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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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The members of the aA Creative Team are enthusiatic, talented and generous group of ladies who help me with the content on this blog. I am grateful for all they do and want to share a little about each one of of them. ....................................................................................................................................................... Meet Ann I am Ann, I live in Boston, MA with my husband of 22 years and my dear daughter. I am a Chemical Engineer and I work as Executive Business Consultant in manufacturing industries. I am also a proud member of Anna’s Creative Team. I have always worked in a creative capacity from aircrafts to control of process plants. I always wanted to know how to draw and always loved colors pencils.My interest in scrapbooking was always more related to the colors, designs, papers and textures than to the memory keeping aspects. I started with... Continue reading
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Happy Life, Artsy Template MultiPack No. 2, UrbanThreadz No. 5, WaterColor FotoBlendz No. 3, Moments WordART No. 1 Hello again. This morning I created a layout featuring Ella that celebrates the story of her neat and tidy tendencies using my current 5 favorite aA digital products listed above. 1. Create Foundation. Create a new 12 X 12 layout and select an artsy paper from the ArtPlay Palette of your choice to create the foundation to your layout. Use the Move tool from the Tools Palette to drag the paper onto the new layout. 2. Focal Photo. Stamp a FotoBlendz clipping mask on a new layer and clip your focal image to the mask using the clipping mask function in Photoshop or Elements. See this video for visual guidance on using brushes in Photoshop and Elements.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ::ANNA::
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It's sale time at aA Designs! I'm participating in the Oscraps Weekend Get-O-Way this weekend where you can take part in challenges, win GiftKard coupons and take advantage of numerous sales. Enjoy 30% off most products in the aA store, excluding GiftKardz, On Sale and Licenses categories, as well as products released in the last 4 weeks. 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 August 01, 2014 at 9am EST. New MidWeek Release products can be found here. Inspiration. The members of aA Team came up with the theme for this weeks release. The inspiration usually flows from week to week but sometimes I need to ask for a little help especially when life is not fully aligned... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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. Create A WordART Overlay. I always try to to think outside the box and get a little creative with my supplies in order to keep the FotoInspired process interesting. This week I created a WordART overlay by repeatedly stamping the same title from Moments WordART No.1 overlay, at an angle, over the *hash browns* photo (clipped to the triangle FotoMask on the first page). Create a new layer and clip to the clipped photo of your choice. Select white, or the color of your choice using the Color Picker, as the Foreground color in the Tools palette. Select the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 4 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 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 inch ArtsyKArdz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz Multipack coordinates with ArtPlay Palette Moments and can be used in tandem to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz heading of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Also watch this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz and demonstrates how they... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ::ANNA::
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The Templates. Last week, I released the first part of a much anticipated 30 page baby photo album to be released in 5- 12 X 12 packs over the next 6 weeks or so... Although I took some time to plan this album out, I may lean toward adding a few extra pages, as I work through them. Background. I haven't released a collection of baby-themed templates in about 12 years since Ella was born. It was her Baby Daze Album that launched my career as a digital designer. A new niece and nephew in the family in the last 18 months has prompted me to revisit the topic, and create a new set of templates that reflect my evolved artsy approach. About. The templates create a comprehensive album in which the titles are designed to prompt chronological photo and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Check out the first part to this blog hop here. In this second part, I want to provide step-by-step instructions on creating the following layout, and then send you on to view another artist's work. This is my sweet little niece who'll be visiting next month. Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Summer Days, Summer WordART No 3, UrbanThreadz No 4, WaterColor FotoBlendz No. 4 1. Create Foundation. Open Adobe Photoshop or Elements and create a new 12 X 12 layout at 300DPI. Go to File> New and enter the appropriate values in the presented dialogue box. Open ArtsyPaper4.jpg and move onto the new layout using the Move tool from the Tools palette. 2. Add Photo. Open the WaterColorFotoBlendz4_6.png file into your workspace, then move onto the layout using the Move tool from the Tools palette, and position as desired. Clip... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 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 July 25, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. This week's collection was inspired by a simple trip to the movies with Ella last week. She was desperate to see The Fault In Our Stars. I wasn't keen. It seemed quite sad, but E insisted, so that's how we spent our Sunday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised. It was sad but held some bigger truths too. Watch the trailer here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 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. Filters Improve Photos. I had a little fun this week, not only with the design of my pages, switching it up a little with some triangle and harlequin shaped masks, but I also got a little artsy with my photos through the use of filters in Photoshop. Filters are a great way to mask imperfections in your photos and tend to use them most with the presence of digital noise or pixelated images. When this happens, I can usually get away with running the image through my trusty noise elimination application, NeatImage, but sometimes the image is so pixelated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 3 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 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 inch ArtsyKArdz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz Multipack coordinates with ArtPlay Palette Et Voila and can be used in tandem to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz heading of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Also watch this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz and demonstrates how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Hi Sylvia! I just wanted to follow up with you to ensure you had all your questions answered?
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Love that!
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Thanks Su!
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AnnaTeamer Guest, Janet, resizes a FotoInspired Double Template to create a different look for her page. ......................................................................................................................................................... Hervey Bay Pier No. 2 | Janet1949 (click image for full credits) 1. Select and Open Template. Open the template of your choice, select all the layers in the Layers palette, by clicking on the first layer, hold down the right mouse button and the SHIFT key, then click on the last layer. Exclude the background layer. 2. Move and Resize. Select the Move tool from the Tools panel then drag the layers to a new layout. Ensure the layers remain selected, then press the CTRL + T (PC) or COMMAND + T buttons on your keyboard to reveal the bounding box. With the Move tool still selected. place your cursor over one corner of the bunding box, hold down the SHIFT button... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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I was invited by a fellow artist and designer at Oscraps, Amber Button Designs, to participate in a blog hop, in which artists from all over the world, are sharing insight into their work and artsy processes, through a series of questions. You read more about Amber here. I have never particpated in a blog hop that celebrates *artsy* and thought is might be fun to get involved in something a little bit different. How does your creative process work? I am a memory keeper and therefore I practice the art habitually. I take photos almost daily and am inspired by my own stories to create digital art to help others tell theirs. I imagine that most people share similar, if not the same, joys and challenges in life. It's what connects us makes us human. In recent years I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 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 July 18, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. Et Voilà is a French term that means just like that. We use a number of French words in England, and as I started my Bachelor or Art in both French and German, I have been known to use some French words now and then. Lately I have been thinking a lot about why life happens, the good and the bad, and if there is any rhyme or reason to any sequence of events. Either I apparently spend entirely too much time on my own to get so deep in these thoughts, or maybe there's some truth to it all. As I get older... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Great feedback Rikki. Thanks for taking the time :)
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Are you no longer doing 3 and 4 page spreads?
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Week 26 Week 27 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. Half Way Mark. Last week I skipped this post to celebrate Ella's birthday. It was also a short week with the American Independence holiday, and it was just one of those tasks, that just didn't get done until later in the weekend. This is my 3rd year of doing weekly documentation layouts. A Little Background. The first year I dipped my toe in the water with a single page collage style layout and then 2 years ago I started the FotoInspired series. I was intrigued by the Project Life concept but the paper and clean... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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MidWeek Release. There are 4 NewART digital products now available in the aAStore. These products are 20% off until Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 9am EST. ArtsyKardz. 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 inch ArtsyKArdz 3 - 3 X 4 ArtsyKardz This ArtsyKardz Multipack coordinates with ArtPlay Palette Summer Days and can be used in tandem to create your FotoInspired pages. Instructions and inspiration for using both the .jpg and .psd version of these Kardz can also be found under the ArtsyKardz heading of the Tutorial Quick Reference. Also watch this FREE ArtsyKardz video tutorial, which demonstrates 4 different techniques using ArtsyKardz and demonstrates how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer, Heather, demonstrates how she created a circle template with various WaterColor Fotoblendz to add an artsy flair to a more traditional-styled template. .......................................................................................................................................................... I was inspired by this layout I found on Pinterest and decided to try it myself adding some artsy flair. 1. Create Circle Template. I started by creating a circle shape with my Elliptical Marquee tool. Press the SHIFT button on your keyboard, click and drag your mouse outward to yiled desired size. Next, cut the circle in half, then copy that half to a new layer. Repeat these steps to create as many wedges as needed, before placing them together like puzzle pieces to create a circle. 2. Add FotoBlendz. I selected a few Watercolor FotoBlendz and placed them beneath the wedges to see how they looked, rotating them to find the best fit. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Happy to help Kay and good luck to you!
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Yes! She's fascinating :)
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The members of the aA Creative Team are enthusiatic, talented and generous group of ladies who help me with the content on this blog. I am grateful for all they do and want to share a little about each one of of them. ....................................................................................................................................................... Meet Miki I am married to a gear head and my “best” friend. We live in Western New York, where cows and corn are abundant, raised our two children on a small farm with lots of wide open spaces to roam around. My children have grown up and moved away and my husband still mows 4 acres of lawn and I wander around, taking pictures, documenting life. I taught elementary education for 35 years and still volunteer at the school whenever they need me. Love those kids!!!I I love to read, take photographs and travel! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Hi Kay, Have you looked into the Autoimmune Protocol which is a stricter version of the Paleo diet? I Have been Paleo for 2 years but started the Protocol about 10 days ago and am experiencing significant lessening of the pain.As your spine is already fused it may not reverse your disease but might be worth looking into. http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Approach-Reverse-Autoimmune/dp/1936608391/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404749562&sr=8-1&keywords=paleo+approach
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