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. Sheri says…
    11/04/2009

    Planning, organizing, and lists. Then sit back and enjoy the season with my family.

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  2. TracyBzz says…
    11/04/2009

    We have a low key Christmas season. We shop for less people...pretty much down to just my 2 kids and 2 nieces. We have doing Christmas crafts and baking...iwth no pressure attached. We don't have to travel through out the season.

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  3. Kalee Allen says…
    11/04/2009

    Since I am spending this holiday season with my husband in an RV, there is LITTLE room for decorations. That leaves me pretty sad, since I love this time of year! Instead, I have decided to focus more on making items to use next year! I have really enjoyed making the photo albums and since my husband and I are trying to conceive, I figure I can use them next year to document Baby's first Christmas! This workshop could really help me out! I appreciate the chance to win! THANK YOU ALI!!

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  4. heather says…
    11/04/2009

    Simplicity = sanity. Ours will be a modest holiday with minimal decorations and presents but hopefully lots of face time with loved ones, and lots of shared good food. (Potlucks rock at holiday time.)

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  5. tammy g says…
    11/04/2009

    (My son just drew on my pants as I was reading the comments.) Okay...thinking simple...although I'd really like to be proactive and plan for the upcoming season, I know I will just try to survive it. :)

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  6. Lisa G. says…
    11/04/2009

    For one spend way less money this year!! I am on a very tight budget. And it's trying to make as much homemade as I can. This year I am really going to make cookies and give them out instead of little gifts that cost way too much money!

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  7. Jeannie Lutz says…
    11/04/2009

    Wow. very cool giveaway.
    I ALWAYS wait till the last minute to buy gifts, and therefore they ALWAYS end up being way more expensive then necessary. They also don't usually have a lot of thought put into them. So this year, I've already started buying and thinking and making for my friends and family. :)
    (PS- pick me!)

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  8. kym says…
    11/04/2009

    I was thinking of taking this class, wondering if I could justify the cost (with our tight budget). I'd love to win a spot!
    I quit my job a few years ago to stay home with my son. We have discovered how living simply does not mean denying yourself. I've discovered how much happier I am now that I CAN'T shop and by whatever I want. We have a budget, we get creative, we handmake gifts. It's slower, more focused on family, the darkest part of winter, reflection on the year past. It's amazingly lovely.
    There's so much more to this story than what I've written, but simplifying and refocusing our goals as a family have really made all the difference.

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  9. heather says…
    11/04/2009

    well my holidays aren't really crazy, we keep it pretty low key, appreciating the little things and quiet moments. I am going to bake a lot this year, bring my mom home for Christmas and make a lot of homemade glitter messes, i mean ornaments with my littles!

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  10. Brenda says…
    11/04/2009

    Every year I say I'm going to cut back and it never happens! lol So this year I think instead of trying to do it all or trying to do less I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the ride and let go of the stress - what happens, happens.

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  11. Renae says…
    11/04/2009

    What a wonderful giveaway! To create a more sane holiday season, I plan on shopping early. I've already bought some presents from my list!

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  12. Ashley says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm due with our first child on Dec. 11 (a girl) so I've already done a lot of holiday prep so I can just spend the season concentrating on the new addition to our family...and sharing our love with her...what better way to celebrate the Christmas season!

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  13. Carrie K says…
    11/04/2009

    This year our family will finally be together for Christmas. Ive chosen to actually celebrate the season this year by documenting it in photos and words. I love the idea of combining daily december and journal your christmas!!

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  14. Dana says…
    11/04/2009

    this year we are saying no...we aren't going anywhere we don't want to no matter how much others want us to. It's about our little family of 4 this year.

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  15. Carolynhasacat says…
    11/04/2009

    What a great giveaway! The class sounds great.
    This year I'm trying to plan as much in advance as possible and order gifts online. There's nothing like having a closet full of wrapped gifts for enjoying the everyday and not stressing during the holidays!

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  16. Danielle says…
    11/04/2009

    Instead of shopping and giving gift to one another, my family will take the money that we would have spent on each other and help a family in our community that is in need of extra support. We have been blessed with so much... now it is time to bless others.

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  17. Melanie K. says…
    11/04/2009

    I am already on my way for a saner Christmas ...
    1. I have my holiday shopping almost done. yes, I am one of THOSE people. lol.
    2. I have my December Daily album ready to go.
    I so want this class of Shimelle's ... her LSNED was fantastic!

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  18. Ayesha says…
    11/04/2009

    Thanks for the opportunity for one of us to win such a fantastic class!
    I plan on spending this holiday season first and foremost a lot healthier then last year. (When my husband was ill, and most of the holidays were spent at home, taking care of my ill husband.) But the most important thing this holiday is: to take it as it goes, and see the holidays throught the eyes of my little daughter (who will be two in january, and is sucking up life around her; all the impressions, new things, big and small). I'm sure she'll show us a whole new holidayseason, like we grownups have forgotten to look at...

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  19. Kelly says…
    11/04/2009

    We are giving our family a week's vacation in SunRiver in February. This way we only have to find the right house to rent, instead of buying 20+ gifts. Then we get the added bonus of spending time together, when things are less hectic.
    Thanks so much!

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  20. mabel m says…
    11/04/2009

    What a fabulous project!!! This year I'll try to live the season in slow, comfy and happy mode... need a Christmas holly time, and of course doing crafts with my family and friends!! =)
    thanks for the chance Ali! ♥

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  21. Wendy T says…
    11/04/2009

    I am buying a lot ahead... especially WAHM stuff. I am going to make my own christmas tags for our family only using the first letter of each of our names. I have been making my own list and crossing things off as I go! I'm sure I will still get stressed, but I'm trying to stay ahead!

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  22. Roselily says…
    11/04/2009

    I would love to take this class to get some guidance with my first steps ...

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  23. Jen P. says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to simplify this year by finishing my hand made Christmas Cards by the end of Nov. this year and at least STARTING holiday shopping before Dec. 20! :o)

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  24. Antonia says…
    11/04/2009

    This year, we have planned to travel and visit our family (across the country) the week prior to Christmas. This will allow us to travel in a more relaxing way, with less fellow travelers and craziness at the airport. Not only does it save us money, I'm hoping it will save our sanity too and allow us to have our own quite family holiday in our new home :)

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  25. MaMay says…
    11/04/2009

    I intend to go minimalist...concentrating on a more spiritual and reflective holiday. I'm very tired of the madness that seems to suck everyone in at this time of year. I'll keep some very good, old traditions...like putting up a tree and baking...keeping it simple. But paring down the excessive gift getting and giving is my real goal. And I vow to not get overwhelmed by the idea that this all has to be perfect. Christmas in and of itself is already simply perfect...even the Grinch found that out!

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