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How To Make A Scrapbook For Recipes

Updated on December 24, 2012
Made using a checked background paper and a strip of matching purple paper and floral embellishments topped off with a purple button to add extra dimension to the page.  It features the recipe for fudge along with a photograph of the finished product
Made using a checked background paper and a strip of matching purple paper and floral embellishments topped off with a purple button to add extra dimension to the page. It features the recipe for fudge along with a photograph of the finished product | Source

Why keep a recipe scrapbook?

Keeping a recipe scrapbook is a great way of preserving your special family recipes to pass down to the next generation. Rather than simply writing the recipes into a notebook, you can create attractive scrapbook pages to feature the details of how to make your favorite dishes. A recipe scrapbook also gives you a place to preserve any memories associated with the foods you love to cook. Creating different scrapbook pages is great fun and allows your creativity free rein as you can make the pages as simple or elaborate as you choose.

This is a summer recipe scrapbook page on a sunny yellow background paper with floral edges.  I have used a corner pocket to pop the photograph into.  The lettering is in a fun, colorful font that matches the theme.
This is a summer recipe scrapbook page on a sunny yellow background paper with floral edges. I have used a corner pocket to pop the photograph into. The lettering is in a fun, colorful font that matches the theme. | Source

What Sort Of Scrapbook Pages Should I Make?

The type of scrapbook page that you make can be as simple as you like. It could just contain the basic recipe on a piece of paper, stuck on the center of the page. Alternatively, a really nice scrapbook page might consist of the recipe, photos of the process of making it and the finished product. You could add in details about where you got the recipe from, which is a particularly nice touch of the dish has been a longtime family favorite. You could also add in details of when you used the recipe, which members of your family liked it and any amusing anecdotes associated with either preparing or eating the dish. I have had some real kitchen disasters over the years and some are fairly comical, so I like to add in little notes on what went wrong on my recipe scrapbook pages.

I like to keep recipe scrapbooks for different types of food and the images featured here are all related to making sweet treats. You could make individual recipe scrapbooks for items such as meat dishes, soups, baking or barbecues or you could put them all in one scrapbook. You could also have separate scrapbooks for summer recipes and winter warmers.

For special occasions such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, it is nice to make up a page for different parts of the meal. I like to include photos of my family enjoying dinner together. If you're very lucky, you might also be able to include a photograph of your family clearing up after the meal while you put your feet up!

This is a simple but eyecatching layout with a pink background paper, frame, embellishments and lettering, along with a photograph of the cookies.
This is a simple but eyecatching layout with a pink background paper, frame, embellishments and lettering, along with a photograph of the cookies. | Source

Where Do I Start?

You should start by thinking about which recipes you want to preserve. These should be the ones which really mean something to you. Unless you have a lot of time to spend on creating your recipe scrapbook, there is probably little point in documenting every dish you make. Choose the ones that are favorites of your family or which were passed down to you by previous generations. Write these down - I like to use lined paper with an aged quality to it. You can achieve this by rubbing the paper with a most teabag and then leaving it to dry. I also like to use decorative paper or scraps from brown bags etc. Alternatively, print the recipes from the computer, using different fonts for a bit of variety. Try also to get photographs of the cooking process or finished product as this will enhance the layout.

You will need to buy scrapbooking supplies. It is possible to purchase albums created especially to hold recipes. My favorite size is 12 by 12 inches with clear pockets to hold the scrapbook pages. You will need scrapbook papers and embellishments which will complement the theme of your pages. There are lots of free downloads available on the Internet but remember that the paper and ink you use to print them may not be acid free. If you buy in supplies from your local store, they should be acid free which means they will be preserved for many years without yellowing.

On your scrapbook page, you could include food labels or even supermarket receipts for the ingredients. This information may be of interest to your grandchildren or great grandchildren in the future.

Choose what items you want to use and lay them out on the blank sheet. Don’t fix them down until you’re happy with the layout. There is no right or wrong way of laying out your page. It’s your scrapbook. If you are happy with what you see, then it’s right.

Get The Family Involved

Scrapbooking projects can be a fun activity to do with your children or grandchildren. They can help you with the layout of the pages, or can help you to make up samples of your recipes for photographing. Get the scrapbook out once in a while and look through it with the kids to keep them interested. Ask them for their ideas and try to incorporate their suggestions as this will make them feel more involved. That way, they'll have great memories of the creation of the scrapbook when you pass it down to them.

An Alternative to Traditional Scrapbooking

if you prefer, you can do all your scrapbooking digitally. This way, you can share your recipe scrapbook pages with your family and friends on social networking sites. Digital scrapbooking also allows you to save copies of your work on a memory stick or CD. There are lots of great free resources for digital scrapbooking and you will be able to find a wide variety of background papers, embellishments etc to create your digital recipe scrapbook.

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    jusbeth16 

    6 years ago

    This is a wonderful idea. I have an aunt back home that loves to cook and has million of cook books and recipes everywhere! She would love this.

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    seabright7 

    6 years ago from Seattle Area

    This is such a great idea! I always have random pieces of paper with recipes written on them. This is a fun and creative way to be able to keep them in one place and display them.

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    Heather Jacobs 

    6 years ago

    I love your graphics on your scrapbook pages!!

    My mother has been thinking of doing a recipe scrapbook I will have to send her a link to your article.

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    summerberrie 

    6 years ago

    alliemacb, these are just beautiful. I agree with Patty Inglish, MS. these are frame-able and would look great hung in the kitchen.

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    alliemacb 

    6 years ago from Scotland

    Thanks for the comments. I think it would be a nice idea to frame the pages and hang them in the kitchen. I hadn't thought of that. Ruth, it is also a lovely idea to preserve the recipes in your mother's handwriting. I wish I'd been able to do that with my grandmother's old recipes.

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    Ruth Pieterse 

    6 years ago

    A lovely idea! Will do this as I have an old recipe book of my mothers which is falling apart. I'll preserve as many recipes as I can which are written in her own handwriting.

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    Crystal Tatum 

    6 years ago from Georgia

    Great idea and great hub. Voted up.

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    Patty Inglish 

    6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Those pages would be good framed and hung on the kitchen wall.

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    TahoeDoc 

    6 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

    This is great! So very creative and a beautiful finished product. I'll likely never do it (I just know myself), but I really wish I did more stuff like this and I definitely have friends who would love this. I'll show them on pinterest!

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