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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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Yep. Enjoy! Thanks Fran.
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Thanks Monique
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New Digital Products. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 6 individual digital products is discounted by 20%. A BONUS 7th product is available with the ArtPlay Palette collection option which is 40% off through Friday October 31, 2014 at 9am EST. Origins. This ArtPlay Palette started as a Halloween-themed palette with a focus on the *facing your fears* and being brave approach. I'm always looking for ways to make the ArtPlay Palette as adaptable as possible to multiple uses. This approach morphed, as it sometimes does when I am in my creative zone. The colors began to change on the fly, and I saw possibilites for winter-themed layouts. With possible snow and cold weather around the corner, why not go with a little bit of both? ArtPlay Palette Fear became ArtPlay Palette Frozen, as the... Continue reading
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Getting Started. If you are new to the FotoInspired series, you will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts: 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. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks Re-use, Re-cycle and Repeat. I announced last week, that I will not be creating any new FotoInspired DoubleTemplates in order to focus on new digital products and projects. There are over 100 in the store so there are plenty to re-use throughout your project. I intend to continue my own FotoInspired into 2015, and probably beyond. I will do weekly posts through the end of the year, and switch to a month... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. This week there are 3 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 at 9am EST. The MultiPack consists of 9 ArtsyKardz and are delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. 4 - 6 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 2 - 4 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz MultiPack coordinates with Artplay Palette Tinge Collection, which as a quick reminder is available until Friday only, after which you can find the ArtPlay Palette components in this category of the Anna Aspnes Designs store. Use the ArtsyKardz in tandem with the other digital products in the series to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
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This tutorial by AnnaTeamer, Farrah Jobling, deconstructs a layout demonstrating the use of clipping masks, UrbanThreadz Frames No. 1, and ArtPlay Palette Hope in 3 easy steps. ......................................................................................................................................................... 1. Create Foundation. Select an artsy paper as a foundation for your layout and place a photo of your choice. Artsy papers provide a great base for any layout. The artsy design has already been done leaving only the decision on which one to choose. Digital scrapbook seeking greater challenge and creative adventure may prefer to create their own artsy paper by arranging transfers and overlays over a solid background paper. 2. Choose a Frame. Select a .psd format frame from either ArtPlay Palette Hope or UrbanThreadz Frames No. 1. Select all the layers in the Layers panel and move onto your layout foundation. Reposition the photo so that it becomes the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
See http://annaaspnes.typepad.com/anna/2014/10/video-tutorial-revealing-texture-in-fotoblendz-clipping-masks.html
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Changes to aA Digital Product at ::ANNA::
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Tinge Paperie, ArtPlay Palette Tinge Elements, Melange FotoBlendz No. 2, AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 3, Autumn WordART No. 6, UrbanStitchez Leaves No. 1, Artsy Layered Template No. 164, AnnaStyle Drop Shadows No. 1 Hi there! I'm kicking of this this bright and sunny morning with a new video tutorial. See all currently available video tutorials here. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter for BONUS content. A number of you have emailed me about how to maintain the texture in a FotoBlendz clipping mask, specifically in the heavy paint and lace texture Melange FotoBlendz No. 2, when clip photos to them. The following video demonstrates 2 of the best techniques for working with these kinds of FotoBlendz. Please email me with any questions you might have. ........................................................................................................................................................ Curated Albums. My friend, Debbie Hodge, over at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
Awesome! You're welcome :)
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The settings have just been tweaked and so you should be able to watch it now. Thanks for the note.
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Linda is a wonderful addition to our team :)
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2014 on Tutorial | Create Custom Artsy Papers at ::ANNA::
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Thank you Tamsin. Appreciate your time in sharing your thoughts.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2014 on The Anatomy of the New ArtPlay Palette at ::ANNA::
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Hi Ellen...Thanks for the feedback and support :) Means much.
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Heads Up. I'm sending out a new video tutorial to my lovely weekly newsletter subscribers in the morning, which demonstrates how this layout was put together in Adobe Photoshop CS5. I show the use of some of the digital products in the new ArtPlay Palette Tinge Collection, with particular emphasis on the new MultiMedia Elements. You can subscribe here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Blog post with video coming Monday :)
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New Digital Products. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 6 individual digital products is discounted by 20% or available as an ArtPlay Palette collection at 40% off through Friday October24, 2014 at 9am EST. Origins. This collection was inspired by the onset of Autumn with a *tinge of color * happening in the trees. Tinge / verb (used with object), tinged, tingeing or tinging. 1. to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint. 2. to impart a slight taste or smell to. noun 3. a slight degree of coloration. 4. a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering. The new digital products are taking on a new format as announced in this Changes to aA Digital Product post. There are a number of factors that have led... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Getting Started. If you are new to the FotoInspired series, you will want to check out the following resources for creating these artsy Project Life-style digital layouts: 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. This FREE ArtsyKardz video demonstrates the use of ArtsyKardz with photos to Create Mini-Artworks Vary The Photo Crop. Interesting layouts provide a variety of photos with differing perspectives, and one of the ways you can achieve this in you own pages, is by cropping your images. This creates new visually pleasing compositions and draws focus to the details in your photos. I like to include a variety of closely cropped images such as the four photos included in the frame photo strip on the second page,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at ::ANNA::
The template will be released on Wednesday because it's better suited to the previous week's release. The ArtPlay Palette will be available as a collection for one week only, at the moment. There are lots of moving parts to this and I expect it's going to take some time to iron out the kinks based on feedback. I want to create a system that is mutually beneficial. Let me know if you have further questions.
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Hi Lorrie, I'll take a look at this and put together a tutorial for you on Friday. Thanks, Anna
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Thanks for the support Janet. Lots of moving parts but it will all work out in the end :)
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Hi Kay! 2 years? Congrats. That's a big deal. So happy to inspire you to tell your story. Thanks you for the kind words.
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A couple of weeks ago, you'll remember that I took an unprecedented 2 week break. This enabled me to step back from both aA Designs and my life long enough to realize that change needs to happen, and soon. As as result, I have been slowly implementing change both at work and at home. At aA Designs, we started the process with a restructuring the aA Creative Team. Now I am turning my attention to switching up the the structure and pricing of aA digital product releases. The DoubleRelease. The 2 releases per week will stay the same for the time being though this may change as I assess how all this moving parts will fit into place. MidWeek Release. The Wednesday release has typically included all the FotoInspired series digital products. The FotoInspired Series. While I LOVE this project... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. This week there are 4 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 at 9am EST. The MultiPack consists of 9 ArtsyKardz and are delivered in .jpg and the popular layered .psd format for use in digital and traditional scrapbooking as well as Project Life. 4 - 6 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 2 - 4 X 6 inch ArtsyKardz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz MultiPack coordinates with Artplay Palette Hope and can be used in tandem to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found in the ArtsyKardz sub-category of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Also watch this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz and demonstrates how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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One of our new AnnaTeam members, Linda Davis, shares her technique for creating a blended background using Transfers and Overlays from ArtPlay Palettes. I also love how she's also used one of the files from UrbanStitchez Pumpkins No. 1 to *house* one of her photos. 1. Create Foundation. Open SolidPaper4.jpg and add Transfer9.png, both from Artplay Palette Autumn Elegance. Modify the transfer as desired by applying a layer mask and using brushes as outlined in AnnBlendz #3 Blending With Brushes. 2. Blend An Artsy Paper. Open ArtsyPaper5.jpg, add to the foundation and duplicate layer once to create 2 identical artsy papers. Flip the second layer horizontally and nudge it down a little as desired. Apply a layer mask and use brushes as outlined in AnnBlendz #3 Blending With Brushes to blend the artsy paper into your foundation background. 3. Transfer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Happy Monday! This weekend was the first one to feel like Fall. Cold and wet outside, we stayed home most of the weekend and got some cleaning/clearing out done. It felt a LOT like *spring* cleaning just in a different season. Eric is moving back home next month and so I think I'm doing a little nesting. I also loved this movie. A bit of a tear jerker, but one that goes along with my quest right now to *craft a happy life.* It was a nice way to spend my Saturday night, epecially as my mind has been in busy thinking mode about more changes I want to make. More to come on this Wednesday. In the meantime, I want to share a few layouts that I have been creating over the past few days using the new AnnaRelease... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at ::ANNA::