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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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AnnaRelease. NewART is now available in the aA store. My Dad was able to get the products released earlier than expected today. Each of the 5 individual digital products is discounted by 20% or available as a collection 37% off through Friday September 5, 2014 at 2pm EST. Inspiration. This weeks ArtPlay Palette was inspired simply by colors found in this Satin in Heaven Diary collage by Mick Alister, discovered via pinterest. I actually began this palette with yellows and grays in mind but changed my direction midway through. This happens a lot in my work where I begin with idea and end with another, and is one of the big reasons I try to remain open during the creative process i.e. Think less and play more. When color leads a collection, I'm less focussed on the theme of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 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. Today I have created a little video for you which shows you how to create an artsy matte or edge for your digital scrapbook pages. ArtsyPaint No. 6 are the brushes used to demonstrate the techniques in this video. For more ideas on creating artsy mattes/edges see last week's FotoInspired Week 33 | Using Transfers as Edges post. Layouts from the AnnaTeam. More Proect 365/Life/52 inspiration from some members of the aA team. Click on the layouts for complete supply lists and to learn more about their process. Week 34 | LindyShay Week 34 | Heather Prins Week 34... Continue reading
Posted 3 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 Sept 03, 2014 at 2pm EST. Please note the product release delay which will remain in effect through September for both MidWeek and AnnaReleases. This delay results in a change in time zones when my parents visit me in Colorado. My Dad manages the store at aA Designs, and when he is in England, we are able to take advantage of the time difference. When he is here, we need a little more time, so we appreiciate your support. 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... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer, Adryane, shares her technique of creating unique photomasks using FotoInspired Edge Templates. ..................................................................................................................................................... Duck Pond | Adryane My Little Boy | Adryane Step 1. Photo Blur. Select and open a photo of your choice in tho the Adobe Photoshop/Elements workspace. Go to Layer> Duplicate Layer to create 2 additional copies of the image layer. Click on the eye icon next to the topmost image layer in the Layers panel to turn off the visibility of the layer. Click in the second image layer in the Layers panel, and rename it *blur*. Now, go to Filter> Blur> Smart Blur and adjust the sliders as desired. A good starting point is to enter values as follows: Radius 10 and Threshold 30. Step 2. Apply the Sketch Filter. Turn the visibility of the third layer back on by clicking on the eye... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ::ANNA::
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I have been prepping behind the scenes for a couple of weeks now for the arrival of my family. Borrowing cribs, wrestling with car seats and visiting the diaper aisle at the grocery store have all been on the agenda. My parents usually make their habitual migration across the pond every year at about this time, but this year they brought along my sister with her new baby, and my niece whose now about a 1 1/2 years. Needless to say it's been quite a busy weekend with long days as the 2 little ones adjust to a new environment and time zone. Add in the fact that they've all arrived with colds, and the saying *It takes a village,* certainly rings true. They're here for the next month so I will have new humans to photograph. A few from... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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 August 29, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. There is a lot going on around here and this weeks collection, in calm taupe and soothing mint hues, is a personal reminder to breathe and simmer the heck down. I always aim to maintain a positive attitude and keep calm in times of turmoil, but the truth of the matter is that I'm a high strung individual who can get pretty dark and twisty at times. I worry about everything and anything. I'm very much connected to my emotions and feelings, a sensitive soul, which provides a gift for creating art, but sometimes at a price. It's not been an easy year and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 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. Using Transfers As Edges. Adding painted edges on layers behind the FotoInspired Template masks and frames to create an artsy matte for my photos is part of my weekly documentation process. Most weeks I will use a combination of ArtsyPaint and DifferentStrokes Tools,as well as brushes from ArtPlay Palettes and other pictorial BrushSets to add a little interest to my process. If I'm in a bit of a time crunch, I'll also use EdgeTemplates, either in their entirety or modified to suit the pages I'm working on. Modification typically involves moving, rotatiog, flipping, replacing, adding and subtracting layers as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 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 August 27, 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 Revel 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 Aug 20, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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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 Heather Hello | Heather Prins Hi! I am... living in Alberta, Canada married to my soul mate & best friend. mother of 3 beautiful kids Anna's admin assistant dreading the coming of winter wanting to move nearer to the ocean passionate about scrapbooking our life as a family a little sad that school is starting soon (I miss her so much during the day) a dreamer, an optimist and of course, a pisces Related articles Tandem Scrapbooking Project Update + FrameTransfer Technique MidWeek Release, ArtSale + Announcement NewART Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Digital Supplies | ArtPlay Palette Revel (paper, elements, transfer), WatercolorBalloons No. 1 (watercolor stains only), ArtPlay Palette Knowledge (brushes), BookTextures No. 1, UrbanStitchez Sunshine No. 1, AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 3, AnnaStyle Shadows No. 1, PaperTextures No. 1, TissueTextures No. 3, UrbanThreadz No. 3 Hello there Monday! It's a brand new week without any children at home. I can't help but do a little happy dance. I'm quite partial to having some time by myself again. Today I am sharing a digital scrapbook layout inspired by the current AnnaLift challenge. The AnnaLIft Challenge. Every Saturday, AnnaTeamer, Joanie (Tylertoo) selects from the AnnaGallery and posts it in the Oscraps forum with the intent of inspiring you and perhaps trying something new. I love that she shares a little bit about the layout and offers you numerous ways in which you could be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 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 August 22, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. So I might just be a little too happy about my children heading back to school! It's been a good summer but I'm ready for Fall and the next chapter which involves Eric coming home. The big changes and uncertainties ahead are certainly occupying much of my energy but just having the two smalls out the house after 2 months is cause for celebration. I have also had a number of customer requests for banners. This week I've created some MultiMedia files which can be customized to accommodate any ArtPlay Palette by using the clipping mask function as outlined in this video tutorial. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at ::ANNA::
Inspiration | 4 Ways to use Urban Stitchez/Threadz Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 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. Another week rolls around to 32 of 52 weeks. I enjoy this project so much which enables me to get a weeks memorable details and photos on a 2 page spread. No fuss. No guilt. Just artsy scrapbooking. Contrasting Text. This week's layout demonstrates text written in contrasting colors. I usually type my journaling in black to make the text as easy to read as posible, but a black ArtsyKardz background provided the opportunity to use a different color. I chose white as my contrasting color to ensure legibility and visual interest. Adjusting the color of text can also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 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 August 20, 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 Knowledge 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 Aug 13, 2014 at ::ANNA::
I totally agree Fran!
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UrbanStitchez and UrbanThreadz are dimensional stitching design elements delivered in .abr and .png format designed for use with the Paint brush tool in Adobe Photoshop and/or Elements. Find more information about using UrbanStitchez in this post. .................................................................................................................................................... AnnaTeamer, Adryane, shares 4 creative ways to use UrbanStitchez and UrbanThreadz in your digital scrapbook layouts. 1. Anchor an Element. UrbanStitchez are a fabulous way to digitally *anchor* other elements to your scrapbook pages. Adryane uses UrbanStitchez in the following *Summer Casual?* layout to adhere the frame and the camera charm. Summer Casual | Adryane 2. Highlight Shadows and Create a Stage. Multiple UrbanStitchez can be used to create a foundation for a photo and to suggest the presence of shadows as demonstrated in the following layout. In this application the area of stitching creates a space for the two subjects to stand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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Change is happening around here once again. My British roots often make me instinctually resist change, but as I get older, the more I see change as an opportunity for growth and the possibility for good things to happen. In the past, I think I may have only seen change in a negative light. This little BIG guy started his new school as a 4th grader this morning. Apart from being a little disgruntled at summer being over already, I'm seeing him excited about school for the first time in a LONG time. This is a pretty big deal for Luke who'd rather do anything than be in school. Ella still has a week left at home, but having slept in until noon for the past few months, I'm insisting she get up with her brother and start applying herself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at ::ANNA::
6 Ways To Use Overlays Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 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 August 15, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. I've spent the morning with Luke meeting his new teacher at his new school as he begins 4th grade on Monday. This afternoon we'll be at the Middle School registering Ella for 6th grade who starts the next part of her school adventure in a week. Eric is finishing up his Masters Degree and I've even been toying with the idea of taking some classes focusing on a functional and holistic approach to health lately. Learning and knowledge seems to be a running theme around here as we switch gears again into new school routines. Life proves to be an ongoing learning experience which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 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. Process, Repetition and UrbanStitchez. I follow the same Basic 5 Step Process to creating my FotoInspired pages each week. This repetition negates the need to re-invent the wheel every time I begin a new page, speeding up the creation process and promoting a cohesive look to the layouts, when viewed as a body of work. In the same way I follow a blueprint of processes, I also have favorite elements that I like to repeat on my layouts. These include WordLabels and buttons included in the ArtPlay Palettes, as well as UrbanStitchez, and are added to the layouts in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 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 August 13, 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 Flourish 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 Aug 6, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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AnnaTeamer Judy, creatively uses the LoopDaLoop Square Layered Masks No. 1 to create a triptych on her layout. ......................................................................................................................................................... Uptown | Judy 1. Create a Foundation. Open a background paper of your choice which will compliment your selected images. Position the desired photo masks on your layout foundation. I used masks from Abstract FotoBlendz No. 1 and Abstract FotoBlendz No. 7 as they enhanced my chosen watercolor images by Sue Howells. The center mask has a 100% opacity level while the two neighboring masks were reduced to 76% opacity to draw focus to the the center mask. 2. Using LooDaLoop Frames. Clip the chosen images to the side masks using the clipping mask function in Photoshop and Elements as shown in this Clipping Mask video tutorial. Open the LoopDaLoop Square Masks No. 1 .psd file of your choice. Clip the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at ::ANNA::
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I've come to the conclusion that one story leads to another which makes up the life we life. It's neither good nor bad. It just is. Eric spent a week with us last week, and while we loved seeing him, it was hard. The separation is clearly beginning to have an affect on our family relationships in both positive and negative ways. Our time together is limited and so much of the trivialities fall by the wayside, we have become clearer and more direct in our communications, but we've also adapted to our new independent environments and separated lifestyles. We're now on the home stretch of this big adventure which will hopefully end in November when Eric is expected to be able to return home. Or will it? After this week of suit shopping for Eric, I feel like we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at ::ANNA::
3 Ways To Use WaterColor Feathers Adding Dimension to Painted Butterflies Create A Digital Sticker using WordArt Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 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 August 08, 2014 at 9am EST. Inspiration. This palette has a bit of a vintage feel again which is probably stemming from current sentimentality. Ella and Luke are noticabley moving into the teen years, Eric continues to come and go, while we're gearing up for the arrival of my family later this month. It's going to be strange to have an almost 3 month and 19 month old in the house. About. The colors are subtle and earthy with the introduction of some pastel pops of color, whilst the thematic component is much bolder. I have incoporated embossed textures and macro flower photos by Connie Etter into my digital mixed media... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at ::ANNA::