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Personalised Recipe Cards make anyone's cooking days seem brighter!
"Lentils are friendly —
the Miss Congeniality of the bean world."
My Savoury Lentils - Made for a Healthy Recipe Cards Swap
If you have some heirloom recipes or some family favourites, why not make up your own personal cook book, album or box with some like these?
There are plenty of reasons to use this idea as a delightful and practical gift for someone too. For instance, I thought of making a batch of never-fail recipes up for a new bride recently, or for sending with your son or daughter as they leave the family home, or to show a grandparent how special their tastes of the kitchen are, and you may have even more ideas about how to use them.
You're bound to treasure them even more once you have created a scrapped version of your favourites!
When you start making your collection, something to think about is the colour of the food you are going to scrap about. Here I used my savoury red lentil recipe, so I chose a rich red brown cardstock, rich brown ribbon and brads, and found rub ons in the colours that matched the cardstock and even the ingredient labels I photographed.
I can just imagine how pretty doing recipe cards in pink and yellow and lilac would be for a little girl's birthday cake recipe! A picture of a birthday cake on the card would really make it wonderful.
Here's what I used for my Recipe Card:
- A set of 5" x 7" blank cardstock cards (about 12cm x 18cm)
- A healthy recipe and
- A picture of the ingredients I use in it.
- Typed instructions. I split the ingredients from the method so I could place the list of ingredients on one side of the card and put the method on the other side
- Cardstock, inks, embellishments of choice such as:
- Deckle-edged scissors
- double-sided tape
- A corner punch if you like
- Brads, buttons
- Rubber Stamps
- Sharp-nosed scissors
- Metallic pens
- Clear Nail Polish or other sealant
Here's What I Did:
First I used the deckle-edged scissors to cut around these elements I had already made:
- my photos
I measured them so they would fit where I wanted them to
Next I stamped the background cardstock to decorate it.
I also embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder and inked the edges of the card and used the corner punch on the corners
Then I mounted the photo and recipe on the front of the
card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue. It's archivally safe so will last a long time.
Next I cut a piece of ribbon to form a tag on the top left hand corner and apply double-sided tape to both ends as shown. I removed the protective backing strips from one end of the adhesive at one end of the ribbon, also as shown, leaving the other end of the ribbon unattached as yet
I positioned the ribbon where I wanted it to be. Then I took my sharp-nosed scissors and pierced a hole for the brad to fit in, or you could use a paper piercing tool and mat to do this
I popped the brad in to the card and separated the split pin at the back so it stays where I wanted it to stay
Then I applied a rub-on to my brad and sealed it with clear nail polish (or you could use another sealant of choice)
Next I turned the card over, removed the other backing strips on the double sided tape and adhered it over the split pin of the brad
I attached the instructions/method to the back of the card, over the ribbon end
You can of course continue to decorate your heirloom recipe card as you would like. In my case, I used more rub-ons,
buttons, metallic pens and other felt-tipped pens to embellish my
Once you have made one of these, it is likely you will want to have more. What a good excuse to make a decorative box or album to keep them all safe in!
Preserving Heirloom Recipes for your family never felt so good.
If you want more tips about how to preserve family heirloom recipes, try the Archival Methods Blog, especially this page.
However you decide to make them. enjoy making your personalised recipe cards.
Here are a couple more Recipe Cards I made for your inspirational pleasure:
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