Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crafty Holiday traditions to explore

I am a wanna-be paper crafter..... really, it's probably more accurate to say that I am a collector of scrapbooking supplies, since I very seldom actually complete any projects....and over the last several years I've had a blast online, at various blogs and websites where people create amazing projects and journal their Christmas each year.

The Mother of All Online Christmas Journaling Projects as far as I'm concerned is Shimelle:

Hers is the one that started it all, and I strongly encourage you to join her site this year....pay just once and participate as many years as you would like at no additional cost. I've been doing it for 3 years now, and it is a huge part of my Holiday fun, even though I have never completed a journal yet. Maybe this year. Hope springs eternal!

"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."

Do join the fun!

More info:


Another fabulous tradition for me is Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.

This is soooooo much fun;  his creativity is astounding, and he does a giveaway every day. NO need to join or anything, just check the website every day, and enjoy the magic. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some great stuff!


Her's a video to wet your whistle, and the previous years' tags are also archived on the blog. (Left hand side, scroll about half way down, under Categories)

Ali Edwards does her take on Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas, and it's fun to follow along to see how she manages everything:


And I am HOPING my girl Kristen at Scrappin' My Bliss will show us her amazing creativity this year, too!


So, as if there weren't enough fun this time of year, I hope you find time to check some of these sites out...I think you'll be glad you did!