14 DecChristmas Recipe Book

Welcome to our last Imagine If…Blog Hop for the year! If you have come from Carol’s Blog you are in the right place, and if you want to start at the beginning you can go to the Imagine If… Blog.

We are doing books and boxes this week, so I took this opportunity to document our Christmas Food Traditions.  This book is 27.5cm x 21.5cm so there is plenty of space for recipes and photos.

1412B Christmas Food Book 01

I started out by covering all the pages with Basic Grey Wassail papers and inking all the edges with Distress Ink Fired Brick (I did have to remove the binding for this, but it went back together very easily).  For the cover I used the two Imagine If… chipboard words ‘Recipe’ and ‘Book’, these were covered in coordinating cardstock and also inked.  I made three mini rosettes from Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Mini Paper Rosettes from some old music paper with tiny buttons on top.  I used the alpha stickers from the same collection to make the sub-title.

Inside the book I created photo mats and I printed out my notes and recipes using typewriter font, and inked the edges of all these using a combination of Distress Inks Fired Brick and Forest Moss.  I also coloured all my chipboard using Distress Stains in the same two colours and inking the edges once they were dry with Vintage Photo.

I don’t usually use a lot of stickers, but the ones from this collection are beautiful and there was eight strips so perfect for down the outside of each of the inside pages. I also used some stickers on the pages, and have some left to add over the photos after they are in.

1412B Christmas Food Book 02

On the introductory page I used the ‘Together’ arrow from Arrows with Words set, and one of the beautiful flourishes from Imagine If… I then used a sticker to separate the intro from the Christmas Eve dinner.

1412B Christmas Food Book 03

The tiles of each meal are made with the alpha stickers, on the second page I used another flourish and a curved arrow.

1412B Christmas Food Book 04

For the first Brunch Page I used the Pot from Cooking Set, and some more stickers.

1412B Christmas Food Book 05

I used a tree from Set 2 Mini Xmas Trees with small buttons as decorations, and another curved arrow.

1412B Christmas Food Book 06
The first Lunch page has another arrow, and some buttons by the word.

1412B Christmas Food Book 07

I love the look of this big flourish, it looks great on this page, along with another arrow.

1412B Christmas Food Book 08

The first Dessert page had another lovely flourish and some holly stickers.

1412B Christmas Food Book 09

I thought the Mixer from Cooking Set was as perfect accompaniment to Pavolova!

1412B Christmas Food Book 10

For the back cover, I used the coordinating cardstock and a large sticker.

Once I had finished adding the recipes, photo mat and chipboard, I added mini buttons and Flourish With A Bling Pewter Pearls throughout the book.

As this is our last Blog Hop for the year we have a competition – read these instructions carefully!

  1. Start at the beginning at Jo’s post on the Imagine If…Blog
  2. Write down the special phrase from each blog.  For my blog the phrase is 6 Holly Leaves
  3. Go to the Imagine If… Facebook Page
  4. Comment on Jo’s post ‘I want it all’ (DO NOT list the phrases on the Facebook Page)
  5. If Jo draws your name you’ll need to list all the phrases to her, and you’ll win it all!

Next hop on to Lilian’s Blog, and note down her phrase.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on my book first!

16 Responses to “Christmas Recipe Book”

  1. carol says:

    Love this book Beth, I have one also with Christmas ideas, not as pretty as yours

  2. Fabulous idea, I too don’t really like using stickers but they do work well here

  3. Denise Spicer-Boyes says:

    love what you have done Beth and love the little Christmas trees

  4. That little mixing bowl and the pot are just toooo cute!! What a great idea! TFS!

  5. Leigh Odell says:

    Love the idea of having a Christmas recipe book however mine would be just one page, Christmas Cake. It’s the only thing I bake.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks! I’m sure you have Christmas Food Traditions though – ham, turkey, pav? It is really about documenting what we do.

  6. Marilyn says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous. Love the idea and way you have put it all together

  7. Esther says:

    This will become a real treasure in years to come. Love it Beth!

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