A new year means new organization! Organizing my recipes has been on my to-do list for way too long! Until this point I have kept them all on one Pinterest board, and every time I need to reference the recipe, either for creating my shopping list or cooking the meal, I have to go to Pinterest. While this has worked fine, I love having all of my recipes in one binder that I can easily flip through. I love finding great recipes from all of the talented bloggers out there, but in the last few months, I have had two recipes disappear! Printing them off solves this problem and also makes the recipes more assessable for my husband when he wants to cook :)
I have had my eye on the beautiful recipe books and boxes from Rifle Paper Co. for a while now, but I was hesitant to purchase one because I knew they wouldn’t work very well for me. Since I do find a lot of recipes online, it is far easier to print them off than copying them onto recipe cards. I wanted to create a recipe book that could hold recipe cards as well as printed recipes – a binder is perfect for this!
While at a local stationary store, I found Rifle Paper wrapping sheets and became inspired to use them to create recipe binders! The papers are so pretty and perfect for jazzing up a plain binder. I made a large one for myself and a small one for my mom.
This project is super easy and doesn’t exactly require a full tutorial. I took some pictures during the process you can check out below. Adding the gold label holder dressed up the binders and was the most complicated part. Here’s to a new year and new ways of being organized and making life simpler! :)
Supplies Needed for DIY Recipe Binder
- Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper sheets
- Gold label holder
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Page protectors
- Binder dividers
- Recipe cards
Cut the Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper sheets to fit the front and back of your binder as well as a thin piece to insert into the spine of the binder.
I had trouble inserting the thin piece of paper into the spine of my small binder, so I placed it on the outside of the binder and covered it with a piece of clear packing tape. You can’t even tell there is tape over it!
I found these cute gold label covers by Teresa Collins at Joann Fabrics. I printed off little labels that would fit inside each that read “Recipes”. The label covers went on with two tiny gold brads. I centered the label holders onto the front piece of wrapping paper. I poked two holes with one end of my scoring stylus and attached the holders. My little labels kept wanting to slide out, so I adhered them to the paper so they wouldn’t move.
For the large binder, I found page protectors that fit 5″x7″ cards on Amazon (you can view my affiliate link for this at the end of my post). They are perfect for holding 5″x7″ recipe cards! I created recipe cards in Photoshop and had them printed by Shutterfly. Regular page protectors hold all of my printed recipes.
For the smaller binder, I found page protectors and dividers at Target in the office supply section. I used smaller recipe cards that were 4″x6″ so I could slide two into each page protector. They aren’t as easily removable but that didn’t bother me. When I printed recipes off the internet, I just printed them at 60% – 70% and trimmed them down so they would also fit into each page protector.
The recipe binders turned out so well and so far I have loved using mine! It is easy to add to and easy to reference while I am making dinner!
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