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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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Companions Home Decor Piece on Authentique Blog!

I found this great mini wood crate and I thought I'd alter it, and make inserts for all my current, past, and family dogs and cats!  The Companions Line is so adorable and perfect for both Dogs and Cats.  I personally only have dogs, but one of my best friends, Sharon has a beautiful cat named Dewey.  I've made an insert for Dewey as well.  There are tags, cards, and even a little journal to write notes and place more photos.
As you can see, I've also altered the crate by adhering pieces of the paper to the sides.  I've then wrapped coordinating ribbon around the ends for fun! 

Below you can see just 3 of the tags that are in the crate.  Each one features a different furbaby that I've loved! You can see the Boston Terrier in the first photo and that's my daughter's dog, but she gets to have playdates all the time at our house.  In the middle is my tag for Dewey, isn't he the cutest!?  Then on the right is our new Ginger girl.  She is just adorable and I'm loving the crazy puppy stage.  She's starting to lose all her teeth now! 

The insert on the left is my little journal.  I've made two inserts and it even has elastics in it to hold the inserts.

On the right, is a large tag that has the story of the relationship between my beloved Roxie, and Stella.  Its definitely two women and they have a love/hate relationship.

I also have an insert for a dog we've lost, and I'll continue to make new ones as I have pics of my favorite furbabies in the world!  This piece will be out on the coffee table or displayed prominently so everyone can pick up tags and read little quirks or stories about each of the animals in our lives.  I hope you celebrate your furbabies as much as I do!   Oh by the way if your wondering, I own one of those Polaroid Zip Printers that prints pics this small.  They are darling.  I have a ton of fun with these little photos, you can find them almost anywhere.
I will keep adding to these tags and filling the mini journal with all of Gingers Stats.  Companions is so much fun, I've only just started to play, can't wait to make more with this darling line.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dunkin Donuts and Friendship

Happy Friday!  I hope you are enjoying your summer!  We were so lucky (or unlucky) to have a Dunkin Donuts open super close to our house.  That makes me obsessed with Donuts. 

Today I'm sharing with you a project featuring some of my favorite dies!  Jen Long has designed the cutest dies featuring donuts!  Today, I'm using "Phrases, Sweet and Donuts" and I'm using the Tim Holtz "Gift Card Bag" 

I'm so excited to have a crafty day with my girlfriends!  We are celebrating a Birthday, and I wanted to make a little something for my besties on craft day!  Making them little gift card holders and including a Dunkin Donut Gift Card is the perfect little gift.  Using the darling Doodlebug collection Sweet Shoppe, which features the darling DONUTS!  So, using the Jen Long Die along with this paper is a perfect match.  With my Sizzix Big Shot Plus I have so much room to die cut, that I can cut almost everything at once, which makes this a super fast and easy project to complete! 

Of course I had to go down to Dunkin Donuts to get the gift cards, so I needed the "props" for these photos... really great excuse to eat donuts all day right???? 
 I can't wait to give these to my girlfriends and let them know how much I appreciate and love them.  Make your friend a homemade gift and they will treasure it forever.  I know I absolutely LOVE handmade items! 
I hope you've been inspired today to make your own little gift for a loved one!  Its fun, and means so much to others!  Have a great weekend, and stay cool!  

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