If you're like me, you probably have recipes written on scraps of paper, the back of receipts, or torn out of a magazine littering your kitchen drawers and sticking out of other recipe books. Take a quick inventory of the recipes you already have. Then think about favorite family recipes. If you're missing Grandma's famous sugar cookie recipe, call her and get it.
There are many ways you can organize your book. You could group the recipes by contributors, or by course. You can put several pictures per page, or dedicate one page to each recipe. They can be scrapped on 12x12 layouts, or simple 8.5x11 so they'll fit in a regular 3-ring binder. My favorite size is 4x6 or 5x7 because they are small enough that you can include the recipes and a couple embellishments without having to fill up a large page.
You could include pictures of the person you received the recipe from, or pictures of the dish itself. You could add a quote from someone about what they love about it or a special memory they have associated with this particular recipe. You could also include a bit of history about the recipes, especially if they are a collection given to you by someone else.
A beautiful recipe collection would make a great graduation gift, wedding gift, or even a great housewarming gift. A fun idea I for a new bride is to hold a recipe exchange bridal shower and have each guest bring a scrapbooked recipe, then combine them all into one album.
Creating a family recipe scrapbook is a great way to preserve your family’s recipes and pass them on to the next generation of family cooks. Whether as a gift, a treasured family heirloom, or just a fun and creative way to cook, compiling a recipe scrapbook is a great way to use your scrapping time. The inspiration, tools and methods are as endless as recipes themselves. So get cooking, and get scrapping!
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