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How To Create A Photo Recipe Book At Home

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If you love to spend time in the kitchen perfecting recipes you’ve either seen on television or found online, you may want to create your own recipe book so the recipes will be easy to find when you want to make them again.

How can you make a photo recipe book of your own? Start by gathering at least 20 of your favorite all time recipes or gather recipes for specific holidays or seasons and consider putting the book together as a gift for family members! If you have go-to recipes that win you rave reviews from friends and family then put together a book of your “greatest hits.” Making a photo recipe book is also an ideal gift for a newlywed or to pass down to your children.

After you’ve gathered the recipes, you will want to purchase printer-sized card stock; you will want a heavier weight paper because you will be putting these recipes into a binder and need them to be sturdy. This printer paper comes in a rainbow of colors so you may want to pick a color theme either for the entire book (based on a holiday or a season) or you may want to choose different colors for different types of recipes. Choose a unique recipe box to put the completed, printed recipes in or consider an index ring to keep them all together (a recipe box is more suited for a gift option). You should also be sure that you have enough ink in your printer and purchase replacement ink cartridges so you don’t run out during your project.

If you have access to a laminating machine you may want to laminate the recipes to help keep them clean when they’re being used in the kitchen. Laminating film can also be purchased at any craft store and with this film, you won’t need to use a laminating machine.

To get the project started you will want to copy and paste the recipes you’ve found or your recipes into a document on your computer. You will likely need to adjust the text so that it fits a 5 x 3 ¾ inch space. Leave room around the outer edge of the recipe so you can easily cut them. Now, load the printer with card stock and begin printing. If you want, you can either find a picture of the recipes you’re printing or take a photo of a completed dish that you have prepared. You can put a photo on another piece of cardstock, print it out and attach it to the corresponding recipe (a photo helps envision the completed meal).

If you’re using a recipe box, put your completed recipes and photos in the box by category. If you opted for the index card ring you will need to punch holes into the top corner of each of the cards then insert the ring. Don’t forget to add a card in the box or attached to the index card ring that lets the recipient know who the gift is from, the date and the occasion.