I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Recipe Book ala Kathy Orta Style

While searching some of my favorite blogs today, I stumbled upon another fine tutorial and videos by Kathy Orta of Paperphenomenon .  She does some great stuff and I draw inspiration from her all the time.  She's been showing how to do mini books of all sorts and I've been intrigued and bitten to do a few.

A few days ago, she did this Cupcake box .   Please check out her blog for detailed instructions and dimensions necessary to make one of your own.  So tonite, I sat down, pulled out my chipboard, some colorful papers and went to work.

I had bought some 12" x 24" from my local hangout, Michael's, a while back.    It's a designer paperpad by K&Company.  It has a glossy finish to it.  I originally bought it so that I can make some larger purses using my Cricut machine, but hadn't gotten around to it.  While watching the video, Kathy pieced together 2 pieces of paper so she'd have the correct length for this box.  But since I had this paper on hand, I decided to give it a go.

I embellished the book with a layered flowered that I cut with my cricut using Plantin Schoolbook.  I used a Velcro Hook and Loop circle and adhered it to the flap for closure.

I then made my own recipe cards to go in the envelopes.  I hand drew the lines on the back of the cardstock and added matching tags.

Here is the box opened with the cards sticking out.

K & Company 12" x 24" Paper Pad
Envelopes from Michaels
Tacky Tape
Scotch Quik-dry Adhesive
Plantin Schoolbook for the flower
Bazzill cardstock for the recipe cards
Miscellaneous Rhinestone (from my stash)
Velcro Hook and Loop Circles


  1. That turned out very nice, Helen. Kathy's blog is one of my favorites sites to visit, too!

  2. That came out really nice. I was just looking at her video last night and decided I wanted to make one too.

  3. Your recipe box is great. I love Kathy's video and cupcake box. I have all the materials ready and plan to make one this weekend.

  4. now you have me wanting to give this project a try!!! this recipe box is too cute, what a great gift this would make some lucky person!!!

  5. Helen, you did a wonderful job on the book! It looks great!

  6. Thanks everyone! I think I'll have to make another one.

  7. Super cool Helen!!! Thanks so much!!!

  8. Helen,
    You did a great job, beautiful book..tfs.

  9. thak you for the information

  10. good job helen it is soooooooooo nice i love it
    i want one but my recipes are printed out i want to know if anyone knows a recipe book holder that holds things i print out?


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