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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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Thanks Brenda! Going to need that luck. The balance part definitely needs some work :)
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I know what you mean about sleep. I'm 7 - 7 1/2 hours but have been getting much less too often recently.
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Week 37 Week 38 2014 | Weeks 37 and 38. Today I'm catching up with my artsy weekly documentation digital scrapbook pages from the last 2 weeks, as it seemed a bit much to include them all in Thursday's upcoming FotoInspired post. 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. What I love. These layouts provide a little insight in how I have spent the last 2 weeks away from the computer, and I think that's what I love about... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ::ANNA::
It's not so much the product creation that takes the time but all the behind the scenes less fun stuff. Over the next few months I'm going to going about business mindfully to assess what I'm loving and what I'm not. In the new year, I hope to be able to move forward with those products and tasks that I truly love. Thanks for your support!
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Why does it take these BIG upheavals to make us see the light? Another of the many wonders of the world. Hoping it all sticks for me this time and I don't wait for a bigger more rude awakening.
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Cheers MR!
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I think you might be right Monique. Moving forward mindfully.
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Cultivate, Righ Now WordART I'm back today after taking a 2 week break from digital designing. Thank you Mum and Dad for encouraging me do that. I haven't taken more than a week away from work in my 12 year career creating art and education for the digital scrapbooker, photographer and modern memory keeper. It was hard to do and felt quite strange. I still found myself checking emails, perusing the gallery and keeping an eye on things from afar. I guess it's all part and parcel of running your own business. It can be both a curse and blessing, all at once. I am grateful for all the the flexibility it provides, but I find it all too easy to lose myself, working a little too much, and hard, a lot of the time.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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AnnaRelease. NewART is now available in the aA store. Each of the 5 individual digital products is discounted by 20% or available as a collection 37% off through Friday October 3, 2014 at 2pm EST. I am taking some time off through the end of the month to spend with the family before they return to the UK and I also need a rest. 2014 has been a bit of a rough year for me and brief hiatus is necessary to get me back on track. I will return Wednesday October 1, 2014 with a new release. Blog posts and the weekly AnnaNews newsletter will also resume at this time. I thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding. I'm also offering AnnaNews Subscribers an exclusive add-on BONUS to this week's AnnaRelease. If you are not already subscribed,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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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. Layouts from the AnnaTeam. More Proect 365/Life/52 inspiration from some members of the aA team. Click on the layouts for complete supply lists and to learn more about their process. Week 36 | LindyShay Week 36 | Tanderson Week 36 | Heather Prins Related articles Project 365/Life | Week 31 MidWeek Release + ArtSale Tutorial | Using ArtsyKardz in Digital Layouts No. 2 AnnaEssentials | September 2013 Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Thanks Margeda! Working on including more videos as blog content. Happy the information is helpful and appreciate the feedback!
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on Layout Deconstructed | ColorLOVE at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 2 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday Sept 17, 2014 at 2pm EST. Please note the product release delay which will remain in effect through September for both MidWeek and AnnaReleases. This delay results in a change in time zones when my parents visit me in Colorado. My Dad manages the store at aA Designs, and when he is in England, we are able to take advantage of the time difference. When he is here, we need a little more time, so we appreiciate your support. The MultiPack consists of 10 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 3 - 4 X 6... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer, Chris Asbury, shares her process for creating high contrast, rich colors in the following layout using ArtPlay Palette Artsy. .......................................................................................................................................................... Color Love | Casbury **please click image above for full supplies list** 1. Create Foundation. Create a new layout, open and move ArtPlayPaletteArtsy_SolidPaper6.jpg onto the background layer. 2. Add Color. Open and place transfer (ArtPlayPalette Artsy_Transfer6.png. Open and position WaterColor FotoBlendz3_1.png clipping mask over the transfer layer. 3. Add Photo. Select photo of your choice and clip the mask using the clipping mask function as outlined in this video tutorial. You can also extend the mask to better fit your photo by painting or stamping directly on the mask layer to better fit your photo. Note that the photo used in this layout is edited with an iPhone app, Glaze. 4. Create Contrast. Stamp ArtStrokes from ArtPlay Palette Artsy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Artsy, Create WordART No.1, MultiMedia ART No. 1, UrbanStitchez Banners No. 1, Artsy Layered Template No. 160 The first aA MAP tutorial was so well received and appreciated, I thought I'd do another one. These videos are designed to show you my process for creating artsy blended pages using a variety of digital products available in the aA store. Related articles Tutorial | Create A Custom Artsy Edge AnnaEssentials | October 2013 Artsy Templates | Add and Replace Layers Template Savvy Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Thanks for the kind words Cathy!
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Nice! Would love to see them posted in the gallery: http://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=1351
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Bless you! You are welcome. It's notes like these that make it all worthwhile :) Happy creating!
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Happy to hear this Kay. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing more soon, and thank you for the kind words about my family :)
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Hi Kay! Because this is a free video there is no transcript due the additional time it takes to provide one. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the feedback.
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You are sweet Sharron :)
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Awesome. Hope to have more tutorials up soon :) Appreciate you taking the time.
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That was my intention so mission accomplished. Thanks for the feedback.
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AnnaRelease. NewART is now available in the aA store. My Dad was able to get the products released earlier than expected today. Each of the 5 individual digital products is discounted by 20% or available as a collection 37% off through Friday September 12, 2014 at 2pm EST. Background. This week I was feeling the need for color and so vibrant rainbow shades collided on canvas to create a collection fitting for the themes of creativity, children and play. Artsy is the core of what I do here at aA Designs, and there couldn't be a better time to showcase this topic, with the children heading back to school and the run-up to the holiday season. Inspiration. Use the collection to showcase a child's artwork. Perhaps you have one or more photos of the child creating the masterpiece? Document a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at ::ANNA::