For years now, I’ve had the goal of trying an average of one new recipe per week to add variety in my family’s meal rotation, improve my cooking skills, and bring fun and creativity into what is otherwise usually an everyday chore for me.
In 2015, I started keeping track with a challenge for myself I called 52 Recipes, which helped me to stick with my goal and keep track of which new recipes are keepers. I post them on Instagram with the hashtag #megandoes52recipes.
I made a minibook documenting this project in 2015, but had problems keeping up with it. (I still have a few pages to add!) Even though I actually completed my 52 recipes last year, I didn’t do any documentation past Instagram.
I think it’s because I was documenting the actual recipes, which started to feel like a waste of time. I don’t need to know how to make the things I didn’t like and don’t want to cook again, I don’t really need to copy recipes I have in cookbooks I own, and my Internet-found frequent fliers are going to certainly go in my Recipe Book, which is 8.5 x 11 and has a lot more room for recipes with more complicated instructions.
But I still like the idea of all of the photos and descriptions all tucked into one place! This year, when Allie designed a Traveler’s Notebook Sized version of our Recipe Template Kit, I knew that the smaller size was a perfect way for me to simplify this project–just the photo of the recipe, the title, the source, and a bit about what I liked about it / mistakes / suggestions for next time I try the recipe.
I used a cute Freckled Fawn Traveler’s Notebook and traveler’s notebook insert, so I can fit multiple years of this project into one space. I’m planning on doing 2016 retroactively and just copying my notes from my Instagram posts.
The Recipe Template Set – Traveler’s Notebook Kit has a lot of different options for printing. You can print blank sheets and add a cover to create your own traveler’s notebook or you can print individual pages and paste them into a notebook.
I opted for the paste-in route, and I covered it with my favorite digital paper from the Salt and Pepper Edition and added a title with some Thickers from my stash.
For the title page, I used more of the Salt and Pepper paper along with the digital cover paper that comes with the Traveler’s Notebook kit and some wood veneer from an Ali Edwards Story Kit.
You can print off a blank .jpg of the template and add handwriting, letter stickers, and a photo, but I went for the .psd version so I could digitally add the photo and title of the recipe before printing. I printed the templates out on photo paper and handwrote in the source of the recipe and my notes for each one.
There are spots for “Directions” and “Instructions” if you are making an actual recipe book, but I ignored those for this project.
Traveler’s Notebooks aren’t all a standard size, so you may need to shrink your images a bit for them to fit well into your book if you are pasting them in. You can measure and change the size easily in a photo editing program, but if your digital skills are lower, you can try different percentages (90% is probably a smart place to start!) in the print window that pops up when you start to print your template. Trial and error to a size that works for your book if the original size, 4.33 x 8.25 inches, doesn’t work for your book. I like pasted pages to be slightly smaller than the full size of the page in the notebook, which prevents pages from getting caught on each other in the inside crease.
I am very into this simplified way of recording my new recipes project! How do you keep track of new things you try?
- Recipe Template Set – Traveler’s Notebook Kit
- Salt and Pepper Edition
- Freckled Fawn Traveler’s Notebook