Scrapbook Albums are fun

scrapbook albumsScrapbook albums are fun and can be made with any theme you can think of.

For example, what is your family's favorite recipe?  Where did you get it?

Was it something Grandmother learned when she was a young bride?

Was it a sushi recipe that won a prize for Uncle Lyle at the state fair?

A recipe scrapbook album is a delight for your family members.

Imagine giving each one a collection of family recipes , each with its own bit of history, in a recipe scrapbook album.

You can create this kind of recipe scrapbook album with these steps.  Of course you can adapt this process for just about any scrapbook theme.

Recipe Scrapbook Album Materials

Prepare to make your recipe scrapbook album by assembling the following minimal materials. You may want other things as well, but these 7 are suggested  for a complete recipe scrapbook album.

* Family recipes, as many as possible – neatly written or typed

* Photographs of how the recipe looks when ready to serve

* Photographs of the person credited with creation of the recipe

* Notes of things people always say or remember about the recipe

* Scrapbooking paper (acid-free) reminiscent of cooking

* Food preparation stickers and charms

* Recipe “instruction” tags

Themes for Recipe Scrapbook Albums

Your main "ingredient" in making your recipe scrapbook is of course the recipes.  As related to that main theme, each one of the section of your scrapbook will show a specific theme that relates with the recipe in it.

Looking through your collection of recipes and photos, finding natural groupings. If there are several recipes from Grandmother, theme a section of your recipe scrapbook album for those. If Uncle Lyle has more recipes than his singular prize-winning sushi, set aside a section for him in your recipe scrapbook album.

Perhaps you will find it easier to divide your recipe scrapbook album into themes such as appetizers, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. Each of those could be a page or section theme.

Recipe Scrapbook Album Page Layouts

Once you have your themes, you are ready to organize the pages of your recipe scrapbook albums. There are many ways to page layout, and you may have one you have used often. Here is one way of doing it.

1. Select the photo(s) to be used on a 2-page spread or single page. If they are colored photos, select scrapbooking paper to complement them. Be sure you use acid-free paper to protect your memories.

2. Lay out your scrapbooking paper to fit the page. Be creative with your paper. Nostalgic kitchen wallpaper is a good choice for old recipes. Italian recipes might find a home on red and white checkered paper reminiscent of a tablecloth. If your recipe scrapbook album includes a recipe for Fish and Chips, you might want scrapbooking paper on that page to look like an old newspaper.

3. Once you have placed your scrapbooking paper, begin to arrange the recipe and accompanying photos. Typed recipe cards are fine, but if your recipes are hand-written by the person who created them, it will give your recipe scrapbook albums a more personal touch. If the handwriting is not very legible, consider taking a photo of actual recipe and use along with a typed version of the recipe.

4. Frame your photos and recipes after they are placed. You can find a wonderful variety of frames in scrapbooking supplies stores. Or you can use your own creativity. If Grandmother always wore an apron when preparing that delicious chocolate cake, create an apron "pocket" of cloth or cardstock. Tuck into it one or more recipes. Another idea is to make fold-open frames for the recipes in your recipe scrapbook album. Simply cut an appropriate size piece of cardstock and fold it in thirds. Adhere the center third to your scrapbook, top it with the recipe, and fold the other two sides shut over it. You might even make the folded card look like cupboard doors.

5. Once your photos and recipes are framed on the page, add a few lines that are associated with the recipe. In my own files, I have a recipe for cookies served by the host the evening my husband and I first knew we would become more than friends. Personal notes about such memories add immensely to recipe scrapbook albums. My mother's fresh, home-baked bread is remembered as Dad's favorite base for yellow mustard!

6. When each page layout is completed, each element glued firmly in place, you are ready to add stickers and charms – embellishments. Commercially made embellishments are available for your recipe scrapbook albums; also, you may add more intimate touches as well with your own hand made decorations. If Grandmother loved lace, and even crocheted her own, adding a touch of lace to her page will help family members remember that. Since Uncle Lyle always used that bright green "sushi grass" (baran) to separate his sushi, be sure you include a piece of it on the sushi recipe page.

Finally, you may want to leave a few blank pages at the end of your recipe scrapbook albums so that future recipes can be added later.  Learn more about how to scrapbook here.

Recipe scrapbook albums are fun and can be made during a prolonged family reunion, giving everyone something to do with their hands while catching up on family news.

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