Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Chef's Recipe Album

Friday is soon right??? Oh my goodness, so much to do, not enough time to do it.... I won't dwell on it, but geee, I've been busy! Long weekend, here we come!!!
I thought I'd share this project with you. This is the original album that I made for my sister's Bridal shower gift when she got married in January 2009. The original idea was not mine - When I was married, my cousin Charlene had a Pampered Chef Bridal shower for me and asked all the attendees to bring their favorite recipe - she then took them all and put them in a photo album. I have found this little album so useful! When my sister's shower came around, I decided to use the idea and take it a step or two further.
First off, I had to decorate the ablum. I couldn't leave it plain, I'm a papercrafter!!! Secondly, I decided to take photos of each guest with the Bride and place it in the album with that guest's recipe.

I was so pleased with how it turned out and my sister and her hubby have enjoyed it as well. Here is a photo of one of the inside pages. That is my little sis and I. We took advantage of those little slots in between to add a favorite quote or "words of wisdom." We had a little table set up at the shower for everyone to work on these and add them to the book.

My little brother is getting marrried on June 5th and I made another one of these for him and his wife. I will share those photos another day. I had not originally taken photos of this one as I was not yet blogging, but when I went home for my future sister-in-law's Bridal shower, I asked my sis if I could have a look at hers since I couldn't remember exactly what I had done with it. I so wish I had remembered about the wooden spoon! That was one of my favorite parts and I forgot about it for the newest version of this project. Oh well! The chef on this original version didn't get colored since this was made PRE-copic! (I rarely colored anything pre-copic.) The newer version has a little more color.
I used a spray called "Super Seal" Aerosol Acrylic Sealant Spray to help protect the project - and I must say I love how it works. (It doesn't feel sticky but leaves a protective layer. Nothing ran or bled and colors were not altered.) It is a recipe album after all and will spend some time (I hope) in the kitchen. What I love about it is that you can easily slide things in and out, so sometimes I slide out the recipe and stick it on the fridge with a magnet which avoids spilling on the pretty album in the first place!
Best go work on the list of things to do! Have a great week!
Shanna :)


  1. Oh I love this album... what a great idea! Wow... I have missed a ton... I didn't realize quite how long it had been since I had blog hopped! All of your cards are wonderful (sorry to not comment on every post). Love your scrapbook page(s) and the pics of the flowers/bee are gorgeous!!

  2. what a fantastic idea - love the spoon on the cover too :D

  3. oh wow, what a fabulous idea, love it, you decorated it perfectly too! Might take your idea of using a photo album, then the recipes are easy in and out and kept clean! Need something for all my loose recipes, particularly the ones found on the internet! hugs debx

  4. What a great gift idea! Just adorable!

  5. What a great idea for a bridal shower!! I love the wood spoon, too, and those papers are perfect for this!


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