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I am going to be completely honest here. I have wanted to make a recipe book for years! I thought it would be so fun to collect all the family recipes I grew up with, added with the ones I make now and put them into an album. I had this vision of making it so awesome, I would print off multiple copies, wrap them up and give to each of my siblings for Christmas, along with a pot holder! Doesn’t that sound like the cutest gift?
Every time I sat down to start working on it, I immediately got overwhelmed. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You may have been there too!
First, there is the work of gathering the recipes. That alone is quite the feat! Then, there are the photos. Oh wow. Where do I even begin to take photos? I’m not the world’s best photographer to begin with and then what photos would I take? Would I make each meal and take a picture for the album? What about divider pages? Do they need photos as well? And a kit. Do I need a recipe kit to make the album with? What colors will match everyone’s kitchen…
And my thoughts went on and on. So, this year, I decided to make an album that would work for me and help me get past my craziness! Because I love simple, I’m not using a digital scrap kit for the album itself. I’m sticking with simple colors and simple photos. I’ve also given myself permission to limit the photos I use! AND, this is huge! I will be mixing in my photos with stock photos! Whew! I don’t have to let the perfectionist part of my brain sabotage my recipe efforts!
I have a website I LOVE! It is full of FREE royalty free, okay for commercial use, photos! I use them all the time! They may not have as much as Stockphoto or other places that charge, but these are large photos, great quality and a pretty good variety.
It’s called Pexel.com and I will be using their photos throughout my album. I will also use the templates that don’t need photos and mix them in with pages here and there with photos. You can find this set of Recipe Templates in the Resource Library! Let’s face it, the photos are fun. But what our families will really cherish are the recipes. Here are a few that I’ve done.
Here are just a few examples of the album I’ve already started! Cover Page, Photo Credit: Pexels.com
One Section Divider Page:
As you can see, I’m going for a very clean look, and this isn’t for everyone. You may want a little more scrapbook look to yours. In which case, you can see this example:
Or this one:
These templates were designed to be versatile and easy to use! If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years of paper and digital scrapbooking, it is that if it takes too much time, too many different supplies and makes too much of a mess, I will get overwhelmed and give up! The best intentions then get filed away with the things I never got to!
As you can see, whatever your goals are for making recipe gifts this holiday season, we’ve got you covered!
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