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« on: March 20, 2011 04:28:14 PM »

I am finally organizing all my recipes. I went from a 3 ring binder to having loose papers since I went gluten free a couple of years ago. My recipes were getting out of hand so I decide to make a book that was easy to use.



I wanted it to open vertically so I could have it stand on it's own, the chipboard I used really helps keep it sturdy. I made 3 dividers to separate items. I used Tim Holtz's distress ink pads to age the paper a little. I should've used food themed paper, but didn't have any, plus this one's pretty. I was going to spiral bind it, but I will be adding to it & wanted an easy way to do it so I used 3/4" binder rings instead.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011 04:48:01 PM »

I love this!  Awesome awesome idea and I love how you distressed the paper.  Great work.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011 06:05:16 PM »

Thanks kaz814.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011 08:42:36 AM »

I really, really like this idea! I have been wanting to make a recipe book and I love how you designed it to stand on it's own because I don't have the space for a recipe holder on my counter. So great! I'm definitely inspired!
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2011 12:16:08 PM »

Thanks AugustBell. It works great - just use chipboard or something sturdy so it won't bend. If it tries to slip while it's open, try to attach something at the bottom that would prevent it from slipping (I thought that's what I needed to do, but this works). For the recipes, I used an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper, printed horizontally. In Word, I made 2 columns w/margins of: top = .6 & the rest .5. I used Arial Narrow at 10.5 so I could get as much on one page - so far, only 1 recipe needed 2 pages. I also printed just 1 recipe at a time, turned the paper & printed on the other side in case the margin was uneven. Also, for recipes off the computer, I added the address site at the bottom of the recipe in case I need to look at it or check something out in the future. I hope you try it, it's real easy - I shouldn't have procrastinated on this.
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011 11:31:13 AM »

I love that idea Cheesy and it has such a lovely pattern
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2011 10:26:42 PM »

Thanks imera.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2011 03:55:48 PM »

Gorgeous work! I really love the idea, too! This would be perfect in my home. My recipes are also starting to pile up and I could use a space saver like this.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011 08:40:34 AM »

Thanks, this is a great space saver Cranbeary & I'm trying to make it a point to only put recipes in there that I will actually use, not plan to use, that way I won't get a pile up like I did in the past. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2011 05:42:37 AM »

That's a fantastic idea!  I'm making a cookbook for my little brother and a friend who just moved out to her own apartment and this would be a perfect idea.
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