Gift ideasToday Kara is going to share a darling recipe book she recently created…Pretty pretty recipe bookI moved into my first apartment earlier this year and I’ve had a great time experimenting in the kitchen. Though my recipe organization leaves a lot to be desired… I finally put together a DIY recipe book to keep my favorites organized and I’m excited to share how today!Recipebookcollage1. Find a old or vintage recipe book at a thrift or antique store. I chose one with ring binding, so it’d be easier to flip through. Most thrift stores have tons of old recipe books for super cheap! 2. Use a thick piece of paper or cardboard to make new organizer tabs. I cut up a record cover for mine!  3. Next, label the tabs however you would like. I used a white Signo pen to write on the labels, but you could use a labelmaker or letter stickers! There are certainly more categories, but these are the 5 categories I cook most from.  4. Now staple the category tabs to another small piece of cardboard. Depending on the type of book and cover you use, the length will vary. You’ll want to staple the new tabs in succession so they are equally visible. Staple the tabs directly on to the recipe book’s pages.CookbookDecorate the recipe pages and title pages with your preferred embellishments. I used a 1960s Ladies Home Journal to decorate the title pages with corresponding images. Most old, lady-magazines have plenty of recipe photos! Again, I used a white Signo pen to doodle on the titles. Recipebook for all occasionsAdd a new title to your recipe book and cover up any words you don’t want. I used part of a LHJ page again for consistency.Pretty recipebookLovely recipebookNow it’s time to add in your favorite recipes! You could use recipe cards, but I printed out my favorite recipes on regular printer paper and embellished them over the recipe book pages. You could also take photos of your completed recipes to add to the pages! This would look super cute with instant photos.How to amke a recipebookAnd now you have your very own personalized recipe book.


Thank you A beautiful mess.


Custom Tear Off Notepad

Really good idea!! Found on 🙂 going to make a few of these beauty’s i think!! 

I don’t know about you all, but two big things on my mind lately are getting (and staying) organized, and Valentines Day gifties. Not only am I an avid list-maker, but I love the idea of custom notecards, so this project was a no-brainer. Once you learn how to make these you’ll be making them for everyone you know. In a single afternoon I made myself a six months supply!

Let’s get started.


* Cardstock- 5-10 sheets per notepad

* Chipboard- about 8 1/2″ x 11″ (a cereal box does the trick nicely)

* White glue

* Food coloring (optional)

* Binder clips

* Miscellaneous customizing goodies

Step 1. Use a box cutter or Exacto to cut your paper into 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheets.  Do the same for your chipboard.

Step 2.  Customize!  Get creative and adorn each sheet individually.  I stitched up the sides of one notepad, stamped my name on another, and cut the bottom of the third notepad with scalloped scissors.  Fun!  Let any ink dry before moving on to step 3.

Step 3. Place your chipboard at the back of the notepad and turn the whole stack on its head.  Tap it on the table to align all pages and binder clip the whole thing together.

Step 4.  Glue!  Mix a quarter-sized dollop of white glue with a single drop of food coloring to get a fabulous color, or play with the food coloring to get more fancy.  The color might come out much darker than it seems if the glue dries clear.  Mix well.  Use your finger or a paint brush to add a thin layer of glue to the top of the notepad.  Make sure you don’t leave any big holes, but don’t use too much glue or it will bleed onto the top of the paper.

Step 5.  Scrape off any excess glue that might have gotten on the paper or chipboard.  Use 2 chipboard scraps (one for the front, one for the back) and attach 2 more binder clips to the top of the notepad.  Make sure you aren’t glueing the chipboard scraps to the notepad.

Step 6. Let dry.  If you did get glue on the top page, no worries.  You can just tear it off, but make sure the glue is dry first.  Now you can use your notepads for grocery lists or love notes- or both!