2015, and probably beyond. I will do weekly posts through the end of the year, and switch to a month... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. This week there are 3 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 at 9am EST. The MultiPack consists of 9 ArtsyKardz and are delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. 4 - 6 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 2 - 4 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz MultiPack coordinates with Artplay Palette Tinge Collection, which as a quick reminder is available until Friday only, after which you can find the ArtPlay Palette components in this category of the Anna Aspnes Designs store. Use the ArtsyKardz in tandem with the other digital products in the series to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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This tutorial by AnnaTeamer, Farrah Jobling, deconstructs a layout demonstrating the use of clipping masks, UrbanThreadz Frames No. 1, and ArtPlay Palette Hope in 3 easy steps. ......................................................................................................................................................... 1. Create Foundation. Select an artsy paper as a foundation for your layout and place a photo of your choice. Artsy papers provide a great base for any layout. The artsy design has already been done leaving only the decision on which one to choose. Digital scrapbook seeking greater challenge and creative adventure may prefer to create their own artsy paper by arranging transfers and overlays over a solid background paper. 2. Choose a Frame. Select a .psd format frame from either ArtPlay Palette Hope or UrbanThreadz Frames No. 1. Select all the layers in the Layers panel and move onto your layout foundation. Reposition the photo so that it becomes the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at ::ANNA::
See http://annaaspnes.typepad.com/anna/2014/10/video-tutorial-revealing-texture-in-fotoblendz-clipping-masks.html
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Tinge Paperie, ArtPlay Palette Tinge Elements, Melange FotoBlendz No. 2, AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 3, Autumn WordART No. 6, UrbanStitchez Leaves No. 1, Artsy Layered Template No. 164, AnnaStyle Drop Shadows No. 1 Hi there! I'm kicking of this this bright and sunny morning with a new video tutorial. See all currently available video tutorials here. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter for BONUS content. A number of you have emailed me about how to maintain the texture in a FotoBlendz clipping mask, specifically in the heavy paint and lace texture Melange FotoBlendz No. 2, when clip photos to them. The following video demonstrates 2 of the best techniques for working with these kinds of FotoBlendz. Please email me with any questions you might have. ........................................................................................................................................................ Curated Albums. My friend, Debbie Hodge, over at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Awesome! You're welcome :)
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The settings have just been tweaked and so you should be able to watch it now. Thanks for the note.
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Linda is a wonderful addition to our team :)
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