Reasons to Save Recipes

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to collect material for a recipe scrapbook. Don’t let the holiday come and go without getting grandma, Cousin Maggie or Aunt Ruth to jot down their time-honored directions for your family’s favorite pies, green bean casserole or stuffing.

Once you have the handwritten recipes in your possession, you can work on organizing your memory album. Some scrappers create working recipe books, which feature heavy-duty, plastic page covers. The added protection allows them to use the book in the kitchen and wipe down the pages when spills occur. Meanwhile, other scrappers prefer to design themed recipe books, which include all desserts or all appetizers, and they store the book with their other memory albums and don’t use them on a daily basis.

To make your recipe scrapbook really stand out, it helps to have appetizing photos of the featured dishes. Be sure you set out the dish in a well-lit area before snapping the pictures. For example, if you are including a recipe for triple berry muffins, aim to shoot them in a brightly lit room so they appear light and airy. Likewise, you can set the mood for a fancy dinner entree by placing it on a pretty table setting with elegant candlelight illuminating its finer features.

In addition to snapping photos of the finished product, consider taking pictures of the chef in action making the prized dish. Try varying your angles and taking images which detail the step-by-step process of turning a few ingredients into a culinary masterpiece.

Finally, don’t forget about themed embellishments. Along with the recipes and photos, you want to include cooking or baking-themed scrapbook decorations. Fortunately, stickers, borders, clip art, and picture frames that feature items like rolling pins, kitchen utensils, and a chef’s hat and apron are readily available online and at scrapbook supply stores.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.