Monday, September 10, 2012

Recipe Boxes, Recipe Holder, and Meal Planner

Hi there! I did a big project over the weekend that I want to share with you.

I need to get more organized in regards to my meal planning and recipes.
My one and only recipe box that is 17 years old just wasn't cutting it anymore. The lid was broke and I needed to organize my recipes.
This is what I did all weekend.
Sigh! I love it all and it adds such a nice pop of color to my kitchen and pantry. Not to mention how organized this makes me feel.
The first thing I did was go to Staples and purchase this pretty Martha Stewart 3-ring binder and page protectors. I had some ledger paper in my stash and so I cut it to fit the page protectors.  These will be where I write and save my weekly meal plans.  Love it!
Next I bought some plain wooden recipe boxes from Michael's.  I raided my stash of pretty scrapbook paper and decided to use Cosmo Cricket Early Bird and Garden Variety collection and the October Afternoon Farm Fresh collection. I painted the edges of the box with a vanilla craft paint and then applied the paper with Fabri-Tac.  I then edged the papers with my Tim Holtz Barn Door distress ink.
I created tabbed file folders using my Cricut and the For My Kitchen cartridge. To label the tabs I used My Little Shoebox letter stickers in the color Pearl. 

Next I wanted to create a pretty stand for my kitchen counter that would hold my meal plan and recipes for the week.  I found a Maya Road Acrylic Stand with tabbed chipboard folders at my local scrapbook store.  It was perfect.  I used the same supplies and paper collections as listed above except the small letter stickers are the color Red Lipstick.
My plan is to use these fun little clothespins that I found at Walmart and "pin" my meal plan and recipes to the corresponding pages. I colored the clothespins with the Barn Door distress ink.
Here are the pictures of each page. The "meals" page will hold my meal plan for the week. The days of the week tabs will hold the corresponding recipe for that day. I began with Friday because I meal plan on Thursday night and buy my groceries on Friday, thus my new "meal plan" begins on Friday.


I had enough pages leftover that I created a page for Soup, Sweet, and New in case I want to pull a recipe for a soup, dessert, or try a new recipe for the week.

For an up close view of the supplies and finished project and a tour of my pantry, please click on the YouTube video below.
I hope you enjoy this project. It was fun to create and I love it all!! Thanks for looking!
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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Pamela. I love your blog and your layouts! They are so pretty. Hugs, Shelly

  2. This is so great. I've done a Christmas and thanksgiving dinner recipe minis. This year I want to do Christmas cookies

  3. Oh wow! I love, love, love this idea!
    I feel the need to pin this.... :)
    Great job!

  4. What a great project! It would be a great idea for gifts too. I found your link next to mine at Craftionary's link up party. :) Megan

    1. Hi Megan, I checked our your blog too and am now following you too. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the sweet comment. Hugs, Shelly

  5. That's the cutest recipe holder! Would make a great gift! I've had fun looking around your blog. I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share 'Your Great Idea' in the weekly link-up. Each week the two favorite links get shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and again on the blog...reaching over 13,000 readers, daily. I hope to see you there!

    1. Thank you Mariel for the invititation to your blog. I have subscribed and I linked up to your party! Thanks again, Shelly


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