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Anna Aspnes
Aurora, Colorado
A digital artist/designer/educator creating abstract DigtialART for artists, crafters, photographers, memory keepers
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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Good morning friends! I'm back from a whirlwind trip to New York and inspired by what the aA Creative Team having been up to in my absence, using ArtPlay Palette Old World and the supporting DigitalART products. You can view the entire release here for a limited time. Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest. Gallery HighLights. Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together. The Quarry I Applechick Old World Now! I Ann06 From Mother I Donnagoar We always love to see your pages. Share them here. Continue reading
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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 July 3, 2015. New to digital artistry or want to discover a new approach to digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. This week I was inspired by the colors of vintage maps which are featured ever so slighted in this travel-themed ArtPlay Palette. Modern meets vintage in this collection where texture is juxtaposed against lack of and sophisticated neutrals stand in contrast to bold color. I see this collection being used to document travels in multiple Continents over a century of decades. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
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In this video, aA Creative Team member, Suzie Griffith, demonstrates how to to use a variety of aA BrushSets, ArtsyTransfers and Overlays to add texture to your photo collages, digital scrapbooking pages and photo edits. DigitalART Supplies List: ArtsyKardz Splash, TapedTextures No. 2, Spackle Textured No. 3, GoldPaint No. 4, ArtPlay Palette Sage, ArtPlay Palette Break Away. This tutorial is conducted in Adobe Photoshop but may be adapted for use in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
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The idea has changed and evolved somewhat since it's inception. Looking forward to sharing.
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Store Update + Product Retirement. This week it's been all go as we get ready for the big reveal for the new Anna Aspnes Designs website. Preparation behind the scenes has included tidying up some of the categories in the aA store. You will notice that we have: The FREE FotoInspired Class can now be found in the Project Life/365 category and on the aA Youtube channel. Other complementary aA DigitalART products have been moved to the FreeART category The Collections category has been removed. Product within that category have been re-assigned to the appropriate categories in the store. The Project 2011 Workshop and all 13 individual lesson and template packs are discounted by 75% through 1 July 2015 at 9am EST, when they will be retired and permanently removed from the store. I used the templates and principles in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 It's that time again to share my FotoInspired project.These weekly double-page spreads enable me to organize and showcase all the little stories and iPhone photos from my life with a little ArtPlay thrown in for good measure. As we are just shy of the mid year point I'm just one week behind. It's an easy project with no deadline. I get the pages put together as and when I feel like a spending some time with my memories and when I can find snippets of time. This project is working well for me right now. Are you new to the FotoInspired 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... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Good morning friends! It's a steamy morning in Colorado perfect for some *Summery* inspiration from the aA Creative Team using ArtPlay Palette Summery and supporting DigitalART products. You can view the entire release here for a limited time. Click on the image below to view more gallery inspiration, or visit the AnnaTeam Layouts board on Pinterest. Gallery HighLights. Click on the images to access complete digital supply lists, plus process notes on how each team member put their pages together. We always love to see your pages. Share them here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
Summer just arrived in Colorado :)
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It's that time of year :)
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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 June 26, 2015. New to digital artistry or want to discover a new approach to digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. When I asked the aA Creative Team what they would like to see in the store this week, the majority of them asked for something *summery* and this is what I came up with. Willing the sun to return to Colorado as it's absence is certainly atypical. Fingers crossed it's a nice weekend. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Great tips Su. Thanks for sharing.
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Check out the new video just posted today too: http://annaaspnes.typepad.com/anna/2015/06/video-smart-objects-artsy-sketch-effect.html
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Tutorial | Create an Artsy Sketch Effect at ::ANNA::
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Today, Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, is sharing the advantages of using smart objects in Photoshop and then explains how Photoshop Elements users can create 3 different photo effects using last week's versatile tutorial, Creating an Artsy Sketch Effect, without using smart objects. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 5 new DigitalART products in the aA store this morning. Please click on the previews for sale information and further details about each product. 2 New sets of ArtsyTransfers to co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palettes He and Reflections. For further guidance on using these transfers, see this 13 Ways to Use ArtsyTransfers and view the FREE videos on the aA YouTube channel. The Best Dad | Linda Davis Suzie Griffith Spring Template Album No. 1D. The last 5 pages of a 20-page photo book or album to include a BONUS CoverSet. See the Holiday Template 2014 video tutorial for guidance on using these MultiFoto layered templates. New ValuePacks. 2 Summer-themed collections of previously released product offerings delivered in bundle format. ...................................................................................................................................................... ArtSale. There are 12 new DigitalART products for digital scrapbooking, collage, photo-editing and art-journaling on sale... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Not a problem! Happy to help Pam :)
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on ArtsyInspiration | AnnaRelease *Bliss* at ::ANNA::
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Hi Pam, I just downloaded the files from the store and everything looks to be in order. Please try downloading again and please contact me if you are experiencing further problems. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on ArtsyInspiration | AnnaRelease *Bliss* at ::ANNA::
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Yep there is. The only different is that .png file does not include the mask.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on ArtsyInspiration | AnnaRelease *Bliss* at ::ANNA::
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Could you supply an image for this oval frame?
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Thanks Pam!
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Thanks for the feedback Pam. Which frame are you referring to?
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Oscraps is celebrating *Dads and Dudes* over the next 2 weeks with a happy SALE in the Dads and Dudes category of the Oscraps store. 135 aA DigitalART products are discounted by 30% ranging from ArtPlay Palettes, Templates, BrushSets and Clipping Masks. The sale is in effect now through Monday, 29 June 2015. Here are some of my favorites. Click on the images to access the products in the store. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Good morning friends! Today, I'm once again sharing creative inspiration from the aA Creative Team using ArtPlay Palette He and supporting DigitalART products. You can view the entire release here for a limited time. This week, however, we're going to change to the format slightly. Click on the image above to go to the AnnaGallery where you can view all the latest inspiration and access process notes for each aA Creative Team layout. Such a great way to start the week. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thanks for the input. I probably should but rarely use smart filters. Old habits die hard.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2015 on Tutorial | Create an Artsy Sketch Effect at ::ANNA::
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Love that we get to learn from one another
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