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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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It may be a surprise to you that I don't use many keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop and Elements. I am a self-taught Photoshop user and a creature of habit, therefore I have found my own comfort level with using the program. Just recently, I have been adding a few keyboard shortcuts into my workflow and experimenting with creating a few of my own. Please note that custom keyboard shortcuts can be created in Adobe Photoshop only. 1. Select Keyboard Shortcuts. Go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and click on the Keyboard Shortcuts option from the fly-out menu to open the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialogue box. 2. Make Keyboard Shortcuts Tab Selection. Click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab at the top of the dialogue box. 3. Select Type of Shortcut. Click on Application Menus... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at ::ANNA::
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Hello again and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The AnnaTeam members have been busy this weekend sharing more inspiration in the aAGallery using AnnaRelease *Sage*.Totally green with envy! 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. Sleepy Girls | Tylertooo 1. Create Trailing Text. Add text and WordART to your layout, rotate each word to have the words *trail* diagonally from one corner to another. Try this: Use different fonts styles and colors to create emphasis. Time | LindyShay 2. Create a Scratched Photo Effect. Using the Brush... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. This week we are lifting the above page by AnnaGallery Member Ellen. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 May 01, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. This week we're going green! Sometimes an ArtPlay Palette is inspired by a simple color on Pinterest. Spring is here and therefore there is no surprise in the quantity of green imagery to be found in my stream. Green is a sign of growth and rejuvenation after the winter season. Sage is such a great shade of green. It's almost like a neutral. You can cool it down to a shade of turquoise or warm it up with hues of lime and lemon using the Hue and Saturation tool in Adobe Photoshop and Elements. I am surprised... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Creative Team Member, Miki, takes you beyond a simple drop shadow, demonstrating how to create custom cast shadows using an extracted image in Adobe Photoshop. 1. Extract the Image. Open your photo and duplicate the photo (Ctrl + J). For best results, zoom the image to 300% and select the Pen Tool, located in the Tools Palette. Using the Pen Tool (versus the Magic Wand, Quick Selection Tool or Magnetic Lasso) gives you more control, although it does take a little more time. Trace the edges of the image by connecting anchor points. You may have to zoom out once in a while during the process to see the full image, depending on the complexity of the background and colors in your photo. Once all anchor points are connected (a closed path, it has no beginning or ending), select the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 2 NewART digital products available in the aA store today. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Spring Showers. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Spring Showers delivered in layered .psd and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, and/or alter the opacity of any of the included layers, to allow for maximum customization. You can also clip images, papers or transfers to any of the layers using the clipping mask function or modify them by following the AnnaBlendz #3 Blending With Brushes. Also check out this Blog Post to see 13 ways to use ArtsyTransfers. Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, showcases ArtsyTransfers in her latest video tutorial available on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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DigitalART Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Spring Showers, AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 4, MultiMedia Umbrellas No. 1, Bokeh No. 2, Spring WordART No. 3, UrbanStitchez No. 10 Do you live in the moment and document the photo from today or do you travel back in time and relive some of those memories past? If you're like me, you will likely dance between both options. I love the little reminders and reminiscing that happens when I go looking for photos in my archives. You find all sorts of little treasures which measure growth and change from one point of the journey to another. This one is of Ella taken by Niecey Docherty outside a pub in England on a typical rainy May afternoon. I marvel at how little she was back then and honor the leaps she has made since. Some of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
You are very kind Marleen. I would like you to win the lottery too :)
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Hello again and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The AnnaTeam have been busy this weekend showering us with some amazing new layouts in The Gallery using AnnaRelease *Spring Showers*, the latest collection of artsy digital 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. In this post we are inspiring you to 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. Puppy Love | Monique (Monique1971) 1. Create an Out of Bounds Effect. Create the illusion of your subject(s) coming out of a frame by creating an out of bounds effect.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. This week we are lifting the above page by AnnaGallery Member AnikA68. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 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 April 24, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Background and Origins. I usually have a clear idea of the name for a collection in mind,or at least a theme, before I begin. This helps me to design DigitalART products that work well together to create a variety of projects. This week was a little different. I had no idea which direction I was going to go, so I took a piece of my own advice and decided not to think too much about it and just create instead. Over-thinking sometimes causes an inertia that can prevent us from beginning at all, and it's certainly true that you don't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Today, Creative Team Member, Ann demonstrates how to enhance a focal image by creating a 3D dimensional effect with digital elements such as frames, shadows and brushes in Adobe Photoshop. 1. Create a Foundation. Open and move ArtsyPaper2 from ArtPlay Palette Daffodil onto a new 300 DPI 12X12 layout. Open and drag the focal image onto the layout. For best results, ensure you select a photo with high contrast between the focal image and the background. Also, try to select a photo with some depth in the subject that can be enhanced with a 3D visual effect. Reposition your focal image as needed using the Move Tool, taking advantage of the artsy area of the background paper to place the focal image. Note that the background paper has ArtStrokes surrounding the image, facilitating the blending effect in the composition. Open... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 3 NewART digital products available in the aA store today. These products are 20% off until Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 9am EST. 1. ArtsyTransfers Break Away. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays which co-ordinate with ArtPlay Palette Break Away delivered in layered .psd and .png format. The .psd format files enable you to move, rotate, flip, modify, mask, recolor, change the blended mode, and/or alter the opacity of any of the included layers, to allow for maximum customization. You can also clip images, papers or transfers to any of the layers using the clipping mask function or modify them by following the AnnaBlendz #3 Blending With Brushes. Also check out this Blog Post to see 13 ways to use ArtsyTransfers. Creative Team Member, Linda Davis, showcases ArtsyTransfers in her latest video tutorial available on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Thanks Breon for the feedback.
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Thanks UM.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on FotoInspired Project | March 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Thanks H. I might just be sending them to you each month :)
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We're already half way through April and so I'm a little late in sharing my FotoInspired weekly documentation layouts from March. It was a busy month both personally and professionally as I celebrated my *11th anniversary of my 29th birthday* (Eric's words) and worked hard behind the scenes to grow aA Designs. Are you new to this 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 well as a collection of digital products to get you started. 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. FotoInspired Tutorials. Weekly tips and techniques for creating your pages from years 2013 and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Hello again and happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. The AnnaTeam have been busy this weekend breaking out some amazing new layouts in The Gallery using AnnaRelease *Break Away*, the latest collection of artsy digital 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. In this post we are encouraging you to try something new and 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. Puddle Jumper | Miki Krueger (Miki) 1. Create a Reflection. After placing your photo on your layout, duplicate the photo and flip it vertically. Experiment with Filters,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Happy Monday! I'm going to be brutally honest in admitting that this slipped my mind last week. We only had 5 entrants and so I can only assume most of you are already subscribed to the Somerset Digital Studio magazine so it's all good. Congrats to TrishD who is the winner of the GiveAway. Please email me at anna_aspnes@yahoo.com so I can arrange the shipment of the magazine to you! Thanks everyone else for playing. I'm gifting you, a $5.00 GiftKard to my store. Please also email me at the email address above. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
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Click on the image above for further details. Find the new AnnaLift Challenge here. This week we are lifting the above page by AnnaGallery Member Marleen. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Marleen! You are always so kind to pop in each week and lend your support of my art. I appreciate you :)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on AnnaRelease *Break Away* at ::ANNA::
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Thank you Diane. So sweet of you!
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They're different but fun. Almost like adding a rainbow to your page. They look super cool with black and white photos.
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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 April 17, 2015. New to artsy digital scrapbooking? Start here. Origins and Background. Man I feel like I need a break! It's that time of year when everyone is going away somewhere nice and I want to as well. I have been working hard behind the scenes so that we can launch the new education side of aA Designs in a few weeks and I have been sick. What does one do when there is no coastal destination in the offing? One creates one. Whether traveling over Spring Break, hitting the beach, trying to make it through the April Showers, or just dreaming about a getaway, this collection has it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at ::ANNA::
Yep. They're important. Thank you for posting.
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