Altered Recipe Book

By Debi Devitt



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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.

How I Made My Altered Recipe Book:

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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