I just wanted to share with you how I made this altered recipe book. One of my favorite things to do during the summer months is to go to yard sales with my husband. It's a real treasure hunt. Last summer I found this old, vintage, children's recipe book and knew it would make a great altered book project.
It had no binding at all, and the back cover was missing completely.
But I knew I could do something with it, so I paid a dime for my little treasure and smiled in my heart at what I had just found.
I knew I needed a back for it, and I just so happened to have some of
Tim Holtz, What's Cookin' cardstock left in my stash. This paper has
such a vintage look. Thank you, Tim, this was a perfect solution. So I
covered a piece of chipboard the same size as my front cover with the
Tim Holtz double-sided paper.
Next I knew I wanted to add blank recipe cards to the book. So I took my new toy - the
Zutter Distrezz It All
. I was able to distress all of these recipe cards in just a few minutes.
I thought I'd be able to bind the book together with my
Bind It All, but alas the holes were off just a bit and it wouldn't work. Lucky for
me I happen to have this old comb binder hanging around and it was a
perfect fit for the holes in my altered recipe book.
I bound the book together and inserted my blank recipe cards throughout.
I like the idea that my own recipes can be added into this book, making it a real family treasure.
As you can see, the original book that I bought was quite distressed, so distressing the additional recipe cards was a perfect blend.
I used some blank, plain white recipe cards as well, distressing them and adding small embellishments to them.
This is a photo of the back cover that I created using Tim Holt'z paper. This is some of my all time favorite papers!
This blue is the back side of the same paper shown in the previous photo. I thought that it made a good back cover. I ended up putting it in my
Etsy shop. And made a nice profit on it, I might add.
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