I’ll admit that I don’t use the recipe book as much as my husband does. I have a tendency to try recipes and memorize the ingredients or cook by “feeling”. Plus, the book was simply a MESS! Before I organized the book, we would print our favorite recipes or cut them out of magazines and stuff them in the binder. The binder wasn’t organized at all, just full of loose-leaf papers.
As a Christmas gift, my husband asked me if I would take up the challenge of putting the mostly vegetarian recipes together in an orderly fashion. For tools, I used scissors, tape, glue, a durable binder, and sheet protectors.
After reading through what he typically chooses for vegetarian dishes, I was able to see what the major categories would be. I found a nice background photo for the chapter page and used Adobe InDesign to design that page.
Then, I filed the papers into sheet protectors back-to-back to save space and added extras to each section for new recipes that we’ll add in later. When I used regular index tabs, they were flush with the sheet protectors and hide between them. It’s helpful to find extra-wide index tabs like Avery 11165 Extra Wide from a place like Office Max.
The book was finished there but I decided to add a cover page for the binder and cover pages for the chapter heading pages using food items I found from magazines. This project took a little while but it works quite nicely and is very durable. It helps to put scotch tape on the photos to avoid messes from cooking and spills.