Saturday, October 16, 2010

An heirloom cookbook

When I made lemon squares this week-I pulled out a little recipe booklet that my mom had made for me for my bridal shower.  A little blue book with 32 hand written (by my mom) recipes.  I've always loved this little book, probably because I love personalized things.  I had thought about trying to reproduce this book for other family members before, but finally this week I took action!

On the left is the original and on the right is the one I made.  It was a little more time consuming and harder than I thought it would be.

It involved a lot of copying, cutting, gluing, punching (hole punching-that is, although I felt like punching the wall a few times too).

I had everything I needed right here in the house (although, I am now running short on some supplies).

I used:  copier/printer, INK (biggest expense!), cardstock, plastic photo sleeves, scissors, hole punch, glue, cardboard,  strawberry wallpaper (to line the insides of the cardboard covers), sandpaper (to sand the edges of the covers),  and jute.

And tada!  An heirloom cookbook.  Now, hopefully I don't lose my mojo, and make more so I can give them to certain family members as gifts.


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

That darn comes and then it goes! I understand. But I must say, this is such a treasure. You are going to make some people very happy when they receive this repro-heirloom. Very thoughtful.

dodi said...

My mom did this for me, and several other family members years ago. I love it, and will pay it forward to my girls some day too.

I'll bet, now that you have your template made, you could take that to a Kinko's/Staples and get it color copied on stock paper for cheaper than you doing it yourself. Maybe??

Although, sometimes it's more fun to be able to tell the war stories of wanting to "hit the wall" during the making too, though. ;)

Jessie said...

Awesome idea!!!! Holly, you are so amazing and clever!!!
Just to let you know I am starting my blankets again.

Dawnie said...

Love this, Holly. I have Mom's in a box and wanted too do this but am too lazy. I am starting to get inspired. That would be a great gift for family members! Love the handwritten cards too!! It means so much more.

Rhonda said...

You go girl! You are sure a busy girl! I love it when people write out recipes too- it is becoming a thing of the past for sure. A lot of mine were smudged and becoming worn, so I redid mine a couple years ago. I have them in a huge 3 ring binder and have retyped many of them, but I pasted the handwritten one beside the typed one and placed them inside an 8x10 plastic sleeve so they won't get smudged anymore. A friend of mine copied some her relatives had given her through the years and framed them for artwork in her kitchen - I thought that was a really cute idea too.

Julie Smith said...

Such a great idea! I love it! What a wonderful treasure for years to come.

affectioknit said...

That is just AWESOME!