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. Monica F. says…
    11/04/2009

    Sane or crazy holidays, it doesn't matter as long as I'm with the people I love.

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  2. Shannon McPheeters says…
    11/04/2009

    I've decided to go with the flow. My husband has been laid off for almost 2 years and I have come to realize that things are not what is important. So I will be making more of my gifts this year. I want to live in the moment and enjoy the experience and no the stuff.

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  3. JD says…
    11/04/2009

    Make lists and get shopping done before Thanksgiving... as much as possible.

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  4. Icecat62 says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm going to stay sane by keeping Christmas simple. I've been making little mini books to give to family and friends this season instead of spending money on meaningless gifts. Christmas is about family and friends and that's what's going to keep me sane. :)

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  5. Stephanie Fox says…
    11/04/2009

    I am making my Christmas more sane by completing as many task as possible in advance. I am trying to be done with my shopping by Thanksgiving so I can enjoy the Christmas season without the hustle and bustle of shopping.

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  6. Kathleen D says…
    11/04/2009

    We will be in the midst of moving in early December, so for me this year it really is about "going with the flow" and just enjoying the "newness" of everything around me. I'm really not going to add very many expectations into the holiday season. It really is about enjoying having my kids home and rejoicing in their presence and the presence of God wrapped around me.

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  7. Tannis says…
    11/04/2009

    I really like the idea of the Christmas Daily journal...this should help me keep a little more organized and on top of things when you have to think about your day to day.

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  8. Lois says…
    11/04/2009

    Hoping to spend Christmas with my only daughter in her new studio apartment in CT. She's very excited as I am. Thanks for your generosity.

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  9. inkygoddess says…
    11/04/2009

    All of my shopping is done. Most of my presents are wrapped. I feel like I can just enjoy each moment without having to worry about finding the perfect something for each person on my list. Now to figure out the design for my cards!

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  10. Karen Dodson says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to relax and enjoy the joys of the season. I am doing some planning ahead, but I've also cut back on some things that are not that important.

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  11. Helena A. says…
    11/04/2009

    I will find cookie recipes that have doughs that are freezable. All I need to do is pop the dough out of the freezer, and place on a cookie sheet. This will keep my kitchen clean during the holiday season of frequent gatherings. It will also help for the times of those unexpected visitors.

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  12. jen shears says…
    11/04/2009

    To me, celebrating the season is about seeing the joy & meaning of the holiday through my daughter's eyes. I've already made a plan to make sure she is FIRST! I'm hoping that in itself will make things simpler! (a girl can dream!)
    Thank you so much for a chance at a wonderful giveaway- you are such an inspiration!

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  13. shannon j says…
    11/04/2009

    Can't wait to celebrate this holiday season. It's my baby's first Christmas and there will be lots to document!
    Shannon :)

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  14. Jennifer H says…
    11/04/2009

    To make the season a little more sane, I'm going to start with everything now instead of waiting till the last minute. (Hopefully that works.) :)

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  15. Louise D says…
    11/04/2009

    I am always so pushed for time, I really try to write my lists and keep to them. I would love to at least document December photographically this year...trying to capture some of that craziness!

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  16. Wendi says…
    11/04/2009

    This is our first Christmas in our new home and some family will be out of town and some coming into town to stay with us. The kids already got their main Christmas gift early - 2 new puppies. So I hope to keep the rest of Christmas pretty low key and just enjoy being in the moment.

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  17. Sarah B.R says…
    11/04/2009

    this Christmas will be our last as just a couple since I'm 27 weeks pregnant right now.
    I'm planning on savoring it. I am also eager to take our photo for our christmas card. A lot of people will find out only then that we're expecting!
    Thanks for the chance to win this class.

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  18. Karen says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm planning on creating a more sane holiday season by not working full time! I am taking a break from working to be home with my kids more and I hope to establish some new traditions and make the holidays extra special.

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  19. Jana D says…
    11/04/2009

    Every year I say I am going to be more organised, and every year I find I am not. This year I am going to try to get things listed and actually put dates on my calendar to try to get them done. Wish me luck. Or better yet, put me in Shimelle's class.

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  20. Trisha says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan for a sane holiday season is to take some time off from work to focus on my family in a way I haven't done in way too long. I also plan on getting some "help" around the house with housework so I can have more fun with my boys instead of the mop and bucket.

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  21. Bronwyn says…
    11/04/2009

    I've started my shopping already...looking for sales now and buying the things that i can on sale, so the stress of holiday shopping does not get the best of me.
    retty much doing all that i can early, so that i can sit back, relax and enjoy the time with my family.

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  22. AmberCA says…
    11/04/2009

    SIMPLIFY...make some lists in my holiday planner. Try not to be running around the city, but at home more.

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  23. Megan K says…
    11/04/2009

    By planning my December scrapbooking in advance ... this will be my first year trying a December Daily album!

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  24. Christall says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on really taking the time to slow down, to enjoy, to embrace and experience the holiday season. Our adopted daughter Ava will be spending her 1st holiday season in America this year. I want to show her how beautiful and amazing this time of year is - so I'd love to use the December daily/journal your christmas to record all of my daughter's firsts this year.

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  25. GDeVilla says…
    11/04/2009

    I have been following your blog for a long time and I have started my December Daily two years ago. I plan to display them in a basket, like you suggested, this holiday season. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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