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. melanie gladden says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to try to keep it simple this year. Just enjoy time with family. Find some fun, small things to do with the kids.

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  2. Jenni says…
    11/04/2009

    Since this will be my baby girl's first Christmas, she'll be 11 months in December, I basically have no hopes of a sane Christmas season.

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  3. Candi Cay Billman says…
    11/04/2009

    ali...first of all i want to wish you a happy birthday!!! hope your day is an awesome one :)
    i am super excited about the holidays this year...first of all my parents are back together after being apart from one another for about 17 years...plus i have reconnected with an old boyfriend from 1992 and my life couldn't be any better!!! so my holidays are going to be the BEST yet, especially spending it with my mom AND dad plus my boyfriend, troy, and his family!!! i so can't wait!!!
    happy holidays to you and your family!
    candi billman

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  4. Shirley K. says…
    11/04/2009

    I'll be enjoying some time off chillin' with hubby!

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  5. Shannon says…
    11/04/2009

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway! I'll have to check it out. Thank you for all your inspiration. What a gift that you are willing to share all of this with us!

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  6. Lisa says…
    11/04/2009

    fewer gifts....more experiences. not sweating the small stuff. staying in rather than travelling. at least, that's the plan.

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  7. Dawn says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm wanting to SLOW things down a bit...so much going on and not enough time to just rest - in God's word, in the beauty around me, in the wonderful relationships I have with others, and in preserving the memories. This would be a welcome rest...to journal my Christmas. Thanks!

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  8. Kathy Reid says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to shop early and buy more home-made gifts.

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  9. Amy says…
    11/04/2009

    I am looking forward to doing my first December Daily album as a reminder to slow down and enjoy each day, rather than get caught up in the countdown and 'ticking retail clock' to Christmas.

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  10. barbara says…
    11/04/2009

    This is going to be a special Christmas. My aunt who is 85 will be flying from Greece to visit. This will probably be her last visit to us and we plan to make it very special. Although she is my husbands Aunt, she is grandma to our 8 year old son

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  11. Diane Whitford says…
    11/04/2009

    I hope that by making the focus this year on experience rather than things, will help me be more present and less stressed this year.

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  12. Amy Lapi says…
    11/04/2009

    for me it will be in the gift-giving process: remembering that people appreciate the sentiment, not how many/how big/how expensive/how long it took to buy + wrap.

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  13. Monika T says…
    11/04/2009

    I think the best way to celebrate the season is to get as much done now and then in December take it one day at a time, let it be and enjoy the ride. I want to enjoy my family & friends and not fret about the details.

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  14. gleeful says…
    11/04/2009

    For gifts i want to give my friends things that include a shared experience of our time together, like a lunch date or tickets to a play. I know I don't need any more "stuff," what i think we all crave is personal connection. for my family i will do the same, like tickets to see stomp for my son who is learning to play an instrument for the very first time. and for my mom, her very own december daily, she just loves to look and look at mine!!

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  15. Lori Page says…
    11/04/2009

    I so look forward to the Holidays and working on this project is just adding to it all.

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  16. Staci Miserlian says…
    11/04/2009

    I've done a lot of my shopping already, so that stress shouldn't be there. I still need to make & write out my Christmas cards, so I'll have that going on. I am getting pretty good at just accepting what I can do and not stressing about what I can't. I'm hosting Christmas here, but I'm oddly calm about it! (Might help that it's still Nov. Talk to me on Dec. 23)

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  17. KristiG says…
    11/04/2009

    My goal is to be done with Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving so I can fully enjoy the holiday season with my family.

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  18. scrapamum says…
    11/04/2009

    We considered doing our kitchen renovations at Christmas this year but I thought twice about it. We just moved away this fall and will be too far away from family to celebrate with them. So this year we will be have a quiet Christmas with our two little girls. We will just enjoy the Season this year.

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  19. Karen S. says…
    11/04/2009

    I want the holidays to be extra special this year. Both of my kids are away at college so it will be fun having them home. I want to be organized and plan some special surprises and bake and just enjoy being with family during this special Season of the year.

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  20. Jerri-Lea says…
    11/04/2009

    We are enjoying our daughters this season by doing a different ACTIVITY everyday. It might be something as little as telling a joke or baking cookies or walking in the snow. We hope to put family & love into this season instead of so many gifts and presents.

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  21. Rebecca says…
    11/04/2009

    To be more sane, I'm going to be more realistic about how much time & energy I really have to make handmade gifts, cards, crafts decor and treats. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Shimelle's class!

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  22. Alce says…
    11/04/2009

    I'd like to get my kids more involved in the holiday spirit, more giving and not so much receiviing.

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  23. Cindy says…
    11/04/2009

    I hope to include my children in many more aspects of the holiday season, to share the work and to give them the basis of doing things for their own family someday. Doing things with them rather than for them.

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  24. Caroline says…
    11/04/2009

    Hmm a more simple Christmas for us this year. an actual pressie budget. anything that makes my last Christmas before becoming a mum easier ;)

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  25. Carol says…
    11/04/2009

    This Christmas will be so joyous. It is the second Christmas that my family can say that my husband survived a brain tumor. We will be crazy, fun, relaxed, and just plain thankful this and every holiday season. We find that we look deeper into the meaning of everything and are following a new philosophy: Do it today...tomorrow might not be yours.

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