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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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Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4D (page 17), ArtPlay Palette Red Suit, Christmas WordART No. 10 Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4D (page 18), ArtPlay Palette Sugar, Sugar WordART No 1, MultiMedia Baked No. 1, Christmas WordART No. 10 Read more about Holiday Project 2014 here and here. All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here. Today I'm catching up with 2 more pages in my Holiday Project! Simply adding photos and words and calling it GOOD for the most part. Day 17. I gathered a number of photos of our resident elf from Ella's phone and told the following story: Sam. Our resident Christmas elf, arrived as expected the day after Thanksgiving by finding his way through a window in Ella’s cardboard project haunted house Ella had been anticipating his arrival for a... Continue reading
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AnnaRelease *Anew*. NewART is also now available in the aA store. Each of the 5 individual digital products is 20% or available as a collection discounted by 37% through December 26, 2014. Origins. This is my last release for year 2014. I'm taking the rest of the year off to enjoy the holiday season and family time. I'll be continuing my Holiday Project through December 25th otherwise you won't hear too much from me until 2015. At this time of year, there is always a lot of reflection. Usually, I have big ideas for the new year but this year I'm just focussing on *fresh starts.* 2014 hasn't been a bad year, but it hasn't been great either. I'm just ready just to to *let it all go* and start *anew.* The silver and gold combined with black gives this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ::ANNA::
I agree ;(
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Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4D (page 16), ArtPlay Palette Red Suit, Light WordART No. 1 Read more about Holiday Project 2014 here and here. All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here. Day 16. It got to about 6.30pm last night and I had a little time to slow down a bit and observe my family at Luke's basketball practice. This sparked *Technology* as the theme for todays story. The Photos. I used mulitple shots of the same scene varying the crop and color to maintain visual interest. The repetitive use of photos also creates compeeling emphasis to a story. The Story. I started with the frustrations I've had with Ella and her phone this year, which led to a broader theme of technology in which I share my thoughts about. Sometimes I like to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 Dec 24, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyTransfers Red Suit. A collection of 5 transfers and overlays co-ordinates with ArtPlay Palette Red Suit. The transfers are delivered in muli-layer .psd format to allow for manipulation of each individual layer, including recoloring, use with the clipping mask function or modification through the use of Blending With Brushes. Also check out this ArtsyKardz video, as the principles for usage are very much the same. Holiday Template Album. Part 6 of 6 in a series of holiday-themed layered templates designed to co-ordinate with my Holiday Project 2014. These templates create pages 26 through 31 enabling you to complete your Holiday Project 2014 to the end of December. See this video which outlines some of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ::ANNA::
Awesome! I look forward to working with you :)
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Christmas is just ONE week away! If you are still wondering what to get that special someone in your list, then may I suggest my One One Services for Digital Scrapbookers. Or take my favorite friend's approach to Christmas shopping... One for me. One for him/her. You or a friend can share 1/2 hour or more with me on Skype, looking over my shoulder and asking me questions as I work. Watch me demonstrate my secret artsy techniques through screen sharing. This is a custom class based on your level and wants. Whether you or your friend are complete beginners, know the ropes somewhat, or consider yourself advanced, together we determine via email and prior to your session, what you would like to know. We then schedule the session, where I deliver on your custom lesson plan. Take advantage of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
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Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Abum No. 4C (page 14), Light WordART No. 1 Read more about Holiday Project 2014 here and here. All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here. Day 15. The daily doggy party at the park. The Photos. It snowed on Sunday and so pulled out my phone at the park in the afternoon and took a few shots of the *bears* in the parking expelling some energy. The Story. I wanted to capture the new snow, of course, but also wrap up a story from the first part of the year, when we made the decision to re-home our Australian Shepherd. Light. And hello to the first snow of December! As is typical in Colorado we go from none to some very quickly and the pups don’t seem to mind it all. Typically... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
More to come Nancy!
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Thanks for the feedback Deborah! This is certainly a fun series and there are more to come :)
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It's a scary world we live in Janet and I believe in teams :) Thank you! Wishing you also a very happy holiday!
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To you too! Thanks :)
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Thank you!
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Thank you Ulla-May!
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Good plan V.
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Very. Looking forward to the professional photos to come.
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Absolutely. Thanks Su!
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Thank you Marleen! Feel better soon.
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Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Abum No. 4C (page 14), Christmas WordART No.10, ArtPlay Palette Red Suit (white button, reindeer), ArtPlay Palette Frozen Elements (blue button) Read more about Holiday Project 2014 here and here. All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here. Day 14. Luke's birthday celebration with his friends playing arcade games and laser tag. The Photos. I was finishing up the last of the Christmas shopping at the mall when this all went down and so charged Eric with taking some photos. The photos actually came from Ella's phone in the end. The Story. The photos depict Luke and his friends enjoying himself but the story is focused on the milestone of of Luke becoming 10 years old, and us surviving it all. I also share some recent tales supporting some of Luke's more endearing... Continue reading
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On Friday, Eric was officially released from duty in the United States Air Force after serving 21 years. This marks the end of almost 40 years for me. There a LOT of mixed feelings of course. I don't think I was ever suited to military life but I'm certainly grateful for the opportunities that it has afforded. It's certainly shaped me into the person I am today. It was a lovely simple affair. The day started with Luke deciding he wanted to wear a tux or suit to the occasion, which is completey out of character for a boy who likes to be in his jammies whenever possible. We managed to talk him down to a suit and tie and Eric was dispacthed to acquire said items. And he looked VERY smart. We started out with the National Anthem, of... Continue reading
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Hey! Thanks Tori. It's certainly the meaningful way I have personally found to celebrate the season :) Appreciate the kind words.
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Hi Karen! Happy to bring some joy to your December :) I'm tempted to redo E and L's Baby books with the templates but am slowly working to complete baby books for my niece and nephew. Now that Eric's home. I'm hoping to make more progress in 2015 and complete a few video to document my process. Have a lovely holiday too and thank you for supporting my art.
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Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4C (page 11), ArtPlay Palette Red Suit, Santa Christmas No. 2, Christmas WordART No. 10 Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4C (page 12), ArtPlay Palette Red Suit (red button), Christmas WordART No. 10 Digital Supplies | Holiday Template Album No. 4C (page 13), ArtPlay Palette Star, Light WordART No. 1 Today I'm catching up with Holiday Project 2014 and sharing 3 pages. I got a little behind on Friday as the entire day was dedicated to Eric's retirement from the United States Air Force. Read more about Holiday Project 2014 here and here. All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here. Day 11. My chosen theme was Santa after Luke blurted out at the dinner table that he thinks that Eric and I are *Santa.* It was a timely... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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AnnaRelease *Red Suit*. NewART is also now available in the aA store. Each of the 5 individual digital products is 20% or available as a collection discounted by 37%. Origin. This collection celebrates the man in the red suit. Whether you call him Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or someone else.. The legend brings magic to this time of year. A bit of modern, a bit of vintage, combined with a LOT of paint makes for an artsy approach to a Christmas-themed palette. I hope you enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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About 12 Deals of December. Get all the details on this event here. ***Deals run from Midnight to Midnight EST.*** Todays Special Deal. Get 37% discount store-wide in the aA store. The is the biggest store-wide discount ever offered at Anna Aspnes Designs. ***Excludes Licenses, GiftKardz, all digital products in the On Sale category, as well as those released in the last 4 weeks*** >> I want to stock up before this sale ends! Email me or post below in the Comments with any questions/difficulties. Please note this is the last deal in the series. Wishing you a Happy Holiday season! Thank you for your support of my designs. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at ::ANNA::