About Me

My name is Daniela Costa and I am a Scrapbook Designer and Educator. I am currently a Design Team Member of Sizzix and Authentique Paper. I provide Scrapbooking and Mixed Media classes in the Northern California Bay Area. I do commission and private classes as well. Just contact me

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Let's get BUSY with Sizzix!

I can't tell you how excited and inspired I am by Sizzix!  Being on their team is such a joy, I just want someone to pinch me!  I am so excited to share with you all my inspiration and tips.  To share this journey with you, I've started a Sunday's with Sizzix Workshop and online demo.  Each month, I'm going to focus on a few dies and show you how versatile and great each die can be. 

Today I'm going to share with you the fantastic Lori Whitlock Box die by Sizzix.  This is the cutest die and has all the elements to make a super fun treat box!

When I look at a die, I like to see the possibilities of what you can do with it.  This die is perfect for anyone in your life.  You can make it super cute, vintage, plain, whichever suits your fancy or the person your giving it too!

 This die will be featured in this workshop August 5.  We will make two different versions of this box, one using the darling Tim Holtz vintage style, and another using the Doodlebug super cute style.  You can easily see all kinds of styles work with this die. 

I make a Brazilian treat called "Brigadeiros" from Brazil.  I love to make them, and of course eat and share them.  I needed a easy treat box where I can fit a few into it, to give away.  The Lori Whitlock Box Die set is the perfect match for my goodies.  It can fit 4 of my little treats in it.  If your not a baker, you can add 4 See's candies treats or any other bon bons into the box.  Use your favorite paper line, and whalla you have a darling gift box for anyone on your list.  The die set comes with a tag and the word "Thanks" to add to the package. 

I can see myself pulling out this die each time I need a little box for any gifts.  It will fit a pair of earrings, a necklace, any little item you'd like to give a loved one will fit perfectly inside.

I hope you'll join me on August 5, as this is just one of the dies we will be working with on Sunday's with Sizzix!
To come join us here in Walnut Creek, you can sign up on my website HERE.  If you are not local, I'm going to be doing a Facebook Live the evening of August 5th, to show you our makes in person and offer the package where you can order the dies and the kits to make the same samples we made in the workshop!

Introducing "Sunday's with Sizzix" Recurring Class!

NEW Class Announcement! Come join me once a month for Sunday's with Sizzix! This is going to be a great class for those that love to use dies and would like to learn tips, tricks, and various ways to use Sizzix Dies and Accessories! I will focus on up to 3 dies each month. We will make super cute things with the dies, you'll get to play with the dies and make as many as you'd like of whatever we're making that day. I'll have a special pricing package on the dies as well.
First up will be the fantastic Jen Long Designs Pineapple Fold-a-Long card, and the Lori Whitlock Box Die. We'll make two of each item in class.
Each class will be $25 and the price of the dies will be an additional cost.
This will be a great time for you to come over, learn about the machines, use them and ask questions as well.
Come on over to the website to sign up!
For those not able to attend in person, I'm going to do a Facebook Live that evening to show you all our makes and any tips and tricks with the option to purchase the package of two dies with the kits we made that day!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

PageMaps Collaboration!

Hello and Happy First Day of July! 

I'm so excited to share that the Design Team Members of Authentique have teamed up with the wonderful ladies at PageMaps and have used all Authentique papers to do the sketches!  Head on over to the PageMaps Blog to see all our creations.  Here are my two submissions to the collaboration!
For my 1st sketch, I've used the brand new Companions Line by Authentique featuring our new little bundle of joy, Ginger!

For my second sketch, I've used the new Authentique paper line Meadow.  I switched it up a little bit, but love how it turned out!

 This was SO MUCH FUN! I realized how much I love to do layouts and how much I miss them!  Please do go around to all of the Authentique Designers and visit the PageMaps Blog to see others take on these sketches.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Down on the Farm Mini Album Kit AVAILABLE NOW!

This kit is now available in my shop! It is a darling Mini Album featuring the Doodlebug Collection Down on the Farm. It's a perfect little mini measuring 4x6. With lots of flaps, pockets, photo mats and more, its perfect for a gift for a loved one or to document an occasion for yourself. My kits come complete with full step by step instructions, fully cut papers in order to complete your album, lots of goodies and extras too! Grab one quick as they are going fast!

Down on the Farm Mini Album Kit 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memorial Day Post with Authentique Paper

I am so excited to share with you my Memorial Day project!  Its so fun to work with all these fantastic designers and see their creations for the holiday!  Mine is a Flip Flap Accordion Mini, and features lots of places for journaling, photos and memorabilia.  With all the fabulous Americana paper lines Authentique Paper designs, its so easy to make a project with any of the.  This is Glory, an oldie but goodie, that never goes out of style.  I hope you enjoy the holiday and celebrate all those who have served.  I am blessed and honored to say, I grew up a Navy Brat, and in our family, we have someone who is currently or have served in the past in every Branch of the Military.  Thank you to everyone who has served.  Daniela

Monday, April 16, 2018

Altered Boxes Workshop


Hello Friends!  
I've scheduled a new CLASS!  
Altered Spring Boxes 
May 6th, 1-5pm, $45
Walnut Creek

Come join me in making these Spring Altered Boxes!  We will use all kinds of fun Tim Holtz products and we will learn some new techniques.  This is a limited workshop and space is limited.  There will be no kits for this class.  Sign up asap to secure your spot.  
I have now added a page on my website to sign up for classes here in Walnut Creek.  You can find it here:

The Art Life Shop 

I hope you can join us in a fun filled day of crafting with creatives!

Friday, April 6, 2018

April Refreshed Planner!

Hello Crafty Friends, Daniela here up on the Authentique Paper Blog today to share with you my April Planner.  I have used the darling and oh so perfectly perfect for April,  "Refreshed" line!
This line is full of such cute elements and fits the theme so perfectly.
This months Cover I used all Refreshed papers with Tim Holtz Punches and Dies for flowers and word.  For the outside cover, this month, I decided to laminate one of my favorite patterns from this paper line and make a Traveler Journal cover out of it.  This was so fun to make!  I rifled through my charms and made a hanging charm for the cover as well.  
Each month I make my own planner and always try to add something new.  This time Die Cuts for Planners.  Sizzix makes darling Die Cuts and with the patterns in the papers in this collection, it works so well together. It's fun to have a fun page or two in my monthly planner, just something to make me smile when I see it.  This is a picture of my dear mom, Lucia when she was a little girl.  All the papers and stickers are from Refreshed!  

On this page, I made a double pocket page.  More places to tuck notes, receips, memos, anything!  I always have spots to place a photo in my planner, it makes me print out at least a few each month to get into my planner.  

 More photo mats, along with a cute banner.  On the right, you'll see my pocket page made with the Refreshed papers.  These are so cute and provides more places for fun things!

I also always add a few regular pockets, then I put the cutout cards with lined paper on the back, in the pocket so I can grab one and write down a memory for the month.  On the right, another pocket page with lots of cute stickers from the collection.  

The page on the left has two strips of paper that hold these two journaling cards that open up and hang on the strips.  A notes page is essential in any Planner!

I hope you've enjoyed going through my April Planner.  With Refreshed being perfect for April, its been so fun to work with and I'm enjoying breaking out my Planner everywhere I go!
Have a great weekend!  
Daniela Costa