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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Friday, September 15, 2017

Creative Planning with Authentique!

Hello! Daniela Costa here with my take on "Creative Planning" here on the Authentique Paper Blog!

Have you always wanted to be a "Planner" or "Project Life" Girl?  I know I have tried more than a few times to start both these "ongoing" projects and have never kept going.  Now that Planning is a huge trend, I thought I could incorporate both Project Life with Planning.  Having darling products like "Bewitched" or "Bountiful" to use, I think its a huge WIN!  What I've done is made a simple Travelers Notebook using the darling Bewitched line, and added a Calendar Spread, then made lots of places for Journaling and Photos. I made my own paper clip embellishments here using the Sticker Sheet and bits of left over paper.  I found some fun Gold and Black paper clips and with some simple glue, whalla! New embellishments!

Using the Bewitched lines Sticker sheet just fills the book with random bits of goodness and I can't wait to get started!  I'll be making many more of these.. as you can see in this first picture, I'm ready for November too!  I'll share that in my next blog post along with a few Christmas Planners too!  I love the aspect of being able to "marry" the two hobbies to make it work for me, and with Authentique Papers my creative side gets workin too!

I hope I have set up my Creative Planner so I'll be successful in following through each month.  I am super excited to start, I'll post more updates on my blog and you can follow along with me HERE .  I've added lots of fun ribbons and twine to match.  I'll use 3x3 photos and the photo mats are ready.  I also have plenty of space to journal about my month.  I'm not the best at journaling, but I think this will work!   I'll be teaching this workshop at my LSS and hope I can inspire you to start documenting your life using super cute products!

Thank you so much for following along my Creative Planner!  Daniela Costa

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Let's Road Trip to Disneyland!

Hello Friends! Today I'm sharing my "Roadtrip to Disneyland" Mini Album. I am so excited about this new paper line from Authentique Paper!  It features all kinds of vintage Disney items, as well as classic road trip icons.  For this project, I wanted to make a smaller album and utilize a 6x6 paper pad.  Since every paper is a smaller print than the larger, it is perfect for projects like this one!

For this Mini Album, I used a Pinecone Press 4x6 Chipboard album cover.  I did not use the inserts, but made my own, since I wanted more pockets, more flaps and use a black cardstock base.  Using a 6x6 pad made this project great because I could use every single paper in the line.  Since its so hard to choose a favorite and they all go together so well, its hard to only pick a few papers from any of Authentique's collections.

I really wanted to feature the paper on my cover since I love each and every one!  To utilize each fun paper, I made my own embellishments with Glossy Accents by Ranger and Fragments from Tim Holtz.  I love doing this with paper as you can show off the best parts of a paper and make your own embellishments.  As you can see I picked out a Mickey head, a parking stub, an entrance ticket and many more.  Since you receive more than one paper in each 6x6 pad, its easy to "double up" your elements with paper as well.  For "Mary Poppins", she is on the paper below, and I just fussy cut her out of my second sheet and pop foamed her on top.  I added the side paper ribbons and a charm from my stash.
Here you can see how WIDE this album is.  I love albums like this... gives you more room to add embellishments and pop foam!

Here is the first page of the album.  I love making pockets and tags with all my papers.  My favorite paper in this collection is the trailers! I would love to have a "vintage" trailer and go on roadtrips.  All of the super cute trailers on the main paper are adorable.  On your cutout sheet in your 6x6 you'll find great images and sayings that go with the line.

Here is another page in the album.  On the left I feature a pocket with a tag.  On the Right, the flap showing opens up to give you more room for photos and journaling.  I also love to overlap strips of paper onto others.  Its a great way to show off both papers and your eye goes right to it.  All 3 of the 'sayings' shown are part of your 6x6 pad.  Perfect proportion to the papers!  I matted each one on black cardstock.

I wanted to show off the tags I always make for my albums.  I use left over bits of paper and sayings/cutouts to decorate them.  Its always fun to use up all the bits of your leftover papers, so don't throw them away!
This is another type of page in the book.  Its a top flap.  The brick flips up to reveal the darling paper underneath.  This paper is a collage of vintage entrance tickets to the park.  Just adorable!

Showing you one more page from the album.  Left is a pocket and the right is a flap open to the right.  My family and I are planning a trip to Disney before the end of the year and I can't wait to fill this album up with all my photos and memorabilia.  
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my Mini Album!  This paper collection is called "Pastime" and I absolutely LOVE it! 

Daniela Costa 

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!