Thursday, July 15, 2010

Family Recipe Box, Cherry-O!

Okay, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume my 22 year-old sister, Julia, doesn't read my blog.  This is her graduation gift (George Mason, class of '10), and I haven't given it to her yet.  When my brother graduated from VT a couple years ago, I made him a 5x7 album including a recipe from and picture of each family member that chose to participate (don't leave out the kids in the family).  Then I realized a recipe box would be easier to add to.  This decorable magnetic-closing recipe box, Cherry-O paper pack, ribbon and embellishments are available from Close to My Heart.  I cut the letters out on my cricut, covered them with paper, inked the edges and covered each with liquid glass (also available at CTMH) to give them a glossy 3-D feel.

The beauty of this fun project is its simplicity.  I bought this coordinating set of Cherry-O recipe cards already printed "scrappy style," and they come with stickease and dividers.  I just slapped on a sticker and a matted photo and I was done!  (Your gift receiver does not need to know how easy it was.)

Practical tips:
-  Because you hope that this will actually be used in a real kitchen, I recommend sliding each card into a sealable cellophane bag for protection.  Clear Bags seriously has any size you need.
-  And secondly, I am going to attach a decorated clothes pin to the back of the box to hold the card up where the chef can read it.