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. Sheryl says…
    11/05/2009

    I guess first in my mind, is that this year Christmas is not just going to be about our family. II have been volunteering for a local charity in our city, and I will be able to help others experience a happy holiday. I have wanted to do this for so long, but could never fit everything in. This year, I am just making it a priority. It has really changed our family's perspective!

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  2. Michele Bailey says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan to create a more sane holiday season by loading up my iPod with lots of Christmas music. It should put me in the holiday mood keeping me sane and happy.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog!

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  3. Loretta Artful Yogi says…
    11/05/2009

    This book looks fab!
    i'd love to go with the flow this December.

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  4. JennieW says…
    11/05/2009

    THis is an exciting Holiday season for my family. We are in our new home and are so excited to decorate and celebrate this year. We are having gatherings we were not able to before because of our limited space. I can't wait to hang the garland and the stockings. In addition, many of my gifts will b handmade this year. Looking forward to a "new" Holiday Spirit with my family.

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  5. Hemppa says…
    11/05/2009

    I make tons of lists to keep everything organized.

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  6. Amanda says…
    11/05/2009

    My plan is to complete all my shopping before Dec 1st so I can truly focus on my family and the holidays.

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  7. Lisa Russell says…
    11/05/2009

    For our holiday sanity, I'm going to try to buy gifts ahead of time, so I can enjoy the moment. It seems to pass SO fast. And focusing on the REAL meaning of Christmas of Peace, Love and Joy through Jesus Christ!

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  8. Katie says…
    11/05/2009

    Every year I tell myself that if I am more organized then I will have a less stressful holiday - this year I plan on following through. I will depend on lists and have all my shopping done by Dec. 1 - wish me luck!!
    Katie

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  9. Cindy Trimble says…
    11/05/2009

    I think we are going to scale back a little, and focus more on our little family.

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  10. carlaj says…
    11/05/2009

    I am working on getting my shopping done earlier and other things such as cards, etc done earlier too. That way I can spend the last day or two calmer and reflecting in the real reason for the season.

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  11. carlaj says…
    11/05/2009

    I am trying to do as much stuff early as possible, shopping, cards, etc. I want to be able to spend the last few days before Christmas reflecting in the real reason for the season.

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  12. Lisa O. says…
    11/05/2009

    Less is more this year. My kids have enough toys and I am vowing to not go overboard with presents. I want to focus on teaching them the meaning of Christmas and simplifying what we do, focusing on Christ, family and giving.
    Thanks Ali!

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  13. Zewa says…
    11/05/2009

    My Christam vacation starts on December 11 and ends on January 11. This will keep me calm and sane.

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  14. Kim says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan to spread out the craziness so that when I do sit down and do a daily december album, every memory won't be piled up on just a few days of craziness. I need to get in the habit of that this year.

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  15. Ginny C. says…
    11/05/2009

    This Christmas will be different for us this year. We're living in Savannah & will be spending Dec. in Indiana with our daughters & grandkids. I would really like to document this change, but not sure how to handle it. Do I do a daily album,even though some days will basically be nothing or filled to the brim as we try to cram everything in?

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  16. Lynn Holmes says…
    11/05/2009

    Hi Ali
    This Christmas will be very special for me as I have had an estranged relationship with my son for the last 7 years but recently he called me and we have reconnected. I am so excited to have my family all together at last for this Christmas.
    Lynn

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  17. Tina Johnson says…
    11/05/2009

    I'm taking holiday pictures early this year, in the hopes they turn out well for cards...and I'm not handmaking cards this year! Just want to enjoy the holidays and all the joy that the season brings.

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  18. Victoria says…
    11/05/2009

    That class sounds Awesome!
    I want a relaxed laid back Christmas.
    I intend to not over decorate, but will clear out the clutter. My kids are older (21 & 16) so I want to simplifiy before it gets crazy in a few years with grandkids!

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  19. Heather says…
    11/05/2009

    This year my husband and I have made a joint decision not to overshop. My parents buy a crazy amount of stuff for the girls and anything extra we buy is just excess, so why not let them spend their money (disposable income) instead of us going into debt. This will help cut out a lot of craziness as I'm always shopping well into the week before Christmas.
    I want to have my December Daily album done by mid-november. I did one last year and I'm sad to say it's still not finished as I was still working on it in December. This week I plan to print pics from last year and finish that one and then get this years book put together by the 20th.

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  20. Amanda V. says…
    11/05/2009

    This year I am going to try to organize a FEW activities in advance so that my kids & I will be able to sit down and enjoy the season, crafting, listening to christmas music, hot cocoa, the simple things instead of fretting over making everything perfect, I want the memories instead.

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  21. sheilah says…
    11/05/2009

    I'm trying to simplify the gift-giving and decor, do only those traditions I want to pass on to my children. I want them to see the true meaning of Christmas, not the commercialized holiday.

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  22. Noreen says…
    11/05/2009

    For me, it's about being more thoughtful - in all senses of the word; in giving; with cooking; and decorating; activities I am involved in; people I want to bless; etc. Thinking more and organizing things up front instead of waiting until I am in do-or-die mode - because when I do that it makes everything more about getting it done and not really enjoying the holidays or experiencing them.

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  23. Jessica says…
    11/05/2009

    Eat lots of eggnog. :) And take lots of photos to remember later what happened as it goes by so fast!

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  24. Rori Jensen says…
    11/05/2009

    My boys are older now and it would be fun to remember this Christmas with different eyes!!! Thanks for this opportunity.

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  25. Katie B. says…
    11/05/2009

    I am starting my Christmas shopping early this year and am wrapping gifts as I buy them instead of waiting until last minute!

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