Special Guest Blogger: Pam Callaghan

12/18/2009 at 12:06 pm | Posted in fonts, guest blogger, Holidays | 142 Comments
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Hello, my name is Pam Callaghan. I am so honored to be featured today on the CK blog! I have been scrapbooking for seven years. I currently design for Anna Griffin and Pebbles, Inc, and I do freelance work for GCD Studios.

I also run my own blog called “Ideas for Scrapbookers.” You can find tons of ideas for scrapbooking, including templates, sketches, digital items, tutorials, contests, and so much more. I created many of the templates (which are free!), and you can print them out to use directly on your scrapbook pages. I also have an amazing group of ladies who contribute to my blog.

I have some fun ideas for your holiday projects, so here we go!

"Our Traditions" by Pam Callaghan. Supplies: Cardstock: Anna Griffin and Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper, stickers, and die cuts: Anna Griffin; Cutting tool: Provo Craft; Font: Bangle; Adhesive: Tombow.

I’m sharing two projects with you today about getting inspiration from holiday decor! This first project, “Our Traditions,” features five of my favorite photos from last Christmas. I was inspired by the ornaments on our Christmas tree for this design. I love how ornaments hang from the tree, and I wanted to make it look like my tree page had ornaments hanging from it. To achieve this look, I used the following steps:

Step 1: Below I have included a sketch of the page I created in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Use it as a guide on how to crop your photos and type your text.

Step 2: Print out one large and four small photos to use on the page. You can use a circle cutter such as the Coluzzle from Provo Craft to cut out the circles from your photos.

Step 3: If you want this exact shape in computer text, open the sketch in a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Create a new layer and type in your text where I have indicated on the sketch. Delete the sketch layer and print out your new layer of text onto white paper.

Step 4: Add lots of fun holiday embellishments and a title to the page. I used the Hannah Christmas Collection by Anna Griffin.

"Christmas Wall Hanging" by Pam Callaghan. Supplies: Cardstock: Anna Griffin and Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper, stickers, and die cuts: Anna Griffin; Ribbon: May Arts; Adhesive: Tombow.

This second project was made from a template by Heather Landry, who is a contributor for my blog. This shape reminds me of a beautiful cross-stitched wall hanging I saw at a friend’s house when I was young. You can make many neat projects from the template. I made a wall hanging, but you can use it on cards, layouts, and other projects! To create this project, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download the “Christmas Tree” template here. Print and cut out the design.

Step 2: Trace the outline of the template onto patterned paper.

Step 3: Print out 1–3 photos and crop them to fit into the template space. Assemble the photos onto the paper.

Step 4: Embellish as desired with stickers, title, and ribbon.

Step 5: Tape a ribbon to the back of the project so it can be easily hung on the wall.

Free Giveaway

Anna Griffin is giving away the beautiful Hannah Christmas Collection filled with a 12″ x 12″ cardstock pack, a mat pack, a journaling pack, decorative ribbon, felt borders, vellum quotes, and epoxy stickers to one lucky winner (randomly selected). To be in the running for the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post by December 20.

Hannah Christmas Collection from Anna Griffin

I hope you are inspired by the ideas I posted today!

—Pam Callaghan

Free Font Friday

As part of Free Font Friday, check out two sentiment-based dingbat fonts you can use on your holiday cards and tags. You can download both fonts for free here.

Sample sentiments from the CK Card Starters font

Sample sentiments from the CK Card Starters 2 font

For more card ideas, check out the blog of CK’s sister publication, Paper Crafts, and look for their new special issue, Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4.



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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. Love Anna Griffin product!

  2. FABULOUS layouts, pam. i already follow your other blog, so it’s not to see your work featured on here, as well!

  3. Just beautiful papers … and your “family tree” is so cute!

  4. SUPER cute LO- looove it! and such an adorable wall hanging 😀

  5. That Anna Griffin stuff looks sweet!

  6. Pam, that’s a beautiful layout! Love those Anna Griffin papers!

  7. These layouts and papers remind me of my Christmas memories in the ’60’s. Thank your for such lovely work.

  8. gorgeous project pam!!! 🙂 LOVE that template too!

  9. Pam, I love that layout! So stinkin’ cute!

  10. Love the ideas that you have given us for holiday LOs and the wall hanging. Leaving here to visit your blog and see what other great suggestions you have for us.

  11. I could so use some new Christmas scrappy goodies to play with and this Anna Griffin looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, Pam. Can’t wait to try out the tree template!

  12. I really like the circles template. Thanks for sparking some ideas!

  13. great projects thanks for the chance to win!

  14. lovely LOs, congrats!

  15. Beautiful projects and materials! They definitely got my creative juices flowing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I don’t think i’ve ever used Anna G papers. Would be fun to try! Thanks

  17. Thanks for the great inspiration, and a chance to win!

  18. Gorgeous papers!!!

  19. What pretty Anna Griffin products! Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Pam, thank you for sharing with us! Very nice work!

  21. Beautiful projects going to check out your blog now.
    thanks for the chance to win

  22. super cute layout and hanging!

  23. Thanks for the sketch! What a lovely LO.

  24. Congrats on being featured today Pam! You are so talented! I just love your templates!

  25. I would to win these materials! thanks!

  26. I love, love, love giveaways and new ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Gorgeous work Pam!!!

  28. Simple&gorgeous! Great work & giveaway!

  29. Love the idea of different sized circles…soooo cute!!

  30. I just love your ideas! Can’t wait to check out your blog.

  31. Love that layout and great giveaway!

  32. I really love both of your projects Pammy! The colors on both are fabulous and I love the circular photos on the layout. So cool!

  33. Great giveaway! Love your work Pam!

  34. Just wanted to say I like the projects and the pspers you used.

  35. I love both LO! That paper is gorgeous

  36. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks

  37. I always love seeing Pam’s work and sketches. Thanks for sharing here 🙂

  38. Great post — cute ideas!! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  39. I’m always looking for more sketch ideas.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Anna Griffin packs are so pretty!! Thanks for a chance!

  41. Gorgeous kit and ideas! I’m a digiscrapper but just getting started doing cards!

  42. Love anything Anna Griffin!

  43. WOOHOO! Rock on! I love this PAM! Great layouts and please count me OUT for the give away 🙂 I also work for Anna G.

  44. Love the kit 🙂 Cute wall hanging as well! Great idea!

  45. My newborn daughters name is Hannah lol! So ive got to enter 🙂 Such nice traditional colours too.

  46. It’s snowing outside (never happens this early in Roanoke!) and I’m finally feeling Christmas-y. And here you are, Pam, with two beautiful Christmas ideas. Thank you–now I’m inspired.

  47. Love the tree layout, how darling!

  48. Gorgeous stuff! I would love to win!

  49. You handed out some great inspiration today. Thank you.

  50. Pam I always love your designs and these are no exception! Beautiful and the Anna Griffin paper – WOW how pretty!

  51. So very pretty. I love that Christmas Layout. Thank you for the chance at winning such beautiful papers.

    Have a Wonder-filled weekend.

  52. Pick me, pick me, pick me…P L E A S E pick MEEEEEEEEE!!!

  53. I love the tree layout.

  54. Great sketch and layout, Pam, and I love the wall hanging! Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Love the projects, Pam, thanks! I think I’ll be doing a little scraplifting soon.

  56. I always love circle pictures and that template is great!

  57. This family tree is an awesome idea!

  58. I LOVE all Anna’s papers & embellies 🙂

  59. Love your layouts, especially the one with the tree! :o)

  60. I love the layouts–great inspiration pieces. I haven’t used Anna Griffin products so would love to win to have the opportunity. Thanks.

  61. Awesome ideas – love the Our Traditions layout. Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. The layouts are great. Can’t wait to try out the tree!!!

  63. I love Anna Griffin designs, and loved that it is named after me!

  64. You are amazing and so generous! Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I love Anna Griffin’s work! Would love to have the prize!

  65. Pam, great layouts!!

  66. What a wonderful set…thank you for the chance to win

  67. Oh wow would I love to win some goodies from Anna Griffin I adore her products

  68. awesome layout and project, Pam!
    I would love to win the Anna Griffin prize!

  69. Thanks for the fun ideas! Love the holiday season!

  70. Anna Giffin always has beautiful paper and embellishments

  71. Fabulous Pam! I love the Christmas tree wall hanging!

  72. Can’t wait to use the tree idea – I’m thinking on a heritage page – great idea – thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

  73. Love the our traditions page. Thanks for sharing the sketch. I look forward to viewing your blog page.

  74. The pages are lovely. The Anna Griffin Hannah collection looks great too!

  75. Great projects for Christmastime. I’ll have to visit your blog since I’m always looking for more ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. I love Anna Griffith!! In need of more Christmas papers

  77. Great ideas, Pam, I love your layout with the circles – definately a scraplift in the making. And the Anna Griffith is yummy too!

  78. Great projects!

  79. love the Christmas tree LO!

  80. What a great layout! It is fun with all the circles!

  81. Awesome ideas, thanks!

  82. Beautiful LO’s!

  83. Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  84. I really love the wall hanging. I want to create one for my grandma. I think she would love it. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Love the papers in the kit!

  86. Gorgeous layout! I love Anna Griffin’s products so thanks for the chance to win!

  87. The layouts are incredible and I love the AG products.

  88. I love your layout. 🙂

  89. Great projects! Thanks for the chance at some Anna- and the new fonts- fun!!!

  90. Love your Blog! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to have some of Anna’s great supplies! Thanks for the cute free fonts too!

  91. That is a great idea for a wall hanging.

  92. What a beautiful collection! I would love to win.

  93. I loved the idea of layout. Thank you for sharing with it.

  94. Pam I am so proud of you! Your work is amazing….it is no wonder you were chosen to be here!


  95. Love the layout. Can’t wait to check out your blog. It sounds incredible. Thanks for providing the link.

  96. That LO sketch is wonderful – TFS!

  97. Love the circle layout! Instant christmas feeling.

  98. Love your work as always Pam!!!

  99. I love the Christmas tree layout. Very cute!

  100. I love the “Traditions” page–it’s awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  101. Love the layouts. I have bookmarked your blog and look forward to spending some time there.

  102. Gorgeous layouts!

  103. Super Fun and Clever Ideas – thanks for sharing!

  104. Adorable LO-very cool sketch

  105. Beautiful LO”s thanks for sharing- would love to win some Anna Griffn papers!

  106. beautiful! thank you for taking the time to share, especially during this very busy season! Happy Holidays!

  107. What a gorgeous layout Pam! Merry Christmas!

  108. Love the layout and the papers are gorgeous! Merry Christmas

  109. Thank you for the terrific layout ideas! And the Anna Griffin product is beautiful! I love stopping by and getting all inspired!

  110. I love Anna Griffin, so I would love this Christmas set. Thanks for a chance to win.

  111. These are great ideas – thanks for sharing!

  112. Love, love, love the LOs!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to check out your blog.

  113. Cute ideas! Love the Christmas papers, too!

  114. I love your magazine! Thanks for all the contest too. Merry Christmas

  115. The wall hanging is just fantastic. I could adapt to make gifts for so many people. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  116. Great website. I immediately added it to my favorites. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  117. These are fab! I love the tree!

  118. Your work is always so beautiful! Congrats on being a guest blogger! Have a Merry Christmas!

  119. Love these font dingbats! And what a great Anna Griffin collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

  120. Love Anna Griffin, but don’t think I have anything of hers for Christmas. Looks lovely.

  121. Such wonderful templates and LO’s! Pammy is so awesome… big fan of her work.

  122. love Anna Christmas papers

  123. Love the sketch and the layout, Pam! Will be heading to your blog to check it out directly! ~Bev~

  124. Thanks for the inspiration!

  125. OOOOOOH! I would love to win the Anna Griffin product.

  126. that anna griffin stuff is gorgeous!

  127. I really like the page with the circles on it. It does look like christmas ornaments. Thanks for the chance to win the great papers.

  128. Love the Christmas layouts – especially like the Family Tree. And I still like Christmas red and green!

  129. Thanks for the chance! Love the Anna Griffin…so beautiful!

  130. What a great layout – love it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the giveaway!!

  131. cute stuff !

  132. So pretty! Merry Christmas!

  133. love Pam’s layouts. I follow her blog. Hopefully I’ll find some time next weekend to scrapbook. I want to try some of these out.

  134. Anna Griffin papers are my favorite!!

  135. Merry Christmas! Thanks for the give away.

  136. I would love to win!!! Thanks for the give away!

  137. wow nice goodies!

  138. Gorgeous layouts! Thanks for the chance at the awesome Anna Griffin goodies! Happy Holidays!

  139. I love your layouts they look super pretty

  140. Thanks Pam! Love your sketches. Will check out your site.

  141. What adorable layouts! Anna Griffin’s designs are some of my favourites around – I love using her products 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  142. Love that sketch.

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