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Monday, January 13, 2014

Simple Recipe Organization

I am a messy cook! And I like to have my recipes right there by me on the counter. And they usually get ruined...case in point...see that pink piece of paper? Yeah I have to call my mom every time I want to make it because I can't read half of the recipe! 



Since it's a New Year and everyone has organization on the brain, and I just barely got myself  a Silhouette and a Laminator I thought I would combine the two for my next project! 



I wanted something that would be easy to take in and out and that was simple, it also had to be able to withstand whatever liquid I might happen to spill on it. I love all of the fancy recipe cards that are all over the place but I get bored with things so I wanted to keep my cards really simple. Then in a few years I don't have to worry about not being able to find the same cards, I don't think lined index cards are goin out anytime soon! 

I started by rounding up my favorite recipe's and got to copying them over to my index cards. It took awhile but I did it while watching TV so it wasn't too bad. 


After I had them all copied I sent them through my laminator. I used 9x11 thermal sheets, only because I have a ton of them left over from another project. It would have been much easier to use the smaller ones! 


I picked up this handy little binder in the school supply section at Wal-Mart for only a few dollars. It is on the smaller side but seems sturdy. I used my Silhouette to cut out the vinyl for the front of my binder. And yes, the statement is true! I also cut out the words for my dividers but I somehow missed getting a picture of those! I did the following- Appetizers, Main Dishes, Salads, Breads, Desserts & Misc. 


After I cut out all my recipe's I hole punched them and stuck them in my binder! No more will I have half burned pieces of paper, and that makes my little heart oh so very happy! 


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About

13 comments:

Rachel Joyce said...

Love how you laminated the recipes--and the quote on the front of the little binder is hilarious!

Angela said...

If I can ever get my life together, I will steal this idea for my recipes. I love the way this turned out!

Randi SowderingAbout said...

This is such a great idea!!!!! I have pretty much given up on recipe cards because I don't feel like I can keep them organized haha

GetSilvered said...

This is a really neat idea! Good idea to laminate the recipes too - very pratical.

Onyxguenhwyvar said...

Oh wow! That binder is super cute. And if you are organizing your recipes, you can't be all that bad of a cook! I love how you laminated your index cards - my paper recipes are always getting covered in whatever ingredients I'm using. Thanks so much for sharing!

(Kristy gd from Please Excuse My Craftermath...)

Glenna Anderson said...

Such a great idea to laminate your recipe cards. The binder cover is so cute!

oscaralley said...

I love simple!! I need to get a laminator and get started. Thanks for sharing.

Brenna said...

I don't know why I have never thought to laminate recipe cards! And using a small binder is a great idea.

Jessica Anderson said...

Very cute! I SO need to do this. My recipes are a mess.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Very clever use of both of your new.
pieces of equipment

~Krista~ said...

Thank you SO much everyone!!!

Janice at NearlyHandmade said...

I'm really starting to think I need to invest in a laminator! It just seems so practical! And I really need to get motivated to get some sort of menu planning in gear for 2014. I'm famous for not coming up with a dinner idea until 6pm after we're all hungry and tired ;)

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