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mini album inspiration: recipe book

Looking for a great way to store all of your tried & true recipes? Mini Album to the rescue! Creative Team member Ashley Bennett shared her approach for putting together a beautiful album of her favorites using the Midnight Mini Album and Olive Edition of Project Life.

Ashley shares:

Growing up I loved to bake and cook with my Mom and Grandma. I would sift through their recipe boxes and see the recipes written in their own handwriting. It was neat to see their notes written in the margins of their cookbooks. It’s amazing to me what memories are brought to mind from reading a few simple ingredients.
I have a lot of cookbooks but seem to use the same few over and over. I also print out recipes from Pinterest, write them down on tiny scraps of paper and tuck them into whichever book is closest!  When I saw Becky’s mini albums I knew I wanted to use them for my own recipe book to have a place to compile my very favorite recipes with a few photos.
To get started, I sorted through the cards and typed up a few of my go to recipes. I plan to have a small title card at the beginning of each category, followed by recipes printed or handwritten onto the Olive Edition cards. I love the versatility of the cards and the option I have to add details as the years go by. I am excited to have this ongoing project that I can work on occasionally when I feel inspired. 
What sets this recipe book apart from all of my other cook books are the photos I’ve included that capture the memories of us, together in the kitchen.


15 Responses

  1. April says:

    Oh the Oreo cookie recipe sounds DELISH

  2. Angie says:

    Oh, this is a really good idea! It makes perfect sense. You can fit regular recipe cards in the 4×6 pockets and pictures and things everywhere else. I love it!

  3. Denese says:

    I am in LOVE with this idea. I also love how you printed on the cards! Can you please tell me how you did that?! Thanks for sharing this super cute idea!

  4. Denese says:

    I LOVE this idea, thank you so much for sharing it! I also love how you printed on the cards!!! Can you please share how this was done?

  5. Sue says:

    I also LOVE this idea, ordered my album and core kit. I also would love to know how you printed on the cards. Can you please share how this is done.

  6. Jennifer P. says:

    I started putting my recipes into digital format a few years back but the thought of putting them into a 12×12 binder seemed a bit bulky for my kitchen. I have been thinking about purchasing a mini album for my recipes but wasn’t sure how to pull it off. I love the inspiration above. I can’t wait to get the album in the mail and start creating recipes with my kiddos. It will be fun to send them off to college with their very own copy as well. It will be easy to do in digital format. I also have a friend who put her recipes into digital format for printing 4×6 photos. She would then insert the photos into a 4×6 brag book and give to new brides as a bridal shower gift. This album would be perfect for such a gift.

  7. Cheryl M says:

    Love how you did the recipes!

  8. […] I love how darling the olive edition cards look and have wanted to use them for a while! Having 2 boys I tend to make my family project life a bit less feminine but I figured I can make my recipe book as pink and flowery as I want!! These albums are on sale until APRIL 5th, 2013! Go check them out here on Becky’s blog. […]

  9. Sara O' says:

    I love this idea! And including family photos… genius. That is a wonderful recipe book!

  10. Irene says:

    That is perfect! well done & thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Linda says:

    This is a great idea! I have a mini album [8×8] I’ve been adding to for years as a recipe book, but it would be so much easier with the pockets!! If I was starting it now I would definitely do it this way.

  12. Ashley says:

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments! Just a quick note for Denese, Sue, and anyone else wondering how to print on the cards. I use a very simple method to print directly on the cards. I just type the recipe in photoshop in a 4X6 or 3X4 blank file. Next I print it in a fast draft (to use less ink) on my printer on a regular sheet of paper to see exactly where it is going to print. Then I adhere my journalling card to the paper on top of where it printed with a small piece of double sided tape and run it through the printer again! Hope this helps! -Ashley

  13. Brandee Evarts says:

    Thank you for this idea! I have been throwing around a collection of my favorite recipes and now I know what I am going to do. Beautiful!!

  14. J3SS1C4 says:

    I’ve just started typing recipes out as 4×6’s with the intention of putting them in a simple album… This is so much cuter! I love the idea of including photos since I love taking food and cooking photos!

  15. Marcia says:

    Where can I buy these from. I would love the recipe book and cards?