Today we have the final project from our talented Acorn Hollow Guest Designer Kelly Goree that was inspired by her friend and author Courtney Walsh's new book A Sweethaven Homecoming. We have loved having these two women team up for some really great ideas, words of wisdom and great prizes.
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 home and has asked her good friend Kelly Goree to create a layout about the theme with our very own Acorn Hollow collection.
From Courtney --- As an author, it's hard to pitch a story idea that starts with loss. But it's such an important human emotion, and one we can all connect with. I chose to start my novel with a profound loss, one that radiates throughout all three novels...because that's what loss does. Like a ripple made from a stone thrown into the water, its effects keep moving outward.
But "loss" isn't only a difficult subject to write about. It's also difficult to scrapbook about. Sometimes our most precious photos are the ones that are hardest to look at. Really important memories are like that. There's something almost sacred about putting them down in your album. Still, I believe scrapbooking your grief is almost like therapy...and it has so many benefits. Kelly pulled from this aspect of the Sweethaven novels with her incredibly touching layout about her father. A layout that wasn't easy to create, but one she will surely cherish forever.
Kelly created this page withour gorgeous Acorn Hollow collection which can be used for both autumn and everyday layouts. We especially love what she did with the fabulous Acorn Hollow Paper Crafting Kit.
Journaling ---- I scored tickets for my football-loving father to see the Tennessee Titans play so you came to Nashville for the weekend to go. This photo was taken while we were tailgating – just before we walked the few blocks to the game. Those few blocks were hard on you and the few blocks back were even harder. I knew something wasn’t quite right, but I had no idea that that weekend would be the last time I ever saw you or that this photo would be the last of us together. Looking at this photo now I can see how sick you looked yet I treasure it. And while it hurts so much to look at, I’m so very grateful I have this.
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. Just tell us what you think about Courtney's thoughts on scrapbooking loss and we will choose a lucky winner from the comments.
GIVEAWAY 2 - be sure to add some praise for Kelly's project in your comment for a chance to win our entire Acorn Hollow collection. We'll choose a winner early next week!
Acorn Hollow Winner From Last Week:
Laura Bos said...Home is often messy, home is warm, home smells good -- although sometimes it's a picked up pizza and not homemade. Our home is not perfect, but it houses our family and all its love, so it's perfect for us.
Laura - please email me your shipping information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
Also - if you cannot find Acorn Hollow at your local scrapbook store, you can buy it directly from us HERE.
Check back tomorrow for another 12 Days of Once Upon a Christmas project from our Cycling Team.