Anna Aspnes: Think Less – Do More

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I first discovered Anna back in 2004 shortly after beginning my digital journey. She was on the team at the digi site I hung out at. She answered many of my questions in the forums and I really admired her work and followed her as she’s been involved in different things in digiland. Our paths crossed again a while back as she started coming on The Digi Show and I have really enjoyed getting to know her better and working with her. She is an amazing and inspiring artist as well as memory keeper. I am thrilled beyond words to finally have Anna joining us in The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “ArtPlay Palette Ablaze” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: ArtPlay Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: ArtPlay Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna and Small Typewriting.

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Layout by MissKim. Supplies: ArtPlay Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs; Template by Jenn Lindsay; Fonts: 2 Peas Airplane and Century Gothic.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: ArtPlay Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs; Font: The King and Queen.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: ArtPlay Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes of Anna Aspnes Designs.

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Anna Aspnes is a UK native and military wife living in Colorado with her husband and two children, Ella and Luke. She is an independent digital designer at Oscraps, while creating digital albums and slideshows for Smilebox, and acting as a member of Wacom’s Penscrappers Panel. Most recently, she’s been chatting about her passion for modern memory-keeping on the The DigiShow. Formerly a contributing editor for Digital Scrapbooking Magazine, her layouts, designs and articles have been published in a variety of scrapbooking publications such as Creating Keepsakes and Somerset Studios.

Anna says…

I have always been very interested in art and design growing up and had lofty dreams of becoming a fashion designer, but was persuaded to pursue my linguistic abilities, specifically German and French at the University of Leeds in England. I completed a Bachelors Degree in German Language and Literature but feel that I was destined be an artist. I ultimately found my way back to my passion.

I am very athletic and enjoy lifting weights, swimming, biking and running. I like the simple life and also enjoy a glass of red wine, movies that make me laugh, good conversation and just being home with my family.

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I started taking photos and scrapbooking after the birth of my daughter in 2002 as a way of sharing her with family in Europe. I played with paper for the first 6 months but struggled with the clutter in the 900 square foot Japanese apartment that we were living in at the time. Digital scrapbooking was just beginning when I saw my first digital layout with blended photos, words and artistic elements. I was immediately charmed by this medium and knew this is how I could combine my love of both my growing family and creating art. There were only a handful of designers at this time, and the more layouts I created, the more requests I received to make my art available for sale. I started small, and have slowly built up my business over the past almost 9 years, which now promotes a no rules and playful artsy approach to modern memory keeping.

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I am inspired by anything that is unique, outside-the-box, brightly colored and just plain fun. I am particularly drawn to modern and abstract art. I adore textures, paint and curves. People also inspire me, especially those that do not just take from the world, but give back to it both in actions great and small. I believe to live fully is to make a mark in this world and I would like to think I make a difference in the lives of others by sharing my Art for use in documenting memories.

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Computer: I work primarily on a PC desktop (8 GIGS RAM) built my husband. I also have a MacBook Pro G5 (8 GIG RAM) which I also love and tend to use for non-work related tasks. I like to use both platforms independently of one another. It provides a sense of separation between my work and home life.

Programs: I have Adobe Photoshop CS4 on my Mac and use iMovie for my iPhone video clips. On my PC, I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lumapix Fotofusion for scrapbooking. I also use Adobe Illustrator for designing.

Camera: I have a Canon 20D SLR which I typically use with my 50mm 1.4 or 16-35mm 2.8 Wide Angle Lens. I would really like to upgrade my camera at some point, but I’m very much of the mindset that if it is broken I probably can’t justify it. It’s still so much better than the slew of point and shot cameras I have tried or my iPhone 3 that I use for taking photos on the go.

Anything Else: I couldn’t live without my Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet. I have had various tablets all varying in size and price and I still gravitate to the smaller less expensive ones which are portable and easier to use in my opinion. I also like to use my Epson 4990 photo scanner, which allows me to create digital files from life ephemera and from which I am able to create a variety of brushes for my digital pages.

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*Think less and do more*
I think this can be a valuable lesson in many aspects of life but particularly so in scrapbooking. It’s so easy to get caught up in what you could or should be doing instead of actually getting it done. The Art of over-thinking can really prevent you from discovering your creative zone, so next time you start your next layout, don’t think about what you’re going to do. Just play. Let your photos and stories, your digital products and tool, the colors and shapes guide you and you’ll end up at a destination you never thought were possible.

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My favorite product is always my latest product but if I had to pick one it would be ArtPlay Palette Poppy. It was created by using my favorite colors.

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AnnaBlendz Basic No. 1 BrushSet (Formerly known as Basic Gradient Masking BrushSet No. 1)

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Here are some of my favorite products by Anna Aspnes:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Anna Aspnes’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Anna Aspnes’ store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!  Anna’s DSD sale is still going on, so hurry and grab some goodies while you can: