Tuesday, June 19, 2012

IHP Design Team Challenge--Book It

For this month’s i {heart} papers design team challenge, each of the design team members—plus this month’s talented guest designer—dressed up a Studio Calico mini book.  The book has chipboard covers--the front cover has an embossed honeycomb pattern--and plenty of pages.  Lots of possibilities here!

I decided to make my book into a recipe book. For those who know me well, you’re probably getting a good laugh from that just about now given my general disinterest of and lack of skills in cooking and/or baking! But, I knew that my Comfort Food stamp set set from Market Street Stamps could turn this plain book into a super cute recipe book.

First things first—the book comes unbound, so you have to decide how you’ll bind the front cover to the pages and the back. I took the easy route and used a little bit of designer paper along with some i {stick} papers redline tape to hold it all together. The tape’s a pretty close match to the width of the book, so it worked pretty well. A piece of cream ruffle edged trim along the edge of the patterned paper strip adds a fun, feminine touch to the binding

I dressed up the cover with a matching designer paper circle with the set’s apron image attached to it with dimensional dots. I stamped “favorite recipes” on a strip of red faux suede ribbon and stretched that across the album cover, adding a trio of twine-threaded buttons at the end to anchor it. To get the “s” on the word “recipe” that comes with the set, I inked up the “s” from the word “soup” and carefully lined it up next to the already stamped word.

Inside, I stamped the pages using more of the words included with the set so that they’d be ready for some recipes. I left space for a recipe name, source, number of servings, ingredients, and directions and dressed up the page with the set’s cute mixer image. The grid lines on the pages made it easy to line the words up straight.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the IHP team has cooked up using their mini books.  Here's where to find them:
And, in other IHP news, Kate is looking for a social media coordinator to join the IHP team. Check out all of the details on the new position here.

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers: Studio Calico honeycomb journal kit, X-Press white Copic blending cardstock, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers (R12, R14, R17, B0000), Market Street Stamps Comfort Food stamp set, October Afternoon Cakewalk 8x8 patterned paper, May Arts red faux suede ribbon, Maya Road cream ruffle edge trim, Lawn Fawn natural hemp twine, Sticky Thumb dimensional dots, i {stick} papers redline tape

other: Riding Hood Red cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); red buttons (Michaels)


  1. Another fantastic idea!! Favorite Recipes! I love it.. Love your cover with the red/white and the lace adds so much! So cute!! this is so great!!

  2. Lori, this is sooooo adorable! I love the picnic plaid paired with this cute apron! These pages are the perfect size for writing recipes!

  3. Looove this as a recipe book! Super cute!!

  4. OK, after chuckling pretty hard that YOU made a recipe book, I realized it came out great! Now...what are you going to do with it??

  5. OMG, I love this idea! What an awesome way to use this book. Seriously, I couldn't think of anything at first, and look at all these great ideas!

  6. Oh what a great idea! I never even THOUGHT of a little cookbook for this. Love it!

  7. Super cute idea for a recipe book!! I love the colors that you chose for this!

  8. What a truly fantastic idea, Lori. I have having favorite recipes all gathered together in such a crafty and pretty way.

  9. Cute book Lori! I like how you bound it too- I never thought of using DP and Red Line tape!Good luck with filling it up with tasty recipes- I seem to make the same things over and over and over. . .


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