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. Evia says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm trying to figure that out! With a 2 year old and a 4 month old (both boys) I'm not sure how to make it sane. I want to focus on them and enjoy Christmas like a child.

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  2. Becky H says…
    11/04/2009

    What a great giveaway. I want to win please.

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  3. justjane says…
    11/04/2009

    My eleven year old has outgrown the Santa component of Christmas (last year he wasn't totally convinced but not ready to outright make the break "just in case") so although part of me is really sad I realise it is a part of growing up and I'm grateful I had ten full years of the Santa magic. Having said that, Christmas preparation just got a whole lot easier for me and that makes me smile.

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  4. Brandie Boulter says…
    11/04/2009

    I am almost done with my Christmas Shopping. I am really keeping it all simple as I can.

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  5. Beth Wollweber says…
    11/04/2009

    My hope is to keep things simple, to enjoy the people and the moments as opposed to making the biggest and best. And to document it in a way that we can revisit.

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  6. Susan says…
    11/04/2009

    I've been making lists and checking them twice. Lists for presents, lists for food gifts to make, lists of events! I'm hoping that being prepared will make me saner this holiday season.

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  7. Maureen in IL says…
    11/04/2009

    Last year our family experienced a horrible tragedy, the loss of loved ones in a car accident Thanksgiving weekend. I had my Dec Daily album ready to go, but didn’t use it. I’m hopeful this year will be better, and am looking forward to celebrating the small, daily joys of the season. Reminders in my email would be a nice way to stay on track. Thank you for sharing, and for this opportunity.
    maureen

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  8. sherryg says…
    11/04/2009

    I am guessing my Christmas season will be a little crazier this year as exams end later this year. There will be little time for the last minute preparations. It may all be last minute!

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  9. c. kuhl says…
    11/04/2009

    I am taking Shimelles Blogging class right now! love her! I am doing my december daily album (natch), i
    also think that the whole build up is part of
    why we love xmas. I just really embrace the crazy.
    I also like to have PLANNED no plan nights. I
    forewarn my family that there will be no visitors,
    no phone calls in or out and no electronics for
    a particular night or even a whole day on a weekend.
    It just keeps us grounded when holiday stresses
    begin to over shadow the real reason of the
    season.
    Cece K.

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  10. Janet says…
    11/04/2009

    Two words: start earlier!

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  11. Maria says…
    11/04/2009

    I hope to just enjoy the season, savor the true meaning of Christmas, and be caught in the excitement of just giving.

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  12. Dawaila says…
    11/04/2009

    My kids are older so I plan to just pick the most important parts out. Simplifing, and getting done early. I want to enjoy people not make more stuff!!

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  13. Karen says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to enjoy the moment more. And while I do not have any big plans to accomplish this, I am just going to go with the idea that we can enjoy those special moments by actually having them. Today, my daughter and I decided to make pumpkin bread. Everything else can go on hold for an hour to make it and clean up. Sometimes it is so easy to get swept up in routine and a rigidity to it. Stopping and taking the time out for the little things makes it all the more special to me. Oh yea....and lists. I'm a big list gal!! :>:>

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  14. carolyn says…
    11/04/2009

    simpler cooking ,simpler decorating and more time to stop and smell the beautiful fresh pine tree we get every year

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  15. Maritza says…
    11/04/2009

    Trying my best just to breath and enjoy every moment of my grandson's first Christmas.

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  16. Tobi-Lynn says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to cut down on the decorating. My husband will have elbow surgery which will limit him taking down our large Christmas tree, so lots of thoughts going on about "what IS it we want to do this year"

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  17. Claire says…
    11/04/2009

    I know it sounds weird, but my clue to a less hectic holiday is taking off time from work! Rather than be home the week between Christmas and New Year's, I will take off 5 days spaced out before Christmas. I have been trying this a day at a time, and find that prepping in advance makes the actual holiday more fun for me.

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  18. Haley D. says…
    11/04/2009

    Yet another amazing giveaway!!! I want to cut the crazy out of Christmas and am planning to cut back on everything except family time. My girls are 8 & 11, and I'm afraid that the magic of Christmas might die a bit as they become teenagers, so I plan to enjoy each moment.

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  19. Amber Letuli says…
    11/04/2009

    Oh my I have so been wanting to take this class. I love Shimelle and am in her Blogging class right now and while I love your idea and have my album already made, but I feel I need the daily prompts that Shimelle gives us.

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  20. Jill D says…
    11/04/2009

    In our house, we are going to keep it simple and see Christmas thorough the eyes of our children. My parents are going to visit my brother abroad so we are going to celebrate with mostly just my little family.

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  21. Catherine Bautista says…
    11/04/2009

    Well, I can definitely plan ahead to avoid the christmas rush but everytime I try - I fail. I wonder if it's me that's really the problem I guess so. But since I have been able to organize my scraproom the past 2 weeks, I think I might be successful this time. Crossing my fingers!

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  22. Deb says…
    11/04/2009

    We are palnning now for both Christmas and Thanksgiving to help with the craziness and have a more relaxed time with family and friends. We will be busy but we are including time alone to rest. I get sick almost every year so we are NOT doing that this time :)

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  23. Denise T says…
    11/04/2009

    We are simplifying our Christmas - less gift exchanges, simple meals, more family time.

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  24. Cindee says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to start and COMPLETE a December Daily album. ha
    As a family, we decided to keep everything low key and be all about family. We lost my Dad in April and it's been a rough year... We are getting back to the things to be thankful for-family.

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  25. Vicki says…
    11/04/2009

    My big kids have already made their Christmas lists and my husband and I are going to start shopping this weekend. We hope to be done shopping by Thanksgiving. Two of my three kids have December birthday's so the holidays are guaranteed to be a little hectic. This class looks wonderful for being prepared ahead of time for documenting the season.

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