About Me

My name is Daniela Costa and I am a Scrapbook Designer and Educator. I provide Scrapbooking and Mixed Media classes in the Northern California area. I work with wonderful companies to provide sales support and education.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hello Friends!  Happy Valentines Day!  I'm so excited to be up today on the blog!  I absolutely LOVE Valentines Crafty stuff!  Lovestruck has been one of my all time favorite lines.  This project features the Lovestruck line in my Altered Box and Mini Cards!

 For this fun project, I took a Graphic 45 Box, and covered it with Nuvo Mousse which is what gives it that beautiful sheen!  Then I just started adding fun elements to the box the final touch, Gold Feet, and a red ribbon. 

 This card is just one of my favorites!  I fussy cut out of the darling Valentine images and had them flying through the air.  Finish it off with a word banner, and some twine, and what a darling card to give.
These two are mini cards and only measure 3x3.  I cut more images out of the paper and built up around that with ribbon, punches, enamel hearts, and twine.  Just fun things you might have around for Valentines day!

Each of these cards will be in the box for my hubby.  I'll put a special note in each of them.

These two darling cards are even SMALLER!  They measure 2x2.  Miniature versions are sooo much cuter!  

 This card features my favorite cutout of the darling young man.  This one is my little Tony.  Tony is my 12 year old son.  This one really reminds me of him.  I love to sit around and fussy cut all the fun elements on all the papers by Authentique.  Do you?  Some people love it and some don't.  It keeps my hands busy and I can do it anywhere.

What are your big plans for Valentines Day?  We always have celebrated Valentines Day with our son.  We like to make him feel a part of it.  We go out to dinner the night before, and then just hang out together at home on the actual day.  Let all the young couples have the reservations on the day.  I already have my Valentines!
Lovestruck, Daniela Costa

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Class This Weekend! January 28th

February Creative Planning
Sunday January 28, 10-2pm, $35/50 
Its All about the Scrapbook, Dixon CA
Are you ready to take on February!~  Come take the February Creative Planning Class, and get organized and be super cute!  We will make a Travelers Notebook Planner Featuring the gorgeous Authentique Paper Line, Lovestruck.  You get everything to make the guts of the planner.  If you would like a handmade fabric cover with a charm, it is an extra $15



Thursday, January 4, 2018


Hello Friends!  Daniela here to share with you a great mini album featuring Alpine Wishes!  I am lucky enough to live in California, where its cold but wow the country is in this cold front so I hope you are all cuddled up inside crafting away!

I absolutely LOVE all the elements in the Alpine Wishes collection!  How on trend is the darling Alpaca/Llama?  He is wearing a SWEATER... sqqqqquuuueeeeel.... It just makes me happy!  I noticed that while cutting another line we will be showing off here very soon... just cutting it and laying it out makes me so happy.  Every paper fits together, the patterns are all amazing and the colors are put together so well.  Don't even get me started on all the vintage images and sayings.  

I love using the PineCone Press Chipboard 6x6 album to craft with.  Its a huge chunky 6x6, which means you can go nuts on the dimension of your embellishments.  I love to use the papers and stickers of each Authentique Collection to make my own embellishments.  I found these incredible silver and glass cabochons and picked one of the snowflake stickers from the sticker sheet and made my own embellishment with an Authentique sticker!  

 I really enjoyed playing with this paper line and all the fun vintage sayings and drawings.  How cute are these kids from the cutouts?

Each page is filled with darling pictures, great sayings, and perfect patterned paper. I can't wait to add photos of our trips to the snow from this winter!
I'm also attaching a video walkthrough I prepared for this album.  I hope you all enjoy, please leave some love for Authentique today!

Thank you so much for looking, I hope you've enjoyed and I hope I've inspired you to create something fun! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sparkle and Sprinkle Creative TEAM 2018!!

Hello Friends!  I am so excited to announce that I have been picked to be on the Sparkle and Sprinkle Creative Team!  I hope you know all about them, they are a fantastic company in Florida, and feature the fabulous "Demo Donna".  They make amazing Glitters, Embossing Powders, Stamps and work exclusively with Tonic Studios, which is right up my alley!

I'll be providing inspiration and showing off brand new product a few times a month, I might teach, I might do videos, who knows?

They are going to formally announce in the New Year, but I just couldn't wait, I wanted to tell all my people!  I am so excited for 2018, I am ready, I feel creative and lets do this!

Go give them a visit either on their WEBSITE or their FACEBOOK page!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Vintage Christmas - December Daily Album

Hi Authentique Friends! I'm up on the blog today and I can't be more excited to share with you my Vintage Christmas Project! This paper is so wonderful, nostalgic and oh so beautiful! Its so hard to choose one side of these papers over the other, so make sure you make projects where you can use both sides of all of them, lol!
I love doing a December Daily and I've done one for over 5 years now. This year I've been so busy that I just couldn't commit to a full December Daily, so I've modified it to work for me this year! Gathering supplies for this project was easy, Tim Holtz Ideaology line of embellishments matches so perfectly with the Vintage Christmas theme. I also knew I had wanted to use one of the Prima Marketing "bubbles" one day, so why not today! I was going big with this album which is also a Prima Marketing Album. This album was premade and features a huge waterfall inside. I knew this was going to be the project for me. I love layering the Authentique Papers because they compliment each other wonderfully. Creating the cover for this album, I used various pieces of the papers and stickers as well as the darling Santa cutout.
This album is really cool as it is super thick and chunky which I love, which also leads to lots of pockets, layers and embellishments.  Authentique Paper makes THE best sticker sheets.  Easily make most of your own embellishments.  I use the stickers to make decorative paper clips, tags, journaling blocks.. they are so versatile, you can use them everywhere.  
Here is the entire album open with all three flaps to the album.  The left side, I made a pocket for notes, more photos, anything at all.  The middle features the beautiful waterfall feature.  I've used numbered brads from Tim Holtz to create a flap for every day in December.  I'll put a photo on each day representing what we did that day in December.  I also wanted to be able to put more than one photo for the big day, CHRISTMAS!  So, I made a hand bound little album out of cardstock and papers and placed the number "25" brad on it.  The ribbons untie and this little album comes right out.  I absolutely LOVE the little deer from the cutout page and have used it on my cover.  
Here is the little album open without the big album.  This will be perfect for people to look through when I finish filling it with photos and memories!

Thanks for joining me on my December Daily journey with Vintage Christmas.  Really one of the cutest lines I've ever used, I can't wait to show you more!
Daniela Costa

Friday, October 27, 2017

Grateful and Bountiful

Good Morning friends! Daniela here with a super fun project for your Fall festivities! This is the perfect hostess gift for a loved one. Its a beautiful altered box with a mini album inside. Using the Boutiful paper makes it so easy to make something for those you love and are grateful for.
  For the cover, I've used different elements from Petaloo Flowers. They make the darling pincone and burlap leaves. Tim Holtz Ideology line provides the darling mini pumpkin to decorate the front of the box. Using the cutout from the Bountiful sheet along with the beautiful papers, finishes off this beautiful cover. The box itself is by Graphic 45, and was originally white. I painted it with the Dylusions paint, which is super pigmented and covers like a dream. Inside this darling box, is a mini album I just put together using cardstock and the Bountiful papers.

 To give your papers more interest, use a pattern corner punch on the cutout cards!  It looks so cute!  I had these beautiful vintage paper clips with a cabachon.  I used glossy accents to make the clip using a piece of the Bountiful paper with a leaf on it. It turned out so cute!

The mini album has pockets and such for memorabilia or the darling cutout cards from the line.  It makes it so easy to decorate when you have a super cute fall sweater!  

 The inside of this mini has lots of places for photos and journaling.  The stickers jut make every page pop on this project.  I just used twine to bind this book together.  I love ribbon, so lots of my pages have ribbon to accent this beautiful paper.
This was a super fun project to make.  I am going to give this to my sister in law at Thanksgiving and take lots of pics at dinner to include in this mini.  Be grateful for all the blessings in your life.  I am so blessed to be a part of this Authentique team and so Grateful for their support and beautiful papers.  Have a great November and be Bountiful!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Are you ready for Halloween???

Hello Friends! Daniela here on the Authentique Blog sharing with you a great Halloween Mini Album! How much do we all LOVE Bewitched!? I think I say this on every line I get to play with, but its one of my most favorite lines by Authentique! The wonderful vintage graphics, tongue in cheek sayings and beautiful patterns on all the papers, I just want to make everything with it. This is my Bewitched Mini Album! Featuring a Prima Marketing Mini Album, this mini has lots of room to add photos, journaling etc.  For my cover, I've layered a few of the papers from the collection along with die cuts from Tim Holtz.  The cutout I chose is near and dear to me as I have a TShirt with the exact saying, "you say witch like it's a bad thing".  I love to make my own embellishments as well to add to my projects.  For this one, I made super cute paper clips with the papers and sticker sheet from the Bewitched collection.  The little pumpkin on the square background is a mini paper clip!  Super easy to make and so useful as well!  I also love to make charms to hang on the sides of my albums.  Using beads and charms I made the hanging charm on the side of the album.  I made a mini tag from the spider web paper as well for the front. 
Using all the papers and sticker sheet, I've made each page of this album with a pocket, flap or other interesting element to the album.  I love  making pockets and things to hold tags too!  Below is a pocket page and a tag page.  For the right side of this page, I've made a great placeholder for a tag. Using only adhesive on the top and the bottom of the strip, I can tuck cutouts, tags and photos in this place.  I also love to use the sticker sheet and decorate everything!  I just LOVE the dancing skeleton tag, which I added ribbon and a cute skeleton charm to and adhered to the page.  
 This nex page has a flap up, which features a cutout and then a place for a photo underneath.  The page on the right is meant for a photo.  I also placed a cutout on it but only put adhesive on three sides so that I can easily lift up the left side of the cutout to place my photo underneath.
 Here's another page which I've placed a sticker along the bottom and on the right side of the book, a pocket page.  Can  you see the little pumpkin face?  That is another paper clip I made.  This time, I took a paper punch that was a one inch scallop and then placed the pumpkin face from the sticker sheet to pull it all together.  This is definitely my favorite clip!

The great thing about the Authentique paper is that is all goes together just beautifully, along with the sticker sheet.  That sheet is such an easy way to add darling bits and baubles to your project.  I often ink the edges and then pop them up with pop foam on all surfaces.  I also love to staple little bits of ribbon to them as well.
 This page layout also features another strip that only has adhesive on the top and bottom so I can tuck in tags I've made from the paper, or photos or both!  The strip is also the perfect place to use those fantastic stickers!  I've inked and then popped them up as well. The right side is a flip up and features a great place to hide photos underneath.

 The album I used is a Prima Marketing album and I've painted it with the Dyan Reaveley, Dylusions paint in Tangerine Dream.  It matches the Bewitched collection perfectly.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing a portion of my Bewitched album.  I can't wait to see yours!  Have a great day and hope to see you again soon here on the Blog!
Daniela Costa