Scrapbooking Your Recipes

I’ve started a series of Guest Writers on Scraps of Mind.This is a great opportunity for Scraps of Mind readers to see some of the great ideas and talent of other Scrapbookers and also an opportunity for other Scrapbooking Writers to showcase their work to other Scrapbookers.
Our first Guest Writer is Monique.

Hi, my name is Monique and I’m here to talk to you about scrapbooking your recipes. I’ll talk to you about why I scrap my recipes, what sizes are popular for scrapping recipe pages, and what you can do with them once they’re scrapped. I’ll also tell you about how I go about scrapping them and finally I will provide you with some inspiration to help get you started. Sound like fun? Great, then let’s get started!

Why Scrapbook recipes?

The first thing you might ask if you’ve never scrapbooked a recipe is why?

Well, you scrapbook your photos and memories for future reference, enjoyment and for future generations to enjoy right? Then why not scrapbook your recipes for future generations too? Wouldn’t you be overjoyed to receive a beautiful collection of your mother or grandmother’s recipes? Then why not do the same for your children?

I think a collection of beautiful and tasty recipes would make a great graduation gift, wedding gift or even a great housewarming gift. Don’t you think so?

What size should I scrapbook at?

Once you’ve decided to scrapbook your family’s favourite recipes, you’ll have to decide on a size.

Personally I like to scrap mine in 4×6, this decision came after trying out various other sizes. I like 4×6 because it’s easy to print, and they are quick and easy to scrap. If you think that 4×6 might be a bit small then 5×7 is also an option for an easy to print size.

You may also want to consider going with 8.5×11 if you want to print on your home printer, or use the traditional scrapbook page size of 12×12. I might also recommend scrapping in 8×8 as this is also easy to print on an 8×10 if you’d like to scrap a square layout. And if you have an iPad or tablet check out this post for some iPad friendly recipe cards you can download.

How do I store them?

So what do you do with them once they’re scrapped?

For myself I have a filing box that I use for storing them, I plan on prettying it up hybrid style soon. You may also want to consider storing them in a binder, a brag book album, or a regular scrapbook album if you are scrapping in the traditional square sizes.

You can also create a hybrid album with them, laminate them and punch holes to thread with ribbon. The displaying/storing options are endless; you just have to think about what your needs are and go from there.

If you would like some inspiration for displaying/storing your recipes you can check out a previous post of mine on my blog called Hybrid Hookup ~ Recipe books!

So how do I do it?

Now we’re getting into the fun part, actually scrapping your first recipe card!

First you will want to decide if you would like to use the same kit/products throughout your recipe book, or if you would rather choose a different one for each individual recipe. For help in finding kits and element sets that are perfect for scrapbooking recipes, you can check out a previous post of mine on my blog called Favorite things ~ Food graphics for recipe scrapping!

Once you’ve decided on what products to use you can start scrapbooking your recipes the same as you would any other layout. You can include a photo of the dish, or 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.

Well, that’s all I have to say about scrapbooking recipes. Would you like to see some of my favourite recipes from my collection? Ok, here are a couple of my favs…

recipe-applebrownbetty-thumb1.jpg recipe-candycanebuttercookies-thumb1.jpg recipe-cherryslices-thumb.jpg recipe-dougnutmuffins-thumb.jpg

Click on the thumbnails to see a lager image of these recipe cards.

I hope that I’ve inspired you to use your scrapbooking supplies for preserving your family’s recipes for yourself and for generations to come. For more great scrapping inspiration you can find me on my blog, Monique’s Scrappin’ Blog! the home of Challenge 411s, Hybrid Hookups, Tasty Thursdays, Layout Recipes and more. Have a happy scrappy day!

Note Monique no longer maintains Monique’s Scrappin Blog so all links there are now disabled.

Digital scrapbooking  makes creating recipe cards so much easier.

Want to learn how?

Click here to see


Other articles you might like:

Scrapbooking Recipes for iPads

Recipe Scrapbooking  – Chocolate Bread Pudding

Free Scrapbooking Recipe Book

27 Responses to Scrapbooking Your Recipes

  1. Tink January 25, 2008 at 1:27 am #

    Thanks Karooch and Monique for a very interesting and informative post. :)

  2. SarahG January 25, 2008 at 2:15 am #

    This was a great read! Thanks!

  3. Antoinette January 25, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    I love your recipe layouts, Monique! Unfortunately I’m not much of a cook. Loved reading the article though.

  4. karooch January 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks indeed Monique for this great article. I hope you’ll do another one soon.
    I’m loving this idea of Guest Posters because they each come up with articles that I wouldn’t do so we get a much broader range of Scrapbooking reading on Scraps of Mind.

    I have a few more goodies coming up in future weeks so keep your eyes open for them and please give them a warm welcome as you have to Monique.

    And don’t forget, the invitation is open to all Scraps of Mind readers.

  5. Monique January 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Thank you so much to everyone! I loved writing this article, it was very different and fun to write for someone else. I hope I have inspired some of you to think outside the box when using your scrapping supplies :-)

  6. Doreen January 25, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    What a great idea!

  7. karooch January 26, 2008 at 8:45 am #

    Oooh maybe this might be the trigger that gets you into Scrapbooking Doreen???

  8. corina January 28, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you Karen, to remaind me. I started my scrap recipes album in Colombia, and since then I did not add a single page! I like to add to may pages not only photos of the food, but also photos of my family eating the food. And sometime I am too late with the photo, the food is gone:)

  9. karooch January 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Well that obviously is a great complement to your food Corinna. I like the idea of including photos of the family eating the food too. You’ll just have to get them to slow down.

  10. wanda August 28, 2008 at 6:53 am #

    this is so great,, I just had a family member that ask if i had some of my grand mother’s recipes that she could get copys of and i am going to do a recipes scrapbook for her..

  11. karooch August 28, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Yes recipes look great when they’re scrapbooked Wanda. It makes them special on a whole other level.

  12. Brenda December 2, 2008 at 1:50 am #

    Help. I am scrapbooking 12 recipe books for Christmas. I have seen some great ideas. The thing is I would like some embellishments or stickers. The local stores are limited. Any web sites?

  13. karooch December 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    I don’t really know of any web sites that specialise in what you’re after Brenda. Perhaps you might find something in the links on my Five Freebies on Friday posts.

  14. Granite Worktops January 15, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    Hi Monique,

    I have lots of recipes – I haven’t had the time to scrapbook them yet, but when I have a chance I will..

    It’s a good Idea, as other people can benefit from your ideas!

    Anyway cool article..

    Andy ;)

  15. Pre Schools in Gurgaon January 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    what Your Recipes is the best to eat???

  16. Grandmom September 19, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    I’ve been trying to get our family recipes scrapped. So much yet to do! :)

    • karooch September 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

      Yes it can be a big job Granmom. I guess the only way to tackle it is the same as how you eat an elephant: one bit at a time.

  17. james October 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Ok, this is a little strange, but I just sat down at the computer after my wife was using it and this page was on the screen. So, I’m settling down to get back to my own work when I realised your post was about the same thing my wife was doing, creating a scrapbook recipe book. I just wanted to drop a short note to say that having watched my wife make this book over the last couple of weeks and seeing the (very nearly almost) finished product I should let anyone reading your post know how amazing they look!


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