We have a very special treat for the next few weeks. Author Courtney Walsh has written a series of heartwarming novels with themes including friendship and scrapbooking. Today she shares some insights from her Sweethaven books about friendship and has asked her good friend Kelly Goree to create a layout about the theme with our very own Acorn Hollow collection. We'd also like to give our fans an opportunity to participate, so keep reading for a chance to win a copy of Courtney's book and maybe even some Acorn Hollow...
From Courtney---One thing that's always fascinated me is the female friendship. It's one of the most rewarding--yet challenging--relationships of all, and that's why I chose to focus on this theme when writing my Sweethaven series. I also wanted to pull in the idea of a beautiful old scrapbook bringing friends back together after too many years apart...In my mind, friendship and scrapbooking go hand-in-hand...after all, many of my favorite friends are those I've met because of this wonderful hobby.
I asked one of those friends, the wonderful Kelly Goree, to create a layout inspired by my books, more specifically, on the idea of friendship and she used a little Acorn Hollow to do just that. This layout is as fun as it is meaningful, and I'm sure both Kelly and her best friend will cherish the sentiments (and the layout) forever.
Scrapbooking is such an important part of my life--and such an important part of the whole Sweethaven series. I think (and hope) you'll be able to relate.
We just love the bright colors of Kelly's design along with her black and white photobooth photos. The happy elements of the Acorn Hollow collection really compliment the fun pictures of Kelly and her friend.
Tip: When adding multiple photos in a row, especially ones with close ups, slightly tilt and overlap them for a more intimate feeling.
Jounraling: "To say I was blessed the day you walked into my dorm room almost twenty-five years ago wouldn’t even begin to describe it. There was no way of knowing that you, my mid-term replacement roommate freshman year of college, would become my lifelong best friend. I know physically we’re as different as two people can be (and you got the good end of that deal!) but we were soul sisters from the very start. We complimented each other. I talked you into trying things you never had done before (including coloring your hair for the first time – sorry!) and you taught me what true friendship was all about. I am so grateful and humbled that you are my “person.”
Please visit Kelly's blog Behind the Pages for more amazing ideas and inspiration.
GIVEAWAY 1 - We thought that the cover of Courtney's second book A Sweethaven Homecoming reminded us of our Acorn Hollow collection, so we are going to giveaway a copy of her book each week. Just tell us how scrapbooking has deepened some of your friendships and we will choose a lucky winner from the comments.
GIVEAWAY 2 - please visit Courtney's blog Telling Stories to learn more about her and a chance to win our entire Acorn Hollow collection. Just leave a comment for Courtney on her blog.
We cannot wait to share more of Courtney's thoughts and Kelly's amazing talent, but you will just have to wait until next week...
Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!