Jeanne Jachna's Blog Posts

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for me that signals the beginning of Summer.  The kids are almost out of school, people are opening their pools, and the smell of BBQ is in the air!   

Today I’m sharing some patriotic cards made with the Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit.   These will make great invites for the big celebration!  We usually have a house full over for a BBQ and to watch the fireworks after it gets dark.

The paper packs are a great value because they include everything you need to make several layouts and greeting cards.  On the reverse side of the paper prints you’ll find journaling cards that make a great focal point for a greeting card.  

A sheet of stickers make easy embellishments.  I use baby powder to dull the sticky adhesive back and add adhesive foam tape to pop up the stickers to add dimension to projects.   The sticker sheet also includes several sentiments.

The best part of all is that the papers are meant to work together.  The colors match perfectly and there’s no guessing what paper matches another paper.

So go ahead!  Celebrate the Red White and Blue in style with the Simple Stories Hometown USA Collection Kit!


There are so many beautiful new collections available at Simple Stories that the hardest part is deciding which one to work with. With Mother's Day just around the corner I couldn't resist reaching for the Mama Llama Collection!

This collection is a mix of pastels - think blue, green, pink and yellow with accents in chocolate thrown in for drama! The images include llamas (of course) with flowers and hearts for Mom, streamers and banners to celebrate her, and some Southwestern accents to set the scene. 

The 12" collection pack has everything you need to make lots of pretty cards! There are a few sheets of journaling cards to cut out and use as the focal point of your design as well as a sticker sheet for embellishments.  

I cut some of the images with a circle die cut, but a punch would work just as well. I powder the back of the stickers to release the adhesive, and then attach them with foam tape to add dimension. 

The sticker sheet has lots of cute sentiments like "I love my mama" and "save the drama for your mama". These cute llamas and whimsical sentiments are sure to make you smile.

What a fun way to thank Mom for all she does and let her know you appreciate all the good things about yourself that you got it from her!   



Are you ready for an adventure?  Who doesn’t love a get away?  Whether you’ve caught the travel bug and want to document your escape, or you want to encourage someone who’s taking that first bold step in a new direction, you’re going to love the new Simple Stories Travel Notes Collection!

My son recently graduated college and I keep reminding him that this is the best time in his life to travel.  He’s young and curious, and more importantly – he can travel light.  There’s no children or pets, mortgages or car payments!

My daughter just found her “career” job and moved 6 hours from home.  She’s traveling at least three weekends a month for work and right now she loves it.  She’s excited to meet new people and see different places.

My husband and I are in the road trip stage of life.  We’re ok jumping in the car and stopping wherever an interesting bill board takes us and getting to know each other all over again.

The Travel Notes Collection is ready for you wherever life is taking you!

All cards finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”