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. Beth says…
    11/04/2009

    I would love to take this class! I love shimelle's workshops...thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Amy says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to make this holiday more sane by teaching my kiddos the real reason we celebrate and less of the materialisic tendencies that can creep out! Wish me luck!

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  3. Monda DeWeese says…
    11/04/2009

    I am making holiday ornaments for my staff of 50 out of natural materials collected from trees near our facility. A touch of nature collected from our grounds - meaningful.

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  4. Amber D says…
    11/04/2009

    I'd like to try doing more activities. Last year, my Dec Daily was hard to finish because I didn't really get to do much because of work. I want to be more creative.

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  5. Leticia says…
    11/04/2009

    My teenage daughter just completed her first fleece blanket (the kind you tie knots in) so I plan on giving blankets as gifts. Her making them will be a big help.

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  6. Pam Hoffman says…
    11/04/2009

    WOW oh Wow! What a great offer and thank you so much for a chance to win!
    It's been pretty peaceful for me lately during the holidays as most of my family and friends live all the way across the country (i'm in so cal, they are in ohio!) and I miss it all a little bit.
    I do enjoy the more sane and serene pace though and I get to spend some time with my boyfriend's family so it works out ok I suppose!
    Probably going to be fairly quiet this year again, just by virtue of living across the country with no way to get back to Ohio.
    Getting away is certainly ONE way to change it up, eh? ;)
    Thanks again for the chance to win!
    Pam Hoffman
    http://myboyfriendsaysthedarnestthings.blogspot.com/
    http://twitter.com/PamHoffman

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  7. P Nicholls says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm giving DD ONE present this year. That's it. One thing she realllllllllllly wants. No waste. No excess. No overabundance.

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  8. Kate says…
    11/04/2009

    I am hoping to add a little holiday craziness by creating some new traditions with my husband and me. We have been married for three years, and I finally feel like this year we could maybe actually celebrate the season!

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  9. MH72/Marianne says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to keep myself sane by enjoying it all and accepting what I do not get to do :-)

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  10. Gloria King says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to plan ahead...make some list and try to follow through...so I can enjoy christmas

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  11. ali says…
    11/04/2009

    I am actually trying to get all my shopping done before December plus I am going back home to Nebraska earlier this year thus having more of a break when having to transition between vacation and work.

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  12. liz says…
    11/04/2009

    Happy Birthday Miss!

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  13. Melissa says…
    11/04/2009

    Well I plan on making this a simple Christmas because we are not going to have much in the way of money to spend on our five children so I have to come up with some simple yet creative ideas for gifts! I know I will focus more on giving than receiving this year. I sure will want to document this journey because this is the first year I have ever had to be extremely careful of what I spend. THanks for the chance to win!

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  14. Natasha says…
    11/04/2009

    Not sure quite yet...plan on keeping up the traditions and hopefully recording them better this year.

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  15. ann says…
    11/04/2009

    shop online with a list and a budget.

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  16. Tammye says…
    11/04/2009

    It will be a different sort of a Christmas for me this year. My kids are in college, and one is half way across the country. They will be here, but just briefly. Hope I can figure out how to make everything as special for us as always - in this "condensed version"!

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  17. bruinbr says…
    11/04/2009

    We're planning to spend the holidays with my family and it will be our first Christmas with our baby girl! I'm thinking it will be even more crazy with the holiday driving and opening presents with cousins! In this case though, crazy is good :)

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  18. Megan says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to take it really easy and do only what is neccessary. I won't have any college courses to worry about over my winter break, and I plan on using it to relax to the fullest.

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  19. Tami L. says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on making lots of list.. It's what works for me I love the feeling of crossing things off.

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  20. Sarah C. says…
    11/04/2009

    With a new baby this year (my third...she's 5 mos. old right now) I know I'll need to be flexible and fine with doing less this year - which is hard because I LOVE all the Christmas goodness. :) So, I'm planning to try the December daily (making it in Nov.) to capture and cherish the sweet little Christmas goodness - and I want to make my Christmas cards now so I'm not scrambling after Thanksgiving.

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  21. Jennifer Snellings says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm hoping to simplify, get an early start on everything, and not put unrealistic expectations on myself! I'm so excited about starting my December Daily! Thanks so much for all that you share. You inspire me!!!

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  22. michelle says…
    11/04/2009

    My plans for a more sane holiday are to focus on the things I really love to do - bake, make crafty gifts for my loved ones, and spend lots of time with my family and friends.

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  23. Koren says…
    11/04/2009

    with our new baby this year we plan to scale down and focus on whats truly important even more than usual. and try baking some cookies, cuz that's important too :)

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  24. ommu says…
    11/04/2009

    Oh how I would love that! Thanks for soooo many ideas and inspiration!

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  25. paula says…
    11/04/2009

    as it's baby Mason's first christmas, I hope that we can slow down and just enjoy it. I'm worrying already that I won't keep up with the December Daily, but trying to plan some things ahead :)

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