Journal Your Christmas Giveaway

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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.

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  1. Christine says…
    11/04/2009

    My husband, sister/brother-in-law, parents, and I will be doing a Secret Santa, instead of going crazy with gifts. Also my husband and I are determined to do our shopping early so we can actually enjoy the holiday season.

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  2. Elana & Roland Geyrozaga says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm planning ahead - just finished the BPS Cut the Crazy Out of Christmas class and already have some gifts made and others ordered.

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  3. blondie says…
    11/04/2009

    Every year I blink and the holiday season is over. This year with the help of the journal I plan on having something as a holiday focus each day. Knowing that (in advance) hopefully will make me slow down and take the time to enjoy friends and family and the great little things happening around me. I think that this will give me permission to take necessary time and direction to enjoy the holidays.

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  4. Cheryl says…
    11/04/2009

    My extended family are putting our money in place of gifts into a well or herd of goats. Still getting together. Still having the decorations and the food but it should be simpler.

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  5. Theresa says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan for a sane Christmas season is to have my shopping finished by Dec 1, to say "no" to the parties/projects/plans that don't move me, and most importantly, to not get pulled into the Craft Vortex where I spin around like a crazy woman trying to complete every single cute christmas craft I come across!

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  6. christine velazco-villacarlos says…
    11/04/2009

    what with school not breaking up until the 18th of december, i do need to create lists for several items on my plate: gifts, parties to attend, menus, photo op, December daily, etc etc :)

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  7. Kim Gust says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm planning to do my Christmas shopping early and to get a few decorating and cookie baking days on my calendar so I don't wait until the last minute to get everything accomplished! That would give me more time to document my holiday this year, too!

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  8. kmethot says…
    11/04/2009

    I'll be more sane because I had my Christmas cards printed at Shutterfly instead of printing them all out at home. I feel so relieved!

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  9. Tanya K says…
    11/04/2009

    My holidays are usually pretty sane. This year, we plan to spend a lot of time with family. My plan is to get the bulk of my xmas shopping done EARLY, so that I don't have to stress about it later :)

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  10. Lisa says…
    11/04/2009

    I love Christmas but I try to do too much. I took the BPS class "cut the crazy out of Christmas" because I love the idea of having a planner to keep track of stuff. I intend to simplify a lot and your december daily album fits right into that plan. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Leslie Ackman says…
    11/04/2009

    I am currently participating in a Healthy Holiday Challenge. My goal is not overindulge in food this season rather I want to enjoy the holidays giving to not only my family but those that are truly in need. Our family is donating food and time to our local food pantry and we have chosen a family we are giving dinner to as well as toys, clothes...whatever they need. This will all be done in secret!!:)

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  12. Kim Brown says…
    11/04/2009

    We really try and keep it simple. Simple wrapping (brown shipping paper with raffia from Santa. We don't go out much, spend time at home and do what we have fun doing, not what others are doing. We don't keep up with the Jones'. That keeps it simple around here!

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  13. Jessica says…
    11/04/2009

    This year is a monumental year in my family in more ways than one. I'm pregnant, so it's my last holiday season without a baby. My cousin passed away this summer, so it is our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without him.
    So in the process of enjoying my last child-less holiday season, I am also planning myself into a corner between my mom, my dad and dad's family, and my adopted dad, none of course in the same location. I am taking to December Dailies as a sanctuary to maintain some peace of mind, and as a way to keep these memories for years to come.
    Not to mention, what great practice for the memory keeping I'll do as a new mom.

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  14. colleen says…
    11/04/2009

    While I am hoping to simplfie our Christmas this year, I am not sure that is going to happen. My daughter made the schools top chorus and they perform quite often during the holiday season. Hopefully I can at least create a more relaxed atmosphere on the days that we are home.

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  15. amanda says…
    11/04/2009

    Hello Ali,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I am going to try and get my daughter (11 years old and very creative) to do a countdown to christmas album this year. I am an avid scrapbooker. She just joined her yearbook club at school, got a new camera, and is very excited. I want to share this creative outlet with her and let her take the pictures and learn to document the events. I so look forward to sharing this special time with her doing such a meaningful activity. Thank You, Amanda Castillo

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  16. Mellie D says…
    11/04/2009

    To keep me sane I will keep pen and paper close by to add to the lists that keep me in order - esp. @ this time of year. Some of those lists will make it into my December Daily as special little keepsakes.

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  17. Lynsey says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm going to take it just a little bit at a time. One piece of decor, one batch of cookies, one small batch of Christmas cards, etc.

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  18. Kellie Lund says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on enjoying every minute with my first grandson!!!

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  19. Jane T says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to kick back, get out the checkbook, and put the money in some cute cards. That way, everyone can get what they want. Only the baby will get presents and of course I have most of the grownups stocking stuffers ready. This will be a relaxing Christmas and no crowds to fight.

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  20. Angela says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to enjoy the time by planning ahead this month. So the parties are planned out and the invites are done. I want to just enjoy my little ones and the joy that the month brings to them. That in turn will bring me joy.

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  21. Mandy says…
    11/04/2009

    For the last two years we've had take-away food on Christmas day & that makes the day so much saner and freed up for other things like playing with the kids & their new toys. Just to add, we do have a huge and superb mega yummy meal with all the family but it's on Christmas Eve instead.

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  22. Robyn W says…
    11/04/2009

    for a change i think i will have a sane Christmas, am not stressing about it yet....lol, and i think i have most of it together already .....we have a quiet Christmas and this year really looking forward to the family visiting in the new year, and i am sure this will take the pressure off....
    would love to do this class
    thanks to you both for the opp

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  23. Suzy Girl says…
    11/04/2009

    I am already preparing my Xmas cards now and trying to stay ahead of the game. It doesn't get too crazy in our family thank god and there is time to enjoy the season.

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  24. SchoolMommy says…
    11/04/2009

    I am starting a bit earlier than usual, taking a deep breath, realizing I can't do it all. Taking the time to figure out what is most meaningful to me & my family. We may do less...but I want to remember it more!

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  25. Elizabeth says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm beginning Christmas by being tidy already and knowing where everything is. Then I intend to be methodical and not take on anything unless I know I can complete it. I am going to make lists (in a journal made of old Christmas cards) and I'm going to recapture the Christmas of my childhood (and look forward to ds coming home from his first term at university).

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