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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 two NewART digital products now available in the aA store and these products are 20% off until Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am EST. 1. Travel Template Album No. 1A. We're getting ready for travel season with a brand new set of 12 X 12 travel-themed Artsy Layered Templates designed to create the first 5 pages of a 30-page photobook or album. This is Part 1 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... Continue reading
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Nicely done Monique!
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It's the beginning of a new month and so it's time to share my FotoInspired weekly documentation layouts from last month in a round-up style post. Are you new to this project? You will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts: The FotoInspired Project and StarterPack. This post provides information about the project as well as a collection of digital products to get you started. 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 Tutorials. Weekly tips and techniques for creating your pages from years 2013 and 2014. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks. February 2015 came and went in a whirlwind and looked like... Continue reading
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Happy Monday! Can you believe it—March already? Spring is just around the corner and the AnnaGallery is bloomin' with fresh layouts using AnnaRelease *Document*, the most recent collection of artsy digital art supplies to make their way into the aA store. Want to see? Check out the beautiful AnnaTeamer layouts below or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts Board on Pinterest. Be inspired, read on and maybe try a technique or two from the GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS and TECHNIQUES below where three of these layouts are featured. GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS AND TECHNIQUES. The following three AnnaTeamer layouts demonstrate techniques that you can quickly and easily try when creating your own artsy pages. Click on an image below to access the team member's digital supply list and process notes, which explain how she developed that page. Click.click(click)color | Adryane 1. Create WallART Print. Adryane stamped... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
Thank you Marleen! Hope you are well. Would gladly send some of our white stuff your way :)
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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 isDK. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago 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 6, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Origins and Background. Isn't there a saying that you can't have too much of a good thing? I am going agree to that and say, "Not when it comes to cameras!" <insert grin>. Last week's release was very *camera-centric*, and seeing as photos are what we do around here, I thought I'd continue the theme into another week. If I'm honest, also had more ideas than I could fit in one release. *Document* is centered around the theme of taking photos and telling stories to create the magic of memory keeping, but as always, could be used for a multitude... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Annateamer Applechick demonstrates how she uses Fotoblendz to control the amount of texture and pattern on her layouts. ..................................................................................................................................................... 1. Select FotoBlendz. I often clip papers to transfers and FotoBlendz clipping masks to control the amount of pattern and texture on a page. For this page, I used Artsy Fotoblendz Clipping Masks No. 1 and an artsy paper from Artplay Palette Behold; the masks are quite bold, and as I wanted a slightly graphic feel to the page, they were ideal. 2. Duplicate Masks. The look I wanted to achieve, was as if small pieces of paper, paint and gold leaf, had been layered together. It was important that the background paper chosen didn't overpower, to allow the hard edges of the mask to be visible. Plain card stock style digital paper would have been an obvious choice, but I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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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 4, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Capture. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Capture 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. Make Your Own ArtsyKardz. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Simply place the ArtsyTransfer on the background of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
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In this new series of posts, AnnaTeamer, Casbury, shares her journey from beginner scrapbooker to Creative Team Member, This series of posts is intended to demonstrate that no-one is born a digital memory keeping expert. ........................................................................................................................................................ My Scrapbooking Background. I started paper scrapping in 2005, but shortly afterwards discovered digital scrapping appearing in online sites. It was two years before I had the nerve to post my own digital pages. In the meantime, I needed to figure out how and what Photoshop and Photoshop Elements were all about. I remember how excited I was to create my first practice page. I don’t even remember what the subject was, but I did it! I gained confidence and plunged forward. The technical stuff is not really my forte, but little by little I learned enough to start posting my pages. I’ve discovered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Hello there! Just back from a weekend of skiing and ready to rock and roll with a new week of inspiration and creation. The Gallery is positively hopping with new layouts using AnnaRelease *Capture*, the latest collection of artsy digital scrapbooking supplies make their way into the aA store. Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest. Gallery HighLights. 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. Quiet Time | Tylertooo 1. Inverted Blended Photo. Blend a photo into one of the artsy background papers from ArtPlay Palette Capture using the inverted masking technique demonstrated in AnnaBlendz No. 4 | Inverted Masking. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. The photo was submitted by Suzie Griffith (mum2gnt) Anyone who would like to submit a photo should email a high resolution copy to aAcolorchallenge@gmail.com Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 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 February 27, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Origins and Inspiration. Photos are the core of what we do in scrapbooking, so I like to revisit this theme once in a while. Simple inspiration this week, with little explanation needed. Sometimes it just works out that way. A picture paints a thousand words. Hope you have a great weekend. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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In today's post, AnnaTeamer, Miki, shares her journey from beginner scrapbooker to Creative Team Member. This series of posts is intended to demonstrate that no-one is born an expert. ......................................................................................................................................................... My Scrapbooking Background. I began my journey into scrapbooking with Creative Memories in 2004 - It was a great introduction to memory keeping, recording stories and events. I filled every page with photos and stickers with an artistic flare, fervently trying to convey the memory and emotions of the time. I began the move to digital scrapbooking in 2006, first doing hybrid pages. I knew that digitally recording the stories was the way to go for me. As my Adobe Photoshop skills improved, my love affair with digital scrapbooking began. This is one of my earlier digital pages. Purpose. It’s a tribute to my husband’s brother who died unexpectedly, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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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 Feb 25, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Behold. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Behold 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. Make Your Own ArtsyKardz. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Simply place the ArtsyTransfer on the background of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at ::ANNA::
We're making more progress on the *I Have An Idea* post. I'm generally *a run before I can walk* type of girl so this process is definitely teaching me the virtue of patience. That said, I'm paying attention to details, and working on a strong foundation, before I share everything I'm working on. I held a pilot AnnaBlendz101 Live class over the weekend. This 2 hour on-line event for beginner to intermediate digital scrapbookers, taught the basics of blending in Adobe Photoshop and Elements to 15 *game* ladies. What a wonderful group of supportive ladies. This class was a test-run. I wanted to know if the theory of live teaching, was as good in practice as I hoped, as well as test out the selected on-line classroom environment. It was a thumbs up, for the most part. The content was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Happy Presidents Day! Holiday or not, I want to share what the AnnaTeam has been up to. There's lot's of new inspiration in The Gallery using AnnaRelease *Behold*, the latest collection of DigitalART and artsy scrapbooking supplies, to hit the aA store. Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest. Gallery HighLights. The following 3 digital layouts demonstrate techniques you can quickly and easily apply when creating your own artsy pages. Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together. Smooch | Tylertoo 1. Create Dimension. AnnaTeamer, Joanie, combined the use of KrissKross Stitched Overlays No. 2 and a variety of the elements from Artplay Palette Behold to add a traditional look and feel to her layout.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. The photo was submitted by Suzie Griffith (mum2gnt) Anyone who would like to submit a photo should email a high resolution copy to aAcolorchallenge@gmail.com Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thanks Su.
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Thanks Monique
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The Details. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 4 individual digital products is 20% off or available as a collection discounted by 37% through Friday February 29, 2015. This week's release includes a fresh new travel-inspired ArtPlay Palette, with a co-ordinating BrushSet, Artsy Template, and WordART. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Origins and Inspiration. I always start thinking about travel at this time of year. There are a number of places I'd like to go. Currently top of my list are Iceland, Italy, New York and Portland. Some day. In the meantime, I am visiting these places through my art and sharing them with you. I have ideas this year for a series of travel albums, as well as mini add-on TravelSamplers. Another fun little project I'm looking forward to starting. This particular... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Thursday is always my day for wrapping up the new AnnaRelease, so today I'm simply sharing a sneak peek of one of the papers in the new ArtPlay Palette. Have a great Thursday! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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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 Feb 18, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Remarkable. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays co-ordinates with ArtPlay Palette Remarkable 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. Make Your Own ArtsyKardz. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Simply place the ArtsyTransfer on the background of your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer, Heather Prins, explains how she uses Adobe Bridge to organize her supplies. ........................................................................................................................................................ Using Adobe Bridge to organize my digital scrapbooking supplies is a no brainer. The application is delivered with Adobe Photoshop and designed for the purpose of organizing and finding images. Some of my best tips for using Adobe Bridge: Tag often or you will get overwhelmed. I unzip and tag my supplies right away. Do not move things around in the Adobe Bridge application (such as putting a folder in a new category) Only move folders in the Documents folder, or you may lose your keywords (they will become unchecked) . abr files cannot be key worded. Getting Started with Adobe Bridge. 1. Establish Main Folders. Open your Documents folder (Finder> Documents, or it may be on your EHD, if your have one), and create Master... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at ::ANNA::