Friday, October 19, 2012

Little Yellow Bicycle, Friendship, Scrapbooking & Courtney Walsh

Good morning, all!

Today I have something very exciting (for me especially!) to share with you. I have had the honor of knowing and calling the talented Courtney Walsh a friend for a very long time. We met ages ago in the scrapbooking world and I even worked with her on one of her first books - The Busy Scrapper. I have always loved her writing style so when she took on her latest endeavor - novelist - I was one of the first in line to gobble each book up as they came out. I have to admit I would have read them anyway because they were Courtney's but because they were about friendship and scrapbooking, it was a no-brainer!
So the other day Courtney asked me if I would work with her and Little Yellow Bicycle (who's gorgeous new collection ACORN HOLLOW resembles the cover of Courtney's 2nd novel, A Sweethaven Homecoming) for a special promotion I jumped at the chance.

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.

And here is what I created. This is my best friend and me in some of our fun photo booth photos from the 90's (Yes, big hair and all!)

Journaling: "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.”

I hope you'll hop over to the LYB blog and then on to Courtney's for the chance to win some Acorn Hollow and Sweethaven magic of your very own! I promise they are two things you won't want to miss! And stay tuned in the weeks to come for even more from me, Courtney, Little Yellow Bicyle and Acorn Hollow!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dorina D said...

Great layout Kelly! Beautiful tribute to your friendship!

Terri H. said...

Love this layout, Kelly. It has a lot of your signature touches (like faux stitching) but most of all I love your heartwarming journaling. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Michelle L. said...

Love this layout! Fun to see you play with another manufacturer's paper... you make it all look terrific!

Liz said...

I love this page Kelly and I am so glad that you are working with LYB and Acorn Hollow. Totally suits your style.

Karen Decker said...

I adore every aspect of your friendship page. The pictures, the journaling, the adorable LYB paper, your style, and especially the love oozing from every little bit of it!

Jeannine H. said...

That is such a gorgeous layout and so is the sentiment.My daughter is looking at which Universities to apply to for next fall and it brings back so many fond memories from my University time - the friends and the fun - not the hard work!