The idea for this project has been kicking around in my brain for quite some time. However, I had planned to make it for myself. In the end it became a present for my youngest brother. He enjoys cooking, he finds it's a stress reliever similar to how I feel about most cooking. So, I made this for him for Christmas.
Here is a picture of one of the inside pages. It is actually an envelope mini-album. I used these envelopes
As I was writing this post, I decided it is tough to follow exactly what I did. So, I thought I would do a step by step tutorial.
1. Get your envelopes and measure them.
2. Split them on the side you want to insert the recipe cards. I used the right side.
3. Seal the envelopes.
4. Cover the envelope front and back. I made certain the bottom and right side was even on all of my pages. I knew the top was likely to be inside the bindng so less important to be even. I used my ATG gun to afix everything. This project used up more than 3 rolls of ATG tape.
5. Set the envelopes aside.
1. Cut out enough cards for all of your recipes. I ended up doing 20 recipes. I used manilla folders (the kind you use for filing) for my pages. You don't need anything as heavy as chip board but you could use it if you wanted.
2. Cut out your pattern paper to go over the front and back of your recipe card. Cut a space the appropriate size to insert your recipe under the pattern paper. (You could just adhere the recipe to the top of the pattern paper but I thought it looked a little more professional by creating a frame).
3. Print out your recipes and afix them to the manilla folder.
4. Afix the pattern paper to the recipes and manilla folder. Make certain to remember if you have a recipe that continues onto the back side of the recipe card.
Putting the recipe cards and envelopes together.
1. Decide which cards will go into each envelope.
2. Add photos and embellishments as your desire.
3. Place them in your desired order and create a stack with them. You will need to measure this soon.
1. Measure the outer edge of your recipe cards inside of the envelopes. Add enough size to make certain your cover is larger than your pages. This will allow the cover to protect the tabs of the pages. You could make this like a traditional word book where you can see each page but I wanted it to have a little more protection.
2. Measure the height of the stack of all of the embellished envelopes with their recipe cards inside.
3. I used two pieces of chip board for each piece of the cover and then added a piece of cardstock around that. Cut the chip board to size.
4. Cut the pattern paper 1/2 inch larger than the chip board. For the back cover, which will have a flap that goes all the way around to the front and clasps, add another 1/2 inch. This will pattern paper will be the outside cover of the book.
5. Cut a piece of coordinating paper the exact same size as the chipboard. This is the inside cover of the book.
6. Lay out your back cover, large piece, 1/4 inch, piece the height of the book, 1/4 inch, and flap. My flap was 2 inches which happened to be the same height as the book. When you adhere the paper to the chipboard, make certain you score it and leave enough room for the book to bend.
7. Choose your closure. I was very simple and used a small round piece of velcro which I adhered using zip dry. You could do any number of neat things to keep it closed. Some of the Tim Holtz closures would be very cool.
8. Using a Bind-It-All, Crop-o-dile or a hole punch, punch the holes in the cover and all of the pages. I made certain I removed the recipe cards so they didn't get punched or cut while I was punching the pages.
I hope this tutorial made it easier to understand how I did this. If you have further questions just leave me a comment and a way to get back in touch with you. I'm sorry this was so long but I hope it provided some inspiration for you. Thank you for reading and looking.