Hi! Thanks for dropping by for my big reveal!
Three years ago, my youngest daughter asked me to make a family cookbook with the recipes they grew up eating.
My father's mother had an old cookbook that he had drawn all manner of amazing pictures in. As an adult, he never drew, other than his work as a design engineer. I remember seeing that amazing book once. I am utterly heartsick that no one knows what happened to it, and he so long gone. :( I'm hoping this book will be a sweet memory from me to those after me, like Grandma's book.
As you know, I am an overachiever and doing anything "simply" is just not something I can conceive. I MUST make things as fantastically all inclusive and over the top as I can imagine. This would be a good time to stop by a couple of posts I did of a book I made consolidating all our family ancestry (that Shutterfly used in a promotional video). I spent eight years creating that book.
Post announcing my book was being used in a Shutterfly video.
My Ancestry Book and directions on how to make your own.
I have made many, many books and used several different on-line publishers.
This cookbook was a fun book because both my daughters worked on it with me, across country. Everyone contributed recipes they wanted in the book. We all made the recipes and took pictures of them to be used in the book.
When it was time to start designing the book, I canvased them for the look and feel they wanted the book to have. They decided that it should be a mixture of modern cookbook and scrapbooking styles. So, basically, every page would look different.
I'm going to share a few of the 111 pages here. First I want to cry that they cropped every page wrong so that the bottom is chopped off and there is a larger top margin. They did not crop where their preview showed, but this is not new. They even cropped the front cover badly almost removing the girls entirely from the outer photos. I repositioned the title here for you. It's right at the right edge in reality. Please know as you look at these, they were all painstakingly and PERFECTLY centered. It's always a nightmare publishing even with templates and previews. :( Also, The lighting was bad when I took these pictures, so the colors are wonky. I do hide faces as I don't like putting my loved ones on line. Also, I have added a watermark to each picture. They are not on the actual book.
One last disclaimer - As I used some elements from other designers, in addition to my own, in the creation of the book pages and since I did use the inspiration of existing recipe cards, though I changed them and painted every pixel myself, to be sure I'm free of wrong doing, I put a READ ME file on the CDs I put in the back covers and have told the girls directly. No one can ever sell the book or any part of the book or the recipe cards or give a book to anyone not a direct descendant. So, I'm hoping that covers me well legally - it is indeed all personal use.
|The top center photo was Thanksgiving 2013. There are pictures of them at four different ages cooking on the cover, and one of me!|
|This is the index. (My logo isn't on the actual page, it's just a watermark here.)|
|Stitches? Yep. I did a LOT of sewing! That's my wedding picture and my dear parents who live in my heart.|
|Both of these are creations of my oldest daughter when she first left home and lived in Nashville.|
|The left page was from the birthday extravaganza the girls gave me this summer. There's a post about it if you scroll back just a couple of posts. I hate how hiding faces ruins the beauty of the pages. :(|
|The right page is in my daughter's rebuilt house after the tornado.|
|The shish-ka-bob pictures were taken at the cabin for the Birthday Extravaganza!|
|The "buttons" by the title on the right page are actually the much loved dishes from Pier 1 that the food is pictured on, but doesn't show.|
|If you ever need a truly elegant dessert, you should my the left page which is a signature dish of my oldest daughter!|
|The left page is pictures of church fellowships and some of our favorite pass-a-dish recipes. The right page shows them with with their father (his recipe). One is 18 mo. and the other 2 yrs. in the photos.|
|The photo shows her with a red balloon animal I learned to make for her birthday. It's also a fun memory as she gave us Night At The Museum II for Christmas one year and the animated shiny red balloon sculpture was my favorite part.|
|The girls are making these cookies in the photo and the four of us made the cookies you see on the right page the year before I started this book. They, as well as tons more kits, are available in my store for your digital scrapbooking!|
I got to use pictures of family members to go with recipes from them. I even got to use several pictures of the girls with cousins at many Christmas celebrations through the years on a page for things Grandma always made for Christmas. The page for frostings and icings features many of the cakes I made for them growing up.
|Cake pops my youngest has made as gifts for so many weddings and baby showers on the left, and those Christmas cousin pictures on the right.|
I had been trying to finish the book to be a Bridal Shower gift for my youngest who just married on Oct. 18th, but just couldn't seem to find the inspiration for the four blank pages at the end of the book. I wanted to leave them for the girls to add recipes over time. I asked what style they'd like for those pages. They said recipe cards. I Googled recipe cards for ideas as I'd need to design 16 cards, four per page. No inspiration to finally finish it.
After the wedding, I took ideas from Google, altered them and painted every pixel myself. Voila! The last four pages were done!!! Still no inspiration for the back cover though...so I just "scattered" all the cards in a jumble and that was the back cover! Yeah! Ordered! Of course, exactly one week after the wedding! Grrrrr! LOL, it reminds me of the couple who can't get pregnant until they adopt, then poof! Guess there's a universal truth about what can happen when the pressure is finally off!
|Again, the lighting was bad when I took the pictures. It's white! And again, please read the disclaimer above.|
Ok, that's a given and not new ground for me...but...another thought occurred to me later...a truly giddily fun thought! It started small, then grew... I had created 16 recipe cards for the book.... I could turn them into REAL CARDS to match the book! I altered them into both 3x5 and 4x6 cards (to fit the boxes the girls already have). Those files would go on the CD's too so that they could always make more cards to match their books!
I printed one set of each at Staples so that....and I think this is just TOO FUN...I would attach a second CD sleeve next to the one with the disc, and would put a set of the cards in the other sleeve so each daughter will have 16 cards that match her book! Can_not_wait_for_Christmas! There is something truly otherworldly for me when I've spent years working on something on the computer and then it's there in real life...tangible...useful....AWESOME, AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
|Isn't it sweet that the reflection of my ceiling light looks like a glowing heart on the table? I don't know how because there are six lights around a center of three! Such a fitting mystery for all the love I have put into this gift!|
|This is the inside back cover with the CD and 3x5 recipe cards.|
Thanks so much for sharing my reveal! I am SO GLAD it's finally done! I'm really looking forward to giving them for Christmas gifts! Have a great day and God bless you and yours!
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