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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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Thank you Brenda! It's the journey that counts :)
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You shower this blog daily with your kindness Monique. Thank you for being you :)
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Thanks for your support Vikki.
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If you have been around here for long enough you'll know that I have been wanting to incorporate teaching into my offering for a LONG time. While I eventually got quite proficient at making videos, I strongly disliked the process. The editing drives me crazy and I miss the one-on-one connection that I have experienced in my one-on-one lessons, as well as teaching live digital scrapbooking classes in both Paris and Salt Lake City. In February, I came up with a rather elaborate idea for teaching live classes on-line. The initial interest was good, and so we moved forward with creating a plan of what such a program might look like and how to make it happen. The frustration came when we put a calendar of my work schedule together and realized it could only work if I didn't need... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at ::ANNA::
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Good morning friends! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. I am back with an *Oasis* of inspiration from the aA Creative Team using ArtPlay Palette Oasis 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. Fun at the Waterpark | Fran_54 Edit With Camera Raw. See this tutorial here. Destination Summer | Ann06 Water Color Effects. Apply a water color effect to your photo using multiple filters in Adobe Photosop or Elements, or using apps such as Glaze and Waterlogue. In the Sand | Miki Modern Meets Vintage. Scan a vintage slide... 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 10, 2015. New to digital artistry or want to discover a new approach to digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. It's a birthday kind of weekend around here - America is celebrating the anniversary of it's independence and Ella is turning 13 years old. My career as an digital artist and memory keeper began when she was born and is now a teenager. I thought about a Red, White and Blue Palette for this weekend but I always find it hard to marry this color combination with the photos we take. It seemed so much more fitting to go with a care-free celebratory Palette to compliment the quintessential... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
Haha! Absolutely :)
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I had no idea you lived in NYC Jana - How fun!
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It was a great getaway. Agree with you on the 9/11 memorial. You also.
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Creative Team Member, Fran, demonstrates how to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original images in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop provides several ways to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original image, which is known as nondestructive editing. One way is the Camera Raw environment in Photoshop. I always thought you had to shoot your pictures in RAW format, but this is not the case, you can edit all your JPEG files from your camera in Camera Raw. All the edits you make in Camera Raw are stored back inside the original image metadata, so when you open the image again in Camera Raw in the future, all your edits can be adjusted or removed completely to return the image to its original state. Even image crops and touch-ups can be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. New York was an adventure but happy to be back creating some new art and putting the final touches on the aA home ready for the big reveal next week. The countdown has begun. 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. NEW! ArtsyTransfers. Layered .psd format element files designed for easy easy photo blending in Adobe Photoshop and Elements. Co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palettes Old World and Natural Instinct. For further guidance on using these transfers, see this 13 Ways to Use ArtsyTransfers and view the FREE videos on the aA YouTube channel. aA Creative Team members have used the ArtsyTransfers in the following layouts. I Sing In My Car | Zwyck H.H. Bennett | lkdavis NEW! Beach Template Album... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Much of my inspiration comes from just seeing something new, and this weekend, I did just that. My beautiful friend invited me as her guest on her business trip, and we made a weekend out of it, to celebrate her birthday and enjoy the sights. It's pretty special when you start your day with a Ritz Carlton Earl Grey, even if it is 4.00 am in the morning on your time zone. The business aspect of the trip took us to the Stock Exchange where I played with the panorama settings on my iPhone. Pretty fun to be standing behind the CNBC financial guys broadcasting on TV. The trick was to remain OFF the air. They had cameras everywhere. Next I paid my respects at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. A truly humbling experience. Before boarding a boat to see... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
Happy to help.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2015 on Tutorial | Create Art Using ArtsyKardz at ::ANNA::
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Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Enjoy!
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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
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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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 Jun 26, 2015 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 Jun 25, 2015 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 Jun 24, 2015 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 Jun 23, 2015 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 Jun 22, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Summer just arrived in Colorado :)
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It's that time of year :)
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