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.

Welcome to my Blog!

If your new to The Art Life and would like to learn more,
come visit the old blog to learn more about me and my history!

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Adventures in Wonderland

Hello Friends!  I have been hunkered down creating these past few weeks and am getting close to some big announcements!  But first, lets schedule a class!

 Adventures in Wonderland Mini Album
Sunday April 22, 1-5pm, $45
Walnut Creek, CA 

These new workshops at my home are very limited in size and will always come with a full package of a mixed media product for you to use and keep.  Also, I'll be offering full Kits with step by step instructions and everything you'll need to create the mini album.

To sign up for this class or to reserve a kit, Choose below!

Kit or Class

I hope you can join me in these new types of workshops here in my home.  We have a great day and you'll be surrounded by crafty friends and inspired by everything around you! 

Please email me at theartlife@yahoo.com for any questions!  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

More La La Land Crafts Love!

Happy First Day Of Spring!

This week I'm sharing another super fun project I made with products by La La Land Crafts!  I absolutely love the images and mixing them with my Mixed Media style has been so much fun.  Here I've used:

 No Place Like Home Stamp Set
Spring Blossom Die
Floral Pocket Die
Keyholes Die

I've also used Authentique Paper , Tonic Nuvo Mousse, Tim Holtz Stencils and the tray.  I used watercolor pencils to color everything.  I hope you enjoy this darling mixed media piece!  My favorite colors and the Stamp set is darling!

Stay tuned for another project next week!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Authentique Paper Dame Collection Mini Card Extravaganza

Hello Friends, today I'm up on the blog to show off another wonderful project made with DAME!
Truly a magnificent line and with this project, I've utilized a 6x6 pad and the brand new We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch.  The prints and cutouts in the 6x6 are a perfect match.

 This envelope punch even punches a 1 inch card!  How perfect is the bird element and the beautiful lady element of the papers for a 1 inch card!  With the beauty of the DAME collection, you don't need to add a ton of extra embellishments to it.  As you can see from my mini cards, I just added some NUVO drops, a little twine and whalla, darling cards with envelopes made from the paper line.


 I tried to make all the cute little sizes of envelopes, and then made the matching cards.  I have used the mini cutout sheet from the 6x6 pad on the fronts of the mini cards below.  They measure about 2 inches each.
The box I used to hold all the cards is a mini Graphic 45 Box, covered in Tonic Studios Nuvo Mousse.  I am saving this for Mothers Day, and will put little messages of love for my mom inside each of the cards and give her the box filled with them.  Hopefully this may inspire you to do the same for your loved one! 

Grab up those 6x6 pads, they are hidden gems and perfect for your mini creating!

Monday, March 12, 2018

La-La Land Crafts Collaboration!

Today I wanted to share with you a project I've made using the La-la Land Stamps and Dies.  I have always been a big fan of Irina and her wonderful images, but was intimidated by the coloring!  I got over that by just doing ME!  I use color pencils or watercolor pencils.  I wanted to keep my style but incorporate her darling images.  The dies are top quality and cut like butter! The detail in them is on point! This was so much fun to make!  I think Tim Holtz products and La La Land are perfect together, dontcha think?  I'm thinking of making this a mixed media class, would that be fun?  Let me know!  I'll be sharing more projects in the near future, I have a bunch in the works and I'm loving La-La Land!  Below is a list of the products I used, and links to get the stamps and dies.
They also have a fantastic Fan Page on Facebook if you haven't joined, come see how gorgeous these ladies can color this darling images!  Link to Facebook Page  Link to La La Land Fan Group

For this project I used the following products:
La-La Land:
Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
SA Crafters Wood Frame
Tim Holtz Paper
Tim Holtz Stencil 
Tim Holtz Cityscape Die
Tonic Nuvo Mousse 
Tim Holtz Alpha Die 

I hope to see you on their pages soon!  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Frontier Fun at Memories for the Making in Lodi, CA


I'm here to announce a new class! 
Saturday April 14th, 10-1pm, Memories for the Making, Lodi
(209) 333-7577

Frontier Fun 

Come join me at this darling shop to make this mini album filled with Authentique Paper's "Frontier" line.  Perfect for the cowboy/cowgirl in your life or someone who loves the outdoors and horses.
Lots of places for journaling and photos!

Call the store asap as spots are limited.  Can't wait to see you there!  If you cannot make it, contact me for a kit!