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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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Today, Creative Team Member, Ulla-May shares her favorite Android Apps for editing photos. Like most people involved in digital scrapbooking, photo artistry and manipulation, I love to photograph and play with different editing techniques. I prefer to use Photoshop, but during vacations when I don’t have access to the software, I use Android Apps to edit my photos. Historically iPhones and iPads have had the most choice in photo-editing Apps, but nowadays, Android also offers some great options. I have explored many Apps for Android - Both free and paid for. I'd like to share the ones I use the most. While Instagram is the most popular, both for Android and iOS, I like the apps where I can edit my photos in a similar way as I do in Photoshop. I also prefer Apps that give me a greater... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There is 1 NewART digital product now available in the aA store and this product is 20% off until Wednesday April 01, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. Travel Template Album No. 1C. A brand new set of 12 X 12 travel-themed Artsy Layered Templates designed to create pages 11 -15 of a 30-page photobook or album. This is Part 3 of 6 in this series and the templates are intended for use with the clipping mask function or recoloring. All layer styles, masks, frames, brushwork, edges, stitching, elements, title and text boxes shown are included. Simply clip your images to the FotoBlendz masks and add your own personalization and words. Guidance for using with the multi-layered FotoBlendz in this album can be found in the Instructions for Use eBooklet which is available as a free download from the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ::ANNA::
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Turning 40 last week was pretty great. In fact, I don't think I could have asked for a better day. The sun shone, I was able to visit with some of my favorite people and there were lots of presents. I was awake at 4.30 am which is pretty atypical for me as I am more of a night owl than morning person. My Mum joked that I was excited about my birthday, but I think it had more to do with making sure the Big Birthday Sale had begun without a hitch. I taught E to make scrambled eggs and got everyone off to school, before taking the dogs for a walk. I spoke to my people in England, then went out to lunch with 2 of my girlfriends. I don't need many friends and REALLY treasure the ones... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Hello again. The AnnaTeam is in full celebration mode with my Birthday and the O'Scraps Birthday Week happening now! The Gallery is full of fun new layouts using ArtPlay MiniPalette Honor, the new FREE with Purchase Mini-Kit currently available with a $14.40 purchase from the aA store. Gallery HighLights. We are challenging you to apply one or more of the techniques below to your next artsy layout: Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together. Awesome | donnagoar 1. Custom Stitch Frame. Create a custom frame using a variety of UrbanStitchez stamped in black on new layers. For guidance on loading and using brushes, see this video tutorial. Try this. Drag a .psd layered frame on to your layout, clip your photo to the frame mask.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. This week we are lifting the above page by AnnaGallery Member tansy. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
Link is fixed :)
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Tutorials | Artsy Composite Series at ::ANNA::
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It's my birthday and we're kicking off this party in style. I have officially been on this planet for 40 years (29 years if you listen to my husband) and I'm perhaps unusually excited about this new chapter of my life. It's a pretty BIG deal. I'm also feeling a LOT of GOOD energy which I want to share with YOU. There is no new AnnaRelease today but I think you're going to LOVE what I have lined up for you: 1. 40% ONE DAY SALE. This discount is available Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12AM - Midnight EST, after which it will drop to 30% for the Oscraps 9th Birthday Celebration. Please note that some exclusions apply, to include On Sale, ValuePacks, Licenses, GiftKardz, and products released in the last 4 weeks. <<<I'll Take A Little Looksy>>> 2. 40-4-40... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Hi Shirley! Can you provide more information on the broken link? Thanks.
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In this next installment, Ana demonstrates how to create a Double Exposure Composite with a Repetition Effect. See the other tutorials in this series.here. Double Exposure Composite with Repetition Effect To create a Double Exposure Composite you will need to use two very distinct types of photos. In this technique, one of the photos will be a silhouette with high contrast of color. Use either a dark subject on a light background or a light subject on a dark background. In both cases, you will have to extract your subject from the image as part of the process. For the second photo, use one (or more than one) image with vibrant colors and textures, such as a colorful landscape scene, a bouquet of flowers or a photo with high level of details for best results. The images will be layered... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There is 1 NewART digital product now available in the aA store and this product is 20% off until Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 9am EST. I have been busy this week creating and lining up all kinds of fun surprises in lieu of birthday celebrations this week. Both Oscraps and my birthday happens to fall in the same week. I will be continuing with the Travel Template Album series next week. Mark your calendar to check the blog on Friday for a special one day event, or sign up for our weekly newsletter to get an early preview of what we've got in store for you. 1. ArtsyTransfers Daffodil. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Daffodil delivered in layered .psd and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at ::ANNA::
By popular request, Linda Davis, is back today with a new video tutorial on how to use the ArtsyTransfers. She is truly amazing. Watch it on the aA Youtube Channel or below. If you are new to ArtsyTransfers, please see this post for more information about the aA ArtsyTransfers digital product line. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Hello again. I hope you had an awesome few days! It was good to get outside and enjoy some of the spring weather we've been having in this part of the world. The AnnaTeam must be feeling the spring fever too! The Gallery is full of bright new layouts using AnnaRelease *Daffodil*, the latest collection of artsy digital scrapbooking supplies in the aA store. Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest. Gallery HighLights. We are challenging you to apply one or more of the techniques below to your next artsy layout: Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together. Palm Tree | Ellen 1. FotoBlendz Clipping Mask + Blending Mode. Clip a photo to a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thank you for your support :) That's awesome. Pinned and will check it out.
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Thanks for the feedback Su. The ArtsyTransfers provide the transfers in layered format while those in the ArtPlay Palette are just one layer .png. There is sometimes an overlap in design, just depends whether you want the layered .psd files are not. Hope this helps?
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Enjoy UM :)
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Lovely. You too Monique.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2015 on AnnaRelease *Daffodil* at ::ANNA::
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Thank you Marijke.
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Click on the image above for further details. Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. This week we are lifting the above page by AnnaGallery Member Myssp. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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The Details. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 5 individual digital products is 20% off or available as a collection discounted by 37% through Friday March 20, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Origins and Background. Nothing says spring like a bunch of Daffodils. They are my Mum's favorite flower, and so even though we lived the nomadic military lifestyle while I was growing up, part of making a house a home, was the presence of Daffodils coming up in the garden every spring. I noticed the first of 2015, last week while at the grocery store, then when I let our four-legged friends out into the yard this morning, I spotted a few green shoots peeking out from behind the mulch. The seasons are changing my friends and there is much to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Haha! Good one.
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Enjouy Suzie!
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Today, Creative Team Member, Monique, is demonstrating Extracting and Blending Techniques. 1. Extract Your Photo. Open your photo and duplicate (CTRL/Command + J). Hide the original photo by clicking on the eye icon in the layers menu. Make an extraction of the part of the photo you want to use on your layout by using the Magic Wand Tool to delete the unwanted portions. Select the Quick Selection Tool and select the Photo Subject. Create a new layer from the selection (CTRL/Command +J). Add a Layer Mask, select a small Brush and continue to brush away the unwanted portions of the photo. 2. Blend Your Photos. Create a new 12 X 12 layout. Add a Background Paper of your choice. Drag the extracted photo onto your new layout, as well as additional photos for blending. Select each photo layer and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thank YOU Monique for always being here to cheer me on :)
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MidWeek Release. There are 2 NewART digital products now available in the aA store and these products are 20% off until Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Arrive. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Arrive delivered in layered .psd and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, and/or alter the opacity of any of the included layers, to allow for maximum customization. You can also clip images, papers or transfers to any of the layers using the clipping mask function or modify them by following the AnnaBlendz #3 Blending With Brushes. Also check out this Blog Post to see 13 ways to use ArtsyTransfers. Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, showcases ArtsyTransfers in her latest video tutorial available on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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The ArtsyTransfer is a multi-colored layered blended element delivered in .psd format for use in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.The layers in ArtsyTransfers have blended edges, while ArtsyKardz layers fit within the bounds of the rectangular square format, enabling you to quickly and easily create blended digital art and composites. Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, showcases ArtsyTransfers in her latest video tutorial available on the aA Youtube Channel. Following, you will find more inspiring ways to use ArtsyTransfers in your layouts. A big thank you goes out to the aA Creative Team for sharing their talent and artwork. 1. Clip Photo. Select one of the larger paint layers and use as a mask to instantly blend your photo amongst the layers using the clipping mask function in Adobe Photoshop and Elements. Changes | Mikki Krueger 2. Modify Layers. Clip an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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