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. Ashley says…
    11/05/2009

    I am planning on giving handmade gifts and thus not having to worry about shopping all over the place to purchase gifts. I can make the gifts (and have already started!) in my home, at night, after my little one is in bed and my hubby is relaxing. So much less stressful than fighting crowds and traffic! :)

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  2. Kristin says…
    11/05/2009

    I am looking forward to spending time vegging with the family, drinking hot cocoa, taking my dog Jasper to the dog park daily, and FINALLY getting to the last Harry Potter book -- no distractions!

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  3. Jana says…
    11/05/2009

    Ah, this holiday season will be more sane, since we'll actually be here, at home, rather than traveling just before Christmas & getting stuck in San Francisco on an unexpected extra vacation day since PDX was CLOSED because of the snow storm last year! At least I'm hoping it'll be more sane... what would be my excuse if it wasn't?! ;)
    Thanks Ali!

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  4. Ellen says…
    11/05/2009

    I'm not sure it will be more sane, but this year we're staying home and not traveling to visit with extended family. We'll miss them but I'm so excited about being able to weave my way of marking the holiday into our intimate family celebrations this year.

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  5. debbi g, says…
    11/05/2009

    to keep it sane?? I am going to start earlier!! There alsways seems to be more I want to do and not enough days..so starting earlier and planning really help me.

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  6. NATALEA KANDEFER says…
    11/05/2009

    Journaling and Christmas= my two favorite things! What a great concept! xo

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  7. Tara says…
    11/05/2009

    My sanity plan for the Holiday season will involve making fewer plans and lists in an attempt to avoid micro-managing myself and creating an ideal that is too hard to live up to. In other words, my plan is to just take things as they come, and enjoy the moments as they unfold.

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  8. Heather says…
    11/05/2009

    Not going overboard on anything, setting realistic expectations and going with the flow is my recipe this year.

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  9. Suzie Button says…
    11/05/2009

    I am going to make my holidays more sane this year simply by buying less, decorating less, and spending more time with family instead! Suzie

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  10. Veronica says…
    11/05/2009

    Planning ahead and keeping things in perspective will help keep me sane this holiday season - I hope!

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  11. Christian says…
    11/05/2009

    I think that it will be crazy, but a fun kind of crazy. I lost both my mom and dad this year, so I am going to miss them terribly but I am going to celebrate (fun kind of crazy) with the people that I love and show them how much I love them while they are still around.
    There is a great website that I found this year called Organized Christmas.com and it has helped me so much to get prepared for the "busyness". Thanks for all that you do.

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  12. yankin2002 says…
    11/05/2009

    I want to have real Christmas for me and my kids, Christmas at home with handmade decoration and food... Christmas as family tradition that my kids can remember later as childhood memories...

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  13. Karen says…
    11/05/2009

    You mentioned Shimelle Laine in another post, so I went to check out the description for this class. It sounds great, I have my fingers crossed. I just want to enjoy each day and moment in December this year, I'm not a big Christmas person "ba hum bug".

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  14. Lisa says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan on starting early and today is the day. I have been organizing everything. My scrap room is kinda of dump all room and I am sick of it. I have been at it since 9:30 finally getting the kids school memories in order from last year (now if I can find those cool Becky H school memories folders-how in the heck can I misplace 26 folder?? I will start to decorate the house next week so we when get back from Thanksgiving family visting the house is done. So in a nut shell when everything else clean and organized in the house I will be able to relax and savor the memories.
    Lisa

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  15. Lynn Y says…
    11/05/2009

    I hope that by making lists and trying to focus on fun that our holidays will be enjoyable and less hectic!
    Lynn

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  16. carla stolte says…
    11/05/2009

    I'm planning on being much more intentional and discerning about what my family and I participate in this year. And I'm finishing my December Daily this weekend - that should help!! And I'm thinking of making digi Christmas cards this year.
    And of course, I am going to win this course!! :)

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  17. falwyn says…
    11/05/2009

    Honestly, doing this december daily thing will I think help me to be more mindful and present during this holiday season. I'm excited!

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  18. Karen in VA says…
    11/05/2009

    I think for me it is all about preparation. With two little ones, I need to get the decorations out early and then make a list of all the things we want to do this season. Most of all, I just want to enjoy each and every moment of this magical time.

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  19. Margaret S says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan on participating in the activities that I enjoy, rather than the ones that I feel I "should" do. And I've decided that I'm not going to feel guilty about that decision! Thanks for the chance to win a special Christmas present.

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  20. Carissa T says…
    11/05/2009

    i would love to take this class!
    organizedchristmas.com has been on my radar for
    a couple of years and this year i have been trying
    to follow along so i am not so overwhelmed!
    plus i did the xmas club at my bank and i don't have to worry about paying for gifts this year, huge relief!

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  21. Nancy says…
    11/05/2009

    Ha! I thought I would have a more "sane" Christmas by shopping early and just enjoying the season. So far that has not worked. We are crazy busy at work, working 11.5 hours a day and now my daughter has come down with the swine flu!! I am taking care of my daughter, 2 grandchildren, one who developed a fever this morning. Whoa is me, foiled again. This is so insane. Where do I get off? But you know, I am still grateful, and I WILL enjoy the season, no matter what happens! I love Christmas!!

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  22. wordcatching@yahoo.com says…
    11/05/2009

    this is my comment song
    it isn't very long
    but if i win somethin here
    then i will give a cheer!

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  23. Jeanne says…
    11/05/2009

    I plan on having a less-than-crazy holiday this year by taking things one day at a time. I will not try to do everything and make cookies for everyone in the free world! I will do what I can, spend those precious little everyday moments with my family adn ENJOY them! Not panic about all that I should be accomplishing and them BOOM the holidays are over and I missed all the good stuff.

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  24. Rachel says…
    11/05/2009

    I have been planning ahead more for the things I want and need to do and re-evaluating what is good for our family this season.
    I also have a decorated folder with gift lists, travel plans, and Christmas traditions. I'm using the internet to shop for the best prices, and gifts instead of running around to all the stores to find the perfect gifts.

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  25. Amy N. says…
    11/05/2009

    I have already started making detailed lists of what needs to be done when in order to get a "head start". I'm also simplifying in order to really enjoy the point of the holiday, and to spend real quality time with my family instead of adding things to our to-do list.

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