Monday, September 9, 2013

September Special Guest - Ronda Palazzari!

Hello and Happy Monday!  We have a very special guest with us today!  I am super excited that she has joined us this month and is able to share her amazing creativity and inspiration with our Frog Dog Studio friends!  

I would like to announce Ronda Palazzari as our Special September Guest! Welcome Ronda!

Before we get to her first September Limited Edition Kit project, let's get to know her a little bit better.  

Ronda Palazzari is a Mixed Media Artist, Author, Craft & Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver.   Her first book Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012. She has published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, CPS Studios, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines.  Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop releasing stencils that exemplify her own unique style.  She has been a contract designer for many manufactures including Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Crate Paper, Purple Onion Designs, My Mind’s Eye, Maya Road, Sizzix, Ranger Ink,  as well as Guest Designing for many other leading manufactures.  She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with bold bright colors.  Ronda is one to follow because you never know if she will be art journaling, scrapbooking, sewing or getting messy with paints; her art changes day-to-day.  She continues to teach worldwide as well as providing inspiration and telling her dorky stories on her blog HelpMeRonda.

Let's get right to her project!

Altered Notebook
I love texture so when I saw the texture kit, my creative heart exploded with joy.  I am always in need of a place to keep notes so I decided to give the composition notebook a texture make over. 

I started by giving the top of the notebook a coat of gesso.  Before I began I added a piece of deli paper just inside the cover so I didn’t drip onto the interior pages. 

While the gesso is still wet, I pressed one of the pieces into the notebook.  I love the texture it adds the notebook.

I added another coat of gesso.  Using the catalyst blade I scrapped into the gesso creating more texture on the cover. 

I repeated the process again using punchinella to create more texture. 

Next I cut up some of some of the pieces from the texture kit and added it to the cover.  I also added a title using leftover chipboard pieces and gessoed over the whole notebook. 

After the gesso dried, I painted the cover using my favorite colors.  I scrapped into the paint using the catalyst blade.

Next using the gelli printing plate and paints, I used all the different items including my stencils to create texture. 

I lifted the prints using deli paper knowing I was going to transfer those prints to my notebook.  I love how the colors looks on the paper along with the patterns. 

I took the pieces of deli paper and tore them to add to my notebook.  I love how the papers have a transparent look when glued down with matte medium.

After adding all the deli paper colors to the notebooks, I added in some more touches of white and texture. 

I finished the notebook off with touches of black spatters and doodles around the cover.  I love the way all the textures come through the paint and layers.  Now I am ready to fill my notebook with all my ideas!

Gelli Print Cards
Ohh and since I already had deli paper prints leftover, I decided to make a few cards.  Simply take the deli paper and glue it to neutral cardstock.  Trim the paper down and use it on cards, tags, etc.  

Thank you for the inspiration Ronda!  Your projects are simply beautiful!  I loved Gelli Plates before, but love them even more now! 

Be sure and stop back later in the month for another project by Ronda!  Please stop by Ronda's blog and say Hi!

Here's another peek at the September Limited Edition Kit.  It is currently SOLD OUT, but we are looking at getting more kits in, so if you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email me at


Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful week!


  1. Love, Love, Love this Ronda! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing inspiration with us!

    1. Such an amazing fun kit! Love all the textures included. I could play for hours!

  2. Love this comp book, Ronda! Great layers of color with the pops of black, and love that you used some leftover prints for a couple of cards. So inspired by you and happy to have you guesting here @ Frog Dog Studio!

  3. what kind of gesso do you use? And where do you get deli paper?

    1. I use all kinds of gesso but mostly liquitex or golden. Deli paper can be found online!

  4. Love what you created...always so inspired by your colors and use of white space which I'm still working on!}.

  5. Fabulous project!! I'm a big fan of your artwork :)