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01/23/2016

Keepsake Recipe Album; Homemade With Love Part 2

I am back with the second part of today's post. The first post was how I documented us creating these albums in my December Daily HERE. Some of the supplies are not Stampin' Up but we did use some of retired and current Stampin' Up! product. I listed all the current Stampin' Up! product that can still be purchased below.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

Big Shot item #113439
Little Letters Thinlits item #133730
Heat Tool item #129053
Clear Embossing Powder item #109130
Linen Thread item #104199
Regals Designer Buttons item #130029
Subtle Candy Dots item #130933
Kraft 12 x 12 card stock item #133674
Cherry Cobbler card stock item#119685
So Saffron card stock item #105118
Pool Party card stock item #122924
Early Espresso card stock item #119686
Very Vanilla card stock item #101650
Cherry Cobbler Ink item #126966
Pool Party Ink item #126982
Early Espresso Ink item #126974

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The Story behind the Recipe Albums :)

My mom for the last 2 years has been hand writing out my grandma's recipes for all of us off and on. Which was fantastic she wanted to do that for us but Eeeegads there is LOTS and I mean LOTS of recipes and times it by 5 umm it would have took her 10 years to get that done!! lol So I suggested how about typing them up and putting them into a 3 ring binder and then on the cover we could dig out pictures of my grandma with each one of us to put on the cover. Brilliant idea and genius!! ahem until we discovered there where no pictures of my grandma just with each child. Ton of grandpa and each one of us but none of grandma. I was disappointed at this and a little sad because it's too late to fix that. (Here is my plug make sure you take pictures of each grandparent or you with your kids individually you just never know when you or them might want that picture some day). So back to the drawing board.

They also need to not be to expensive since 5 of these were being made. So while my mom and I were in our favorite craft store somebody had made a memory keepsake recipe album and it was awesome!! We both saw it right away and thought oh yeah!! Problem solved we'll just make this little album of a few pictures and recipe's of grandma and then type up all the recipes and put them into a 3 ring binder...... (so I thought)!!!! Little did I know what we were getting into. lol

Here are some pictures of the album. Just  a few of the pages to give you an idea.

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I love just about all products on the market out there. We were going to make the albums out of the 6 x 8 SU Albums but the craft store had Simply Stories Albums and page protectors half off. They were only $9, more in my mom's price range for how many to be made. I thought that should be ok since that company is a pretty good company of products. We used stuff from my stash to create them, then I would be using stuff up (my goal for last year) and it would save some money for her.

We decorated the cover with a line from Carta Bella called Homemade with Love. I had picked a bunch of this up on clearance to use in my scrapbook albums with pictures of my grandma. She loved to bake and cook and this collection was so her. We used the Retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Set Perfectly Preserved and Cannery Framelits. One jar was inked in Pool Party; stamped onto Pool Party card stock and zipped through the Big Shot. The top was die cut out and Linen Thread wrapped around and a Regals Designer Button (Cherry Cobbler) added. The other canister is from a stamp set that matched this line of designer paper. I inked it in retired Gumball Green Ink and stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock. I then poured clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it. The Little Letters Thinlits item #133730 (pg. 172) in the main Stampin' Up! catalog. These little framelits are perfect for titles!! I just LOVE them! We die cut out the titles in Early Espresso card stock. Top right corner we added some Subtle Candy Dots.

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This was the cover page and the start to the recipe album. It's a picture of my grandma when she was young. It's one of my favorite "old" pictures of my grandma. I used the retired Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlit to die cut out a piece of So Saffron card stock. My grandma crocheted beautiful doilies so I wanted to incorporate that into it.

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We did sections of different categories Appetizers, Breads, Main Dishes, Cakes, Cookies, and Pies. We did these with the special recipes that meant something to each person or had a special story behind them. Each category was made from chipboard; covered in card stock. The labels I made with my label maker and put on some Kraft card stock.

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This is were we started running into problems. We discovered none of the pockets were exactly the same size. What a nightmare each pocket had to be measured before we cut anything. I CRUMBA this is what you get for not staying with a brand name that you KNOW well. Lesson learned. lol It wouldn't have been a big deal but 5 of them times 10 different page pockets front and back...well you can get an idea what a nightmare that was for us. We started this in February of 2014. Yes you read that right....they were supposed to be done by February 21, 2014 for our big Christmas weekend.

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To help with the hole pocket problem I ended up creating cardboard inserts decorated where we could just add the recipe to it. My husband the computer genius he is helped me create a recipe card in Photoshop and then I just printed out onto card stock that I had from my stash. It worked AWESOME and saved a lot of time! The albums came with wood inserts so I traced each one onto vanilla card stock. Hand cut them out and stamped on them using Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Gumball Green ink. Then to make the edges nicer looking, we sponged Early Espresso Ink around the edges. I thought doing this was brilliant...ummm yeah right we ran out of stuff fast (how that is even possible with all the stuff I own is beyond me lol) which resulted on a trip out of town asap so we could get them done by February 21. Well peeps we didn't get them done in time last year.

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We continued to work on them off and on. Another group of recipes. My mom hand wrote out the recipes to make them more personal. My husband thought that looked cool because it looked like old lady hand writing. Seriously my husband did say that; we got a pretty good giggle out of that.

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Another group of recipes and a picture of my grandma.They are finally done!! December 18, 2015!! Hooray for us!!! :) We had about 40 hours into these and that was 3 of us working on them.

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I didn't get great pictures but here is one of just my one cousin (my mom's niece) and my brother opening there albums. They loved them! So worth everything we went through because they turned out awesome and now we all have a beautiful keepsake of my grandma!

I still am working on typing all those recipes up and wowzier is there a LOT!! Maybe they will be done in another 2 years. ROFL

Some Tips:

* If you want to try a project this size make sure you plan out what you want to do.
* Check to see if you will have enough supplies on hand if you want to make them all the same; which I do recommend with a project this size.
*Allow time for any unexpected problems this will help you keep your sanity!
*Most of all go wit a company you know won't have such inconsistency or at least before starting check them out very well. I can honestly say I will never do that again without being 100 percent sure they are all the same. (We're thinking about doing something of my grandpa too).

If you made it to the bottom of this thank you for joining me on the recipe book journey :) I hope it inspired you to create a beautiful keepsake!

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