8.08.2012

recipe smash book

it's no secret that i am kind of a fan of smash books. remember Scripture Scraps? the more smash books i can have in my life, the better. only somehow i don't want to use them as a scrapbook (because i don't save scraps, and i still have not finished Sage's 1st year scrapbook... why add to the pile?!), so i have to really get creative. i was in Michael's for the first time in awhile (with both kids - why did i do that?), regardless, inspiration hit me as i walked past the swoony smash book section. what if i turn one into my recipe book? my current recipe organization, or lack thereof, flashed into my head, and i was totally in. plus, the book was on sale. i had the other things i'd need to make it work. you don't have to tell me twice to get organized for $10.

also, i picked up the pink book because it was called the pretty theme and look what stared back at me:
it's destiny. complete serendipity. totally meant to be my recipe book.
let me backtrack a minute... four years ago, i had a grand plan of going through magazines and books and family recipes and re-writing them all onto the same sized recipe cards in order to fit neatly into my small binder recipe book. but what was i thinking? who has time for that? not me. i repeat, not me! look what had been hiding in my cupboards (shame!):

the best part? this took me one single afternoon to complete. holla!



(optional smash book brand label maker. it's $6 with a 40% off Michael's coupon. i use it for photography packaging. it's the best/cheapest tool ever.)

you can separate your book into sections based on meal type, or however your heart so desires. i went simple and went with desserts (put that in there first, duh!), breakfast, lunch, and dinner. appetizers went into the dinner category and salads went into the lunch category, because that's how i make things. imagine that!
these dividers are the smash book brand and are magnetic; so you can move them around, make them feel comfortable. in case you run out of room in a section, just move your divider back or up a few pages. problem solved. i used the label maker for the words. (as an aside: i want to use that label maker for everything. the end!)



after you have your sections ready, start smashing. get out those recipes and tape them up. i've heard the more washi tape, the better. if there is something on the backside of the recipe card or magazine clipping, only tape the left side so you can still flip it over as you see here in the first picture below:






i love it mostly because it's quick to add recipes to my collection. all the recipes are left as they were given to me, which is especially fun when it's from my grandmother in her handwriting on her 30 year old recipe cards. plus, when you clip something from a magazine, you get to keep the picture this way. there's only one rule. it doesn't get smashed inside until i have made it. there is a back pocket to hold recipes to try. if it's a winner i smash it. (haha, i crack myself up) if it's a loser, i toss it.
another good thing: this is bound to clean up your cupboards and countertops. plus, the smash book is the exact size of a cookbook, which keeps things nice and neat.
happy cooking and smashing to you, in style. cheers!




55 comments

  1. I have been struggling with ideas for all my miscellaneous recipe cards! This is such a cute idea - and a much more organized one than I have going for me! Love it!

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  2. This is way too adorable and creative! I love it! I would be ticled if you would share this at my party !

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  3. I can't even handle how much I love this. Please bring to next girls group so I can swoon in person, k?!

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  4. Nicely done! The makers of Smashbooks need to contact me and send me one so I can make my own review it. Yup. They do. LOL! Love it- loved the first one as well!

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  5. this is super cute!!!!! my mom actually scrapbooked a recipe book for me when i got married! but this is brilliant for all of my other recipes!

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  6. I love it you clever girl! Do I finally have a reason to use the smash book I bought a year ago?! Great job!

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  7. Question: If you tape the recipe card into the book, how do you ever read the instructions that are written on the back? Is the washi tape removable and reusable or something? Maybe that's a silly question but your pictures confused me. Looks like you can't see the rest of the recipe.

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    1. there is only tape on both the right and left sides if there is nothing on the back. if there is something on the back, i only taped the left side so i can flip it back to see the rest.

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  8. yes yes yes!
    love it!
    i JUST started doing this the other night, but i have the same rule...i have to make it first!
    we are on the same wavelength girl! :)
    your book looks so cute, i might just have to post about mine someday!
    xoxo

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  9. Very fun!I've been trying to think of something to make into a smashbook, maybe this is it!

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  10. Love it!! Thanks for the motivation- It's about time I do some re-organizing with my recipes again, too!

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  11. ADORE this Carissa! You are so clever girl ;)

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  12. Oh for goodness sakes! This is SO fun! I think I may just have to buy me a Smashbook so I can be as cute as you! My recipe binder looks very similar to your overstuffed one. How fun!

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  13. You are so super fun. My recipe book looks the same as yours did. I need a re-work.

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  14. Love this idea! I have a huge mess of recipes going on in my cupboard!

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  15. I have to do this!!! Where do j get all this cute washi tape!!! Did u gret everything at michaels?! Oh i love it!

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  16. I have never heard of this "smashing" madness but it's apparent I NEED one of those label makers and I love this idea! I have way too many recipes in a binder in slicks but the concept of having to made it and like it then smash is genius!!

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  17. WELL you just gave me a project to start! haha. this is actually perfect because my husband and I recently moved in with my parents for 90 days while our house in being built and I'm actually paying attention to my mom and dads cooking since I failed to do that in high school - I alread have 2 recipes and I was just typing them into my phone...how boring is that? I'm TOTALLY making one of these. thank you so so so much for sharing! looking forward to making it - I'll let you know when I finish and I'll post a blog about mine, then refer to this post so others can see the unique ideas. woo-hoo! can you tell I'm way too pumped about this? ha.
    www.sippycupsandpearls.com

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  18. What a great idea. I have so many recipes from my mom, his mom, me and any that I find and have rewritten them myself. Granted, I had the time (at the time I was doing it) but they were tedious and time consuming. I love the idea of smashing it all in a book with everyone's writing. Makes it far more memorable!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  19. Love it! Your girly will love to have that some day. I went into Hobby Lobby last week without kids...bliss...but also way too much temptation. I bought some stuff for crafts as well and cannot wait to share on my blog when I get it all finished!

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  20. Love your smash books! Never heard of it before, but I'm def going to have to copy your scripture scraps idea for my little guy when I find a bit of free time... and the recipe book is great too! Thanks for all the creativity you share and the great ideas!!

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  21. I have no shame in admitting that your email came through of this post while I was at a stoplight literally quarter of a mile from Michaels. My four kids and I went and I purchased immediately. Impulsive much? I'm a copy cat. Brilliant idea! My family began a new lifestyle of eating last March and I was looking for a fun way to have all of our new recipes. THANKS!

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  22. Neat! I really must do this - we have *tons* of recipes falling out of two or three recipe boxes. Not cool. :)

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  23. This is amazing I love this and have to make one too.

    Tab

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  24. Oh, I love this!! Such a creative idea!! Will have to make one, or more!! Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

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  25. oh girl. i think i'm kind of in love with your bloggy! oh it would be lovely to have a creative eye!

    karli
    http://farmerbell.blogspot.com

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  26. I love this idea! Yours turned out so so cute! Now if I could only find all the recipes collected over the years.

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  27. awesome awesome!! i love smashing things too...i'm doing a whole book just for this summer and loving how it's turning out. i think for me it's good to have a theme to stick to...then i really do it!

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  28. What is a smashbook? I've never heard of one but it looks awesome! and I'm a big fan of scrapbooks so I think this is something I could get into

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  29. Love it! I have 2 smash books sitting empty for 6 months now. I can't get into the groove with 'em!One was going nto be a summer book and sits pretty in a basket but i haven't used it. But I love this idea.

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  30. Oh, I am completely loving this!!!

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  31. I completely LOVE this! I started a recipe type journal last year, but completely fell behind, because - as you say - who has time for that! This one the other hand, lets me add twiddly pictures and pretty tape without having to re-write stuff! Yay!!

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  32. Of course, I love this. Brilliant, really.
    And, my dear one, I wrote my miscellany monday post and forgot to link it up. I think my weekend in NYC wore me out -- I'm just now coming out of the fog.
    I am going to have to make one of these books -- perhaps a gluten free Smash book. You are so creative. That is why I still call you Martha. You know I saw her in NYC, right? She was lovely. But, not nearly as lovely as you!
    Love you, sweet friend.
    Rach

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  33. Hi,

    Hopped on over from Becky's linky up artsy thing and I have to tell you how PERFECT this is for me!!! I have TOTALLY the same pile of recipes/magizen clippings/etc. with the same intentions you had and well it ain't getting done!! But this is PERFECT!!! I'm crazy excited, can you tell?? ;) Anyways just wanted to say THANKS!! for this fantastic idea, can't wait to get to it!! :D

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  34. Goodness you are organized! Holy cow. I love it. Maybe if I had them all in a pretty place I would cook more?? Thanks for linking up friend. I hope you had an awesome birthday.

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  35. Dude. Stop it with the genius idea. I dug out a Michael's giftcard, my coupon filled app and did some damage in the Smash section. Put those wild critters down for naps and tackled the beast that is my recipe drawer. Happiness. Washi taped happiness.
    Gracias girl. Gracias.

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  36. Carissa, this is absolutely adorable!!! And what a fun idea to use the smash book. I keep looking at those but never buy them because I don't want to start another project. But...it totally goes along with all the baking I'm doing right now!!! Yay! Now I have a good reason to buy all the cute smash stuff!!!

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  38. I love this Carissa! Love, love, love I tell you:-) It's a fun and creative way to save recipes. I know what I'm doing with my washi tape this week. Thanks a bunch now I can organize my messy collection:-)

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  39. I LOVE this idea! I have a Smash book that I am just getting started on, but maybe next round I will do this, thank you for sharing it with us! And what is this scripture scraps, I've got to click on that link:o

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  40. Carissa - I LOVE this project! Won't you share it with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy?

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  41. You go girl! SO AWESOME!!!
    Probably gonna have to do this.

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  42. You are totally the queen of simplicity. Such fabulous idea! I must try it and publish on my blog and link to yours? Although, I have to say I have never come across Smashbook here in Tassie. But, I could imagine this be like something I could get my hands on through Stampin Up. Is like a journal, isn't it? Thanks heaps. Xx

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