I finally got around to a project that has been driving me bonkers for some time. Actually, this is generation 5 of trying to fix the mess inside my recipe binder. Every recipe binder generation had good intentions but, alas, failed in some way. Now I have the perfect recipe organization system. Done. Promise. How do I know? I have finally hit all my requirements!
- Must be neat and organized and easy to find a recipe (no random slips of paper)
- Must be easy to add new recipes – (Now Fixed!)
- Recipes must be protected from spills and printable for backups
- Recipes must be easy to read (without have to read a million notes I left for myself)
- Must be easy to create meal lists from
- Must be pretty
I designed these pages in attempt #4 of making my recipe binders. I love them! However, I didn’t love the binders I had them in. I used cheap scrapbook albums to store them, the kind with the expanding post spine and page protectors. I thought the expanding spine was a great idea, but I was wrong. First, the spine doesn’t expand that much and it is a pain to add new pages. Second, they were terrible to keep clean.
Anyways, I typed up the recipes in Microsoft word and printed them out. Hint: Adjust the page size to the size of your book so it has a proper layout. I do clip lots of recipes, but I only do these pages for my time-tested ones and I save everything in the word document. I kept space for a small picture and added some colorful paper on the edge. Washi tape would have been cool too.
So I bought some new binders and I could write on the side what recipes were inside. These are 8×8 albums, but if I had to do it over, I probably would have used these cute full page binders.
Entrees – Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Pork, Turkey, Meatless, Pasta, Crockpot, and Other
Side Items – Salads, Soups, Vegetables, Breads, Party Recipes, Drinks, and Breakfast
Desserts – Cakes and Cupcakes, Cookies, Ice Cream, Pie, No Bake, Other
*Each book also has a “No Recipe Dinner List” page at the front. This page helps me with quick meal planning by listing out all my ideas that don’t need a recipe. Examples – Quesadillas, Chicken Parmesan, Chef Salad.
Now, my old recipe cards did not fit in these albums. The page protectors were too large and the pages didn’t have holes in them. So I trimmed down the old page protectors using a page guide. This is why I would now go with a full page binder rather than an 8×8.
Then I added the holes in the page protectors and old sheets so they could fit in this new ring binder. The cut edge is the edge I am punching.
And voila! Pretty and organized recipe binder. This is a very simple project but I also was doing about 200 pages so it took a few days. Do you have a recipe index system? How does it work for you?
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