This week I decided it was time to do something about the pile of recipes that I’ve collected over the years. You know the ones I mean — the odd recipe cards, scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, etc. I found a cute Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection Folio that I thought was perfect for the job. It is the small size (measures approximately 9″x7″), and has a little room to expand. I also found a small journal in a dollar bin that can be used when there is time to consolidate those little scraps of paper into something more permanent.
Of course the key to a project like this is having the right paper and embellishments. My kitchen is kind of retro — a little farmhouse mixed in with 50′s kitsch. I found a wonderful collection of paper, stickers and assorted embellishments by Cosmo Cricket. The name sold it — “TV Dinner”. It had an assortment of 12″x12″ papers, a tablet of 8″ paper, lots of stickers, brads and other cute stuff.
The book was very simple to complete. I selected one of the 12″x12″ patterned papers, and cut a panel for the front and back covers. I also cut a very small strip to run along the spine of the book. The book itself was kraft colored and matched okay, but I thought it would be better if it was a little more yellow-gold. I grabbed one of my Copic markers (Y26) and colored the spine of the book, and each of the outer edges (front and back). I only needed one coat to get to the color that I wanted. Note that you don’t need to color the entire book — just about 1/4″ from the outside edge. I was also careful to keep the marker from the inside of the book — the inside edges remain the original kraft color. I added a small-sized recipe card to the inside cover, along with a “From the kitchen of” label These are some additional pictures of the book and inside cover.
For the folio, I wanted to keep the outside pretty plain as it is the side that will have the most wear and tear. I simply added a few of the stickers to the front panel and flap (I will seal those later on so that they stay intact as long as possible). On the inside I selected one of the 8″x8″ papers to do the lining. It really doesn’t take much – four 8″x8″ sheets and a border were enough to cover all of the exposed panels. Because of the way the folio is structured, it wouldn’t be appropriate to cover the accordion parts, etc. so it made sense to me to just center the patterned paper on each panel and make that a part of the design. (That is why I could use 8″x8″ paper on a 9″x7″ folio.) This is a photo of the interior –
This short video gives a better description of both projects, and a more complete view of them.
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For both projects, the key to keeping everything in place is a good strong adhesive. My “go-to” adhesive for these types of projects is always Scor-Tape. I lined each edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape. For those pieces of cardstock that were a little larger (book covers, full pieces on the inside of the folio), I also added a piece of Scor-Tape in the center. The Scor-Tape gives a good strong bond — I’m not worried about anything coming loose, even in the “icky, sticky” summer weather.
I also completed a few recipe tags and recipe cards. The recipe cards are from the TV Dinner paper collection, so I only needed to cut them apart. The tags are made by The American Tag Company, and I just added a little ribbon. Each of these can be easily tucked inside the folio. Here’s a picture.
This project was quick and fun. This is for my personal use, but it would make a great gift. Two of the Penny Black stamp sets, “Homemade” and “Spice of Life” are perfect for further decorating the folio, recipe cards, and recipe book, etc. Both sets are available at Cut at Home – you can use this link to shop Penny Black.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology small Collection Folio
Small (approximately 6″ x 8″) journal
Scrapbooking paper/embellishment collection — I used “TV Dinner” by Cosmo Cricket
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (I used mostly 1/2″ for extra holding power)
Copic marker to match paper – I used Y26
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!