Jeanne Jachna's Blog Posts

Hi It’s Jeanne posting today!  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Simple Stories.  Today I’m sharing some holiday cards made with the Simple Stories Holly Jolly Collection !

You’ll love the candy stripes, plaids and prints in this fun collection!  There’s a little something for everyone…. pretty prints with florals, ornaments, houses and more!  All my cards today were made with the 6x8” pad of pattern papers and the coordinated Simple Basics Kit of 12” papers that are solid on one side and a polka dot print on the other. 

I had fun making cards with scenes like this one using chipboard houses, and bits and pieces trees, mountains and sentiment.

Everything is color coordinated to match so there’s no worry when mixing and matching the enamel dots, washi, bits and pieces, chipboard, and stickers.

The washi has just the right amount of adhesive. It stays in place where you want it, but if you have to lift it to place in a different location it doesn’t take any of the paper with it. 

The Simple Basics papers are great for adding a solid matt layer to your card base, or breaking up patterns.  I like to alternate solids and prints to keep things from looking too busy.

Stickers from the Mini Sticker Tablet make great sentiments, but there’s lots of image prints, numbers and more so you’ll have lots left over for other projects.  I think I’ll be dressing up my calendar with the stickers if my daughter doesn’t swipe them first!

Did you see the pretty Bow Clips?  These are bows fashioned from pattern paper attached to large GOLD (swoon!) paper clips. They can be tucked on your cards, tags, journaling pages, or how about holding a page on your daily planner?

There’s lots to love here, and plenty of time to make, Make, MAKE!   It’s a SN@P! with Simple Stories Holly Jolly Collection!


I’ve been noticing subtle changes all around!  Temperatures are dipping at night and birds are gathering for migration.  Fall is in the air!  Even though I know I’ll be spending more time indoors, I enjoy the thoughts of baking and the family gatherings that fall brings.

If you love Fall too then you’ll ADORE the Simple Stories Fall Farmhouse collection!  It’s filled with gorgeous colors of fall.. orange, golden yellow, greens and navy.   The images are all you’d expect… beautiful florals, pumpkins, and leaves with some added comfy cozy to make you fuzzy inside!

All my cards start with pretty background papers from the 6x8” pad.  The smaller sheets mean a smaller print making them  perfect for cardmaking.  The pad even includes cut apart 3x4” journaling cards.

I love mixing and matching the prints and adding layers of card stock.  I start with a plain white paper cardstock base and top it with a slightly smaller solid print panel cut from the Simple Basics Kit.  The  papers are perfectly coordinated to match the prints.

There’s two different packs of Bits and Pieces in this collection.  The Iconic bits and pieces include mostly images like pumpkins, florals, leaves etc while the  Journaling set includes tags, sentiments, tabs and pieces to customize with handwritten notes.

I love the chipboard stickers for adding dimension.  They take a card from flat and ordinary to exquisite and special.

The collection includes color coordinated enamel dots and YES!  Washi in three different prints… orange gingham, colorful stripes, and floral!

It’s a feast for the eyes isn’t it?  I just cant get enough of the orange and navy!

There’s lots to be grateful for!  What a great way to let your loved ones know they’re in your heart today and always.


Fall is in the air and as the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fall my mind turns to camping.  There is a long tradition of camping in my family.  My husband has always been an avid outdoorsman, always ready for a hike or a fishing trip.

When our son was old enough he became a Boy Scout.  Of course that means lots of volunteer time for us and eventually my husband became Scoutmaster.  I loved setting up merit badge clinics on whatever the boys had an interest in.  I’d find local professionals to share their skills and knowledge with the group.

Scouting depends heavily on volunteers and it’s important to let them know how much they are appreciated.  I always sent our special guests and park rangers a thank you from the group on a hand made card made with an outdoors theme.

I’d always send my son a card to let him know how much I missed him when he went off to camp.  Usually my husband would tag along and take lots of photos of the boys and their adventures. 

We’d pour over the photos when they would get back from summer camp or a high adventure trip and eventually those photos would morph into personalized scrapbooks for the boys.

I can’t tell you how honored I’ve been to see books I’ve made proudly on display at Eagle Scout Ceremonies

The Simple Stories Happy Trails collection is perfect for all your outdoor adventures.  The wonderful images and coordinated colors make creating a SN@P!

You’ll love all the camping, fishing, and hiking images.  There are trail signs, animals flora and fauna.  Who knew that Simple Stories could even make the pesky mosquitos adorable?

I know you’ll be delighted looking back at captured memories documented with this collection!    Happy Trails to you and yours – now go get your FALL on!