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A whisper about Christmas Scrapbooking

a christmas scrapbooking whisper
christmas scrapbooking kit
Before I even start, let me just say Youtube and I seem to be on a very slow friendship this week. There is a new sketch and a new video but it’s been uploading all day and then some. It’s getting there. Goodness me, it’s taking forever. Anyway, onward.

Every year I try so very, very hard to make it to the first of November, which is the day on which I deem it socially acceptable to start openly talking about Christmas. It is also the first day of the year in which it is acceptable in our house to watch Elf or listen to A Very Special Christmas 3, in case you were ever curious about such things. But it seems the world wants me to move a few days ahead, so here it is: my first blog post about Christmas 2011, and not even a dose of Will Ferrell in tights to add extra sparkle to my Christmas spirit. Are you ready?

That picture up there? That’s a look at the supplies I’m using this year for Journal your Christmas. If you’re new to my little world, Journal your Christmas is kinda a big deal. It’s a class that runs every year from the first of December to the sixth of January, and it’s all about making Christmas completely magical. I talk more about that on the first of November, but you can still find the details and sign up at any time really. Anyway, back to the supplies!

The supplies I’m using are available in a kit – and this year I have an answer for both UK and non-UK crafters. I have a limited number of kits packed right here in my very own craft room and they will go on sale on the first of November to UK addresses only. However, at that time you’ll also find an easy way to order the same kit for a US address – or opt for international shipping from a US supplier. All of that info will be available right here on the blog on the first of November. Even if you decide to order other supplies, it might be worth stopping by that day for a little something special that could help your pocketbook.

So that’s the first date to put on your calendar: on the first of November, I’ll take you through all the new additions and details for this year’s Journal your Christmas and there’s some potential shopping. But how about a second date?

weekend of christmas scrapbooking and crafting
Mark the 11th to the 13th of November on your calendar too. Over those three days, you’ll find a bit of a special Christmas-preparation version of our online crop weekends. The 11th to the 13th will include tutorials (both written and video) for several different ways to prepare a Christmas journal or December album, along with some other Christmas crafting projects you might enjoy. If you want to prep your Christmas journal before the first of December arrives, this is a fab time to do that. And if you order a kit on the first of November, it will be with you in time to put it to use! (For those of you who are super early-birds and have already prepped your books, stop by to join in with some other challenges and be part of the fun. You can offer your advice to those who are brand new to the Christmas journal adventure.)

Okay – I’m going to go back to my rule now and not talk about Christmas again until the first of November. But know these three things:
…YES, Journal your Christmas will run again this year, alumni do not have to pay anything extra to participate and all the new details will be posted on the first;
…YES, I am offering a kit for this Christmas and there is a way to order it both in and out of the UK and it will be posted on the first;
…YES, there will be an online crop devoted to prepping your Christmas journal and other Christmas crafts – it’s on the 11th to the 13th of November!

Fabulous? I hope so. Now back to autumn and October and all that non-Christmas stuff for just a few more days please. Thanks!


27 October 2011

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32 Comments for A whisper about Christmas Scrapbooking

  1. Stacy Hamby Says:

    Oh Shimelle, that kit looks so nice and Christmas-y! I will be watching for your announcement.

  2. furrypig Says:

    I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I am so excited that you have started talking about Christmas! Thank you so much for organising a prepping weekend as last year was going to be my first JYC but I ran out of time and didn’t manage a journal at all! So this year I will be organised and I will manage a journal yippeee! Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

  3. Carol Says:

    I am joining in this year – have been looking forward to it all year! Thank you for the advance post!

  4. Alison Says:

    VEEE Fabulous Shimelle…can’t wait!
    Alison xx

  5. Annie D Says:

    Fab – can’t wait to order a kit :) and get prepping.

  6. Jacky S Says:

    The prepping weekend sounds a great idea.

  7. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    I’m so excited by all of that! I’ve nearly completed my Christmas shopping and this year I said no to any courses which ran through December, all so I could give serious justice to a JYC for one year. How sad am I?!

  8. terri Says:

    Looks Yummy!!! Can’t wait to hear more.

  9. NikkiFB Says:

    My favorite project of the year!! So excited. I’m hoping to do a more art-journaly type of JYC this year and would love any suggestions you can give in that area.

  10. marisol Says:

    It’s never too early to talk about JYC!

  11. Mary M. Says:

    Should I be ashamed that I am pouting because I work the weekend of the online crop? I am a grown woman after all, and I’ve outgrown pouting…right? =P Anywho, I am waiting anxiously for the 1st, and looking forward to doing JYC for the first time this year! =)

  12. Amber Says:

    Love the look of that kit and am so excited that it will be available to those of us here in the US, I always want your kits.

  13. Lois M Says:

    I’ve been looking for a nice christmas kit I used all my supplies last year!
    Any clue as to how much the kit will be please?

  14. Fiona Says:

    I’m with you on the whole ‘wait ‘til after Halloween’ thing! Great idea to have a prep weekend.

  15. Elvan Says:

    Your Christmas kit looks wonderful!!


    Elvan :-)

  16. Jane Says:

    So excited now, was already counting the days to Nov 1st so I could sign up for JYC and really really can’t wait now there’s a kit too. Will be up early and watching your blog on the 1st!

  17. Clair Says:

    Fabulous indeed. Though I’m never keen on walking into a shop with Christmas gifts out before Halloween, I’ve been busy thinking about JYC since, oh um, August! x

  18. Linda Says:

    Can’t wait to try this, trying to keep up with Pretty paper party. Will I be able to get the kit sent to Ireland.

  19. juliann Says:

    I am a returning JYC fan and have already been making plans too. Looking forward to the weekend prep time.

  20. Margaret Anne Clark Says:

    Oh SOOOOO pretty !!!

  21. KatieKelley Says:

    Same as Juliann and others – excited. And going to join the crop party so I’m ready this year. I’ve been stashing stuff away in a folder all year. What kind of cupcakes should I make for the party? Pumpkin for Nov or ?choc fancy ‘cuz of Xmas. Any suggestions anyone?

  22. borcherding Says:

    Hi there! I think I am an alumni to this there somewhere I can find that out to make sure?? Thank you!!

  23. Olivia Says:

    This kit looks wonderful! I already love that red reindeer paper :)

  24. Annette Says:

    I tune in every day to your blog. November 1st I’m looking forward to your post. I’m keeping calm and respect your decision not to talk about Christmas again till the 1st. (I“M VERY EXCITED). Okay so happy autumn.

  25. Theresa Says:

    I am new to JYC. However, I am looking forward to it!

  26. Carolynleah Says:

    I can’t wait to get started on Journal Your Christmas – it is the one project I always complete! Looking forward to joining in again this year

  27. Barbara Says:

    Can’t wait. Just like…Christmas lol! I’m so ready to join Journal Your Christmas…

  28. Natalie G Says:

    the sketch video seems to have uploaded on You Tube now if anybody is interested….. ;o)

  29. Valentina Says:

    I can’t wait for all of this to start… Thank you for all your great ideas and offers, Shimelle.
    Greetings from Germany,

  30. Scrapdolly Says:

    I Love Christmas and love love love JYC

    Looking forward to the christmas crafting weekend too.

  31. Cindy Says:

    Love it Shim! Can not wait! xx

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