Handmade Thanksgiving Recipe Book

I’m not a fan of cooking, so keeping all my favorite Thanksgiving recipes together in one place has turned out to be quite handy for me.  The binding system I used allows for additions and subtractions.  I used the computer and printer to make pages for this book, but you could also use existing recipes that you have on cards.

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For the cover, I used rubber stamps, and I used a punch for the pumpkin.

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It will stand up on it’s own!  Here’s a tip; rub the wax from a candle over your recipe cards and they will resist any spatters that may come their way.

This type of binding is very handy for other types of projects too.  Are you familiar with Levenger?  They have sold this system for years.

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I own a couple of different punches for this system.  One is a Rollabind, and one is a RollaPunch.  The discs come in several different sizes to accomodate different thicknesses, and they come in many different colors as well.  I use cheapo index cards in my projects a lot.

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You just slip a piece of paper in, and lower the top, just like a 3 hole punch.  The fact that you can change out the pages makes the fear of a blank white page vanish.

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This one is much more affordable, but the process is a little more entailed.

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Add horizontal or vertical.

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Make “book marks” out of any type of paper you want.  Punch business cards and keep them all together or with particular documents.  It makes organization much more fun!!

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Here is a binder I made out of leather scraps and cardboard.

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You can punch scraps of paper you may have jotted a note on and put it into your binder so you don’t have to search for it later.

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I made tabbed dividers and used rubber stamps to decorate them.

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It doesn’t take long to create either of these projects.  Do you think being able to just punch a piece of note paper and add it to your binder would help you stay organized?  Do you have a similar organization tip?

 

 

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  1. Wow! You actually made that binder??? That is very nice! I don’t have an organizational system for my recipe, although Lord knows I need one. At this point my various pieces of paper with recipes printed on them have become scattered. Most are folded in half and stuck inside my “Joy of Cooking”, and then some are hanging on the side of the refrigerator by a magnet. You did a really good job with your recipe book. I think this will serve as my motivation to organize all of mine. Thanks!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thanks so much Kennie. See… this system is what you need. You have a lot of things scattered here and there, you could punch them and put them all into a nice bound book!! 🙂 It really is a fun system.

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  2. Wow!! You did an awesome job on that binder! Seeing post like this make me want to tap into the creative juices I don’t yet possess. Haha!

    I like the fact it will stand on its own while you are preparing food. All of my cook books have food stains and hand prints. I guess i gave my cookbooks a little character! LOL
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you!! I had a little tip in this post, but maybe you didn’t see it. If you’ll take a candle and rub the side of it all over your recipes, and it will repel any splashes that may get on it.
    Thanks for your comment!

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  3. So neat! I love the Thanksgiving one – that would be a neat gift you could make for family members, etc. I just use notebooks for most things.
    Kristen from The Road to Domestication recently posted…Creativity Meets Inspiration with “She Wears Love”My Profile

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    Vee Reply:

    I thought you might be proud of me for having at least ONE thing organized. 🙂
    Your idea is good, about making one for family members, in fact I made one for my mom too. The cover on hers was split between Thanksgiving theme and Christmas theme since our family usually does the same meal at Christmas too.
    Thanks!!!

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  4. Neat idea! You could have family members bring recipes to dinner and then someone could bind them. I like your system, sharp it is.
    Brandi @ finding the path for me recently posted…Wishing Upon a Refurbished StarMy Profile

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    Vee Reply:

    What a great idea! Wouldn’t that be neat if you had whomever you invited over for Thanksgiving (if they bring a dish), also bring the recipe and you could make them a book and yourself a book with all the recipes of the day.
    Thanks Brandi!!

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  5. Love the bingder…such a wonderful idea. 🙂 Creativity is something I am trying to get better at. I love to try new things. CoastalKel.com
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you Kelly. Creativity is just in my nature. I’m the happiest when I am creating. I think everyone is creative in their own way. Some have just not discovered what they love creating just yet.
    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  6. This is so cute AND handy! I had to go through all my recipes just to find my Thanksgiving ones! It was annoying! Pinning!
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    Vee Reply:

    Seeee!!! You need to do one of these. You could check eBay for a used punch and get started. 🙂
    Thanks for pinning and for your sweet comments.

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  7. This is such a cute idea! It would be a super door prize at the end of the Thanksgiving meal and and great XMas gist!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thank you Bonnie. I totally agree. That special guest could leave with a little binder and reminder of a great time and meal.

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  8. I’m still impressed, you made the binder! Love this!
    I wish I could have these kind of things around. Right now my kids are small and they get into everything. I’ll just live through your blog 🙂
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    Vee Reply:

    Awwww, thank you so much! You will get to the point one day when you can do these kinds of things (and keep them intact, haha).
    Glad you like my creations.

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  9. You are SO creative! Do you know how much money I could save by making my own binders this way! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to have to look at Michaels and see if I can find the hole puncher. And I learned something new in regards to rubbing candle wax on the cards! 🙂
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    Vee Reply:

    I’m so glad you learned something Cherie. It always makes me feel good when I can share something that someone didn’t know.
    As for the punch, you won’t find it at Michaels. I’d check eBay or Levenger. The little plastic punch is much more economical, but the heavy metal one is much easier. I hope you find one and make lots of fun projects!!

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  10. That binder is awesome! I love the look of it , and how nice it is to organize anything with such style. Thank you for sharing how!
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    Vee Reply:

    Thanks Natalie! It really does have endless possibilities. I’ve even seen jewelry made out of the binding discs. 🙂

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  11. I just wanted to pop in to warn anyone thinking of buying anything directly from the Rollabind.com website. It appears the company is defunct, going on several years now. Unfortunately I didn’t realize this until AFTER placing an order. The website works…it takes your order and takes your money. But your order just sits there. No one answers the phone, emails, or responds on their Facebook page. I’d have to assume at this point that company has closed, but they didn’t bother to shut down their website.
    Too bad. They seemed to have the most colors for discs and plastic covers.
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    Vee Reply:

    Wow Kary! Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea they had closed, that’s too bad. Hopefully we can continue to get discs elsewhere.
    Thanks!

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