Monday, November 29, 2010

Homemade Recipe Books

**This week I want to revisit some of our homemade Christmas gifts of the past.  I also have a few new ones to throw in.  It's not to late to make gifts!  Homemade gifts are the best!! This fun little projects was from 2008.**






































Mandee and I made these fun recipe books as Christmas gifts for my sister-in-laws. They turned out so nice and were a lot of fun to make. They were also a ton of work. If you were interested in doing this as a gift, start now!!!! You will type and type. And then type some more. That was the most time consuming part of the whole project was typing the recipes. We figure that there was somewhere around 200 recipe's in each book!!

We made 6 of these. I only got pictures of the last three. To make them we got plain 1 inch binders from the dollar store. We used modge podge to make the covers. I love the way modge podge looks!

I messed up when I did the measurements for the inserts. Each insert was made with 8 x 10 dimensions. Now, being the ditsy person that I am, I didn't even think about a regular sheet of paper being 8 & 1/2 by 11. So each page had to be cut down to 8x10 size and so did each page protector. Hence, they took us oodles of time to make. Had I had the dimensions right it would have been much easier. We used 2-sided, coordinating paper for each insert. That way we could get 1 insert out of each page. On the back of each insert we made a pocket by attaching another sheet of card stock that was 8x5. I should have gotten a picture of that, so you could see how cute they were.

I think that they were well received and that everyone liked them. Homemade gifts are always the best gifts. I have already started on next years gift. It's another big one, but I can't share because too many eye's see this blog if you know what I mean!!!!

9 comments:

Kris said...

As a recipient of one of these great cookbooks, I am very happy and just love it! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Andie and her Boys said...

I absolutely love this book!! It has the best recipes and it's easy to add some of mine to it! Best thing I got for Christmas! I LOVE IT!!

hayley said...

i LOVE this idea!! i'm going to go start on mine right away!! what font did you use? it's so cute!! thanks for sharing.
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Kellie said...

those turned out so cute, love them!

Angie said...

i love them. you've inpired me to update my recipe book! thanks

Shauna said...

My sister made one of these for everyone in our family several years ago. It is such a treasure and I use it all the time. Every recipe we grew up with, plus more, is in one place.

rowleypoley said...

What a great idea!! You'll have to email me and let me what you're working on now....I need ideas! I plan on doing all homemade gifts for Christmas this year!! They are truly the best!

Liberty Williams said...

Brandy, So do you happen to have any more on hand so I can just come over and look at it to get a better idea of how to make one myself! Love it - so cute. Since I love cooking and recipes this book would be prefect. I have been looking for something to put all my recipes in!

Thanks for the great idea!
Libby

Sperry Family said...

Love this idea, now I know what to make my neighbors for Christmas! Thanks.