Digi-Scrapping Recipes

Many Americans (and anyone else who ate a Thanksgiving feast) are recovering today after a day filled with an overabundance of food. I (Katie) consider myself to be very lucky to have enjoyed so many wonderful dishes, and I’m especially grateful that pie is a big part of Thanksgiving dinner! LOL! If you’re like me, your thoughts are now turning to holiday baking and entertaining, as well as planning and preparing many gifts to give to friends and family over the next month. No matter how you celebrate this time of year, chances are that food plays a big role in the festivities. Of course, food is a big part of our everyday lives as well, so it is a great topic to scrap about. One of the best ways to do this is by digiscrapping your favorite recipes.

Recipes can be featured on a layout as part of a topic, or as supportive journaling. Recipes also are wonderful for personalized memory cookbooks and embellished recipe cards. One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive!) is a collection of tried-and-true recipes. About 10 years ago, I put together a giant binder full of our favorite recipes and food-related photographs and memories. All I had to work with was a handful of clip-art graphics, Corel Word, and a few printed stationary papers. The finished product is nothing fancy to look at, but it is a real treasure for me and my family. I still refer to that binder collection at least once every single week. I made a few other copies of this book to give as gifts to our families.

These days I have access to hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of fabulous digital scrapbook graphics, fonts, dingbats, and embellishments that I can use over and over again. I have Photoshop Elements, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Digital Image Programs to use in addition to Microsoft Word. No shortage of supporting materials now! I also have a lot more special recipes and food-related memories to scrap, and I’ve been itching to do something creative with them!

WHY DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES?

Of course you probably won’t digi scrap every recipe you use, it just wouldn’t be practical in most cases. There are many recipes worth preserving though and creating something special with them is a treat for those who you share them with, and for yourself. If you need some reasons for scrapping your recipes here are a few I thought of:

  1. They make fabulous gifts! Give away a few recipe cards, or put together an entire album. Either way, the recipient is sure to love it!
  2. You deserve some pretty recipes to look at. Maybe it will even inspire you to expand your cooking skills.
  3. It’s a great way to practice your digi skills. You can use all sorts of styles that you might not feel as comfortable using on a traditional page.
  4. You can use all those cooking digi kits that you have (or want a reason to buy) and stretch those supplies even further. You will find a new use for pieces of kits that you never imagined. For example: Monkeys and bananas from this kit would be adorable on a banana bread recipe page! You can also dig out those holiday kits that are only used for one special time of year and find great embellishments for recipes such as cookies and candies from this darling Christmas kit.

HOW TO DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES:

  1. Create your own recipe cards on a 4×6 canvas and print them out just like pictures. File them in a recipe box, put them in photo sleeves or albums, or use them in a fun hybrid-type project like making a recipe rolodex file or a mini-album. This also works well with 5×7 size.
  2. Create standard size binder pages (8.5 inch x 11 inch) and use page protectors, divider tabs, and a binder. This is practical and sturdy, and the pages will stand up to years of use and will easily wipe clean.
  3. Create scrapbook size layouts for recipes to put in a scrapbook album. You can use any size, but 6×6 or 8×8 are particularly nice because they are small enough to store easily, but large enough to be able to read the print.
  4. No matter what format you use, focus on using an easily readable font.
  5. Take pictures of your recipe creations to use on your layouts or illustrate them with digi embellishments.

FANTASTIC RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES:

  1. Janet’s Food Photography tips here at The Daily Digi. This is a super fun way to practice your photography skills!
  2. November Workshop at The Digi Chick all about scrapping recipes. This is a fabulous idea and there are even some amazing freebies that are available only until the end of November so hurry!
  3. Family recipe layout ideas from Scrapbooks Etc.
  4. How to create a recipe scrapbook from ehow.com

EXAMPLES OF FUN WAYS TO DIGI-SCRAP A RECIPE:

Layout by Katie, supplies: What’s for Dinner? by Cinnamon Designs, Template by Hilary Heidelberg. Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie, supplies: What’s for Dinner? by Cinnamon Designs. Franklin Gothic Book font.

Layout by Katie, supplies: Santa’s Bakeshop by Misty Cato and Julie Billingsly. Font is TImes New Roman.

Layout by Karen, supplies: Lauren Reid Art House papers; Jacque Larsen Sunny Side Up elements; Kate Hadfield Heavy Duty staples; Emily Merritt Stitch ‘Em Up; Karah Fredricks Lil Chubs alpha

GREAT KITS TO HELP YOU DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES:

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Ok, I don’t know about all of you, but after looking at all these yummy kits, I have the sudden urge to go make some cookies! I think I’ll grab by camera as well and think about how I want to digi-scrap my favorite cookie recipe.

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