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. Melissa Rydjeski says…
    11/04/2009

    I am really going to go simple this year. Once I get the cards out in the mail, it's going to just be simple, fun family stuff. One thing we try to do is make Christmas nice for another family, and that will definitely be part of the celebration this year--but SIMPLE!

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  2. DeAnn says…
    11/04/2009

    We are planning on "going with the flow" this holiday season. We have 5 grown children... some married, some single... and 5 grandchildren. Everyone has so many places to go, so we'll go where they need us to go ....should ease up a lot of planning for me and make it easier for each family

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  3. Brooke M says…
    11/04/2009

    I actually plan on making my christmas a bit more crazier. LOL! I normally get my shopping done early and have spare time throughout the holidays. This year I am actually planning a few more christmas-like things. I've always wanted to drive around and look at all the christmas lights people have put up. This is going to be the year I do that. There are lots of fun things I want to add to my christmas schedule. So is crazier equals more fun, then that would be me! :)

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  4. Lyndsey says…
    11/04/2009

    I am planning ahead for baking days and wrapping present days. Just planning to enjoy every moment with my new husband for our first married Christmas:)

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  5. Carrie H. says…
    11/04/2009

    By having as much completed by November 30th!!! I think that will work... my list of "stuff" is about half way done and it is only Nov4th ;o)

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  6. Candy says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to be asking my older kids to pitch in and help with preparations this year. We also spent some dedicated time this fall decluttering to create a more peaceful home atmosphere.

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  7. Theresa says…
    11/04/2009

    We are visiting relatives in Oregon this Christmas, so I plan to keep it simple. Few presents, just lots of family time. I plan to live in the moment -- worry less about getting it all down for posterity and worry more about enjoying the time together.

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  8. AnnaRobyn says…
    11/04/2009

    Christmas and me . . . not a good combination. I lost my father just after Christmas 25 years ago and the holiday has never been the same for me. I have tried to get that feeling back but have never attempted something like this project. I need to stop wishing the calendar would change to metric. Hoping to get a swift kick in the pants and just this might just be the ticket for me. Thanks bunches.

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  9. Paula Heutsche says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on taking the focus off the retail side, and spending quality time with my two children. We have been doing that more and more lately, and they are responding really well to it. They just love spending time with Mommy just talking. I love it!

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  10. Iara says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to create a magic time with the kids, backing, making crafts, watching Christmas movies, having a little treat for them everyday in the Advents calendar. I just want to enjoy this Season with them and simplify things.
    Thanks for so much inspiration!

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  11. robyn says…
    11/04/2009

    I'll be doing as much ahead of time as possible. In fact, I'm starting to get some decorations boxes out today! The worst part for me is getting things done last minute...

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  12. Shanon Gibson says…
    11/04/2009

    I just started receiving the Fly Lady daily emails and I am working through her Holiday Control Journal now. I love it and already feel like a lot of weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am slowly working on getting my house ready for the holidays instead of waiting until the last minute.

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  13. Summer Braxton says…
    11/04/2009

    I get to share the prize if I win??? Oh, what a great gift to give a sweet friend! We will be staying at a condo in FL for vacation. I'm stoked about this because we will be near our families, but we don't have to stay with them!!!

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  14. Leslie says…
    11/04/2009

    I am trying to plan and coordinate ahead of time. I want to enjoy the holidays without being stressed out. Since I just moved 2 hours away from home, I want to make sure we really enjoy our family time by knowing which relative/s we're headed to and when.

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  15. Karen says…
    11/04/2009

    This year I really want to take the joy of the season back. I have become one who is too tired to truly decorate the house. I have children 14, 11 and 9 and they would really enjoy soaking in the holiday and taking it for all its worth. I think this class may really help me put things back in perspective and take a moment to just stop and enjoy things.

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  16. Joanna says…
    11/04/2009

    My husband and I rotate holidays with the each others family and this year we will be with my family in LA and I can't be more excited about not worrying about snow and freezing temps this season. Really allows us to get out more and enjoy each others company outside. :]

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  17. Carrie Alexander says…
    11/04/2009

    I have already made my gift list (with budget!), and I'm STICKING to it. Also, my decorations are going to be simpler (or in other words, TODDLER PROOF!!), and we are going with our "fake so you don't have to water it" tree. Really, we are trimming down our usual craziness to a level where our son will be happy and safe, and learn the true reasons for this holiday...and it ISN'T presents!!!

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  18. erink says…
    11/04/2009

    My family and I have decided to try and focus on the spirt of the season, and try to avoid the chaos. I would love to be able to use this as my way of documenting our "low-key" Christmas! Thank for another great giveaway as well as the inspiration.

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  19. Kim says…
    11/04/2009

    My daughter was born on Chrismas last year. This year we'll celebrate her 1st AND Christmas. Still working the details out...

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  20. AngieS says…
    11/04/2009

    This year for the first time we are having family visit from overseas for 3 weeks over Christmas!! I tend to leave everything to the last minute, but this year I want to get as much done in November as possible...including my digital version of December Daily (as well as doing your Yesterday and Today class)!! Thank you for this opportunity.

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  21. Sherri P eh says…
    11/04/2009

    Hmmmm. I always want to make the season more about fun and people and less about stress, but it never quite works out! Lists are good, but since our plans are still up in the air right now as to where we'll be Dec 25th, I don't know what we're planning for. So I'll just put on the Christmas music, pour myself an eggnog and go with the flow!

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  22. kris says…
    11/04/2009

    We just found out we are being relocated --back home. So this Christmas I want to enjoy our Christmas in this home for the last time. Simplify Christmas a little bit -- treasures the memories here.

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  23. Kari says…
    11/04/2009

    This year, I want to stay on top of it all. Usually I let it all build up and then I don't have enough time for everything. This year, I'm starting early. In fact, I've already got my Christmas cards completely done. They are in their envelopes ready to go! And I've got my lists of presents written up! Here's to a more enjoyable Christmas season!

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  24. Beck says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan on stopping at some time every evening with my new (and first!) husband to snuggle on the sofa, take in the twinkle lights on the Christmas tree and count my blessings... even in the craziness of it all!

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  25. Jen says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan is to set a budget for shopping for the kids, shop early, and enjoy the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas at home with my family rather than fighting in checkout lines to stay sane! And take time with my scrapping friends - they help my sanity as well!

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