Sunday, December 5, 2010

Keepsake Cookbook

For this Handmade Holidays post, I wanted to share with you a recipe scrapbook that my mom gave me for Christmas last year.  It was by far the best present ever!!!!!  She scrapbooked the first few pages, and the rest is filled with hand written family recipes.  It is the sweetest thing.  If you spend the time and put in the effort to make something creative, it will always be a better gift than anything money could buy.  Here is what it looks like....
She purchased a pretty recipe book with divided sections for different categories of food.  Then added scrapbook pages (in page protectors) and wrote in all the recipes.  My dad even wrote in a few too.  This would make a really special gift for your loved ones for the holidays.  You could also do the entire thing by hand, or look into your local copy shop to get something printed/bound.  Online photo shops like Snapfish offer photo books as well, which you could easily customize by adding in pictures of your drawings and hand written recipes....with photos too!!!  You should totally do this for Christmas this year...your family will be really proud.


Brina said...

I love this idea, but I don't celebrate Christmas so I'd use it for a bridal shower or wedding gift.

Handmade is so much more special and meaningful than something purchased at the mall. I adore your ideas, and the "Handmade Holidays" class is such a good one. Encouraging others to be crafty and resourceful instead of materialistic and buying is a wonderful thing! I have always loved it when my friends gifted me things they have made. <3

You're a gem!

Jamie said...

Aww this is such a lovely idea! I asked my step mom for a few of her recipes and was totally bummed when she gave me printed out pages. I really wanted something hand written =(
And I totally agree, handmade gifts are the way to go!