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An Online Scrapbooking Class for the Holidays :: Journal your Christmas

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class
Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class

Today, the first of November, is the first day of the year that I allow myself to jump into the Christmas season. And that’s because it’s the day every year when I get out all my Christmas journals and finish my masterplan for this year’s book. A book that starts one month from today, on the first of December. Not just any book: a Christmas journal.

Journal your Christmas was a little something I started many Christmases ago. The first year it was just something I did on my own as I used my notebook and pen to get through the end of a rough year, determined to take back my Christmas and enjoy the holiday magic once more. And you know what? It worked. It worked so well that others asked what I had done to make the holidays so happy and I told them. They asked to be part of it. The next Christmas, a small group of us completed the very first Journal your Christmas online class. Every year since, Journal your Christmas has grown and I’ve loved meeting so many new friends and learning about Christmas traditions around the world as a result.

This year, consider yourself invited to join the fun.

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class

Every year, Journal your Christmas includes daily prompts from the 1st of December to the 6th of January, the twelfth day of Christmas. The 37 illustrated PDF files are delivered straight to your inbox so you can read them over your first cup of coffee and mull over each topic for a full day. There’s also an archive of the class materials online in case you can’t get to your email or in case something dreadful happens to your computer. And like every year, you can go it alone or be as social as you like, with a private discussion forum where you’ll find other Christmas journallers who will cheer you on and share your excitement, but if you prefer to stick to the prompts only, that’s completely fine too. And like every year, if you’re participated once, you can join us every Christmas for as long as you like at no extra cost.

In addition to ideas for writing topics and styles and notes on photos not to miss, the 37 prompts include more than 300 scrapbook pages to inspire your crafting creativity.

Every year, I change it up a little to make sure there is something new for those of you who keep coming back. This year, those goodies include:
…By request, the return of the photography focus. 37 talented photographers share their tips and examples for taking your best photos throughout the holiday season.
…A brand new digital kit, including 50 papers, 5 full alphabets, 20 square and 20 rectangular page templates, 20 square and 20 rectangular quick pages and more than 100 embellishments. We’re talking crazy amounts of stuff to download from the forum. If you’re a paper scrapbooker, much of this kit is suitable for printing out and adding to your book.
…A selection of step-by-step crafting tutorials for Christmas projects and journal embellishments.
…An online chat party to get things started at the beginning of December.

For those who are joining us again, the class outline remains the same but the prompts are refreshed with new examples and additional content, including tips for how to revisit a prompt you have written about in a previous year.

Like all online scrapbooking classes at shimelle.com, Journal your Christmas includes
…permanent access to all class materials
…private forum for discussion and sharing your work
…prompts delivered straight to your inbox
…ongoing membership — pay just once and participate as many years as you would like at no additional cost.

Because membership is permanent, that means if you sign up this year, you also get access to everything from years past, which includes last year’s digital kits, printable accents and workbook, along with last year’s prompts. All of those things are ready and waiting for you on the forum when you sign up, so if you want to get started before the first of December, all you have to do is click to download and you’ll have everything at your fingertips!

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class

Journal your Christmas is suitable for daily creativity if you like or it can be followed on your own schedule. Originally, the idea was to create as many journal entries as you liked in the first year, then come back the next Christmas and add a few more, and on and on for as long as you wished. Many have opted for daily entries as a way of keeping track during a busy season and maintaining just enough time for reflection and creativity even when there’s plenty to do. Everyone is equally welcome, whether you plan to make one page or thirty-seven. Or somewhere in between!

You don’t need any special supplies to participate in Journal your Christmas. You’ll be encouraged to use what you have and love – there is no set style you ‘must’ follow, and in fact you’ll see a wide variety of styles represented in each day’s prompts. There are guidelines included to help you gather what you will need so you can have your supplies together throughout the project, even if you need to pack up your crafting gear to make way for holiday guests or Christmas decorations. But you certainly don’t need to use a certain album, papers or anything else. New or old or a mix – whatever supplies you would like to use, they are perfect.

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. Orders can take up to 24 hours to process, though we are usually quicker. If you haven’t received your class registration after 24 hours, just email me and we’ll make sure your registration is completed and ready for you to get started!

If you participated last year, you don’t need to do anything to join us again. In about a week you will receive an email with some updated info and reminders for you.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share a few more sneaky looks at what you can expect this year, so keep your eyes open throughout November. You can also see some examples from past participants here. I really did pull out all my supplies and complete my masterplan today, and that means tomorrow I have a special post with notes on the supplies I am using for my album this year. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll get right back to you with an answer! I can’t wait to get into the holiday spirit with new faces and alumni in this year’s class!

xlovesx

01 November 2010



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82 Comments for An Online Scrapbooking Class for the Holidays :: Journal your Christmas

  1. Madeline Says:

    I’m ready have all my supplies and my album cover is done already :)
    Thanks Shimelle

  2. Mel Says:

    Woo hoo!! happy dance Love this class :-)

  3. Denise Says:

    I’ve been buying supplies and am going to use this month to do some pre-prep work. It’ll be so much fun to do this again!

  4. Peggy Says:

    Yay! Here we go. I’ve been waiting for this since January. I’m taking this blog post as the starting gun for the pre-prep to begin. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

  5. k8 Says:

    Ready, willing, and able!

    k8

  6. Katie Says:

    Oooooh, exciting stuff! Didn’t get passed the 1st week last year but really hoping to get the journal completed this year as it’s bubbys first Christmas!

  7. Clair Says:

    For anyone out there contemplating joining in this year, just go ahead and join. The class is always fantastic, the photography ideas alone are worth the money and Shimelle couldn’t be nicer :)

  8. Shelby Fleming Says:

    Hoping to join this year because it will be my first Christmas away from my parents and I will be in a new state for 3 weeks of this. Just have to get my money in order!

  9. Julie Williams Says:

    I work full time +, do you think I will have time to do this???

  10. Terri Porter Says:

    So excited for this to start again and super, over the top thrilled that you will be doing the photography focus again! You mentioned last year’s digital kits and printable accents. Where can those be found? Thanks.

  11. CoCo Says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…tra la la….
    Can’t wait!

  12. Caz Says:

    If you’re a full time worker, just need to be a bit more organised, prep as much as you can in November (such as date spot and a box full of the bits you want to use in your album (papers, embellishments, ribbons etc.)

    I’ll be doing my 3rd JYC, got the album sorted (poundshop ring binder album covered in bargain TKMaxx stick backed Slice paper, ready to be Christmassified! The Digital kit get me out of a visit to source red & green card as I’ll use it as a base on white thin card and then stick the papers onto that!!! Should hopefully make keeping up easy as with the same colour printer I can print out my photos as I go (this has been lacking the last couple of years as colour printing was a real hassle).

  13. Marilyn Johnson Says:

    I have some of the basics of the album started. Very busy working mom and wife with two teens and new baby but going to try hard to keep up! Can’t wait!

  14. alissa Says:

    CAN.NOT.WAIT. :)
    i’m getting my stash together as we speak.

    also, i work full time and have managed to complete the project the past 2 years. preplanning, using the weekends to catch up, if needed, and my annual holiday vacation really help me to make it through and make it FABULOUS!
    BEST.CLASS.EVER. :)
    xo,a

  15. Katie S Says:

    I signed up! I’m so excited to see how this goes, I’ve never done it before – I found this midway through December last year, and saved the link just to come back and try it this year! :)

  16. Sonia Says:

    i’ve paid for the class, now what do i do?

  17. Gayle Says:

    I’m so excited – especially because we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas and Hanukkah begins December 1!

  18. helen Says:

    I’m sooo looking forward to this !! I’ve been journaling Xmas for 3 years now and always manage to finish, either in january (or in febuary when life gets in the way!)really am excited to start!

  19. Lyn Meadows Says:

    Hi there, I have looked at JYC for the passed 2 years and have finally taken the plunge and signed up, can’t wait to get started. I already have a paperbag album part finished and I might use that as my first album. Thanks for the class.

  20. Claudia Says:

    Hi Shimmelle,
    Are all your classes available for sign up pretty much thruought the year even though they start at certain times? I’d love to sign up for some but wonder if I can still do that, if they were offered in Mrach or September. Thanks, -Claudia

  21. Kirsten Says:

    Oh yay!!! I can’t wait – perfect timing, my seeing this today. I needed a pick-me-up and this was just what the doctor ordered!!!!

  22. Emma Says:

    Is this class suitable for complete beginners? I have no idea about scrapbooking but have wanted to give it a go for ages! It looks beautiful.

  23. TiaraHelen Says:

    I loved this course last year and got so much out of it, I’ve never enjoyed christmas more. It’s great for beginners because it gives you a way of trying out loads of different ideas and layouts. This year I’m sticking with a standard format though so it doesn’t take QUITE so much time. Off to the craft shop right now for some serious retail therapy!

  24. Jennipher Lowery Says:

    Looking forward to trying this again this year! Now to pick out and album size I can work with.

  25. Kristan Says:

    Just signed up! So excited! I’ve got my album pretty much done (incorporating it into my December Daily.) Yay!!

  26. Kathryn Says:

    I am hoping to be able to continue with the journal I started the year before last! I still have all my apapers and things in the box and I intend to give myself an hour a day to complete it! I do love getting the e-mails each day and even if I don’t ‘do’ anything with them I am usually thinking of the theme during the day. Love this project Shimelle!

  27. Beth Chepil Says:

    Shimelle posted on Nov 1 that in about a week she would be sending us info to get us started for 2010 Christmas. I have not received anything yet. Has anyone else?

  28. sarah baxter Says:

    hi i signed up last year and have yet to recieve an email for this years class has anyone else. Also where do you login for downloads etc cant find it on this website anywhere!!!!

  29. tina Says:

    I started and got to day 15 and got caught up with life and am soo going to complete it this yr. I also have not got any emails!

  30. Misty Ramirez Says:

    I participated last year and have not received any of the emails about this year’s class either. Help please!

  31. Beth Says:

    Hello! I am excited to get started on JYC again this year…my 3rd year! I have not gotten any info in my email yet though. Help!

  32. Chris Says:

    Hi
    I signed up last year and haven’t heard anything yet. Is there something I need to do?

  33. Sharon Gubby Says:

    Hi there, wow, i’ve done it – my first on-line class!! can’t wait. thought i deserved some me-time each day over Xmas

  34. Robyn Houston Says:

    YES -took the plunge…FINALLY. So excited to start this.

  35. claire fader Says:

    Well the weather out there is frightful, but this class is so delightful , so as I’ve no place to go , let it snow, let me scrap , let it snow !

  36. Stacy Haworth Says:

    My daughter wants to video everything that happens this year for christmas starting now to a make a getting ready for christmas video! I am doing to try to do some type of daily journal starting december 1st. I always take hundreds of photos!

  37. Pandora Says:

    Hi!
    I just found this place today and it sounds very interesting so now I’m thinking about joining. I just wonder if it’s too late since it started today or if there still is a possibility to join?

  38. Helen Blain Says:

    I paid for Journal Your Christmas on 11-29-10, using PayPal. I have attempted to contact you via email and not received a reply. I am not getting your daily prompts. Please help me!!!!! Thanks,

  39. Kellie Says:

    Hi – I was just wondering if its too late to sign up for the JYC and also is it suitable for total beginner to scrapbooking? thanks!

  40. Jane Says:

    Hi Shimelle

    I am having trouble emailing you as I purchased access previously but since moved and my email has been removed.

    How can I rectify this problem as I would love to join in this year

    Jane

  41. Shari Kloos Says:

    I signed up last year for JYC, and am getting one e-mail a day, not the two described in the e-mail I do get, and I CANNOT sign on to the website, have tried everything. It does not recognize me at all. One of the reasons I signed up for this class is so I could look last year and actually do it this year. I am very frustrated!! Please help me be able to log on!_

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