DIY Recipe Scrapbook: Give the Gift of a Treasured Keepsake

Make a handmade recipe scrapbook for the cooks in your life for a unique holiday gift.

| Capper’s Farmer Holiday Special, Winter 2012

  • Recipe Scrapbook
    Have you been wondering what to give your loved ones this holiday season? How about a made-from-scratch recipe box?
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Recipe Box
    Choose a variety of favorite recipes with family history and interesting stories to include in your scrapbook.
    Photo By Thinkstock/Ablestock.com
  • Couple Photo
    Adding photographs to some of the pages of your recipe scrapbook will evoke a warm feeling of family.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Scrapbook Embellishments
    A variety of embellishments can be included on the pages of your scrapbook to provide interest and color.
    Photo By Thinkstock/Kim Carson
  • Recipe Scrapbook Pages
    The first step is choosing the recipes you want to include in your scrapbook. Next decide if you want to type or write them out on recipe cards.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Scrapbooking Tools
    Before starting your scrapbook, gather your essential tools — scissors, a paper cutter, glue and other adhesive — so everything is close at hand.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Scrapbook Paper
    Scrapbook paper and cardstock can be purchased at craft stores as individual sheets or in stacks — a book that contains multiple sheets in various patterns and textures, all color coordinated to work together beautifully and add depth, character and contrast to scrapbook projects.
    Photo By Thinkstock/Kim Carson
  • Apple Scrapbook Page
    The apple paper gives the page color and flair, and the addition of the red apple brad attached to the recipe card makes the recipe pop. Craft stores carry all sorts of brads, in all shapes, sizes and themes.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey

  • Recipe Scrapbook
  • Recipe Box
  • Couple Photo
  • Scrapbook Embellishments
  • Recipe Scrapbook Pages
  • Scrapbooking Tools
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Apple Scrapbook Page

Scrapbooking isn’t just for preserving memories with photos. It’s also a great way to organize and keep favorite family recipes close at hand — and to showcase the history and love of those recipes.

Have you been wondering what to give your loved ones this holiday season? How about a made-from-scratch recipe box? Your friends and relatives will treasure it not only because of the family history within its pages, but also because it’s a heartfelt, handmade gift made just for them.

Who would enjoy such a scrapbook? The better question is, who wouldn’t? It’s hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t love to receive a beautifully designed collection of tried-and-true family recipes that have been prepared, enjoyed, and passed down by many generations through the years.

So, figure out who will be getting a recipe scrapbook, then start thinking about each person’s individual taste. Is the kitchen done in modern, vintage or country décor? Is there a color scheme? Does the wallpaper, canisters or wall decorations have a theme, such as tractors, roosters, birdhouses or flowers? By taking these things into consideration, you can be sure that each recipe book is as one-of-a-kind as its recipient.



Now that you have a plan, you’re ready to get started.

Pick Out Recipes

The first step is choosing the recipes you want to include in your scrapbook. Next decide if you want to type or write them out on recipe cards. A third option is to scan the original recipes for a more nostalgic look. This is a great addition to a heritage book, and seeing a loved one’s handwriting while you’re preparing a signature dish makes it even more special.






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