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. cinback says…
    11/05/2009

    We are undergoing major renovations to our home right now. We started in the summer but all deadlines have been pushed back (as is typical in the construction world!) so that we will be cutting it very close to Christmas. For this reason, I cannot decorate ahead of time, I cannot prepare a lot of baking ahead of time, I cannot entertain ahead of time, so I cannot get all stressed over making every detail just so! In the event that our renos are finished by Christmas, then I will partake in these wonderful things, but if not, then I am not going to stress over it, just take the holidays as they come and enjoy every moment of it, even if the Christmas tree does not get up until Christmas Eve!

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  2. Kelli says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan on planning! I always overspend because I don't keep track of what I have picked up already. I want to start baking earlier. There never seems to be enough time to do the things I want to do but this year I am going to prioritize.

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  3. Marilyn D. says…
    11/05/2009

    We usually have appetizers instead of a sit down dinner with everyone so excited. Then I usually have a few games such as counting M&Ms in a glass figurine and they get to keep the gift then, and this year, we may add getting a crazy gift for each other that would be out of their element! It's a little bit zany and sane all at once! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Tricia Shelton says…
    11/05/2009

    I only wish things were going to be more sane this year. We are going to Disney (for the first time) from December 12th thru December 20th. I think it will add some magic to the holidays. My goal is to get all my shopping done and presents wrapped before we leave so we can enjoy the holiday. I think that I am even going to put my tree up at Thanksgiving. Won't my husband love that. Wish me luck.

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  5. Erin says…
    11/05/2009

    To help make Xmas more sane I am going to do what I do every year: have all shopping done before Thanksgiving!

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  6. Karen says…
    11/05/2009

    I am planning a more sane, heartfelt Christmas this year - as every year I have such huge expectations that, I feel like I cannot measure up to what I expect of myself and others. dumb huh?
    We have cut out the running around to be at everyone else's house. Christmas eve is our special family time (all day) - starting with brunch and fun int he afternoon. Then a special supper together - hubby, myself, our 4 grown children and their little families.
    Love your work, ideas and daily blog. And love Shimelle's (followed her for a long time too).
    Cheers
    (Canada)

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  7. Charlene says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan to take some time for myself, snuggle by the fireplace with a good book, take a bubble bath, do yoga and have a nice candleight dinner with my honey. That is one way in which I will keep my sanity during the busy season. My word for the year is Mindful.

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  8. DonnaD says…
    11/05/2009

    I don't care if it is chaotic or sane. I just want to be with my family and enjoy every single moment with them. Life is way too short to worry about the small stuff.

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  9. anne says…
    11/05/2009

    I've decided to Christmas shop with simplicity this year. Instead of worrying and searching for the perfect gift, I am accepting that there is no "perfect." I am shopping with a limited budget, sticking to it, and getting creative with gifts this time.

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  10. Sheryl says…
    11/05/2009

    This holiday season will have a little different perspective. I have always wanted to volunteer, and I made the plunge to help a great organizaiton in our community. My whole family will be getting into it over the holidays. My 9 yr old son is super excited about helping others. Now, we get to have the wonderful family holiday fun- and also know we are giving a little too.

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  11. Lilnda E says…
    11/05/2009

    Now that my children no longer believe in Santa, I hope enlisting their help will make this holiday season more sane!

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  12. Keely says…
    11/05/2009

    I'm determined that this year the holidays will be a wonderful time for my family. I'm making most of my holiday gifts since I do not like shopping this time of year and also I would like to use up a lot of my scrapbooking stash. For my boys(2 & 4), I follow the "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read" Last year was the first year I did it and it was wondeful. They weren't overwhelmed by getting too much. We are also going to donate clothes and toys to our local woman's shelter again. My husband and I enjoyed that the most of all.
    I would love to win Journal Your Christmas. It sounds so fun!

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  13. Kaleigh says…
    11/05/2009

    This will be my first year not just enjoying Christmas but documenting it. I can't wait
    to capture my Mama and Daddy's love for
    us,
    my brothers' excitment and
    my little sisters' beauty in red!
    Precious memories I'm determined
    to stop taking for granted NOW
    regardless of my age or ability.

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  14. Adrian says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan on "having a plan", keeping it simple and enjoying the family time!

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  15. Tammy Welshon says…
    11/05/2009

    This will be our first Christmas without Grandma Eleanor, who died in February. I am not sure how it will be. Perhaps we can make it more sane by simply focusing on helping all of us through this experience.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  16. Amanda Worley says…
    11/05/2009

    I love this giveaway, and the chance to take back Christmas, enjoying the real mystery and magic of the season! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. Diana says…
    11/05/2009

    I love the december daily. I did one last year and I'm planning on doing one this year as well.

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  18. Ilona says…
    11/05/2009

    going to remember this year that everything can't be finished in one day and it is okay if it takes me a week to decorate the house and I don't have to feel bad about it!

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  19. Anne says…
    11/05/2009

    Making a plan well in advance, already starting to flip through my cookbooks and start buying presents already!

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  20. Sara says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan to do what makes me and my family happy during the holiday season, to do the traditions that we started years ago and that we love and to not worry about the rest.

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  21. Shelbie says…
    11/05/2009

    This is something I've been thinking about for a while actually. My holiday cards are addressed and almost ready to go once we have our photos done. My shopping is just about finished and I only have a couple of crafty projects to finish up so that I will have everything wrapped and ready to go by Thanksgiving weekend. I'm hoping that by having two of my biggest stressers out of the way I will be able to relax and be more present to do more fun and meaningful things with my family this year. I never seem to feel up to completing my Dec. Daily album with everything else on my to do list so I hope that this is my year. Combining your album idea with Shimelle's prompts could be just the thing! Thanks!

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  22. lexi says…
    11/05/2009

    Simplify, simplify, simplify.....I need to do less and put family first. I always try to have everything perfect and come Christmas I'm exhausted!

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  23. Dana Edwards says…
    11/05/2009

    December has always been a crazy month for me. Every month is crazy but December is the craziest. Along with Christmas, we have 3 family birthday's to celebrate and I also teach at a local scrapbook store, host scrapbook classes at my house and attend crops and classes (and I work a full time job). This year, I am clearing the calendar of all classes, crops and teachings so I can spend all my free time doing fun holiday things with my family. They miss me enough during the year that I am devoting myself to them. Hopefully I can continue to do that throughout next year. I definitely need to slow down and try not to do everything all the time. So, to make December more memorable this year, I am letting go and slowing down. Thanks Ali for a chance to win.

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  24. Jingle says…
    11/05/2009

    Honestly, our holiday season is not hectic at all! We enjoy it and don't let it get crazy. We decided when we got married 9 years ago, that we wanted the focus to be on the holiday and family and not on retail madness and entertaining, and we have stuck to the promise! It is a wonderful time of year when we get to enjoy one another! I love that you are offering not only the class spot, but one for a friend, too! That is just so neat to me! What a wonderful way to give!

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  25. Roberta says…
    11/05/2009

    Simplify everything is my moto for this year. Gifts made and bought early, less cookies, more time to enjoy the season. Thanks again for you daily inspiration!

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