Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Recipe Wallet

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and Suzz, who is our hostess for this one is calling it In The Kitchen.  She describes it this way:

This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table. Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project. You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen. You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.

In years past I have made dozens and dozens of cookies at Christmas and most were frozen for eating over the next few months but last year I decided my figure didn't really need that temptation so I didn't bother and this year will be the same.  I still tease my sweet tooth with a dessert once a week but when I want something sweet, I rely on fruit the rest of the time.

Since I usually made cookies from recipes that had been handed down from my Mother, I decided to use this challenge as an opportunity to hand some of these same recipes down to my Granddaughter along with others that had become favourites.  To accomplish this, I created a recipe wallet.

The base for the wallet was made following a tutorial from my teammate Kathy, which can be found HERE.  I then added pockets and tuck spots for recipe cards and a decorated belly band to keep it closed.  I got so intent on making sure I had everything measured correctly and closing properly that I forgot to take process photos but here is how things came together:

The Base
1.  Cut and score a 12" x 12" piece of card stock following Kathy's tutorial.
2.  Round the outer edges with a corner rounder punch.   Note to Santa - I need a better one.
3.  Cut a variety of Christmas papers for each page cutting them so you will have a 1/8" border of card stock showing.  Note: I used mostly Graphic 45 papers from my stash (Winter Wonderland, St. Nicholas and Home Sweet Home) because we have had a postal strike for some time and I have not been able to get new product.  I have linked some alternatives that are in The Funkie Junkie Boutique shop.
4.  Round the corners of the papers and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then set aside.

5.  Cut pockets from card stock for all the full size pages.  Note:  I cut some where I folded up 1/2" and added side hinges and one was made by folding a piece of card stock in half and adding a thumb notch with a circle punch after the patterned paper was added.
6.  Cut papers to cover the fronts of all the pockets, round the corners and ink with Vintage Photo DI.
7.  Adhere papers to the pocket fronts.

8.  Cut a couple tuck spots from patterned paper, round the corners and ink the edges.
9.  Cut an extra small panel from card stock and patterned paper to use as the closure for the fold ins.

To assemble the wallet base:

1.  Adhere all the papers to the large sections and add the pockets.
2.  Add a thin magnet to the outside of the left fold in and the inside of the extra panel making sure to line the extra panel up since it is still loose at this point.
3.  Add all the patterned papers to the fold in sections and adhere the extra panel to the outside of the right fold in.
4.  Add the tuck spots to the inside of each fold in and add a decorative element to the front of the closure (in this case, an image of a vintage cookbook).

The Belly Band
1.  Cut a strip of card stock 2 1/5" wide and long enough to go around the wallet vertically plus a 2" overlap.  Note: Don't make it really tight because you need to be able to slide it on and off.
2.  Glue the belly band together.
3.  Cut a 3" x 4" piece of card stock and a piece of patterned paper.
4.  Round the corners of the card stock panel and the paper, ink the edges of the paper and add to the panel.
5.  Glue the panel to the centre front of the belly band.
6.  Add a variety of embellishments to the rectangular panel.
  • Ephemera from Graphic 45  Note:  The photo has been altered to remove my Granddaughter's name from the little strip with the postage stamp on it.
  • Loopy seam binding bow dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink and tied with burlap string
  • Silver tree charm altered with a Peeled Paint Distress Crayon
  • Holly leaves cut with Holiday Greens die
  • Little die cut Poinsettia
  • Gingerbread man button from my stash
  • Snowflake that came in a little goodie package from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • Punched pine branch
I hope my Granddaughter will give these recipes a try from time to time and if she does, I won't object if she gives me a tiny care package.


  1. Oh, my goodness, Cec! This is such a great idea and a great way to hand down those favorite cookie recipes to your granddaughter! I love your yummy belly band! Merry Christmas!

    PS You are being really good to watch your sugar intake this way; this is something I am struggling with at this age. Sweets are more appealing to me than at any other time in my life, but are worse for me than at any other age!

  2. Cec, I just love the way you adapted that wallet/pocket tutorial. I had completely forgotten about that one! Such a fun gift idea as everyone loves to receive a tried and true recipe at the holidays! I love your paper choices and layering. Thanks for the shout out! Christmas hugs!

  3. What a special place to store cherished holiday recipes! Gorgeous project!

  4. What a wonderful gift to your daughter. The recipes will be treasured along with the wallet! Gorgeous recipe wallet and love the beautiful mix of papers and images you chose to hold these family treasures!

  5. Cec this is such a fabulous way to pass on your favourite family recipes! I love the way the cards can be tucked inside this beautifully decorated wallet and how you've used all the vintage ephemera on the front to make it so special.


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