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Creative Ideas for Recipe Scrapbooking

written by: Michael Guerrero•edited by: Amber Neely•updated: 12/4/2010

Recipe scrapbooking can be difficult because there's a lot of material that can go into the scrapbook but sometimes it's not all that interesting and borderline boring if it's purely full of recipes. We've got some great tips to help you get creative with your recipe scrapbooking ideas.

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    Recipe Scrapbooking

    Supplies for scrapbooking. Everyone has a recipe. From the most novice cooks who just have a special way of making ramen, a chef of a restaurant, and of course your family members who more than likely had at least one comforting dish that is universally enjoyed by the family.

    It's only natural that we write these recipes down so the next generation can learn how to cook some meals that were special to us in some way. Cookbooks are nice but I feel like if you were to take that route you would likely end up with a bland, commercial feeling book that isn't really relatable since they're only instructional. If you want something that you can relate to, scrapbooking is the only way.

    But you may be stuck on how to break the creative barrier and spice things up a bit. Well don't worry because we've got a couple tips to get the dough rolling.

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    Include the Time You...

    Tell them why chicken noodle soup saved your life when you were sick. Anecdotes are the easiest way to get people to relate and they're fun to write! Just think of times you ate or cooked the recipe that were special to you. Maybe it was the first time you cracked an egg or maybe you accidentally made the roast dry but your family was understanding and ordered pizza instead. In the case of something like where you accidentally ruined or didn't cook the dish correctly just tie back into the instructions to help the person reading your recipe scrapbook along their way.

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    Photographs Are Forever

    Food plus family equals fun. Old photos, printed digital pictures, anything visual that was taken during the cooking process of the recipe it relates to adds a personal touch. It could be you at a young age, caked in flour or maybe a Thanksgiving dinner where you got to cook your recipe for your family. Any picture with a story or memory attached it is a lovely addition to any scrapbook.

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    Describe the Delicious Food

    Sunday roast beef at a picnic. Did you ever notice in cookbooks how they have descriptions of how things smell or taste? Include that in your recipe scrapbook but maybe tie it into a smell or taste from somewhere else that has a memory. An alternative is to mention how much it tastes like something that is commercial or brand name like a milkshake recipe that tastes similar to ones you can get at a local ice-cream shop.

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    Show Off What Makes Food Delicious

    What herbs go into or on your pizza? Another cool recipe scrapbooking idea you could do that's both helpful and just nice looking is to take zip-top plastic bags that are a little bigger than your thumb and fill each of them about halfway up with the herbs and spices the recipe uses or just a page that is dedicated to them. Just staple or glue them on in rows and label them. It gives the reader something visual so they have a better idea of what they're looking for when shopping.

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    Show How Tradition Evolves

    Dark chocolate chips aren't traditional, but are pretty good. Recipes are only guidelines to a cook and if the recipe changes frequently or if you can substitute something out include it and maybe include why it could be substituted out. What flavors it adds or replaces. If you can you can tie it in with a story or explain how maybe why it's more traditional to do it one way.

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    Give A Little History Lesson

    Caramel creme flan. History can be fun to learn, especially with food because it often shapes purely by accident. If you can, maybe include a little snippet of the origin stories of a favorite dish. It really adds a sense of authenticity to the dish and can help the imagination get involved in the kitchen.

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