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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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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 May 29, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. This one was a request for *red rock* like colors, and living in Colorado, I' m no stranger to *Red Rocks.* This notion became my muse...Travel, hiking, camping and scenic photography were all in mind as I went about the design. My intention is to always create DigitalART that is lends itself well to lots of different themes. I've already used this ArtPlay Palette to create 2 layouts using Arizona photos proving it works for a South Western project and I'm seeing the red in this ArtPlay Palette would work really well with the brick-work found in... Continue reading
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Today, aA Creative member, Suzie Griffith, is sharing a few different ways to use Artsy Layered Templates. In this video she demonstrates the flexibility of thetemplates by showcasing techniques such as moving, flipping, recoloring, duplicating and applying blending modes to the different layers. Want More? The Daily Digi recently published a post on their blog, Artzy Tips, which also provides some great insight into using these templates to create your DigitalART projects. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 4 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 Whimsy and Cultivate. For further guidance on using these cards, see this 13 Ways to Use ArtsyTransfers and view the FREE videos on the aA YouTube channel. There is also a new FotoGlow and Tools ValuePacks in the ValuePacks category of the aA store. ....................................................................................................................................................... ArtSale. There are 12 new DigitART products for digital scrapbooking, collage, photo-editing and art-journaling on sale in the On Sale category of the aA store. These digital scrapbooking products are designed for use in photo-editing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Elements and are discounted by 40% through Friday May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am EST.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
Cheers UM :)
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Thanks H.
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Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 I am officially all caught up with my 2015 weekly documentation a.k.a *The FotoInspired Project*. How about you? I have definitely found my creative flow lately, and apparently *500-700% boosts in creativity are normal in a flow state – and recent Harvard studies suggest the effect can last for days* according to Dave Asprey from the Bulletproof Exec. If you're interested in *Hacking Your Flow State* listen to this interview with Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler from the Flow Genome Project on Bulletproof Radio. Aside from being passionate about creating and sharing DigitalART, I also like to dabble in a bit of bio-hacking in my free time. Are you new to the FotoInspired project? You will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Hello again and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The AnnaTeam members have been busy sharing more inspiration in the aAGallery using AnnaRelease *Whimsy*. 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. Almost 15 | Miki 1. Create an Ombre Acrylic Number. Open and move numbers from Acrylic AlphaNumberSet No. 1 onto your layout then clip a Light Leak No. 2 of choice to the numbers using the clipping mask function in Adobe Photoshop and Elements. Super Fun I Monique1971 2. Create an Extracted Sticker. Extract your photo, drag it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
Hi Judy...Thank you for the note. I am always striving to make the blog content better so your feedback is important. I appreciate your time and will pass this on to Ana :)
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Thanks Marleen for your loyal support.
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Yes. I would never use a pink palette for Luke but I don;t mind the odd *splodge* of pink here or there. I'm also a big fan of re-coloring and covering up elements to make them work for my photos.
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Noted DK. Might be come up with something like this for next week :)
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I seem to be liking the color lately too. Good to be on the same page :)
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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 May 22, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. It's always a little strange to sit down to create when I have skipped the previous week release. Everything seems new again which has both it's advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, it provides that space to head off in a new direction or try something new, but I also feel sometimes like I've fallen off the wagon and lost my creative groove. You just never know which way it's going to go. The creativity inside of us is a bit like child. You can nurture it as much as you want, but at the end... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Today, Creative Team Member, Ann, demonstrates how to create a mask using brushes and yield a 3D effect with shadows. This tutorial is conducted in Adobe Photoshop. 1. Create the Focal Stamped Image. This is the perfect technique for playing with your favorite brushes or those that you may not have used before to create unique stamped Image. Each ArtPlay Palette includes an artsy BrushSet with a variety of forms and shapes, with uneven edges that are ideal for this technique. For this tutorial, we will use BrushSets from ArtPlay Palette ArtLife and ArtPlay Palette Break Away. Create a new 300 DPI 12X12 layout. Select the Brush Tool from the Tools panel. Open and load the BrushSet .abr files. For best results, ensure you select a combination of contrasting brushes to create the best effect. Set the spacing of the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at ::ANNA::
You made me day Monique and it's not even 8am here in Denver today! Thank you.
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MidWeek Release. There is 1 new DigitalART product in the aA store today. This product is discounted by 20% for one week only. Please click on the previews for sale information and further details about each product. A collection of previously released FotoInspired Templates to co-ordinate with ArtsyKardz and ArtPlay Palettes. Download the FREE FotoInspired 5 Step Process Video to see how I put these pages together and check out the aA Youtube channel for guidance on using the templates. ....................................................................................................................................................... ArtSale. There are 12 new DigitART products for digital scrapbooking, collage, photo-editing and art-journaling on sale in the On Sale category of the aA store. These digital scrapbooking products are designed for use in photo-editing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Elements and are discounted by 40% through Friday May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am EST. A selection... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Cool. Thanks Jana!
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Thanks Su. Happy you enjoyed Mother's Day :)
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Thanks Linda!
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Mother's Day was pretty fabulous this year. Not only was I spoiled with breakfast in bed, presents and yoga time, but it further established in my heart, that it's the moments between my people and I, that I love the most. Don't get me wrong. I ADORE surprises, but I cherish moments over things. Both the good and not so good. It's all part and parcel of this life we live and the reason I do what I do in this small space on the World Wide Web. At least, that is what I told Ella on Sunday afternoon, when we had a few tears over her frustration of not being able to deliver all the surprises she had planned. I happen to know someone else who has a habit or over-scheduling herself. It's a good reminder to us all... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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At least that is what my Grandma used to say... The truth is that it's been a while since I released a complete album, and with summer just around the corner, I know that there will be plenty of photo action and memories that will be needing a good home. This collection of 20 - 12X12 artsy layered templates creates a 20-page photo album with a BONUS photo book cover template set. Each co-ordinating page includes a FotoBlendz mask designed for use with the clipping mask function in Adobe Photoshop or Elements enabling you to quickly and easily blend your images seamlessly into the background of your pages, as well as add a few supporting photos. You will also want to watch the Template Video Tutorial which shows you how to work with for guidance which is designed following the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Definitely taking my merry time ;)
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This month I am part of the DigiFiles and today I am being featured on the TheDailyDigi blog. You can learn how to get yours and maybe learn something you didn't know about me and aA DigitalART. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 4 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 ArtLife and Artsy. For further guidance on using these cards, see this 13 Ways to Use ArtsyTransfers and view the free videos on the aA YouTube channel. There are also 2 new color-themed ArtPlay Palette ValuePacks. ....................................................................................................................................................... ArtSale. There are 12 new DigitART products for digital scrapbooking, collage, photo-editing and art-journaling on sale in the On Sale category of the aA store. These digital scrapbooking products are designed for use in photo-editing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Elements and are discounted by 40% through Friday May 08, 2015 at 9:00 am EST. A selection of these products are shown below. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thanks H.
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