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Creating Christmas Giftcard Wallets by Madeline Fox

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

In years past, my husband, kids and I would hurry out the door on Christmas Eve, arms loaded with fancy wrapped packages of all shapes and sizes, for a family gathering and present exchange. Now that our many nieces and nephews are older, we purchase gift cards to their favorite stores…and I can fit almost everything in my purse! Still, I want those packages to be special. The perfect solution – decorated handmade gift card holders.

While there are many gift card holder templates out there, I wanted something different. The requirements: ease of assembly, able to be reopened and closed, secure sides, and large enough to pretty up with my scrappy supplies! The result is this tri-fold holder, with tab and slot closure, foldable side flaps, and a finished size of approximately 3 1/2 × 5 inches.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Click here to access a true-sized jpg. template for use with your digital cutter.

Instructions

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Select several 12 × 12 patterned papers, with relatively small prints on one side and contrasting colors and patterns on the reverse. I used Pink Paislee’s Merry and Bright collection.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

The reverse

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Cut two holders from each sheet of 12 × 12 paper (and save those scraps!)

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Here is a look at those papers with a sheet of kraft cardstock added to the mix.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Using a bone folder, score across the card at notches and side tabs. Fold as shown, securing side tabs with adhesive to create a secure pocket for the gift card.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Now for the fun part! Shop your stash for stickers, buttons, chipboard, labels, flair, wood veneer and more. Not everything will find it’s way onto my project, but it’s nice to have a variety of embellishments from which to choose! Below are a few of my finds, including tags punched from paper scraps and corrugated cardstock (a favorite for adding dimension)

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Here’s one way to turn unused chipboard shapes into coordinating embellishments for your card holders. I’ve chosen a few chipboard shapes from Maggie Holmes Open Book collection, 

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

painted them with two coats of acrylic paint,

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

and decorated them with white dots (along the perimeter of the ovals, polka dots on the deer).

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Next it’s time to let your creativity shine! Decorate the front of each gift card holder using all those paper scraps and your stash of embellishments.

For me, having a basic design helps to streamline the process. I began by layering horizontal strips of patterned paper and corrugated cardstock across each of my card holders. Chipboard, banners, tags, buttons, stickers, burlap hearts and more make each one unique.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

At the bottom left is an alternate style, with vertical banners cut from paper scraps.

creating christmas gift card wallets by madeline fox @ shimelle.com

Inside or out, add a sentiment and/or place to add the recipient’s name.

There you have it, a beautiful and unique set of gift card holders, fun to create and sure to impress.





Madeline Fox is a mother of five, living in the suburbs of New Orleans. Through the years she has tried her hand at practically every creative pursuit known to man (quilting, smocking, cross-stitching, painting, and most recently, stamp carving) but has fallen hard for scrapbooking. Beginning her love for patterned paper when her youngest was a baby, she’s realized that she will never “catch up”, but that’s OK. Fourteen years later, Madeline still enjoys finding new ways to combine paper, pictures, and memories. 

She is currently on the design team for the Scraptastic Kit Club and Store, and can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, her Paper Gumbo blog, and poolside cheering for her avid swimmer.

Five Ideas for Scrapbooking with Creative Titles by Gina Lideros

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

When I saw the Shimelle collection I was instantly taken with the bold shades of pink, turquoise, and orange. I love color, and gladly embrace it any chance that I get! I couldn’t wait to dive into the glittery rub-ons, die-cuts with gold foil and embossed images, wood veneer, layered stickers and printed cork pieces. I also fell in love right away with the two packs of Thickers letter stickers, included in the collection. I couldn’t wait to get the collection in my hot little hands and create with it. And, even though I love Thickers (I do, I really do!) and hoard them any chance I get, I couldn’t wait to create my own custom titles. Which brings me to my post – five ideas for scrapbooking with creative titles.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Happy
Hand cut letters are all the rage and are becoming a big trend within the scrapbook community. I decided to create my own hand cut letters and used them as a graphic design element on my page. To create my hand cut letters I first hand drew the word happy onto black cardstock paper with a pencil, and then cut it out. Since I decided to repeat the word “happy” three times to create my title, I just retraced them two more times and then cut them out by hand. This technique creates a fun handmade look.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Shine
Creating a sequin title is easy and creates a big impact on a project. The idea to create a sequin title came to me while I was at the craft supply store looking at ribbons and I saw sequins sold by the roll. Because they are already stitched together they are easy to manipulate, position and use. To create my sequin title I first cut the word “shine” with my silhouette and then used the negative piece as a stencil. I used liquid glue to adhere the word down. I found that it was easiest to adhere the word down while the template was still in place, otherwise the word moved to much and fell out of place. To finish, simply cut off the excess from the sequin roll and make sure that the ends are glued down well so that none of the sequins fall off.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @shimelle.com

Oh My
Hand stitching is one of my favorite techniques. Sometimes I use templates, sometimes I create my own. To create my title on this page I first started by cutting out the word “Oh” using my Silhouette. I then used the negative (leftover piece of paper from the cut) as a stencil to create my stitched word. With a needle, I poked holes around the word and then stitched it up using black embroidery thread. I also, added the die cut word “my” and some letter stickers to finish off my title.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

You’re A Gem
I love a simple mixed title. I think that mixing up supplies that you already have on hand can give them a fresh and unique look. To create the title for this page I simply combined die-cuts with Shimelle’s gold glitter thickers. The die cuts are basic but the thickers add interest and texture. The result is a fun mixed title.

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

five idea for scrapbooking with creative titles by gina lideros @ shimelle.com

Hello Love
Brush script is a creative way to bring originality into your memory keeping. There is nothing that draws me in to a project more than seeing a unique brush script title. To create my title for this page I first started by hand painting a large quotation bubble onto my page using a light watercolor pink. After my page dried, I hand painted the words “hello love” using black acrylic paint. For best results it is important to use a paint brush that it designed for calligraphy and sketching. To create my title I used a fine tipped size two bamboo paint brush.





Gina Lideros lives in Northern California with her military husband, two teenage kids and 3 dogs. She loves to spend time outdoors and in her craft room. You will usually find her with a Starbucks cup in hand. Gina designs for American Crafts, Scrapbook Circle, The Cut Shoppe and is the co-owner of BoxCrops Events and Scrapbook Retreats. You can follow Gina on her blog and Instagram.

Custom Pocket Pages Tutorial with Carrie Elias

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

After my first tutorial on Shimelle’s blog I received a couple requests on how I altered the different size pocket pages from that album so they could all be used together. So today I’m here to share my “how to” with you all. There are two videos. The first is where I show my tutorial for the custom pocket pages, and then part two is where I assemble a fun holiday mini book incorporating them into my design. Here are the supplies and videos:

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

Something to note is that even though I use 3×4 pocket pages in my example to be used with an Instagram Album, the customizing of the pocket pages can be used in most any size project. I’ve used it in 6×8 albums, a 4×6 mini book, a 5×7 travel journal, as well as my Project Life.

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

One of the things I love about this project is that Shimelle’s beautiful papers and embellishments were so easy to mix with my Christmas product! I was really wanting to make a holiday themed album that wouldn’t interfere with my December Daily, and this ended up being the perfect solution : )

Below are some photos of the mini book I decided to make where I document 5 of my Christmastime favorites from this year. It was important to me to jot down some notes about the simple things that seem to make this time of year special. Hope you enjoy!!

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com

custom pocket pages tutorial with carrie elias @ shimelle.com





Carrie is a YouTuber and Blogger who loves to take photos and create little pieces of art with pretty paper. She adores her family, is expecting a baby girl very soon, and thinks where she lives in the Pacific Northwest is breathtakingly beautiful. When it comes to memory keeping her imagination usually takes over and helps her see outside the box. Carrie likes having blue mermaid hair, thinks that rain smells sweet, and still has a crush on her sweetheart of 20 years.
Carrie’s YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Create an Unexpected Title by Patricia Roebuck

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

When I opened my American Crafts box with the new Shimelle line, I couldn’t stop looking through each and every product. So many possibilities with great colors, patterns and embellishments. But I kept going back to the circle alphabet letters. They are just simply gorgeous. I wanted to use them in a unique way.

I picked the orange, pink/orange, and green colors from the 12×12 pattern paper pad to cut the stars from the Silhouette, and the circles with a 1” circle punch. I cut enough circles to cut some of the them in half and adhere to a full circle. Then I embossed those with the Shimelle embossing folder.

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

The black and white polka dots background pattern paper added both neutral colors and texture. I trimmed this piece to 8.25×10.75 and adhered to an 8.5×11 pink pattern paper. I wanted to bring in more of that green color, so I put paint on a non-stick mat, sprayed with water, and spread the length of my pattern paper background, then pressed it into the paint.

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

After the paint dried, I placed my die cuts, then added stitching to connect some of them to bring in a little more texture.

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

I decided on a large 4×6 photo with a lot of white space. I added my journaling directly to the photo using a typewriter, and then layered a transparent frame over it (I can easily lift this piece to see the journaling).

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

Using the Shimelle die cuts, I layered a cork camera over the die cut banner. To bring balance and repetition to the layout, I brought down another layered star with a heart circle from the same alphabets, and continued that repetition down to the bottom of the photo with my daughter’s initial.

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

Once I had my photo and theme, I decided the title “talent” would fit my journaling and how I felt about my daughter’s photography skills, and layered these over the die cuts at the top.

create an unexpected title by patricia roebuck @ shimelle.com

To bring in more of the colors from the top of the layout, I layered pieces of pattern papers to the left of the photo (tip: don’t throw out those pattern paper ends, they work great for layering). Last, but not least, I used the Shimelle date stamp.

As I worked on this layout, I could see how this would work so well for the holidays. This is a collection that truly works year round and in any season. Thank you so much, Shimelle, for having me!





Patricia Roebuck lives in Mandeville, LA, about 30-45 minutes from New Orleans. Patricia lives with her husband of 24 years, her six-year daughter, and her nineteen year-old cat. She discovered her addiction to scrapbooking while waiting to adopt her daughter from China. Patricia has been published in Scrapbook Trends, Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook & Cards Today, Scrapbooks, Etc., Scrapwerk, and Paperhaus. She is currently designing for Pink Paislee, Elle’s Studio, October Afternoon, and Cocoa Daisy Kit Club. She blogs at www.patriciaroebuck.com and is frequently on Instagram and Facebook to connect with friends and family.

Five Ideas for Scrapbooking with Shimelle's Collection by Lilith Eeckels

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

When I first saw Shimelle’s collection I knew I would love every single product and when I got it I was so thrilled because it was even better in real life. The colours and designs are all up my alley. I knew I wanted to showcase all the products I had. I opted to create five different projects to show how amazingly beautiful the collection is.

When I scrapbook I tend to make layouts but with this collection I had many ideas. I decided to create a card and layout, to decorate an envelope, embellish a 12” by 12” photo, and I also was inspired to make a simple mini book containing photos from our family’s summer vacation.

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

A card
This was such fun to create. I picked one of the patterned papers and added some watercolour paint in the same hue as the paper but just a touch darker. Then I cut out a banner from one of the 6×6 papers from the paper pad. I added a doily from my stash and a sentiment I had lying around. To finish off I used one of the wood veneer pieces. For a bit of glamour, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder over the wood veneer heart and heat embossed it. I was surprised to see that the details on the heart still showed through after the embossing process.

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

An envelope
I love creating cards but decorating and envelope is just as important. I wouldn’t embellish it if I were sending it by post but I often give out cards in person and handing it over in a pretty envelope is a lot more fun.
The design of the envelope is really simple because I wanted to highlight the amazing ampersand that came in the wood veneer pack. I used the heart 6×6 patterned paper from the paper pad.

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Embellishing a large photo
In my photo orders I had a 12”by12” photo. I thought I’d just frame it but then I knew I wanted to use the collection to embellish it. I used the overlays and cork embellishments. I love how just by adding a couple of details more attention is drawn towards the photo.

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

A layout
My fourth project is a layout. I went with my favourite design for the background. I love black and white stripes. This paper just jumped out at me. I cut out some squares which I placed randomly over the background and then added some clusters of embellishments. Shimelle’s collection has quite a few pink and red tones which are my favourites but there are also amazing aqua tones. I am still more drawn towards the pinks and don’t hesitate to use them on layouts about my boys.

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

five ideas for scrapbooking with the shimelle collection by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Mini book
The last project is a mini book. I went for a simple design which focuses on the photos and the papers from the collection by using one side for the photos and the other with just a couple of embellishments.





Lilith Eeckels lives with her family in the south of Belgium. She is South African by heart and hopes to return to this amazing country where she grew up as child. By day she is an English and Dutch foreign language teacher in a high school as well as mother to four mischievous boys who keep her very busy. By night you’ll find her in her scrapbook nook playing with pretty papers and embellishments. Currently she a Design Team member of American Crafts, Esprit Scrapbooking, Scraptastic Kit club. She shares her passion for scrapbooking on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Five Ideas Using Shimelle Dies by Meghann Andrew

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

I hate to admit it, but no matter how many amazing electronic die-cutting machines I own, I still love reaching for my manual die-cutting tool and my wafer-thin dies. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t often feel like turning to my computer in the middle of creating a layout, or that turning the crank on my manual machine is therapeutic and allows me to continue creating with my hands. Whatever the reason, I love thin dies, and the Shimelle collection dies are a perfect accent to any card, layout or mini album. Today I would like to show you five different ways to use them on your next project.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

Cover a background
One easy technique using dies is creating a custom background by covering cardstock with the shapes cut from a die. On this layout, I cut 25 banners from the Shimelle 6×6 paper pad and folded the banners into pennants. I then adhered the pennants to my layout and machine stitched through the tops. To keep the layout simple with so much going on in the background, I just added my photo on a contrasting mat and a small cluster of embellishment to finish it off.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

Layer your cuts
I love creating dimension on a project, and one way to achieve this is to layer your die-cuts. In this example, I used the ‘lovely’ die to cut cardstock six times and then adhered each of the layers together with a glue pen. To make the word look more like an embellishment, I topped the layers with a glossy medium and allowed it to dry thoroughly before layering it on my card with other Shimelle embellishment.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com
Paint with watercolor
I love using watercolors on my projects in small doses & pairing the dies with watercolor paper is the perfect way to get ‘artsy’ on your next project. To see my non-messy way to achieve this look, check out my watercolor tutorial video.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com
Create a mini album
The Shimelle die globe is the perfect size for creating a tiny mini album with 2” round photos. This would also be a perfect addition to finish off a wrapped gift for someone special. To make the individual pages sturdier, I layered two pieces of cardstock on the outside of thin chipboard, all of which were cut with the die.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

To attach the pages together, I created a tassel with thick baker’s twine.

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

5 ideas using shimelle dies by meghann andrew @ shimelle.com

Use dies to make a stencil
The negative from a die-cut can also be put to good use to create a stencil of your die-cut shape. On this layout, I made stencils using the globe die with a single piece of cardstock and filled the space in with colored embossing paste using a palette knife.

I hope these ideas have given you the inspiration to try a new technique using your dies!





Meghann Andrew is a former interior designer turned stay-at-home-mom to her toddler daughter and wife to her Brit husband, living in Texas. After scrapbooking for close to 6 years, she has been fortunate enough to have her work featured in several publications. She is also honored to represent Elle’s Studio, Chickaniddy Crafts, Scraptastic Kit Club and in 2015, Jot magazine. She writes about her projects, food and life at her blog and shares her everyday photos on her Instagram feed.

If you’ve been inspired to make layouts today, you’re going to need an album in which to house them! Meghann would like to give away the gorgeous gold glitter album from the Shimelle collection. Just stop by her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Five Idea with Photo overlays by Angie Gutshall

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

Photo overlays are so much fun!! You can place overlays over your pictures, over a card, or just use them as an embellishment for a page. Here are five different takes on using Shimelle’s photo overlays.

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

For this layout I just used the photo overlay over my picture. Very simple, but helped the photo to stand out.
five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

This layout is a little different, I did not use a photo overlay over my picture but I did use two under my picture. See the tag like overlay and the 4×4 gold one? This is how you can use the overlays as layers for under a picture.

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

On this layout I did two thing, one I placed the overlay over the picture and second I cut one (Wander) and made it like an embellishment to add to my layout.

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

Photo overlays can even be used for cards. For this card I just added some patterned paper with a sticker under the overlay and then added some embellishments on top of the overlay.

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

five ideas with photo overlays by Angie Gutshall @ shimelle.com

My last project is a framed art piece. To make this piece you simple get a 4×6 frame, add a piece of patterned paper right over the glass and then add your photo overlay. Embellish the frame as you like, I just layered some of the Shimelle diecut pieces and then added a wood veneer piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my projects using the Shimelle collection! I LOVE the beautiful colors in this line and know you will too!

Find the photo overlays at Blue Moon Scrapbooking, scrapbook.com, or your favourite scrappy retailer.





Angie Gutshall is a stay at home mom for five children. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian. She lives in the country in the central part of Pennsylvania. Scrapbooking is where she captures her everyday moments on paper so her children will have something to treasure when they get older. She also loves taking pictures, baking, watching movies with her kids, and created craft projects for gifts. She shares more inspiration on her blog.

Join in with Journal your Christmas 2014!

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class @ shimelle.com
With just a few hours of November remaining, it’s high time I share a bit more about detail about Journal your Christmas 2014. While there has never been any doubt to me that I would be running Journal your Christmas this year, as always, I just wanted to make sure all the updates and extras for this year were ready before I announced them! And I am happy to say this year, there is one very big update indeed.


(Now you see why I usually just show you my hands. Yes, I know it’s out of focus, but it’s also the last day of November. Something had to give, I guess!)

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com

The major update for 2014 is a video element: every day there is a very short video with a 3×4 card. These are really quick! That way you don’t have to carve out more time from a busy time of the year. These are around two minutes, perfect for giving you a creative short cut if you need some inspiration or would benefit from a bit of a process to follow. I’m using my Christmas in a Box kit for these cards, but the ideas are easy to adapt to any supplies you might have on hand, and likewise you can adjust for different sizes of pockets or pages to work with whatever album you’ve chosen this year.

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class @ shimelle.com
If you’re new to all this, things may be a little muddy still! Journal your Christmas is a project that has been part of my life since 2003, and an online scrapbooking class every Christmas since 2004. It is very near and dear to my heart, and it’s always my very favourite scrapbooking project of the year. I’d suggest reading the basics here, which includes my firm belief that you do not need much time each day to work on this project nor do you technically need to prepare anything in advance. But here are the biggest questions to make it easy:

What’s included in Journal your Christmas?
Thirty-seven days of inspiration delivered right to your inbox. We start on the first of December and run to the sixth of January, which is the twelfth day of Christmas.
Each daily email includes a full-colour, printable PDF that covers a particular topic in depth with ideas for journaling, photographing, and crafting. This year, it also includes a short video sharing the process for creating a 3×4 card for your album.
There is also a private forum to chat and share your work with other JYC participants.

What makes your classes different to others?
All of my classes include permanent access, something I have always taken very seriously. That means when you join the project, you can participate for as many years as you would like at no extra cost.

I donate £1 for every class purchase to The Girls’ Fund at Plan, a charity that helps millions of girls who otherwise wouldn’t have access to education or basic survival needs.

The PDF prompts come right to your inbox – you don’t have to sign into the website daily to view them – though they are archived for you online so if you need to go back or want to download several to work on while you’re offline for a while, that is always an option. (You may or may not be able to see the videos straight from your inbox – it depends on the device you’re using and your mail software settings, but likewise, the streaming videos are embedded in both the emails and the class forum so you can view them at the time that works best for you.)

We really embrace variety and doing what works best for you. You can just take pictures or just write words or you can create a beautiful canvas every day – it’s completely up to you and I love every way the project may be approached. That includes how many entries you will make. You can certainly add something to your album every day if you would like, but it’s not a requirement. When I started this project, I designed it with the idea that you would cover a few of the topics in the first year, then in your second year pick a few more, and so on until you had a very full album you loved that documented many years of Christmas celebration. So whether you want to create every day, just now and then, or just take notes in December then put it all together at a quieter time of year, you are welcome to take the avenue that makes you happiest!

How do I join Journal your Christmas?
Easy! Just choose your currency and click the button below for your choice of UK pounds or US dollars. If neither of those is your currency, you can still join us! Choose either and the payment will convert automatically when you make your payment.

You can pay by credit/debit card or Paypal account. If you would like your prompts to come to a different email address than the one on your Paypal account, please be sure to leave a note in the message to seller section with the email address you would like to use. (If you miss that, send me an email to let me know, with both email addresses. Orders can take up to 24 hours to process. If you haven’t received your class registration after 24 hours, just email me and I’ll make sure your registration is completed and ready for you to get started!

Can I give Journal your Christmas as a gift?
Yes! Just click to pay above as normal, then leave the email address for the gift recipient in the notes section. If you miss the notes, email me. If you’d like me to send an email explaining that the class is a gift, I’m happy to do so – just let me know your preference of being named or anonymous!

Is there a deadline for signing up?
No. You can sign up any day of the year. The class starts on the first of December, so if you want to be in on day one, that can be part of the fun, but if you sign up later, you’ll still have access to all the materials, and you can do them in order or skip around – there is thought to the order but it’s not so regimented that you can’t change it up!

As a previous participant, what do I need to do?
If you participated last year and your email address has not changed, you don’t need to do anything to join us again. (The first message sent also has instructions on how to unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive the emails this year.) If your email address has changed since last year, please send a message to this special address and include both the old and new email address so your account can be updated.

Previous participants can access the class forum any time. If you do not remember your login details at the forum, click at the top right of the forum screen to log in. When that page loads, there is a forgotten password link below the boxes. Follow the instructions from there and your username and a new password will be sent automatically. (If you don’t see it straight away, check your spam folder.)

Any other questions, please let me know. I’m looking forward to creating a very special Christmas journal this year, and I’d love for you to join me and so many dedicated Christmas journalers for JYC2014.

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