DIY Recipe Book

I’ve been meaning to put together a recipe book for a long time now. Since I get most of my recipes from online, it’s a pain to organized all the printed-out sheets. They end up getting crumpled or spilled on, and they’re never collected all in one place. I wanted a way to put together all of my favorite recipes that would be a little bit classier than a three-ring binder, and without spending tons of money on a cute recipe book.

Here’s what I came up with: a composition notebook covered with cut up file folders and some washi tape. It’s great, because I can hand-write recipes my grandma dictates to me over the phone, or tape in printed-out versions of ones I find online. Plus, it allows me to customize how it looks and make it more personal. I want to be able to pass it down to my daughter someday. I’m excited for all the yummy cooking and baking our small family will be doing together!

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DIY: Covered Journal

During my last home visit with my nurse, she brought me a simple silver notebook and suggested I keep a pregnancy journal. Just something to put down my thoughts about my pregnancy, and maybe anything I would want to tell my baby along the way. I love this idea, and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner!

The journal itself, however, was pretty drab. It was silver and had this logo on the front of that I wasn’t too keen of. But I couldn’t let it go to waste! Some cardstock, photo squares, and a pregnancy scrapbook sticker later, and the journal was something totally new!

I didn’t feel like doing anything super elaborate, so I didn’t use any glue and I didn’t even cover the side or back. But already it looks so much better. All I did was trace the size of the cover onto the back of some pretty cardstock I had, then cut it out. I used double-sided mounting squares to attach the paper to the front cover, one in each corner. Then I just added the sticker, and viola! Brand new journal!

I’m super excited to start writing down my personal thoughts about pregnancy. It’s something I’ll look back on in the future, when Penelope’s all grown up, and maybe even something she’ll read someday. Documenting all the special moments is really important.

– Amber