Monday, November 14, 2011

etsygreetings holiday blog hop

Welcome to the Etsy Greetings Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Terri's blog but if not that is ok you can start here at the Etsy Greetings blog. Our theme for the hop is my favorite handmade holiday tradition.

One of our favorite handmade holiday traditions is baking cookies. In honor of that tradition, I made a mini album that is part recipe and part family history.

The album is a 6 x 6 chipboard album. The die cuts are from the Fa La La and Seasons design cards for the Slice. All the papers are by Basic Grey.

This first 2 page layout is my introduction. It includes a quote that I have on a Christmas decoration that I hang in our kitchen. It also has a family photo all of us in front of the tree.

I made an insert by cutting out a 4 inch circle. On this page, it lists each one of our favorite cookies that we like.

The next 4 photos show the basic layout that I used through out the album. 

On the left is a close up of the cookie. On the right is an insert I made using a Sizzix die and what the cookie is.

On the back of the insert, are notes about the cookie, like any changes I made to the recipe or why we love them. The next page is the recipe card. In my album, I cut a piece of chipboard to 4 x 6 and adhered a recipe card to each side. Before writing on the card, I punched my holes using a Cropodile.

Turn the page to the next recipe we love and an insert about that cookie.

Then there is more comments about the cookie and a close up photo.

Other pages I have included in my album are a 2 page spread about my mother in law and how a lot of our family favorites were her recipes. I also have a 2 page spread about my love/hate relationship with sugar cookies. Included on that is a photo of me, when I was around 5 years old, decorating sugar cookies. I don't know if I am brave enough to share that story here yet.

I made the recipe cards in Photoshop. I am offering them as a free download in 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 inch sizes.  The files are in PDF format. It's my way of saying thanks for stopping by. Also, I would love to hear about your favorite handmade holiday traditions if you want to share.

Your next stop on our blog hop is Katy's blog. Click the link or the red arrow on the right.


  1. Such a great idea! I always make lots of cookies but never thought of doing an album about them! Sure must be better in the long run than the zillions of little sticky notes I have with lists of what I've made each year! Thanks for this suggestion.

    Cheers from FarFlungCards

  2. Hi Linda - this is such a sweet idea! I love the quote at the beginning (I have a thing for Christmas cookies!) and would like to use it if you don't mind.

    Thanks for the recipe card! It will definitely come in handy!


  3. What a delightful little album! Such a great keepsake.

  4. What a great album! I'm not really a baker myself but this is will be a great gift to a my friend who loves to bake. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Great way to document all your recipes. Love all the different elements. Thanks for sharing the recipe cards too.

  6. Those look delicious and I love the recipe book. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love the idea of the album. What great memories!

  8. I love the idea of sharing recipes like this! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  9. i love baking biscuits (and eating them too!) lovely journal!!

  10. now i'm craving a cookie! not only an adorable journal but totally creative idea!
    thanks for the cute download too.

  11. oh i love this! how creative. makes me think that i should do this with our family recipes, mostly mom grandma's recipes. thanks for sharing. i hope that this album/book lasts through generations :)


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