Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Feeling Happy

The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie is hosted by Georgie and she wants to see shabby chic or vintage projects that make us Happy, Happy, Happy.   This could be a project that you love doing, a product you love using, or something that makes you so happy it gives you inspiration to make something beautiful! Just make sure you have fun!!

I love crafting in a vintage style and I am loving Graphic 45 papers since they are vintage inspired so I decided to combine this with another of my loves, cooking, and make a recipe book.  Of course I had to use the Home Sweet Home collection for this.

I started by cutting four 8" squares of heavy chipboard and had my husband drill three holes along ones side.  Then I painted them black with Americana Chalky Finish paint by DecoArt.  Once they were dry, I sealed them with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.

The next step was to create expandable recipe card pockets from black card stock using inspiration I found here.  After each pocket was formed, I added a panel of paper to the front and then added a label that was computer generated and then die cut with the Spellbinders Labels Ten die.  The labels and all the papers and elements were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The pockets were set aside as they were the last thing to be added to the pages.

Next I cut strips of paper with a scalloped edge to add to the top and bottom of each of the inside pages.  Then I covered the front and back with a full sheet of paper and proceeded to embellish the
front.  The back just has my watermark added to it.

I started by added a paper panel mounted on black card stock and then started cutting elements from the paper and punching out some of the tags.  Then I stamped the woman carrying the pie twice and coloured her with some Copic markers and then used some dimensionals to add one image to the other.  The apples were cut from a large sheet from the Time to Flourish collection.

I printed multiples of the flowers in a couple of sizes using a digital stamp I got as a freebie from Beccy's Place a couple of years ago.  I coloured them with Copic markers and then went over them with Spiced Marmalade DI.  I used more dimensionals to adhere them and then I added black seed beads to the centres.

The label was made in the same manner as the pocket labels and I added some pearl stickers from the dollar store.  Finally a couple of chipboard elements from the collection and a button from my stash were added.

Then it was time to add the pockets with some blank recipe cards and put the pages together with binder rings adorned with some grosgrain ribbon.

This is something that would make a great gift at a bridal shower with a few favourite recipes added.

The following products used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. What a beautiful recipe book Cec, I love those little pockets, they're so clever, and you're right this would make the most treasured gift for someone. xx

  2. Oh, Cec, this is an amazing, happy, colorful recipe book! I love G45 papers and this is such a wonderful way to combine those two fantastic collections! Perfect design and especially the covers! LOVE it! Such a fabulous gift!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  3. Absolutely wonderful, Cec! Fantastic design and lovely work with the Graphic 45 papers and the stamps - really love the way you worked in the woman with the pie! I really love the Home Sweet Home collection and the way you have used it is beautiful!


  4. This is a gorgeous recipe book Cec! You've got a real way with those G45 papers and this would make the most perfect gift. Jenny x

  5. WOOOOOOWWWWWW Cec!!! This is stunning!!! Love the vintage look with such crisp colors!!! Just fantastic! What a gorgeous recipe book!!! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  6. I just love your recipe book Cec!! I am so lucky to have seen this one first hand, such a gorgeous book from cover to cover! So much work and TLC put into this project and well worth it. hugs :)

  7. Wowzers Cec! You are one crafty lady, and you cook! What! That is Talent with a capital T! This G45 recipe book is awesome sauce! I had to laugh at the sentiment about the apple pie, cheese, and squeeze-so very true. Haha! Wonderful make dearie! Hugz to you muffin!

  8. A gorgeous recipe project Cec. The G45 papers look beautiful.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Love this, Cec! The orange and blue colors are so cheery!

  10. WHAT a TREAT... serious CANDY for the eyes!! The cover is scrumptious and it's a multiple course affair. Better get out the black tie and tails for a HIP HIP HOORAY banquet for Cec. I think you will get the People's Choice award!!! j.

  11. Fantastic project Cec ! What a beautiful addition to your kitchen, it will put a smile on your face every time you reach for it. Sue C x


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