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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 2 NewART digital products now available in the aA store and these products are 20% off until Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Love Story. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays co-ordinates with ArtPlay Palette Love Story delivered in layered .psd format and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, alter the opacity of any of the included layers to allow for maximun customization. You can also clip images, papers or transfers to any of the layers using the clipping mask function or modifidy through the use of Blending With Brushes. Make Your Own ArysKardz. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Simply place the ArtsyTransfer on the background of you... Continue reading
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Thank you for taking the time last week to provide your input on the *I Have an Idea* post. Your responses to the poll, comments and emails, have all been very helpful in determining how I need to move forward with this, and have really enabled me to take your best interests to heart. The good news is that there are enough people interested for me to move forward in this. The trick, however, is going to be providing solutions that hit the mark for everyone who responded and wants to be part of the journey, and it's going to take a little bit more time to get the pieces in place. I expect the have the details complete by next week and look forward to sharing with you. Thank you for your support. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Challenges can be used as a jump start, to getting your creativity fired up, and getting your digital scrapbooking pages made. They are hosted by the members of the aA Creative Team and are posted in the Designer Challenges forum at Oscraps. 1. AnnaColor. This bi-monthly challenge provides a palette of colors, as well as a selection of digital product suggestions, to inspire your next digital page. The AnnaColor challenge is posted on Thursdays and is hosted by Adryane and Ana. They are currently accepting your photos as inspiration for future AnnaColor Challenges. Find further details here. Learn more about participating in the current AnnaColor challenge by clinking on the image below: 2. AnnaLift. The AnnaLift challenge showcases a layout posted in the Gallery as a source of inspiration for your next digital page. This weekly challenge is led by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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1. Creating With NewART. It's been great make the time for play again. Eric has been doing homework on Friday nights and so I have been joining him in the office to flex my artsy muscles and tell a few stories. Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Love Story, MultiMedia Hearts No. 1, UrbanStitchez Hearts No. 2 To create this layout. Select and open a photo and ArtsyPaper1.jpg from ArtPlay Palette Love Story. Move the photo onto the artsy paper using the Move tool from the Tools panel and blend the image using brushes from the same ArtPlay Palette as outlined in AnnaBlendz Blending With Brushes. Stamp the UrbanStitchez Hearts No. 2 on new layers in black using the Paint Brush tool from the tools panel as outlined in this Photoshop Elements Brushes Tutorial. Drag elements from ArtPlay Palette Love Story... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
Hi Jacque, I want this to be applicable to everyone of all levels to get you where you need to be.
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I agree. This is definitely something I'm taking into consideration.
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I love podcasts and webinars. I feel I *perform* so much better when I'm with people and live. Thanks for the feedback and good to know there are like-minded souls :)
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Yep. Understood.
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I would to hear about what you liked about the format if you have time Lois.
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That will be possible. Most of my videos are recording in PSE exactly for that reason.
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Thanks Fran.
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I agree Julie.
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Thanks Marleen.
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AnnaRelease *Love Story*. 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 40% through Friday January 30, 2015. Origins and Inspiration. Sometimes the inspiration comes via another mind. A member of the aA team sent me an email last weekend which included a couple of images and the subject line *mended hearts.* It got me thinking about all the different types of *love stories* we have to tell through our art and scrapbooking layouts, and with that, this collection began to grow Valentine's Day is just around the corner (which seems impossible to me, by the way!) and the request was one of those *perfect timing* moments. As well as sharing stories in the past, perhaps there will be future stories to tell also?... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
Thanks for stopping by Vivienne. You might be interested in my 2013 JustMe project https://www.flickr.com/photos/annaaspnes/sets/72157632459615810/
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In this tutorial, Adryane explains and demonstrates how she uses an Artsy Paper from ArtPlay Palette Vintage Halloween, as a design guide for her layout. You may also be interested in these Artsy Papers and The Paperie posts. 1. Establish Design Approach. In this case, I was making a page for the weekly AnnaLift Challenge and wanted to create band design that runs across the page. The orientation, colors, and division of ArtsyPaper1.jpg from ArtPlay Palette Vintage Halloween provided the perfect starting point for my design. 2. Work With Artsy Paper Design. The design of the Artsy Paper is divided into thirds, so I worked the page in stages. I focussed on each individual section and then worked on unifying the thirds. The photo was placed in the first third, but it could easily have gone in the middle or... Continue reading
Posted 7 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 Jan 28, 2015 at 9am EST. ArtsyTransfers Thrive. A collection of 4 transfers and overlays co-ordinates with ArtPlay Palette Thrive delivered in layered .psd format and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, alter the opacity of any of the included layers to allow for maximun customization. You can also clip images, papers or transfers to any of the layers using the clipping mask function or modifidy through the use of Blending With Brushes. Make Your Own ArysKardz. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Simply place the ArtsyTransfer on the background of you choice and crop... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Thrive, UrbanThreadz No. 6, Life WordART No. 9, MultiMedia Arrows No. 1, FotoWallets No. 1, DécorStamps No. 1 I have been scrapbooking and teaching a LOT of One On One sessions lately. It has been awesome. I have been reminded that I have a LOT to share with digital scrapbookers, and not only feel a compelling need to teach, but I want to teach more. The One On One sessions are the best way to learn but are cost prohibitive to many, and then there is the problem, that there is only one of me to go around. Video tutorials are also great, as they provide valuable insight into my products and techniques, but I find them to be too generalized and impersonal. Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a more interactive learning environment, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Thanks for the feedback a. This will become a regular post.
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Hello Monday! Today we're sharing inspiration via the aA Creative Team, using AnnaRelease *Thrive*, the lastest collection of artsy digitalART and 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 layouts demonstrate fun techniques that you can quickly and easily apply to your own layouts to achieve high impact results. Click on the layout thumbs to access more detailed process notes, i.e. Instructions on how the layouts were put together. Ups and Downs | Zwyck AnnaTeamer, Zwyck, adds depth and constrast to her layout by applying different blending modes to the different elements of her page. Blending Modes effect the light, hue and constrast of a layout, and are located in the Layers panel. For more information on blending... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Oh yes! Boundaries. I'm quite stubborn myself.
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Fabulous to hear Liz. Me too! I've been using some of my older products for my FotoInspired pages. It's nice to revisit the *vintage* lines once in a while.
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I think so Ann. Too much of a good thing is probably not a good idea.
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AnnaRelease *Thrive*. 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 40% through Friday January 23, 2015. About The Collection. This week's collection was inspired by busy schedules, organized chaos, all the moving parts of our days and embracing the lives we live. This is every day life for most of us. You might be interested to know that this ArtPlay Palette had many names during it's creation, including ArtPlay Palette Mad House and This Is Life, before I settled upon *Thrive.* That's just the way it works sometimes. Thriving is what it's all about whatever your life looks like. The color palette also changed somewhat throughout the creation process. I was leaning toward neutrals with warm inspirational hues, but also wanted to create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Happy you like it!
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