Yes. It is that time of year. Christmas chocolates are out. Special shopping bags are in the stores. I’ve even heard a few Christmas carols here and there.
To me, that means it’s time to get ready for Journaling my Christmas. Something that started so many Christmases ago now as just a book I kept for myself as a way to reclaim my Christmas and put a happy ending to a year that had been anything but fabulous. And it worked. So from there, I shared it with a small group of people…most of whom I knew in real life…that next Christmas. And after that, well…it’s something that has grown and grown, to include scrappers, artists, photographers and writers from more than thirty countries. And it really is my favourite time of the year.
Now is the time when you can join in too. Journal your Christmas is an online class that helps you document the holiday season for you and your family. The class starts December 1st and goes through the 6th of January — the twelfth day of Christmas. Every day, you receive a prompt with a theme for that day’s page, writing to get you started and pictures of pages from a range of artists, all designed to let you decide if you want to take your time to make something original and from scratch or work quickly by borrowing ideas from others.
You work with your own stash of supplies — and you’ll see a mix of Christmas themed accents alongside supplies that wouldn’t necessarily scream Christmas at all. You can work in any format or size. You decide how much or how little you do every day.
And to really make that work, once you join, you’re in forever. So you can join us this Christmas and make as many pages as you like without the pressure to try to finish everything in a limited time frame. Because next Christmas? You’re still in, and you can add to what you already made. Some of the original participants are working on one album compiled over four years while others have made a new book every Christmas. Whatever works for you is the key.
Every year I add something to make the experience that little bit better. This year it’s the November preparation. Before the official start of the class, you’ll receive tips and sketches for preparing your supplies and book so you can minimise some of more time consuming work when you are at your busiest during Christmas. It can also help if you need to put your crafting supplies away during the holidays to make room for extra houseguests or presents that need a place to hide.
For those who have participated in courses throughout this year, I’ve also listened to your feedback regarding the organisation, and this class will use a new private forum for discussion instead of the old email-group set up.
So, if you sign up for Journal your Christmas, you receive:
*37 daily prompts from December 1 to January 6
*November preparation prompts
*Three audio messages throughout the course
*Access to a private forum for members to chat and share their work
*Access to a permanent archive of the course materials
*Ongoing membership for every Christmas that you would like to participate.
You can purchase the class in either US dollars or UK pounds. Just click the appropriate button to pay in the currency of your choice, through the secure payment system at Paypal.
If you have any questions, comment here or send me an email. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks.
Answers to questions posted in the comments:
If you participated last year, you do not need to sign up again. You will receive an email with details on how to move to the new forum. I’ll post here when that is sent out so you will know if you have missed the email.
You can sign up a friend as a gift. Just click on the button, and make sure you write her name and email address in the comment section during the payment process, or sign up and then send me an email with her name and address.
If you have received your paypal receipt, you are all signed up. The next message you will receive from me will be during this coming week, as we get everyone set up on the new forum. I’ll be sure to post here to say when the last of those have gone out, so you’ll know if anything has gone astray. You’ll be able to access the preparation material then too, so not long now!05 November 2007