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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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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fathers Day Share featuring Authentique Paper!

Hello Friends!  I am so happy Authentique Paper made not one but TWO fantastic masculine collections.  Rugged and Dapper are perfect for any man in your life.  I've been playing with the Dapper line alot!  Its right up my alley, retro vintage with a modern twist.  I have been making my husbands cards for almost 15 years now and I wanted to go outside the box and do a different kind of card.  I came up with the card below.  It features the Dapper Collection, the Dapper Sticker Sheet, and the Dapper Life Cards 3x4".

I started with the idea of a 6x6 card.  I also wanted it to open differently, so I made it open from the bottom instead of the side.  I used a heavy black cardstock for my base.  Using the Dapper collection makes any project easy, because there are so many fun papers and elements you can cut out.  The above "classic" is a portion of a 12x12 paper.  Perfect for the cover of my card.  I used a punch to punch out this great saying from the 3x4" Life Cards.  Finishing the front is a few stickers, twine and (hard to see) brass Ace playing card charm.  

I took off from my 6x6 base and started adding different sized flips and flaps.  Two of the flaps open to the left and two open to the right.

This was fun, figuring out how it all works, and I think my hubby will like the creativity!

I love the sayings on this paper!  They have great vintage images, but are so tongue in cheek and are SOOO true!

I used pieces of Life Cards, Sticker Sheet, and paper to decorate each flap, along with some coordinating cardstock.

This photo shows the two right flaps open.  Plenty of room for writing him a love note!

Here is the card fully open with all flaps decorated.  I also added a pocket on the bottom of the card.  I decorated a few Life Cards and my kids and I will put some notes in here.  We might even grab a Gift Card and it would fit nicely inside.  The final touch will be a photo right there in the top middle of all of us.

I really enjoyed making this fun interactive card and hope you get inspired to try your own flip flap card!

Enjoy your Fathers Day, celebrating any man in your life that makes you smile or laugh!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dylusions Project for Live Happy Paper Crafts

I am so honored that Live Happy Paper Crafts has asked me to be on their Design Team!  I am here to share my first Design Team project, Using some of my favorite products, here is my HUGE letter "A"!  All the products I used can be found on their Website, and if you click on any of the products highlighted, it will link you right to their website store.  RIGHT NOW you'll get 20% their entire website!  AMAZING!
First, I used lots of Dylusions paints.  Now these are NOT your normal acrylic paints.  These are pigment paints, and are so concentrated, you only need one coat to fully cover anything.  Its not watered down like your cheaper acrylic paints, and I promise you, if you try these once, you'll never go back to using the cheap acrylic paints again.  They go on any surface like butter and dry super fast. The color is so vibrant and makes any project "pop".  To get all my lines, I used a ruler and pencil all over the "A", and in some spots to get a great line, I used washi tape as my "paint" tape.

 I've also used the mini Creative Dyary Dolls. Dylusions Paint Pens and I am in LOVE with them!  They are soooo vibrant and color like a dream!  I am hoping she will release lots of colors, cause I'm IN!
More products used in this project are all the fun Dylusions Stencils.  I've just used them with black paint to give it more "pop".  Once I was happy with my stenciling, I used my Dylusions White Paint Pen to doodle on all my black stenciled parts.  The final addition to my project was to color some seam binding with the Dylusions Sprays.  So beautiful, vibrant and the right amount of POP.  You can find all the Dylusions Sprays at the store or on their website! 

This was so much fun to make this project!  If your in the Bay Area, come visit Live Happy Paper Crafts in Danville!  The store has all these wonderful products and so much more!  They also have the HUGE Paper Mache Letters to decorate!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Its almost Fathers Day!

Lets celebrate Fathers Day this year with a mini album made with "Dapper" by Authentique Paper!
This is the perfect paper line to celebrate the men in your life!  Featuring fantastic vintage images and sayings,  the Dapper collection is colorful and and oh so "cheeky".  The Album I made features the Dapper Collection, a Prima Marketing album as well as embellishments from SA Crafters (wood TV), and Tonic Studios.

The cover features great papers and images from the Dapper Collection.  I love how most of their 12x12 Sticker sheets has some kind of word in a "banner" form.  I love using these on my covers.  I've used a "vintage style wood TV from SA Crafters as well as Tonic Nuvo Drops to decorate the cover.
 Each of my pages features lift up flaps, pockets and photo mats to hold all kinds of fun photos or notes celebrating the wonderful men in your life.  The colors Authentique Paper has chosen are so retro vintage and I love it.  Each of the sayings on the sticker sheets or cut out cards is so funny and so true!

 I love cutting out portions of the papers and using them to create a fold out.  Underneath the fold outs I usually put one of the cutout cards or a photo mat.  Making pockets in my mini albums in a must so you can place notes and extra photos.

Whether its your father, your husband or brother, the papers and sayings work for everyone.  I can find sayings that completely describe my Father in Law, and others that are my husband.  Authentique Paper picks the best images and knows how to put together wonderful papers and stickers.  All you need to do is add some fun embellishments, and some handwritten notes!
 I've had so much fun creating and teaching with each of their lines and am so excited for what they come up with in the future.  I've taught this class once, and have one more date on the books at Live Happy Paper Crafts in Danville, CA.  Visit their website to sign up!  Also, you can contact me at theartlife@yahoo.com for more information!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Distress Oxide Cards

Today I'll be teaching the Distress Oxide Card Class and Playdate at Live Happy Paper Crafts in Danville.  This is the 3rd time teaching it, and I LOVE it! Its a great class as I encourage people to create the cards themselves and none turn out exactly alike.  I love that!  I get the most enjoyment out of watching others create, so this is a class near and dear to my heart!  I give class participants lots of various backgrounds and textures to play with and see how the oxide inks work on them.  My favorite is using the Prima Marketing Watercolor paper.  Its super thick and absorbent and just works so well with the Oxide Ink.  I also give them a Neenah White paper, some manila tags, which are embossed. This way they can see how the inks work. Also I show them coloring Ribbon which is my favorite part!  Here are the cards for today!  I hope you can join me in a class soon!

Winner Winner!

Wow thanks to everyone who liked, commented or just followed along my first Blog post designing for Authentique!  What a fun fun day!

So, I promised a winner for doing a couple of things... and Tony picked a winner:

Laurie Bradshaw!

Contact me ASAP and I'll get you a prize pack from Authentique paper!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Authentique Paper Fabulous Album

I'm up on the Authentique Paper Blog!  I am over the moon honored they wanted to feature my work!  Go take a look and comment please!  I'm doing a giveaway of a Authentique Prize Pack featuring a few collections.  Go make a comment on the Authentique Blog and come on back here and make a comment here and I'll randomly pick a winner to win a bunch of Authentique Items!
Authentique Blog Link

Also, I'll have kits available for this FABULUOUS Mini Album featured below.  These will be limited and if you'd like one, you can purchase one right here!  Kit comes with everything you'll need to create the album including full color step by step instructions.  $45 and if you want it shipped $50 

I'm so excited to be sharing my work with you here on the Authentique Blog!  One of my favorite lines by Authentique is the Fabulous line.  It features my favorite colors and the sayings and images are just so on point!  For my Mother who is fabulous and sassy this is the perfect line to celebrate her! I've made a Chunky Mini Album by Pinecone Press, which is 6x6.  I've used all the beautiful papers from the line along with lots of ribbons and some wood embellishments from SA Crafters.
This Cover utilizes the Fabulous Cut out cards paper, elements from the Sticker Sheet, Hand Dyed Ribbon, Wood Glasses from SA Crafters and Flowers and a Crown Charm from my stash.  The Sticker sheets Authentique puts with every collection and really has everything you need to embellish you project!  With Words, tags, sayings, and photos, the Sticker Sheet with every collection is a MUST.  I always use a lot of pop foam as well to make my pages POP!  

 The Album I'm using from Pinecone Press is a Chunky 6x6 Album.  It has a few ways you can put it together which makes it very versatile, and shows off the Fabulous papers wonderfully!  I've cut each of my papers to fit the pull outs on each page of the album.  These have a 6x6 base and a 5x5 Fold out.

Authentiques Papers don't need to much to stand out, but using your leftover strips like I did here on the right, just gives the album that much more interest!  I also use a lot of ribbons, buttons and twine to embellish this darling album.

The photos above show the flap closed and then opened. The left of the album features a pocket to put all those leftover cut out cards from the paper line.  The Wood Hand on the right is also from SA Crafters.  

These pages show off more elements from the Sticker Sheet.  On the left I've made the tags on the sticker sheet into a banner using twine.  The right features a card from the cut out sheet.
The Authentique Fabulous Line is one of my all time favorites and fits the season perfectly!  For any woman you want to celebrate, lift up and inspire, this is your paper line.  I know so many FABULOUS women in my life that are getting something for Mothers Day made with this darling line.  Thanks for taking time to look through my Fabulous Mini Album!  Celebrate the strong wonderful women in your life with something handmade from the Fabulous line!  Daniela Costa

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy Monday!

What a fantastic weekend I had at Its all about the Scrapbook in Dixon!  We celebrated National Scrapbook Day and had so much fun!  There were 50 creative ladies cropping for 3 full days.  Its so much fun to be with so many creative people, and the store is just bursting at the seams with new beautiful product.  I also taught my Dapper Class on Sunday.  I had 3 kits available this past weekend and sold out of the "Fabulous" kit.  I didn't get a ton of things done, but finished up my "Saucy" Cooking themed album and also finished up next months Art Journal Class.  Below I'm sharing the 3 kits I had available this weekend.  If your interested in any of them, just contact me!  I'm going to be making more kits of the Fabulous album, so if you want that one, reserve it quick as I think they will go fast again.  I've updated my calendar page here as well with a bunch of upcoming classes!  Come join me for some fun!