In 2001, Traci Bautista left a successful career in the corporate world to pursue her passion for art, launching her creative business endeavor treiC designs. She has a BS Graphic Design and Markerting degree from Woodbury University. She has over seventeen years experience in design and marketing combined with twelve years of teaching art. Traci is an accomplished instructor, author and mixed media artist. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Traci climbed the corporate ladder in Silicon Valley, marketing high-tech start ups and brands like IBM and Animal Planet. She worked as a graphic designer, event planner, marketing director, professional cheerleader, elementary art teacher, fashion designer, and web designer —to name just a few positions.

Traci contributes her success as an artist to her past experiences and innate drive to explore and create without boundaries. Her passion for sharing art has led her on a worldwide tour, teaching mixed media workshops in handmade books, art journaling, creative business, and surface design.  Traci is the author of the bestselling book, Collage Unleashed, and Doodles Unleashed, released January 2012.

Her art has been featured in over 15 art/mixed media books and 40+ craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, cloth.paper.scissors, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Craft. She has been a regular guest on DIY/HGTV Craft Lab. Her creative business includes designing licensed product lines, Collage Pauge adhesive, and {kolLAJ} paper crafts. She designs digital art journaling kits, e-courses and e-books for her own digital shop, treiC designs digitals. Her latest venture is the opening of {studio 323*7}, her art studio and boutique in Danville, CA. To follow her creative musings, visit her blog.