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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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MidWeek Release. There are 5 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 3 New sets of ArtsyKardz to coordinate with ArtPlay Palette Among Friends delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz heading of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Learn how to use them by watching this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz These ArtsyKardz are also available bundled as a TriPack at a substantial 42% discount. FotoInspired DoublePage Template. A new single FotoInspired DoublePage template featuring a variety of frames designed to create 2-12 X 12... Continue reading
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1. AnnaNews. Many of you may not have received the AnnaNews again this week due this Yahoo/Mailchimp conflict. I use a yahoo email address. The good news is that now we know what's causing the problem, we can fix it, and you should begin receiving the AnnaNews again. You can access the latest issue here and sign up for the weekly NewsLetter here. 2. aA Designs on Instagram. We've started a new instagram account for aA designs for all product releases. Go follow here. 3. Photo Book Deal. It's Tax Day in the USA and you can get a screaming deal on my favorite Picaboo photobooks here. Save 65% for a limited time! Continue reading
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Hi Laser, Good catch! It's a typo and has been corrected. Thanks for the heads up. Anna
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Beautiful words Su! Thank you!
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I love the message in this short video. What is being creative? from Kristian Ulrich Larsen on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Origins. The topic of friends has been on my mind lately and inspired this latest collection. My family is still in England, and in Eric's absence, I've had to rely on friends more than I usually would. Eric is my only long term friend, outside of my family unit, and the one I happen to be married to. With my sidekick in Maryland, I'm finding I'm connecting with old friends, making new ones and letting others go. I've had lots of friends over the past 39 years thanks to my transitory military existence. 28 houses and 10 schools in 6 different countries are the official stats. People say it get's easier to move and make friends, and that children are resilient, but I have personally never found this to be true. It can take me 2 years or more to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
Thanks Brenda for your support! My biggest weakness is always feeling I'm letting someone down.
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When life happens, the weekly layout might not get done as planned. I have been doing a weekly documentation project for over 2 years now. The first year I dipped my toes in the water with this collection of single layouts, styled more traditionally than the FotoInspired templates I used in 2013, and now in 2014. I have missed my weekly appointment with this project only on a few occasions when I have been on vacation. I have always prided myself on keeping appointments and being on time. If I make a commitment, I honor it. If I say I'm going to be there at a certain time, I like to be on the dot. This week is a first for me but I can't help but feel it's a victory. In the last 3 months I've been juggling designing,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. Lots of fun and games around here as I juggle E and L being out of school for the second week of spring break and a car that's not feeling so well. Single parenthood becomes even more tricky when you are without wheels. Taking the breaks where I can, letting the little stuff go and holding on for the ride. There are 4 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 3 New sets of ArtsyKardz to coordinate with ArtPlay Palette Getaway delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer Heather Prins shares a layout she created from inspiration found on Pinterest. ..................................................................................................................................................... Whether you're looking for a co-ordinating color palette or a unique design idea, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for your digital scrapbooking layouts. Locate an image that inspires you Determine what you love about it Adapt the concepts/techniques and transfer the inspiration to your scrapbok layouts Heather recently found this colorful watercolor map on Pinterest, which immediately reminded her of the Big Wide World No. 1 Brush Set in the aA store. She combined the inspiration with the map brushes to create the following layout executed simply by using the clipping mask function. She Puts The Color.... | Heather Prins Technique. The artsy background paper from Artplay Palette Easter Chicks was first recolored to better co-ordinate with the images. The map brushes were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at ::ANNA::
1. AnnaNews. Unfortunately not everyone received my weekly Newsletter on Saturday. I can only put this down to there being a slight glitch with Mailchimp and am sure it will resolve itself. In the meantime, you can access the latest AnnaNews here. 2. Creativity. I enjoyed this short TED Talk by Matt Cuts on Trying Something New for 30 days, a creative approach to setting and achieving goals. 3. Stories. The Cure or the Story? by Seth Godin. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaRelease. NewART is now available in the aA store. There are 5 individual digital products is discounted by 20%, and a special FREE BONUS product included in the AnnaRelease, resulting in a 46% discount through Friday April 11, 2014 at 9am EST. One week of spring break down and one to go. E and L have been home long enough to get bored and drive me crazy even though E has been busy working on her Red Cross Baby Sitting certification and Luke has had some field trips offered by the school after-care program. No travel plans for us anytime soon, but I know you probably have something in the works. I'm seeing lots of sunny travel photos on Instagram and Facebook. I'm content with dreaming about a little getaway at the moment. Anywhere would be nice but I've got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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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. FotoInspired week 13 was created using FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 57, the latest template to be added to the FotoInspired No. 2 series. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks. FotoBlendz and ArtsyKardz. In previous posts I've shared how I combine photos and layers in the ArtsyKardz .psd files to create Mini ArtWorks for your artsy Project Life pages. See the above ArtsyKardz video to watch how the photos are clipped to the various layers within the ArtsyKardz. The Problem. Once in a while, you'll come across ArtsyKardz .psd files in which the layers do not yield the results you are looking for, when you clip photos... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Yes chosen randomly :)Sorry I didn't make that clear.
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Awesome.
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:D
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YES!
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MidWeek Release. There are 5 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 3 New sets of ArtsyKardz to coordinate with ArtPlay Palette Wonderful delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz heading of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Learn how to use them by watching this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz These ArtsyKardz are also available bundled as a TriPack at a substantial 42% discount. FotoInspired DoublePage Template. A new single FotoInspired DoublePage template featuring a variety of frames designed to create 2-12 X 12 co-ordinating... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at ::ANNA::
You made my day Carol.
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Big congrats Judy! Well deserved.
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Well said Jane!
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Thank YOU Rita!
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Totally worth it to see so many happy people :)
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The results are in! Thank you so much to all of you who rose to aA Ladder Challenge. Even if you didn't complete the challenge you deserve a *high five* just for participating. This challenge was not for the *faint of heart.* It was fabulous to see the AnnaGallery filled with such artistry, of course, making it VERY difficult to choose the ultimate winner. So without further ado, the winners are as follows, with a number of additional prizes thrown in for good measure: Part 1 $5 GiftKard goes to bcgal00 Part 2 $5 GiftKard goes to Janedee Part 3 $8 GiftKard does to pheeebzzz Part 4 $8 GiftKard goes to Bluetansy Part 5 $8 GiftKard goes to nzsuzsa Part 6 $10 GiftKard goes to Margeda Part 7 $ 10 GiftKard goes to ritacica The BIG prize was a 3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Spring is beginning to *spring* in Colorado. Our daffodils and tulips are beginning to emerge, in spite of my lack of attention, and we're being greeted by the strong winds that are typical for this time of year. Spring break is happening for the next 2 weeks, and so I will be juggling having my not-so-little-anymore people home. Thankfully I'm feeling much better than I was 2 weeks ago. My back/neck pain has been subsiding after starting a regimen of supplements to counteract the effects of adrenal fatigue. I'm a Type A personality with a LOT on my plate at the moment so it's no surprise. This is not the first time my body has retaliated to the effects of stress. I went through something very similar a few years ago when Eric was deployed in 2010. In addition to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at ::ANNA::