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A Tale of Two Christmas Classes

Online Christmas Classes from shimelle.com :: Share your Christmas

It’s the first of November! Time to start talking about something special. We all need a little glimmer of brightness shining through the holidays this year, and for years my Christmas journal has brought me just that. Some years have been tales of happiness and some have brought more than their fair share of tears, but my journal has always kept me grounded and helped me remember where and how to find my Christmas joy. Part writing, part photography, part crafting, that journal is a little oasis of calm in my December days. But what if making a book isn’t part of your Christmas joy? Could there be a way to take this same spirit and put it in the palm of your hand, no scissors and glue required? So this year, I’m actually offering two Christmas classes: the classic Journal your Christmas scrapbooking project, and a new Share your Christmas project, that lets you document your holiday joy with your phone.

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class

Journal your Christmas

This year I will make my seventeenth Christmas journal! If you’d like to join this project for your first time, you can sign up and then participate for as many years as you would like at no extra cost. This way you are welcome to either make a full book each year or to create just a few entries each year that go into one overall Christmas album. There’s no such thing as falling behind and adapting ideas to your style, time, and calendar is most definitely encouraged.

Each day, you’ll receive an email with a PDF that walks you through a topic of the day. These topics are revised every so often and as it’s a very different year, there are indeed several new topics on the calendar. This should keep things relevant and refreshing even if you’ve been keeping a journal since those earliest years of the class. Class runs from the first of December to the 6th of January (the twelfth day of Christmas) though you are welcome to finish your journal on any day that feels like the close of Christmas to you.

There are also near-daily scrapbooking process videos, where you’ll see my album come together one entry at a time. (I don’t post videos on days like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so both you and I can focus on enjoying those days with a live first, scrapbook second mentality!) You’re welcome to follow along with any supplies and format you like, and if you want to use similar supplies to mine, I will publish a list of those tomorrow afternoon.

Journal your Christmas online scrapbooking class

Once your registration is processed, you’ll also have access to the full class archive, which includes hundreds of examples from different participants’ journals, assorted printables and cut files, and all the previous prompt topics, should you wish to make an early start. Please note that registrations are not automatic, and I will email you within 48 hours (usually 24 or sooner) with your login details. If you don’t hear from me in that time, please check your spam folder and if nothing’s there, please email me at shimelle@gmail.com.

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.

I donate £1 for every Journal your Christmas 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.

Share your Christmas online photo and video class

Share your Christmas

I know that over the years, many who joined the Journal your Christmas project have largely left behind their paper craft hobby, as well as friends who have laughed to me about wanting to join the project but having no plans to make a book or glue any paper to another paper. I know I have come to use my phone for memory keeping right alongside my camera, my pen, and my scrapbooks, and that’s where a brand new class, Share your Christmas, comes into play.

Share your Christmas is not a scrapbooking class and does not include videos about making paper pages. Instead, it is a 24 day journey through finding Christmas joy and documenting it through your phone. You can also use your ‘proper camera’ if you like, but it’s not a requirement. You don’t need a super fancy latest edition phone, but you will need a smart phone that can take photos and short videos.

Share your Christmas begins the first of December and includes daily prompts for 24 days: finishing on Christmas Eve. Just like Journal your Christmas, class includes permanent access so you don’t have to worry about things expiring or disappearing.

Share your Christmas online photo and video class

The Share your Christmas prompts will take you through five themes: guided photo styling, caption concepts, portrait practice, video challenges, and staying positive. Prompts will be delivered to you by email, and include a mix of PDF and video content. It’s up to you to decide if you would like to share your project with friends and family via social media, and we’ll cover the pros and cons of different options there as we get started. But if you have been looking for a way to bring meaning and positivity to your social media posts, this is definitely a road map for doing just that. If you follow along, you’ll have a range of photographs, videos, and captions that document what’s most important to you this holiday season.

I will donate at least £1 for every Share your Christmas purchase to my local Trussell Trust Food Bank to share Christmas joy with those finding it most difficult this December.

For both classes

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.) If you’re a past participant and you have changed your email address or forgotten your login details, send me an email for that too. Thanks! If you’re a current pass holder, both classes will be available on your account from this week.

I’ve had to close commenting on blog posts because they just get hundreds of spam messages and I lose the real questions! But you can always email me, or come along to a Facebook Live (Mondays 1:30pm and Fridays 9:30am, UK time) to chat about anything that will help you!

A quick update for the October Best of Both Worlds kit!

I’m very aware that I need to spend at least one day this week getting all the posts on this blog updated to include all the projects and videos that have happened since my last update here!

Today I am sharing the October kit live on Facebook at 1:30pm UK time (or you can watch on the replay any time you like). All those videos are found here.

The October kit looks like this:
(These are affiliate links. Thank you for your support, and also feel free to use this list to shop at your local store if you have one!)

And you are welcome to shop your stash for similar items to play along!

If you’re looking for what I’ll scrap with throughout November, that is now available here.

Thanks so much, and I’ll get these posts up to date!

New Autumn and Christmas Journal Stamp Sets!

Autumn Stamps by Shimelle

Update: Pre-orders have no closed. A very limited number of stamps will go on sale shortly, which will be in a separate post here.*

I may not have a full paper release this autumn, but I do have autumn and Christmas Journal stamp sets ready to preorder now! Please be aware this is a preorder, which will be open for one week, and then the stamps will be manufactured and sent to you straight away. These stamps are high quality photopolymer, created here in the UK, and packed and posted by yours truly. Worldwide postage is included in the prices, which are listed in US Dollars (purely because there are more of you reading from the States than from any other country, but you can see what that will convert to in your currency at xe.com).

First up, the autumn set: Courage and Kindness. All the words are individual stamps so you can make several different text blocks by mixing and matching, or inking just ‘kind’ from ‘kindness’. The solid black stamps fit the outline shapes, so you can use different colours of ink to layer the designs.

Christmas Stamps by Shimelle
Christmas Stamps by Shimelle

Next up is the Christmas Journal set for 2020, which is two sheets of stamps as one purchase. Again, the words are made to mix and match for a variety of text block options!

Both sets of stamps will be delivered at the same time, please be aware that the autumn stamps will be arriving late in autumn. I decided I would rather go ahead and offer them, since we often scrapbook things after the fact! But please be aware they might not arrive in time to make Halloween cards, if you are a cardmaker!

Any questions, please email me. I’ve had to turn off comments on the blog because I get some rather not-family-friendly spam! Egad. So email me. Please. Happy to chat!

Thanks so much!

What happened when I ran out of enough stuff in my August kit

Scrapbook page by Shimelle with Best of Both Worlds kit - August 2020
This post includes affiliate links to scrapbook.com, where I bought my supplies for this page.

When we created the Field Trip die-cut specialty paper, my intention was that it could be used for several pages: all or some of the inner pieces could be added to page plus you could then back the frame with other papers to make another layout. In the end, I made three pages with the inner punch outs, and intended to fill the background frame with scraps from the other papers in the kit.

Problem: I used the other papers up and was left without scraps big enough to fill the spaces. Whoops.

So I’ve gone outside the kit this time, but just to my scrap basket. (Which is in a bag at the moment. It will go back to a basket soon, though. The bag is breaking my brain.) And pulled out scraps in eight colours: brick red and gold, emerald green and silver, royal blue and grey, and butter yellow and black. I can’t imagine why. Spoilers: I didn’t make the blanket. (My lovely friend Vic made it for me for my birthday. Eeeep.)

After this, I’m clearly down to the dregs of my kit, but I have a plan for one more page to use up what’s left. If I manage that one too, it means I will have made FIFTEEN 12×12 pages from this kit. My original hope was six or seven, so this is a level of madness unexpected by even me. Well, we all know I love a little MOAR. Apparently, that means more pages this time around!

This post includes links to all the supplies in the August kit, and the hashtag #shimelleBOBW is filled with pages made with those supplies!

Scrapbooking with a cut-apart paper - and a look at the September Best of Both Worlds kit

Scrapbook page by Shimelle with Best of Both Worlds kit - August 2020
This post includes affiliate links to scrapbook.com, where I bought my supplies for this page.

I love the clean design and the sentiments in this PinkFresh cut apart paper but I’m running out of embellishments yet still have plenty of these cut-apart designs left! Time to put them to work to build a background. (Yep. More white cardstock. Seriously, I put more patterned paper in the September kit to see if that makes a difference.)

This Facebook Live session has two parts: the first 25 minutes are a look at September’s kit (see those product picks here go through suggestions should you wish to make a similar kit from your own stash. After the 25 minute mark, you’ll find the process video for this page.

In the end, a page to document a return to running in our park by this time taking Wonder Boy along for the journey, except he always looks way cooler than me. True story.

This post includes links to all the supplies in the August kit, and the hashtag #shimelleBOBW is filled with pages made with those supplies. If you share your work inspired by this page or using this kit, please add that tag so we can all see what you make.

Scrapbooking with no patterned paper?!

Scrapbook page by Shimelle with Best of Both Worlds kit - August 2020
This post includes affiliate links to scrapbook.com, where I bought my supplies for this page.

There’s not much left of my August Best of Both Worlds kit at this point, but there is a fair amount hanging out on this sticker sheet from Paige’s Bloom Street collection. Including five tags! Surely that’s enough to basically make a page? Add ink and a stencil and… white cardstock (seriously, I have been abducted by aliens and I’m now a pod person who reaches for white cardstock all the time?) and it seems to be possible!

This post includes links to all the supplies in the August kit, and the hashtag #shimelleBOBW is filled with pages made with those supplies!

Using 2x2 inch squares to make a scrapbook page

Scrapbook page by Shimelle with Best of Both Worlds kit - August 2020
This post includes affiliate links to scrapbook.com, where I bought my supplies for this page.

The August Best of Both World kit includes two different patterned papers that can break down into squares of about 2×2 inches: this PinkFresh rainbow grid and this Simple Stories Kate & Ash cut apart. Grabbing more of that trusty (ha! more like treacherous!) white cardstock, I combined most of my left over squares from the two papers to create this page documenting the day we drew an ocean of fish on the playground pavement.

The journaling on this page goes around the outside edge of the page, and documents a bit about ‘how’ we go to the playground in 2020 – how we go when it’s quiet and leave when it’s too busy, that we can leave without question when either of us feels overwhelmed, understanding that all children – even your friends – may not want to play right now in the ways they have before. Or they just might! Those sorts of things are important to me in documenting this time in our lives. I’m not making full pages dedicated entirely to how life has changed, but instead using my happy photos to celebrate the good times while recording the differences in a way that helps me stay uplifted. Remember your scrapbooking process can be as therapeutic as you want it to be, so find the things that make it just right for you.

For links to the supplies and indeed all about this first month of Best of Both Worlds scrapbooking kits – including how you are totally welcome to play along with the supplies you already have in your stash – please see this post.

If you make a page inspired by this project and share it online, please tag me @shimelle and add the hashtag #shimelleBOBW so we can all share ideas together!

Scrapbook Stamping: Make your own patterned background

Scrapbook page by Shimelle with Best of Both Worlds kit - August 2020
This post includes affiliate links to scrapbook.com, where I bought my supplies for this page.

We’ve used the Oh Snap Catherine Pooler stamps with tiny pieces of patterned paper, but what about them just on their own, with ink and white cardstock? Plus I have just one piece of the ‘pie’ left from my Field Trip die-cut punch outs… and I’d really like plenty of room left to tell a very specific story about one 4×6 photo. Hmmm…

This page was created during a Facebook Live session, so prepare for the off-topic banter.

If you like how this stamped background came out and you’re also a lover of more colourful pages, this one might spark some ideas for you! That’s a much less limited colour palette!

For links to all the supplies in this month of Best of Both Worlds scrapbooking kits – or ideas for making a similar kit from your existing stash – please see this post.

If you make a page inspired by this project and share it online, please tag me @shimelle and add the hashtag #shimelleBOBW so we can all share ideas together!