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Stamps–Kitchen Classics Set , Ephemera Booklets, Card Stock Stickers, Wooden File Folder Album by Crafty Secrets (online retail source: Sassy & Sweet); Colorbox Fluid chalk Ink in Creamy Brown and Chestnut Roan; Palette Ink in Noir by Stewart Superior; Colored Pencils; Ribbon by May Arts

Mother’s Day will be upon us before we know it, and here’s a fun gift you could make for yours, or even your grandmother!  Heritage recipe albums are surging in popularity, and people can’t seem to get enough of products that feature warm, homespun imagery.   This was a fun project I designed for the Crafty Secrets displays at CHA in Anaheim!

I left the wood raw, altho it could certainly be primed with paint.  Using my Xyron made it easy to apply the patterned paper onto wooden covers, and where the paper wasn’t wide enough to cover the whole thing,  I simply applied another piece of paper, in this case, the red plaid, to cover the remainder.  I love the way these colors contrast and set each other off.  The beauty of using this paper is that it looks like you painted the surface, and crackled it, but nothing could have been easier or less mess!

After applying the papers, I used a sanding block to buff down any overhang flush with the edges, and then I chalked the edges to age it.  I had a great time stamping images from the Kitchen Classics set onto vanilla card stock, coloring, and cutting them out, and then pulling stickers and cutting various pieces from the patterned paper pads and booklets that all went with the cooking/recipe theme.

These wooden file folder albums are quite charming, and feature tabbed manila pages so you can partition off each section of your recipe book.  The back cover is covered with the same papers for continuity.

Because of my mother, I’m actually a pretty good cook (nowhere near as good as she is–she’s phenomenal!).  However, I don’t actually "enjoy" cooking. Serious!  I am the Queen of Convenience Food Cooking, workship The Crock Pot, and always keep raw meat in the house, wooing the Grill Master from his cave with an assortment of nifty BBQ gadgets . . . heck, I’m even desperate enough to lunge for dish duty, in exchange for meal preparation!  I don’t care how delicious your dish is; if the recipe has more than 6 ingredients, I don’t want it! 

I just wanna know when dinner hour is . . .  Heh, heh, heh!  *wink*

  1. Hey Julie – that project is so cute!! I went to the ebay store and bought the stickers and was ready to get the stamps, but then I couldn’t find the file folder album and the other stuff…do you know if they still sell them?

  2. Beautiful Julie – I just love it – I’m ready to start cookin :)

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