Recipe Scrapbook Album is Fun : What is your family’s favorite recipe? Where did you get it? Was that something Grandma learned when she was a young bride? Was that the prize-winning sushi recipe for Uncle Lyle at the state show?
A recipe scrapbook album would make a wonderful gift for a family member. Imagine giving each a family recipe collection, each with a bit of its own history, in a recipe scrapbook album.
You can create a scrapbook album of those recipes by following these steps.
Recipe Scrapbook Album Material
Prepare to create your recipe scrapbook album by assembling the following minimal ingredients. You may want other things too, but these 7 are recommended for a full recipe scrapbook album.
* Family recipes, as many as possible – neatly written or typed
* Photo of recipe display when ready to be served
* Photos of people credited with recipe creation
* Notes on the things people always say or remember about the recipe
* Scrapbooking paper (acid free) reminiscent of cooking
* Food preparation stickers and charms
* Recipe “instructions” tag
Theme for Recipe Scrapbook Album
Your overall theme is for recipe scrapbook albums, of course, to be recipes. According to the theme, each page or section will have a specific theme in the recipe category.
Browse your recipes and photos, looking for natural groupings. If there are multiple recipes from Grandma, theme a section of your recipe scrapbook album to them. If Uncle Lyle has more recipes than single-prize-winning sushi, set aside a section for him in your recipe scrapbook album.
You may find it easier to divide your recipe scrapbook into themes such as appetizers, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Each can be a page or section theme.
Recipe Scrapbook Album Page Layout
Once you have a theme, you’re ready to organize your recipe scrapbook album pages. There are many approaches to page layout, and you probably have one that you use often. Here is one way to do it.
1. Select a photo to use on 2 pages or one page. If the photo is in color, choose scrapbooking paper to complete it. Make sure you use acid-free paper to protect your memory.
2. Lay out your scrapbooking paper to fit the page. Be creative with your paper. Nostalgic kitchen wallpaper is a good choice for old recipes. Italian recipes may find a home on red and white checkered paper reminiscent of a tablecloth. If your recipe scrapbook album includes a recipe for Fish and Chips, you may want the scrapbook paper on the page to look like old newspaper.
3. Once you’ve laid out your scrapbooking paper, start putting together the recipe and accompanying photos. Typed recipe cards are fine, but if your recipe is handwritten by the person who made it, it will give your recipe scrapbook album a more personal touch.
4. Frame your photo and recipe once placed. You can find beautiful frame arrangements at scrapbooking supply stores. Or use your own creativity. If Grandma always wears an apron when preparing that delicious chocolate cake, make a “pocket” apron out of cloth or cardstock.
Slip into it one or more recipes. Another idea is to create a fold-open frame for the recipes in your recipe scrapbook album. Simply cut a piece of cardboard of the appropriate size and fold it in thirds. Glue the middle third to your scrapbook, cover with the recipe, and fold the other two sides over to cover. You can even make a folded card look like a closet door.
5. Once your photos and recipes are framed on the page, add a few journal lines that capture family memories associated with the recipe. In my own file, I have a cake recipe served by a host the night my husband and I first knew we were going to be more than friends. Personal notes of such memories greatly add to the recipe scrapbook album. My mom’s fresh bread is remembered as my dad’s favorite base for yellow mustard!
6. When each page layout is complete, each element is firmly glued in place, you are ready to add stickers and charms – decorations. You can use commercially made embellishments for your recipe scrapbook albums, and you can add a more intimate touch, too.
If Grandma loves lace, and even knitting herself, adding a touch of lace to her yard will help family members remember it. Since Uncle Lyle always uses bright green “sushi grass” (baran) to separate his sushi, make sure you include a piece of it on the sushi recipe page.
Finally, you may want to leave a few blank pages at the end of your recipe scrapbook album so that further recipes can be added later.
Recipe scrapbook albums can be created during extended family reunions, giving everyone something to do with their hands while catching up on family news.