Sunday, January 8, 2012

Making Life a Little Easier: Home Projects Week 1

So, I had this idea that I would post weekly home projects on Sunday. There's SO much that needs to be accomplished around the house and yard (besides everyday cleaning and necessary repairs), but there never seems to be enough time in the day. Or maybe it's lack of motivation? I'm hoping that sharing these projects will keep me us doing them throughout the year. But I make no guarantees. ((wink))

(((drum roll)))

Home Projects Completed This Week:
Cleaned and Organized the School Office Supply Drawer
Cleaned and Organized MY School Drawer
Decluttered and Organized the Plastic Containers and Mixing Bowl Cupboard

But I was MOST HAPPY with the results of my homemade RECIPE BOOK. Not only does it flip open and lie flat if needed, but it's expandable and stands up on its own! And I created it with stuff I had on hand!

Now I didn't take before photos, but picture a cardboard box about 9 inches x 6 inches with scraps of paper and SOME recipe cards thrown in, jumbled, dog-eared, hard-to-find. Are you surprised we didn't use them? I didn't think so. LOL

So check out my new, improved and ORGANIZED recipe book! It's made from scrapbook paper picture frames (covers), white card-stock (dividers), binder rings (holding it together), and index cards (recipe cards).

Front cover made with Scrapbook paper photo frames...
and of course it's a rooster! LOL 2" binder or office
clips hold the recipe card holder together like a flipbook.

Inside Tabs - I traced worn tabbed dividers onto card-
stock and cut them out, labeled.

Recipe cards - I used 4x6 Index Cards since I had them
and they're sturdy and readily available...and flipped open
the recipe holder stands up hands free!

Back cover - flower and roosters!

What do you think? I think it came out perfectly!

(Mental Note: When I find a recipe most of us like, write it down right away and file it!)


  1. way cool! I dont really follow recipes,but at times we do need them, mostly to remind me of meals I can make

  2. i think your recipe file is a creative solution to organize your cooking!! it's cute and very useable!

  3. Beautiful! Love it! :-) I need to get myself more organized in so many ways!

    Many blessings,

  4. That is so adorable. I would love to make one for each of my children.

    Thanks for the kind words.


  5. Love that recipe book! Great idea.

  6. Great idea on the recipe book, it looks great!

  7. What a great recipe book! That's a great idea!

  8. Very cute and very simple as well.

  9. What a neat idea! I picture someday making more than one to pass down to kids leaving home.

  10. That is awesome! Great way to give the kids a copy of their own of all their faves.

  11. Very cute! I'm not crafty, but I think I could do this :)

    PS...I'm so glad you liked my Twix bars!!!! They're irresistible, aren't they?

  12. Very nice! I need to redo my recipes as they r in a notebook and have gotten very messy...

  13. Wonderful idea! I'm going to have to make my own, I have a recipe box that needs some weeding out. lol


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