Meet Our May Guest Designer: Ronda Palazzari

We are thrilled to have long time Cocoa Daisy friend, Ronda Palazzari, here as our May Guest Designer. She’s a great friend and supporter and we love having her stencils in the shop, they are always a huge favorite. We love what she did with the kit, please read on to learn a little more about Ronda.

Ronda Palazzari is an Author, mixed media Artist, Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver.  She has been into art since early childhood.  One of her most memorable Christmas presents was a Crayola Caddy that inspired her to create.  She took many art classes throughout her secondary and college schooling.  Ronda was also an editor on her high school newspaper.  She loved photos, stories, and white space so layouts became her specialty.  After the birth of her children she began scrapbooking as it brought art & storytelling together.  In 2009, Ronda became a Memory Maker Master for Memory Makers Magazine.  She has designed for many manufactures including Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Crate Paper, Purple Onion Designs, as well as Guest Designing for many other leading manufactures.  She was on the Cocoa Daisy Design team from Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2012 and has been a subscriber since the beginning.  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, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines.  Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop releasing 8 new stencils in January 2013.  She is currently contract designing for Maya Road, Sizzix, and My Mind’s Eye.  Ronda launched her website Ronda Palazzari Designs in February complete with online classes, digital downloads, & tons of inspiration.  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.

Here are her answers to the standard questionnaire:

1. What is your most creative time?
Creative time for me is any time. My mind always see things or hear things that make me want to go & create. It’s especially creative after a nice hot bubble bath.
2. Share your current top 5 favorite music groups with us.
It changes. I listen to music daily. Right now I am grooving on The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Florence & the Machine.
3. What’s next on your scrappy life list?
I’d like to do more licensed design work. I would love to have my own stamp line.
4. What is your favorite retreat?
Peaceful cabin in the mountains or a cabin on the pacific northwest beach.
5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
Lauren Graham or Sandra Bullock. Kind of Dorky but still Loveable.
6. What do you do when you’re not scrapbooking?
It’s my full-time job so when I am not working, I travel, I cook & bake, and I READ, a lot.
7. What are you known for on your pages?
Mixed media artsy flair in layers. (say that three times fast)
8. What’s your favorite inspiration site?
http://ilovetypography.com is a great site, it appeals to my graphic sensibilities.
http://threepotatofourshop.com/blog/ for cool finds & vintage stuff. And Pinterest for everything in between.
9. What food would describe your style?
Skittles, taste the rainbow 🙂
10. What is “dressed up” for you?
I love dressing up. Nice cocktail dress or fancy jeans & top with a scarf, layers of jewelry, and of course some awesome heels or boots.

Here’s a link to Ronda’s May gallery, make sure you check out all her work!


Thank you Ronda, we’re so happy to have you here this month!

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