Save a Recipe Challenge

Hello Friends!

I love recipes!  I have been collecting recipes ever since I was a teen.  I used to go to the library and check out stacks of cookbooks and read them like novels.  I’m always looking for new recipes on Pinterest, Kitchenbug, All…I love all those sites.  But, like most of us, I have a handful of tried and true, never fail, “go to” recipes that I use all the time.  My mom’s amazing home made bread recipe, my home made Bisquick recipe and my favorite pie crust recipe make that list.  So when Canvas Corp Brands issued their Save a Recipe Challenge to the Creative Crew, I knew I had to play along.  I created a bright, bold storage solution for these hard working recipes.

Kathy by Design/Recipe File

Kathy by Design/Recipe File for CCB

I began with a 4″ x 6″ Naked IvoryFile Folder. After tracing it onto a piece of damask print canvas I stitched the canvas onto the surface of the file folder.  Next, I inked up one of the  mini Gypsy Moments recipe cards and stenciled it with Roses R Red Glimmer Glam and a coffee ring stencil.  This was layered with a black and kraft tag and a bit of ephemera from the Gypsy Moments mini ephemera pack.

Kathy by Design/Recipe File

Kathy by Design/Recipe File for Canvas Corp Brands

The focal point for my recipe file is this gorgeous, bold red canvas blossom.  No way will I be losing these recipes now!  I love the color combo of red, black, kraft and ivory…and it even matches my breakfast plates!  I punched out several scalloped circles from damask on ivory tissuestock, then stacked them in the center of my flower, beneath this gorgeous vintage leather button.  I added some floral cabochons and cute cooking embellies from my stash along with a bold red clothespin to hold everything together.  The cherries on black grosgrain ribbon was the perfect finishing touch.  I just tied a length of ribbon around the front of the folder and used a square knot to hold it in place.  Then I cut 4″ lengths of that same ribbon, looped it around and tied it off.

Kathy by Design/Recipe File

Kathy by Design/Recipe File for Canvas Corp Brands

The inside continues the red and black theme.  I lined the left side of the file folder with cheery red and white mini dots cardstock, then created a slash pocket using the Pots and Pans paper from the Farmhouse Kitchen Lifestyle Collection. I tucked some 3 x 5 index cards into this pocket so that when people ask me for the recipes, I have them handy!

The right hand side of the page is covered with black and ivory French Script cardstock. I deliberately hand wrote the recipes onto the post cards.   It may not look as perfect as a computer journaled recipe card, but someday, my children will be glad to have the recipes they grew up with written in my own handwriting.

I can see myself making more of these…lots more!  It would be cute to store them in one of the vintage photo crates from Canvas Corp, don’tcha think?

Kathy by Design/Recipe File

Kathy by Design/Save a Recipe for Canvas Corp Brands

This came together pretty quickly, even with having to figure out the design.  It would make a great topper for a bridal shower present, a Mother’s Day gift…or for yourself!

How do you keep and store your recipes?  I’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!








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14 thoughts on “Save a Recipe Challenge

  1. Dawn Skene

    Beautiful project! I love the little spoons and the pie! Some of my recipes are in a book that my mother gave to me. It has spaces for recipes but also some room to write little stories or comments about the recipes.

  2. Jan Ross

    I really like this idea and I do believe I will case this in some other paper collection. Thanks for the idea Kathy.

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, I must say I am a cookbook nut. I have so many, and so many receipes as well. I keep special receipes in an album and receipe box. some cookbooks I use often are always in the kitchen. I also mark my receipes, red if good blue forget. I know it’s stays on the page, but it sure does help me when looking for something new. I also make notes on them if I have changed anything.Also if a person gave it to me I write that info on a receipe card an attach. One day I hope to fix a big album with what i love the most. If I could just
    not be so inlove with a variety.
    Love your album, and you receipes sound good to keep, would love to share.

  4. Sara Emily Barker

    SOOOOO pretty, Kathy, and I love the idea of having a place to store special recipes! It does not surprise me that you would have a stash of those that are special to you! I love the color combination, and that flower on the front is the perfect compliment. Love those little cooking accessories! I agree, handwritten family favorites are the best! I have a recipe box my mom gifted to me that had her handwritten favorites in there, as well as some from my Grandma. I’ve added a few of my own.

    As for the bulk of my own family’s favorites, they are all thrown into a binder, some in page protectors in their original form, weather handwritten from those passed along from friends or family (in their hand) or torn from a magazine. Others are just in the pocket, ready to be filed. It’s really a mess! I bought a kit to make a recipe box years ago, and I’ve yet to use it!

    Big hugs!

  5. Kris

    I love how bright and cheery this is! Just right for those special recipes! To my chagrin, my recipes are stuck in a recipe album that is so full I have to keep it closed with a classy rubber band…… 🙂

  6. Carol

    Hi Kathy this is lovely and a great way to store recipes to cherish. Love the large flower on the front . My few recipes are just put inside an old cookbook, yours are a lot prettier how you have done this x

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