7 Easy Steps to Creating a Recipe Binder
With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may be planning to spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. Are you always looking for new and interesting recipes or do you stick to the tried and true. Either way, it’s important to know how and where to find your recipes!
I LOVE to spend time scouring Pinterest for different recipes to try! I’ve also had a few great recipes passed along to me. The printed Pinterest finds and the recipe cards I inherited began to overtake my kitchen drawer. I needed a way to keep them organized.
By the way, have I mentioned that I am a lover of paper-crafting and all things scrapbooking? You can check out my re-done craft room here.
I wanted to CREATE a system that really made sense for me and made me want to keep my recipes neat and organized.
After researching different ideas on Pinterest, I chose a simple and extremely functional option: a recipe binder. It has been an awesome addition to our kitchen and has made meal planning/grocery list prepping, a snap!
Here’s what you need:
- A binder
- White cardstock
- Avery binder pockets
- A printer
- Heavy duty sheet protectors
- Scrapbook adhesive
- Avery Labels 5160
- Avery Labels 18163
- Recipe card protectors
The great thing about a binder, is that you can totally customize it to your personality!
Step 1: Sort through existing printed recipes. Toss out any recipes you tried and didn’t like. They don’t need to take up space in your binder.
Step 2: Determine how you want to categorize your recipes. Do you prefer them by type of cuisine (Mexican, Asian, or Italian) or maybe by food type (soup, salad, entrée)? Set up your binder however it makes sense for you
Step 3: Print section labels. You can easily find pre-typed labels with a quick search on Pinterest. Or if you want to make your own, you can print blank recipe book tabs, like these.
Step 4: Choose a section divider style. You can print pre-designed dividers onto your white cardstock, hole punch them, and put them in your binder. I like adding my own personal spin to things, so I chose scrapbook paper sheets that I associated with each category (i.e. the poultry section has a divider with chickens on it).
Step 5: Sort your paper recipes according to the categories you chose and insert each into a page protector. This will help ensure the longevity of the recipe sheet, as you take it in and out of the binder, and also protects it from spills.
Step 6: File recipes behind each section divider you created and insert into the binder.
Step 7: Insert one binder pocket behind each section divider. This will hold any recipes that you’ve printed or collected but haven’t tried yet!
Remember when I said, you could customize it to fit your personality? I did that by adding a few “extras.” I created cute personalized label stickers where my hubby and I can each rate the meal. And a second label for additional notes. Such as if I had to use a different ingredient than what’s listed, or adjusted the cooking time by a few degrees/minutes.
This project got me really excited to get my recipes organized! I hope it does for you too.
Leave a comment and tell us what you did to personalize your recipe collection!
About the blogger
Melissa Rogers is a professional organizer and USAF military spouse whose organizational skills were put to the test, right after graduation, as an elementary school teacher. The management of the classroom depended solely on the systems Melissa created and her ability to teach those systems to others. As a military spouse, she developed her own unique brand of systematic organizing to accommodate moving four times in three different cities, over six years. Melissa’s passion for teaching her organizational tips and tricks inspired her home business, Modified by Melissa.