Monday, March 01, 2010

Smaller, Prettier Recipe Binders

I adore poring over cookbooks. The pictures are beautiful and everything seems so delicious. And there is something so satisfying about holding a heavy, pretty cookbook in your hands.


I've done a detailed study of the first recently and checked the latter two (1,2) out of the library this week.

But, I find that as much as I enjoy cookbooks, the recipes I actually use the most are almost always printed from the Internet or passed on by family and friends.  Which means that I spend most of my recipe time poring over this heavy but exceedingly ugly binder.


Note the sole decoration - the original manufacturer sticker on the spine - it's been the aesthetic theme of this binder for about ten years. Not anymore! I started with some patterned cardstock, coordinating solid colors and a big stack of bright white cardstock. Also, four 1" binders with view pockets.


A little snipping and a little glueing and voila...




I'm so excited to be working with smaller binders instead of lugging the dirty behemoth around the house.  And I love how much prettier they are!

Technorati tags: recipes, cooking, organization

10 comments:

Lea said...

Love those! I really need to do this too. Right now I just have a loose stack of recipes I've printed out.

Jennifer said...

Thanks! I could probably start a Leavorie binder with all the recipes I've snagged from you! :)

Scrappy Gifts said...

Those are adorable plus I love your titles!

I'd love if you linked these up to my Scrappy Saturdays link party too.
http://myscrappygifts.blogspot.com/2010/02/2nd-scrappy-saturdays.html

The Cottage Mama said...

LOVE this idea!! Great job on the binders - they are so pretty to look at!!

Lindsay

Struggler said...

Not only do these look great, but I thoroughly agree with Scrappy Gifts: your titles rock!

Alicia said...

You're such a star, Jen!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Much better looking than the old versions, tweeted out a link to your post☺ I cutened up my binder too, here a link to mine: http://katiesnestingspot.blogspot.com/2009/02/recipe-binder-and-taco-salad-too.html Mine is more on the cutesy side and matches the fruit theme of my kitchen.

Michelle said...

These are awesome, I need to organize mine this way. Can't wait to get to the craft store :0)

Christy said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, all!! :)