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. Jeannine says…
    11/04/2009

    We are staying home, trying to simplify the whole gift giving process and focus more on just being together as a family.

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  2. Gypsy says…
    11/04/2009

    We've actually managed to get things pretty sorted for Christmas over the past 3 years. The trick for us was reviewing and refining what we wanted the season to be like. We've made notes after each Christmas. Setting some guidelines and with the kids making our intentions clear. We've always told the kids that we as parents have to send the money to Santa for the gifts and that is a great start with helping them to be realistic about our limitations in a season which exudes excess!

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  3. Nicole says…
    11/04/2009

    I need a little more excitment for this holiday season. Last year I was graduating in December and life was so hectic that I didn't get involved in celebrating the season. This year I would love to make a December Daily album and find ways make the Christmas season very special and memorable for my little ones.

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  4. Carrie says…
    11/04/2009

    Just not having schoolwork to do over the break will make it much more sane!

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  5. Jules says…
    11/04/2009

    Being that this will be my husband and I's first Christmas with our son, I am going to try doing a lot more things ahead of time. Like our Christmas Cards are "almost" finished (just waiting for the holiday picture to put in them), plus I am focusing more on the memories themselves and not the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and all the other stressful parts of the holiday season.

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  6. Debbie says…
    11/04/2009

    I've been forced to have a "more sane" holiday season, due to our tight finances. My husband is unemployed, so I've spent time thinking about the really important traditions that we want to continue this year. We will be dropping all of the craziness (like over-spending and obsessing over finding the perfect gift for each person) and focusing more on spending time with those we love.

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  7. Melissa says…
    11/04/2009

    awesome! I really need some guidance on journaling!!!

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  8. wendy says…
    11/04/2009

    Everybody back home is getting books. A couple mini-albums for mom, grandma, & my brother, a digital shutterfly for my sister, and fun books for all the kids. Last year they all got a fleece from Columbia. Having the same gift to buy for everyone makes my life so much easier.

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  9. Tiffani says…
    11/04/2009

    I am shopping ahead more this year. Last year I didn't and it was kind of crazy at the end.

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  10. Julia M. in MI says…
    11/04/2009

    This season, I plan to get my shopping done early and leave lots of time open throughout the month for family time. I'd like to do something special for advent also.

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  11. Cheri says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm starting my planning now and hoping to do less shopping and more MAKING of truly meaningful gifts this year. At least that's the plan. I'd love to win the class spots so that I can get my two best friends on board with December journaling!

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  12. senovia1.blogspot.com says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan usually consists of getting any groceries I can long before hand. I have already bought the stuffing mix and some ingredients for my favorite goodies. I make the goodies I like, to make it more enjoyable, and have no problem dropping traditions that are too much work and no fun (if someone else wants to do the work, cool with me. ;) ) I don't do all my decorating in one day, like I used to. It might take me 2 or 3 weeks, and that's ok. I only put out the decorations that I want to put out this year, and don't feel bad leaving things in boxes for the year. :) All of these things have helped make Christmas more enjoyable.

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  13. Lora says…
    11/04/2009

    Our family is complete this year with the addition of our beautiful little girl SO I want to document everything for all of my children and I am going to try to use the December Daily ideas as well as just keeping the camera handy at all times! :)

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  14. Joyce says…
    11/04/2009

    The insanity has already begun in my house. I think my husband has asked me every other day since the beginning of October what we are getting everyone. I have no idea! But I did start a purse for my Mom today and have a few pages to add to their scrapbooks. Other than that just going to cook once and enjoy the day.

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  15. Mooser says…
    11/04/2009

    buying xmas presents online this year and smaller in size so easier to transport

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  16. Rebecca Vavic says…
    11/04/2009

    I am just going to breath, relax and enjoy the little things. Even as we move home.
    Bxo

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  17. Cherie says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to try to focus on family and fun. Doing things that are fun and meaningful for all of us!

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  18. Sarah says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan for Christmas is to get the decorations up early, bake early, keep the gifts simple, and then just sit back and enjoy the second half of December.

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  19. ann says…
    11/04/2009

    Great idea. I'm taking control of the holidays by celebrating them in order. lol... This month I'm celebrating Thanksgiving & being thankful for what I have. Not focusing on what I need to buy or can't afford to buy for all my friends & family for Christmas! Love your blog!

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  20. Jessica A says…
    11/04/2009

    i plan on buying less things and focusing on family during this christmas season.

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  21. Amy Eaton says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm planning to deliberately slow down, to observe and notice what is going on around me - trying not to let things just fleetingly pass me by.

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  22. Suz says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to put the tree up earlier, wrap the gifts sooner, and get the Christmas cards out ahead of schedule. My husband and I have decided to buy one large gift for the family and then each boy will get one small gift from Santa and a few things for stocking stuffers. Anything that doesn't get done can be attempted to be accomplished next year. That's my plan...and I'm stickin' with it!

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  23. sarabeth says…
    11/04/2009

    **((thump))** just fell out of my chair-what an incredible giveaway!!!! i'm super excited about this one. For this year, I am trying to set some traditions-we do not have children yet, but I want to be even stevens and do the things that we love to do without the hustle and bustle, sooooo...the hubby and i are going to make a list and schedule-how exciting that he wants to take a part :)
    xoxo
    sarabeth

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  24. Sharyn says…
    11/04/2009

    Wow! I would love to take Shimelle's class and have my dear BF join me too! This year I am letting go of the things that don't matter and doing as much as possible before thanksgiving. Thanks Ali!

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  25. Anita says…
    11/04/2009

    A more sane Christmas? Not sure if that's possible, but I am anticipating stealing my family away for three days to a nearby city to relax in the pool, see the sights, take in a play and learn to enjoy being with each other again with no cell phones, computers or TV's in sight! It makes all the insanity leading up to Christmas tolerable. It's my 'happy place' I go to when dealing with stressed clients.

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