Throwback Thursday Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! If you bake special holiday treats, this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial is just for you. Every year, I have a trove of savory and sweet goodies that I only make at Christmas. Since I got tired of looking for them in my larger recipe card holder, I decided to make this cute 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″ double waterfall folio to hold them all. I just love it when cute meets practical, don’t you?
Wrapped Up in Ribbon
The base of this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio is made from heavy duty black cardstock. Then I dressed it up for the holidays with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment. They paired perfectly with Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection.
TIP: Create a fun focal image by layering Christmas Pine Cones and Branches Satin over Forest Green Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon. Anchor the corners of the image with a bow cluster of Gold Metallic String, Rusty Jingle Bells and an itty bitty posy. Then cover a wooden clothespin with a scrap of designer paper and a little gold metallic string bow. Attach this on the opposite side of the image to balance things out.
TIP: Wrap the center of the folio with Bold Check Christmas Plaid Ribbon. Leave the tails long so you can tie a bow to serve as the closure for the folio.
Dress up the spine with this handsome Santa and Snowflake. Oh, and I added some of my precious vintage buttons to the album cover, too.
A Peek Inside
Double waterfall features house the recipe card section of the folio. The plaid clasps are magnetic to keep everything neat and tidy.
Use scraps of designer paper to create pockets for the recipe cards. This makes it easy to pull the recipe cards out when you want to use them and protects the book from getting messy.
Leave some pages blank for photos. You can also create little tip ins and flip down pages to make the folio more fun.
The front flap of the folio is a gatefold feature. Once again, use ribbon as a closure.
Place photos on the side flaps and under the belly band. The tiny envelope is a great place to tuck in a gift card or a special note.
The back side of the front flap is a little pocket/photo mat page with a decorative flap.
It’s important to include photos of you baking with your kids, friends, spouse or grandkids. You may not think so now, but those photos will be as precious as the recipes in years to come.
Quick Video Flip Through
Here’s a quick flip through of the folio so you can see how all the moving parts work together. I also put together a very basic video tutorial for the folio base. It’s enough to get you started on this fun project!
Quick note: You’ll notice that the cover of the folio is different in the video than it is in the photos. That’s because a couple of days after I finished the video, I found the Reneabouquets Santa Sleigh Beautiful Board, and could not resist making the change to the album.
Basic Cutting Guide
Here are the basic measurements you need for the folio:
- Base: (2) 4 1/2″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock. Join and score at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/2″. Then fold and score again at 6 1/2″. Fold and score a final time at 6 1/4″. The little flap forms the inside pocket.
- Liners for the covers and waterfall pages are red cardstock cut to 6 3/8″ x 4 3/8″. You will need 4.
- Red cardstock liners for the pocket page and front flap are 6 1/8″ x 4 3/8″. You will need 2.
- Red Cardstock liners for the spine: (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″.
- Double waterfall pages are 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. Score 1/2″ flap on the left hand side for the left hand page. Score 1/2″ flaps on the right hand side for the right hand page. You will need 6 total.
You can find a linked supply list below the post.
Baking with my kids, and now my granddaughters, is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I should probably make one of these little folios for each of them so they can continue the tradition.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Ribbon Club Assortment
- Gold Metallic String
- Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas (Out of stock, but Kringle & Co is very similar)
- Christmas Charms (I thought I bought these from Butterbee Scraps, but I could not find them there.)
- Reneabouquets Santa’s Sleigh Printed Beautiful Board
OH this is so precious and I love the recipe card design!! This is such a sweet gift for someone, who like you and I, love to cook!! I can not believe it is already November and that it is time to think about Christmas. Thank you for inspiring so many to create something heart felt this year~
Christmas is my favorite time of year Great job on this Thank you for posting
Love this project. What a great gift!!
Another adorable project Kathy! This is perfect for a stocking stuffer. Best part of most of your folio’s is that they can be made for any reason, any gender & any time of the year. Be well & TYFS
Love this folio, your imagination just blows me away! All the detail, all the pages! Really a great project. Happy Thursday from wet and rainy Vancouver Island!!!
Kathy, this is such a wonderful folio/gift! It’s so festive and fun. I love the traditional colors and images and those sweet little charms! I do love the Santa and sleigh but the station wagon and camper are cute too. This is such a wonderful, nostalgic idea for recipe cards. It’s something we don’t do very much anymore. Brings back good memories. Thank you for sharing this joyful creation! Hugs!
Elaborate and so stunning as always!
Kathy, I just love this folio! As always, I am tickled pick with your flaps and pockets and those oh, so wonderful waterfall features! Of course, the cover is such a treat and welcomes you to browse through. Great idea to change out the car/trailer with the sleigh, but I’m just a sucker for Santa and his reindeer! Another wonderful make from your talented and skilled hands!
Cute as can be Kathy! Luv the new front with Santa’s sleigh too! Great Throwback Thursday creation that keeps all your holiday cooking in one beautiful, convenient spot! Great idea! I have been thinking of doing this very idea …lol! Have a great creative weekend and be safe. Hugs, Suzy Q