DIY Gift Idea: Recipe Scrapbook

Are you on a tight budget? Are you feeling extra crafty? Are your relatives impossible to buy for? If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps you should consider making your own gifts this holiday season. Unless you happen to be Ron Weasley's mum knitting monogrammed jumpers every year, your friends and family members will appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into your one-of-a-kind creations. And no, not in the "Oh [insert small child's name], I love this painted macaroni necklace so much I am going to keep it safe in my jewellery box" kinda way. If you really want to wow that special someone (and not seem cheap by doing so), present them with a homemade gift that a.) they would not think to make themselves and b.) can cherish year-round. Once upon a time our favourite family recipes were handwritten on faded cue-cards and scattered throughout the dog-eared pages of multiple Best of Bridges. It was organized chaos in the Rubert family kitchen until inspiration struck--I would compile a scrapbook of all the recipes we know and love. Just in time for last Christmas. I ordered all my craft supplies online from scrapbook.com (save for the permanent markers which I purchased at Costco) and had a blast making this big book of love for my mom. The pictures don't show it, but I slid each piece of paper into a clear page protector and organized them neatly into a 12x12 photo album. Now my mom can't help but think of me lovingly every time she cooks! Here are a few of the pages. Feel free to try some of the recipes, especially the cheesecake--it's a crowd-pleaser for sure. DSC_0777 DSC_0778 DSC_0779 DSC_0780 DSC_0782 DSC_0783 DSC_0786 If you like this homemade gift idea, please check out the DIY Scrabble Tile Coasters I made for Roger last year! 🙂

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