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. Jayne T says…
    11/04/2009

    I decided this year to get one thing done at a time, and wrote a list of everything needed. I have managed to buy all but two Christmas presents now (last two being purchased this weekend). Now I can focus on making cards and wrapping paper, then its planning meals for Christmas day. I have even ordered the meat for the main meal of the day! I am mostly looking forward to enjoying Christmas day with my 14 month old and family.

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  2. Michelle C says…
    11/04/2009

    Ali, I'm planning to make Christmas cards earlier (meaning now) to give away to friends and family. Over the last couple of years, I have been making them as I go, and it just didn't work.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Michaela says…
    11/04/2009

    We're keeping things simple and enjoying the "little things" in order to focus more on the big thing-- the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. It isn't about presents (we're doing name exchanges w/ friends and family to avoid long lists and budget-blowing shopping, just one special gift to buy). To get into this mind frame, I'm actually working on a November "Thankful" album with my family- each of us names one thing we are thankful for each day, and I'll include a picture for the layout. The things that matter are already shining through, only 4 days in :)

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  4. Alison says…
    11/04/2009

    I have slowly decreased my gift list over the years. Deciding to spend more time together than money on each other.

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  5. Savannah O'Gwynn says…
    11/04/2009

    I've already sent Christmas gifts to family up in Indiana...but that didn't really help....I need more time to shop and get things together for family here in Florida and get a flight to visit/etc.....Christmas seems so far away- but it is right around the corner!

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  6. Natalie Tran says…
    11/04/2009

    I love the busy chaos during Christmas! We're busy but it's a rewarding and fun busy.....I personally wouldn't change a thing. xoxoxoxo OH and HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU!!!

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  7. RachaelEm says…
    11/04/2009

    I start early - get the big cleaning done, the menus planned, the shopping done. Then I simplify. I don't schedule every night with a party, I don't send out as many Christmas cards, I don't make as many cookies. Seriously, it's much more fun to do a half batch of cookies than a double batch. Then I don't feel the need to eat them all, either. ;)

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  8. Alison says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan is to keep things simple by just not allowing the season to control my days. I always want to keep Christ the center of our Christmas Season and remember Him and not all the commercial hoopla. I also want to focus on what matters; family, friends, time at home playing, watching Christmas movies, baking and making homemade presents. Something I hope my son will realize and follow all of his years ahead. Thank you for a wonderful present.

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  9. Jenn says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan to is to have less stress by planning ahead and thinking about what's really important. Hopefully it'll work lol
    Jenn Z.

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  10. MIssy says…
    11/04/2009

    New to this craft, and now that my youngest son is a Senior, I would love to "Journal My Christmas" as this is truly the last stage of this season in our lives. I need all the help and structure I can get to complete such a task.

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  11. Michelle Elford says…
    11/04/2009

    To make my Christmas more special and exciting, I am going to try to do something Christmassy every day of December to make sure I don't waste a single day!

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  12. Alicia Sharp says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to have a charlie brown christmas tree this year. I want to get the tree from our land and put our faily ornaments on. I so can't wait. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  13. Dey says…
    11/04/2009

    This year I'll progam better my events to have a less hectic xmas.

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  14. Sarah says…
    11/04/2009

    My daughter's birthday is on December 16 which just adds more to the craziness in our house around the holidays. I'm trying to get my birthday shopping for her done ahead of time as well as planning what I want to get people for Christmas so that I'm not wondering what to get people a week before Christmas!

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  15. Robin G says…
    11/04/2009

    we just bought our first home...so it will truly be just all about family & enjoying each other instead of the commercial part of xmas...looking forward to following along with the december daily for the 2nd year...thank you for great inspiration Ali!

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  16. Lori says…
    11/04/2009

    planning ahead - that always helps my sanity :)

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  17. Heather says…
    11/04/2009

    I've already started! I've done most of my Christmas shopping already. And most of what I have left I intend to be handmade gifts/crafts from my 2 year old. So that way I'll make sure to get some fun and memorable one on one time with him at the same time! That's something that can be scarce this time of year.

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  18. Marty says…
    11/04/2009

    I want my house to be beautiful, cozy, warm and full of good memories and traditions. I want to be "in the moment" because life is always changing and I don't want to miss anything. I want to be more even-tempered and less stressed!

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  19. ~ Kim ~ says…
    11/04/2009

    Flylady Flylady Flylady!!!! :) Thanks for the fun giveaway and your endless inspiration!!

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  20. Jen says…
    11/04/2009

    We started planning a while ago for gifts and such so that December would not be so crazy. We're also limiting the number of parties and events we're attending so that we can just spend some quality time together as a family. We also decided to compromise on Christmas travel and are staying home alone for Christmas and heading to West to see family only after Christmas for a few days. I'm really looking forward to getting back to basics this holiday season!

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  21. Gabi says…
    11/04/2009

    I chose my little word for this year - FAMILY and so far sticking with it for 100%! :) So I plan to enjoy the ones I love the most during Christmas as much as possible. I also plan (and do it every year) to have all Christmas shopping done by the end of November so then we all can relax and enjoy the special time together at home, baking with kids, decorating our house and just having a relaxing joyful time together.
    Thank you for the chance to win, Ali. I've never done any project like this before and would love to try it for the first time!

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  22. AForestFrolic says…
    11/04/2009

    Oh me, oh my...what a fun class...count me in (thanks for the chance), and I have the perfect person to share it with!
    Jamie :)

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  23. Jill Strasser says…
    11/04/2009

    I hope to plan ahead so I can ENJOY shopping, wrapping and decorating. Instead of doing everything at the last minute.

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  24. krista says…
    11/04/2009

    My sis-in-law and I always go shopping for Christmas gifts together. We always remind ourselves before we get to the mall that there are going to be huge lines, that it's going to be insane. But that we are not in a rush. (or so we tell ourselves so that we can a have a positive and uplifting attitude to the store employees and other shoppers we run into). I would say that helps makes the holidays a little less stressful.

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  25. Tricia Seef says…
    11/04/2009

    With the tough financial times for everyone most of our families have decided not to exchange gifts but instead to make a family contribution to a local charity. I feel this is a wonderful way to give back and not feel the pressures of gift giving. I'm looking forward to our many holiday traditions, including cookie baking, a gift wrapping party, watching movie favorites like National Lampoons Christmas and A Christmas Story and just celebrating the season of the birth of Jesus Christ! the reason for the season!

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