Wednesday, June 19, 2013


While Stampin' Up! offered discount pricing on professionally printed digital projects, I took the opportunity to design a recipe book.  This was a project that I had contemplated for quite a while and was just waiting for the right time.  I used the "Tea for Two Collection" CD from the Spring catalog, which included a template for a 5.5" x 6.5" easel calendar.  I thought it would be perfect for a cookbook with the easel, and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!
The calendar template actually included some embellishments that I could incorporate into my recipe pages, such as the stitching and fabric-looking label to which I added the "Delicousness" text.
The above page has two recipes that are family favorites.  As you can see, I kept the stitching and again added text (the recipe name) to one of the fabric-looking labels.
One of the fun things about designing my own collection of recipes was being able to include photographs, as in the page above and the one below.  I the way the green tag printed perfectly with the spiral binding.  I had designed it that way and was hoping the project would line up as perfectly for printing as it did during the design process.
There are sooooooooooo many embellishments and other digital content available for My Digital Studio, and it's really hard to pick and choose what to use!  In case you're wondering why there's no organization to the collection of recipes, I call this my "go to" cookbook.  I had been using a journal-type book to collect the recipes that I use most often, so I was already used to not having them divided into categories.  Besides, I get to enjoy flipping through the pages to find the recipe that I'm looking for!  Something else that I did on some of the pages (there are 26 total pages) is leave some blank space so that I can add more recipes--write them, tape them, staple them, anything goes!  Even without discount print pricing, an easel calendar/book like this is more reasonably priced than you might think.  Look into it, and you'll be designing one for yourself (and maybe others, too).


Nancy Dawson said...

WOW as usual! Great job. Missed seeing you on the net lately. Hope all is well.

Ariel said...

Regina, this book is fan-TAS-tic! I love all the details!
I did something like this many years ago (not digital) where I typed up favorite family recipes that hubby and I loved growing up. I made about 10 6x6 scrapbook albums for the women in the family.
The first two pages were each of our family trees going back three generations. It was quite simple, but I loved making it and giving it.

Laura Lipe, Pisgah Forest, NC said...

Wow, Regina, this turned out so well! I know you will enjoy using it. I need to make the one I have planned for my sisters happen. You have inspired me!! Smiles, Laura