DIY Cookbooks

I have a dilemma, and I’m going to be up against it for the next five months.  I’ve got lots of things to make for my daughter’s wedding in July, but I’ve been forbidden by the bride from writing about any of it here until the wedding is over.  I’ve made a few cute things lately, but this radio silence is keeping me from showing them to you yet.  I can tell you, come August you’ll probably get sick of hearing about wedding stuff.

I was working on something today that lead into a non-wedding project, so THAT I can share.  This is my cookbook shelf my husband built into the end of the island when he remodeled our kitchen.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 1
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 1

See that empty space on the top shelf?  It was completely full of recipes I’d printed, cut from magazines, etc.  This is just a sampling.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 2
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 2

I also had a giant binder I’d stuffed recipes into the last time I decided to tackle that pile, and it was so big it was falling apart and was almost impossible to pick up any more.  I decided it made more sense to sort the recipes into categories and have a book for each one.  If you remember my Fiesta dishes, you know I’m not afraid of rainbow colors in my kitchen.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 3
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 3

After much hole punching, I slipped the recipes into their appropriate binders.  My goal was to have a little room to add to them, but I’m a little worried about the dessert book.  That would be the already-stuffed yellow one on the end.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 4
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 4

The binders I used have the clear plastic so you can print a label and slide in down the spine, but as I said, this was an off-shoot of a project I was already working on, and that involved my vinyl cutting machine.  I had a little trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the binder, so I hope these survive.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 5
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 5

I love how these look, all labeled and colorful and organized.

DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 6
DIY Cookbooks - Crafty Staci 6

Thanks for joining me for that little break.  Now, back to wedding crafting!