Journal Your Christmas Giveaway

Jyc20092

The first time I did any sort of journal/creative adventure during the holiday season was Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas back in 2005 (
check out my December 2005 archives for more). 

My experience in Shimelle's workshop inspired me to create my first December Daily in 2007 that was published in my Studio A column in Creating Keepsakes magazine. The main differences being that I set up the structure of my album in advance (trying to keep it simple) and that I wanted to focus on documenting the daily activities over the course of the 25 days leading up to Christmas without specific prompts. 

Over the last couple of years there have been lots of people that have combined the two concepts - creating a foundation in advance and using Shimelle's prompts as guides for page topics and inspiration. 

It's a creative adventure I highly recommend so I thought it would be fitting to give away a spot to Shimelle's class this week. 

One person and a friend of their choice will recieve a spot in Shimelle Laine's fabulous Journal Your Christmas online workshop. 

Journal your Christmas is an online class that takes you right through the Christmas season, from the 1st of December to the 6th of January - the twelfth day of Christmas. Through 37 full colour prompts that arrive in your inbox daily, you'll be inspired by topics that let you enjoy this year's celebrations while reliving your very favourite Christmas memories, and you'll have plenty of ideas for making your pages with hundreds of beautiful examples from a variety of scrappers. 

Instead of letting the holidays run you, a Christmas journal has helped many women take back their Christmas so they can enjoy and celebrate the magic of Christmas. Other class benefits include a printable Christmas planner, digital and printable supplies designed exclusively for class and a bonus guide to improving your Christmas photographs including easy-to-use tips from dozens of professional photographers.

To be entered into the giveaway please leave a comment below sharing how you plan to create a more sane holiday season (or more crazy if that's what you need). Comments will be closed on Thursday at 8pm Pacific with the winners posted shortly after.

Sign in or sign up to comment.

1192 thoughts

  1. Melissa says…
    11/04/2009

    We are going to start our beach holiday a few days prior to Christmas this year. It gives a bit of time to unwind so we can really enjoy the day.

    Reply 0 Replies
  2. Maria Smith says…
    11/04/2009

    It's our first Christmas in a new home. I plan on getting a lot of details like decorating and gift buying and maybe even the cards done in November so that we can take the time to just be together as a family and cherish everyday doing simple things like baking cookies and watching Christmas movies with the glow of the tree in the background. And I pray, as I remain calm and peaceful my 3 kids will learn about the beauty of this season and the birth of Savior. My kids are 5, 3, & 1 and we are all still adjusting to being in a new house, I think this Christmas will really make it begin to feel like home and I know that Mommy's mood sets the tone. Journaling is so refreshing to me, I'm excited to begin working on my December daily album.

    Reply 0 Replies
  3. Peggy Kasallis says…
    11/04/2009

    It's amazing how the ads on TV are already into Christmas. I'm so very thankful that both my kids don't go to extremes with their families. This year, I've decided not to get all caught up with getting the cookies made. I don't need them and if they're around the house, I'll eat them!! So I'm taking a pass. I'll spend my creative time with my papercrafting!! What better way than to journal Christmas!

    Reply 0 Replies
  4. Jeanne Hill says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to scale back on holiday expectations this year, and focus more on being with those I love. Less "stuff" and more "people."

    Reply 0 Replies
  5. josie says…
    11/04/2009

    sounds like another wonderful way to document and enjoy the season of family

    Reply 0 Replies
  6. Therese says…
    11/04/2009

    I am committed to getting the Xmas cards done prior to Thanksgiving and I am just about finished with my 25 Days foundation which will allow me time to reflect on what I truly want from this season - wonderful memories with my kids before they go off to college.

    Reply 0 Replies
  7. Agnes C says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm starting that to do list now & going to try to get as much done before Dec 1 so I can actually enjoy the season.

    Reply 0 Replies
  8. Kirsten N says…
    11/04/2009

    I will try to be organised and make cards and do all of the present buying by the start of December:)

    Reply 0 Replies
  9. Rebecca says…
    11/04/2009

    I have been pretty good at keeping things low key at Christmas. I usually let "Mamaw" (my mother in law) go all out for our kids. She passed away this year, so I am struggling with how much to "do" for them. I think we are going to say "no" to more commitments and try to keep it family oriented this year, because it will be a tough one for us.

    Reply 0 Replies
  10. bombamagagna says…
    11/04/2009

    spero di non aver capito male (uso traduttori online che però non mi soddisfano) e partecipo volentieri al giveaway :)
    barbara
    I hope not to have misunderstood (I use online translators but they do not satisfy me) and I participate willingly giveaway :)
    barbara

    Reply 0 Replies
  11. christine says…
    11/04/2009

    we are simplyfying and relaxing, my mum lives in cyprus and is visiting for christmas and we just want to spend time all together so no rushing around. hope it works lol. good luck everyone this class sounds fantastic.
    christine

    Reply 0 Replies
  12. Carolyn says…
    11/04/2009

    I am a bit of a procrastinator so to make my Christmas & holiday season a little less hectic this year, I am all about planning. I started my cards early, planned an advent surprise for my fiance and asked for gift lists so I can buy what people want and need.
    I have decided to record the things I love about the holidays in my first attempt at the december daily album to be ready to enjoy those moments like Christmas Carolling...
    And I hope to be able to give more freely of my time to enjoy moments with my loved ones instead of just material gifts.

    Reply 0 Replies
  13. Julia says…
    11/04/2009

    Hi Ali,
    hmmm...my plans are to keep things simple. I decided that it's o.k. that I still haven't a tree skirt for my Christmas tree, that I won't probably have the time to make selfmade Christmas gifts for all, that it's o.k. to eat cookies I only bought because I hadn't the time to bake.
    But one thing I really plan to do: to celebrate at least each Sunday of Advent with my loved one(s)...have a relaxed dinner, going to the museum, playing games, sitting together on the couch & reading (and watching some Christmas movies)...
    And I plan to journal about these days (my compromise of DD)
    Cheers, Julia

    Reply 0 Replies
  14. crystalspackman@yahoo.com says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on scaling back and focusing on the little things and taking more time to put more thought into what I give as gifts. It's not about the gifts but the quality time that you get with your family that really matters. In life you're not going to look back and wish that you would have bought that person another gift or extravagant gift but to spend more time with that person. Just take the time to appreciate the people in my life.

    Reply 0 Replies
  15. Mandi says…
    11/04/2009

    The holidays will probably be crazy because I will be having surgery, but we will still plan all the fun, special stuff that we can.

    Reply 0 Replies
  16. Stacy B says…
    11/04/2009

    I don't think I'm going to leave my house much to shop. I'll either make or order most presents. Click, click, done.

    Reply 0 Replies
  17. christina says…
    11/04/2009

    I don't think my Christmas is going to be sane. It'll be the first time since 2005 that hubby's actually home for the holiday. Thus, I have no choice but to tolerate the rest of his family on that day. That being said, in order to make it more pleasant on me, I've begun planning to have our Christmas celebration here at home. It'll allow me control over the whos, whats, and whens surrounding the day, and allow me to be somewhere comfortable to hide if I need to (being 6 months pregnant by that point, I'll need that).

    Reply 0 Replies
  18. HannahK says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to celebrate family this year - plain and simple. I have an extended family and my step sister has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl, carrying on the tradition of all females - my father is the only man on our side of the family tree.
    I'd love to share the giveaway with my dearest cousin, sophie, who has three boys (redressing the male female balance a little).
    fingers crossed...

    Reply 0 Replies
  19. ginger says…
    11/04/2009

    Go with the flow and let kids be kids....Simply everything.

    Reply 0 Replies
  20. Karen says…
    11/04/2009

    I freely admit that in the past Christmas has been the most stressful season in the entire year, almost to the point where I don't enjoy it at all until a few days before. Now the whole family puts up the decorations the day after Thanksgiving and I try to have most of my shopping done by then.

    Reply 0 Replies
  21. Amy Coose says…
    11/04/2009

    One word.............lists! I am going to work really hard to stay ahead of the game this year. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in her class!

    Reply 0 Replies
  22. Kim H. says…
    11/04/2009

    We're going to Hawaii in the middle of December for a week and a half right before Christmas, so it's going to be a very simple holiday season this year.

    Reply 0 Replies
  23. Tina says…
    11/04/2009

    This year I am home with my boys instead of working and am planning on implementing a weekly calendar for fun things to do to remind us why we celebrate Christmas, RAKs, remembering loved ones and why we should be thankful, stories of Jesus and His life, in general, being a family and continuing with the traditions we have started as well as some new ones. More creating of the spirit and less crazy busyness.

    Reply 0 Replies
  24. jen k says…
    11/04/2009

    Just removing a lot of the expectations I have on myself and just enjoying the time together instead of worrying about everything being perfect.

    Reply 0 Replies
  25. Jessica Booth says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm really trying to focus on the traditions and plans that are most important to myself and my family and let all other things fall to the side. I'm trying to start ahead of time and shop and get things done before all craziness sets in, so that I can enjoy the meaning of the season, too!

    Reply 0 Replies

Sign in or sign up to comment.