About Me

My name is Daniela Costa and I am a Scrapbook Designer and Educator. I am currently a Design Team member for Authentique Paper. I do guest spots and special events for lots of fun companies! 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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Monday, November 12, 2018

Handmade Album Featuring "Jingle" by Authentique Paper

Good morning friends! I'm up on the Authentique Blog sharing with you a Mini Album!
I'm so excited to share with you today a beautiful Christmas Album featuring the gorgeous "Jingle" line by Authentique.

This line is just vintage gorgeous with a little cat and doggy flair!  I LOVE this element to the collection!

I've been having a hard time finding premade albums that I really like and are all the sizes I want.  I decided to make my own!  This is not your typical hidden hinge or 12 hour process... I just formed it with thick chipboard.
I wanted a good size that wasn't overwhelming, but big enough that I can decorate fully, and have space for photos and journaling.  My album ended up being 6x8" and I've made 3 different types of pages.  Using all the darling papers and embellishments, I've decorated this album to the hilt, and also have plenty of pockets and spaces for photos etc.

As you can see, this page is smaller than the rest.  This gives some depth to the album and shows off the papers so much!
Lots of pockets and flip ups to add your own special touches.  

 The vintage Animal elements in this collection is so cute!  Look at this page with all the vintage stamps featuring Dogs and Cats.  I just adore it.
More pockets, more cute embellishments, to cover your pages.  The dog Christmas is the BEST.  I'm a dog person so this one really speaks to me! 



I think this is my favorite part of the book, the spine!  I've added a little hang loop and a Christmas charm.  I've also decorated the spine with all the cardstock stickers from the page as well.  

This darling album will be taught at Memories for the Making in Lodi this SATURDAY November 17th, 10am.  Call the store to reserve your space today! 209-333-7577.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Little Monsters Stampendous Blog Hop!


Beware of Little Monsters!  This was such a fun project!  I can't even say I did it all alone... I roped my son Tony, into playing along with me.  When I received this darling set of Little Monsters Stamps I knew he would love them as much as I did.  I stamped a complete set for me, and a complete set for him.  His Monsters (ABOVE) came out cuter than mine! My little artist is 13 years old and has a passion for drawing and coloring that I am just so proud of.  He also is a Chef.  If your interested in a fun Instagram feed that is cooking and art, he is @yup_its_anthony on Instagram.  So he gave me his colored Monsters and I had this Tim Holtz Frame in my stash, so I fixed them all up for their photo!  It also doubles as a money gift holder as there is money in the pocket as well. 
Thanks so much Stampendous for the fantastic stamps, and the artsy time I had with my son is priceless!  Happy Halloween! 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Trio of Mini Canvas' Stampendous Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!

Hello!  I'm so excited to be a part of the Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!  Today is my first post, and I'm sharing what I've done with the Halloween Hats Stamp/Die set.  I absolutely LOVE the cute little faces these little guys have.  The tall one is even a "Frankenstein" pumpkin.

I really enjoy mixing up my coloring implements.  On these guys I've used PrismaColor Pencils, and some Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.  I've used a few different Halloween Sets for the sayings I've used on these (A full list of items is below).  I love doing little mixed media pieces like these.  The canvas' measure 3x3, and I've painted them in a striped pattern.  

Here is a close up of my little solo guy.  I just love him!  I even went outside and gathered some tiny twigs and have stuck them behind each of the pumpkins as their arms.  I had this fun chicken wire fencing that I stapled onto the canvas to give it some depth and texture. 
These super cute stamp sets are great for making lots of things, including mixed media mini canvas' 

Thanks so much for following along in the Stampendous Blog Hop!  Make sure your commenting and submitting projects to win PRIZES!  

Make sure you go HERE to the Blog for more fun inspiration! 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Nightfall is HERE!

Hello Friends!  Daniela here with a Handmade Mini Album featuring Nightfall!  Isn't this line the cutest?!! The vintage images, the patterns, just so spooky yet cute at the same time!  I have made my own simplified version of a 5 1/2 x 8" Black Chipboard album.  It features lots of different size pages, and lots of the brand new Sizzix Tim Holtz Halloween Dies.  Tim's Dies and Authentique Paper are a perfect fit!  Let's take a closer look at the album,
 My cover features layers of the beautiful papers along with a cutout. I've used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Rosette Die, Treat Bag and Shadow Words with all the different papers, I LOVE how it all turned out!  I've made a tag that sits inside the little gift bag.  I had some bling and wood pieces in my stash.  I just colored them with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  I really went with my love for ribbon on this one, as it is really one of my very favorite embellishments!  I also like "making" my own embellishments, like the metal paper clip featured below:
I have these cabochons that are empty so I just find a great image from the paper or sticker sheet (in this case, the spider is on the sticker sheet), use Glossy Accents or clear drying glue and then glue it all together.  I LOVE these, and its a perfect addition to any project.  

This is the side view of the album.  As you can see, There are lots of openings, pockets and different sizes of pages.  The inside cover features a great pocket. The first page is a fold out and I love to ink and then mount my stickers and put them on the fold out.  I've also added the Tim Holtz Zombie Die to this page.  

Here is another page that shows you one of the smaller pages that flips out.  The front of this flip out has a mini pocket with little tags I made from my leftover papers. Inside the flip out there are spots for photos and journaling as well.  

This shows the back of one page and the front of another.  I've turned the Trick or Treat cutout into a pocket and made a tag for it.  You'd also be able to fit a photo on that page.  This next page is a "slim" page so its just wide enough to fit your photo and some journaling.  You can see a larger but shorter page of the album sticking out behind this one.  

This is the inside of the "slim" flip out.  I used the banner stickers and some ric rac ribbon to make the banner go off the page and onto the next.  

This next picture is from the back of the album and you can see the larger and wider pages behind this fun pocket page.  There is a little wallet folio inside the pocket for some treasures!

I absolutely adore Nightfall and have so many projects up my sleeve, I'm going to get crafting!  I hope you've enjoyed a look at this mini and please come back again soon! Daniela Costa 

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.  
Daniela 


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!