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. Brandy Seitz says…
    11/04/2009

    I am already setting money aside for food, gifts for the nieces and nephews (mainly to help out my brother and sister that are in difficult times to insure the kids are taken care of), recycling old items with new items for decor, and making tons of lists to stay focused.
    Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, family, food, inspiration everywhere!!! No matter what I will NOT be overwhelmed!!!!

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  2. vera says…
    11/04/2009

    This is the first year we're celebrating christmas at home with my husband, just the two of us. I'm hoping for a peaceful and holy christmas!

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  3. Linda Carter says…
    11/04/2009

    My husband and I have cut way back on our spending this year for Christmas gifts, etc. We want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

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  4. April says…
    11/04/2009

    Sweet giveaway...thanks for the chance to win! :)
    I'm trying to make my Christmas more sane this year by getting an early start on things. I have most of my shopping done already and am about to start on some handmade gifts, so I should have plenty of time to get everything done. I hope so anyway, lol...
    - April

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  5. Kristi says…
    11/04/2009

    I plan to have the shopping done early this year so we can "enjoy" the entire month of December.

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  6. Sarah L says…
    11/04/2009

    My shopping is just about done and I plan to take my free time to enjoy the holiday season!!

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  7. Mary Kathryn Mathews says…
    11/04/2009

    This year, I'm planning to make a majority of the gifts that we will give to friends and family. I'm hoping that by planning out these gifts and making them in advance, I will have more time to spend making holiday memories with my husband and children.

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  8. Trina says…
    11/04/2009

    I want to capture our Christmas for my baby who will be 16 months old in December, and start some new traditions that are for our little family and continue some old ones too. (I have to decorate the christmas tree with a large glass of brandy!) I love both yours and Shimelle's blogs and I loved Shimelle's Scrap Your Day project which i started just after my baby was born so it is a fab record of her first year.

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  9. Lori says…
    11/04/2009

    I am planning to spend time with family and friends instead of a ton of money. Make meomories since my daughter will be in university next year and things will be different for us. This journal will be a great way to save the memories before she leaves the nest.

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  10. Jenny says…
    11/04/2009

    I need more advanced planning. I need to buy my presents earlier, and maybe even BUY LESS!

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  11. Barbara says…
    11/04/2009

    I think the most sane way for me to celebrate is to find ways to make my life easier so that I can stay home and enjoy more family time. I hope to accomplish this by purchasing mostly getting gift cards for the kids in the family that we give gifts to (rather than actual gifts...I think they enjoy this better anyway), decorate a little here and there rather than all at once, do prep work for Christmas ahead of time, order cards early and update my mailing list early. Not waiting til the last minute is a definite way to reduce the stress. Oh, and relax...always got to remind myself to chill and not stress out about the small stuff.

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  12. Kim says…
    11/04/2009

    I love Christmas... I now live quite away from my family and friends so have to plan Christmas quite well so that I get a visit 'back home' to deliver pressies and cards... also we have a get together too which is fun and my children love it... also means I have to be organised here so that I don't leave things to the last minute. Making the planning, the shopping and organising it all fun is the most important thing... and I try to do stuff with the children too.
    Enjoying people is the most important thing of all!

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  13. Cammie says…
    11/04/2009

    This year I have already starting Christmas shopping as well as wrapping and I'm almost done. That way the stress of shopping is all done. It will give me more time to just relax and enjoy the things I really love with my family. I find if you can get a handle on the little things that really stress you out closer to Xmas then you'll be better off.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Amber Chieffe says…
    11/04/2009

    I have a horrible memory. I make the elderly look like the Mensa masters of memory. Sadly, I feel that I simply don't remember enough of my Christmases. Now that I have a 3 year old angel girl and a bouncing baby boy prepping to make a grand entrance in February, I am driven crazy with terror by how much I don't remember. This year, to allow myself a more sane Christmas, I plan to take a group of pictures every day. Even if they sit in a box (or a CD) labeled "Christmas, 2009" until I have grand-babies of my own, I will have more peace of mind knowing that my memories are not lost.

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  15. Daniela says…
    11/04/2009

    Nothing too crazy going on here. It's just the three of us. I just have so many photos from last year, first Christmas, that I am still trying to finish albums and pages.....Maybe I can do better this year.

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  16. Amy says…
    11/04/2009

    We plan to make things a little crazier this year. My twins are two now, and my husband and I have so many things we want to share with them. We are using this holiday season as an excuse to spend tons if warm fuzzy time together, and do lots of fun activities. I have my master list, and it's growing!

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  17. dcorder says…
    11/04/2009

    Our Christmas will be a little more insane this year than normal. My niece is getting married on Jan 2nd - so all "celebrations" are revolving around that this year! But the class sounds fun!

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  18. Thea says…
    11/04/2009

    I am excited that my daughter will be home this Christmas as she was overseas last year. I really want to 'up the ante' this year and try to make the whole month special. It may be the last Christmas we have together as a family.

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  19. heidi y says…
    11/04/2009

    My plan to stay 'sane' for the holidays is to remember what it's really about and spend time with family & friends. I'd like to get a head start and make a few things - for family & friends I think would enjoy something hand-made/altered. I will also be doing your Dec Daily - for me and my family to remember our Christmas.

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  20. Sam F. says…
    11/04/2009

    A couple things I have been thinking about are: cutting down the baking that I do, and also getting an early start on holiday shopping. And to get me more focused on what I do to celebrate this time of year, I also plan to start a december daily album--but it would be cool to take a class as this would be the first year I attempt to create an album about the Christmas season.

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  21. Wendy says…
    11/04/2009

    After my mom's battling with breast cancer this year, I'm planning on celebrating the season and life this year. No stress about gifts and last minute shopping. And I'm definitely going to take lots of pictures so that I can remember the best Christmas EVER!

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  22. Lynn Herrick says…
    11/04/2009

    We are leaving town - going on our first family vacation on a cruise ship.

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  23. Steffanie says…
    11/04/2009

    I am looking forward to sharing simple traditions we began with our now five year old daughter with our six month old son. I am also vowing to get all the grading done for fall semester before they are due so I can relax that week before Christmas!

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  24. Anna says…
    11/04/2009

    I'm going to start early to avoid the insanity!!!

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  25. Colleen says…
    11/04/2009

    I've often thought about doing this class and haven't YET! As for making things a little more sane, we have cut way back on the gift giving and spend more time with friends and family enjoying holiday related outings and creating memories since most of us don't need more "stuff" anyway!
    This is a wonderful giveaway!

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