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. Becca says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm planning on doing as much as possible ahead of time, that way I can be involved in making memories with my family, not just overseeing them. On the 2Peas board there is a great plan ahead thread going on. Becca :)

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  2. conniemelancon says…
    11/04/2009

    I am going to try and not worry about not having "the perfect gift". I will not be wrapping gifts this year on Christmas eve.

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  3. chel says…
    11/04/2009

    My goals: plan less, spend less, DO less, but experience more, give *of* myself more, and feel more. No more trying to make the perfect holiday for everyone on the planet.

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  4. Karen W says…
    11/04/2009

    I hope being more organized and doing some pre-planning now will help me stay more in the moment during the holidays.
    I've got two shopping days planned for November and I'm hoping I can say my gift buying is done before December starts!
    Karen W.

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  5. serena berry says…
    11/04/2009

    I am taking a vow to just stay simple. I have also decided to do all homemade gifts and stay out of the stores. Not good for the economy, but good for my sanity.

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  6. Nancy Barnes says…
    11/04/2009

    I have been contemplating this for weeks now. I really don't know what I'm going to do! I need to make the holidays less stressful but I love having my house all decked out for Christmas. I need more peace and way less drama. Anyway to accomplish this would be so welcomed.

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  7. Deb says…
    11/04/2009

    Funny you should ask, because my goal this year is to not be a crazy woman when it comes to things I feel like I HAVE to do around the holiday season. I'm going minimal this year, and I'm thinking that will free up some time for me to complete a December Daily project!

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  8. tchrtiff says…
    11/04/2009

    A few things that I've started doing the past couple of years to have a "sane" Christmas season:
    -start early and do a little as time goes on and not trying to do it all the the week before Christmas (writing up the gift list, shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, etc.)
    -try to incorporate more experiences and not necessarily buy things to celebrate the season. And to make even the "simple" experiences special (getting dressed up to visit Santa, popcorn & hot cocoa on movie night, etc.)
    -limit said experiences and not feel guilty saying, "no". Continue doing what worked and kids/adults liked doing last year, don't feel obligated to do things we don't like, incorporate new experiences, etc.
    We really had a stress-free Christmas season last year b/c I really worked hard to make it that way. We enjoyed the holidays and didn't feel burnt out when they were over.

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  9. Susan says…
    11/04/2009

    I've been working hard to have our house all organized so we can just enjoy the holidays with less stress.

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  10. Kristen says…
    11/04/2009

    To make our holidays a bit more "sane" this year, we plan to try and join our families together for one celebration. My parents will be joining us at my in-laws. It makes for a lot less house-hopping and more time to enjoy each other's company.

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  11. Victory says…
    11/04/2009

    This year, I'm finally, finally going to do some baking in advance!

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  12. Malia in Seattle says…
    11/04/2009

    1. Get the foundation of my December Daily done early-- and this year I am combining Hannukah + Christmas instead of 2 separate books
    2. Do a page a day
    3. Relax and Enjoy the Season

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  13. micheller says…
    11/04/2009

    At the moment we are in limbo with my husband's company moving to another city & most all of his type of job going along with it. So, my plan for this holiday season is to remember to focus on the moment. Not to worry about who gets what and where we have to be and when, but to just focus on the moment I am in and to savor each of those moments.

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  14. just B says…
    11/04/2009

    Ali first of all, Happy Birthday!!! Hope you are having a great one. As for us, our holidays will be crazier I think, because we are excepting our 2nd daughter any day now, but then again, it will be wonderful to actually have off all of the holidays; so I am prepared to plan as much family time in there as possible with lots of fun activities for my 3 year old. My December Daily is coming together very nicely and hope to get some photos uploaded to flickr very soon, thanks again as always!

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  15. Diana says…
    11/04/2009

    buying my gifts early, in fact I'm almost done! Also gonna make my cookies early and freeze those, and the teacher's gifts are on my mind, I'm even gonna let the kiddos help!

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  16. Lisa says…
    11/04/2009

    I try to create a more sane Christmas season by planning ahead. I already have my Christmas planning binder set up for this year and I'm working on gift-buying. I'd like to get as much done before December 1st, so that I can focus on the fun stuff in December.

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  17. Ginika says…
    11/04/2009

    To keep my sanity during the holyday season I try to get a head start. One example would be my Christmas Cards. I make them every year by the end of November so they can be mailed on the first of December. It’s one less thing on my to “do list”.

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  18. Carrie says…
    11/04/2009

    We're not travelling this year to see family, Christmas will be at home with our children. While that might seem like more work, I think it will make life easier. I can't wait to spend Christmas day in my jammies with the kids!

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  19. Verna says…
    11/04/2009

    Start early is my only way to be sane for the holidays. Already made my Christmas cards and started my shopping. I just want to focus on time with the family.

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  20. Margaret says…
    11/04/2009

    Thanks for all the cool inspiration. I love Christmas and this project makes it that much better!!

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  21. Valery says…
    11/04/2009

    One thing I'm doing this year is taking time and enjoying every day. We are going to be making a lot of family gifts instead of store bought, they will be enjoyed more.

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  22. MandyK says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm making a list and checking it twice.We are going with a simple Holiday season and making it about family enjoying the time we spend together.We also sharing the to-do and food lists for our get togethers so that its not so stressful for one family member aka me.

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  23. Laura says…
    11/04/2009

    Well, we started planning for Thanksgiving before Halloween and I'm already well underway with Christmas shopping. I'm now contemplating the Christmas card photo. Starting earlier is my big game plan for having time to actually enjoy the tree and the season without racing around.

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  24. Kristal says…
    11/04/2009

    I am combining my shopping trips and spending more time with family.

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  25. Ann says…
    11/04/2009

    Lists, more pictures, more memories - that is how I am going to get through the season - Embrace imperfection has been my moto since taking you Y&T class. It does not have to be perfect, no one will remember the opps except me. Really want to start more traditions since we have no kids, just hubby and I.

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