My recipe book used to be a large 3 ring binder with photo sleeves and recipes written on 3x5 cards. This actually worked out really well for a long time, but there were some things I wasn't happy with:
- I wanted something that was easier to store. I didn't want a big binder sitting on my counter and I hated using my precious drawer space for it.
- I wanted to have larger cards. Most of my recipes couldn't fit on a single side of the 3x5 cards. This means I had to take out the recipe card while I was cooking so I could read the back. Over the years, some of my recipes have gotten messy because of this.
- I wanted to have all my recipes in my computer so I could print them off when I needed them. I knew that this would take time, but I was tired of writing out new cards if I made some personal changes to the recipe. I just liked the idea of having them all typed and ready.
- Lastly, I just wanted it to be fun and look good.
All I did was buy some of those basic 4x6 photo albums. I made covers for each section in Photoshop Elements using kits from Designs by Krista. Then I made 4x6 recipe cards. The 4x6 size and the fact that it was typed made it possible for the entire recipe to fit on the one side, and I even could fit a corresponding image. Then I just printed the recipe cards at Costco and slid them in.
The best thing is, I can always expand if I need to. I could make one specifically for meat, crockpot meals, cakes, brownies, appetizers, etc. if I need to. Each of these albums holds 32 images which is plenty. If you collect recipes...this probably won't work.
This idea isn't a fast project with all the digital work I did, but I'm so happy with the results.
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