Saturday, May 11, 2013

Time Out For Treats!







































We made cookbooks for our mommies for Mother's Day! Not ordinary ones, of course! Who needs another one of those? The ones we made have pictures of us cute grandkiddies plastered all over the pages and the only recipes we included are ones we've made ourselves, here at grandma's, over the past year.



If you think baking is as fun as a pair of cute little monkeys, you came to the right place!















We also personalized with comments and inside jokes so there's no doubt who the authors are! Let me give you a few examples of that. We all know that once Sae commandeers the hand mixer he won't give it up easily! Thoroughly enjoys envisioning himself as a big-time rough and tough cement truck operator. Our instructions caution you about that hazard. And they correct bloopers, too. Yes. You read that correctly. Bloopers. In other peoples' cookbooks. That photo of the banana, along with Bree's favorite, "That don't go there!" quote is an example of some of the cautionary no-nos we feature. Goofy old recipe! Never mentioned peeling your bananas before you toss!


Our project has a nice scrapbooky feeling too - lots of bright colors and prints to set off each theme - like this monkey background and the page tabs that make it easy to find things. Yep, we thought of it all - including hand prints on the back covers that serve as seals of approval - "These recipes were made with my own little hands." Now what mommy's heart wouldn't melt right along with a stick of unsalted butter at that feature?








For a 12 page cookbook, front and back covers included, accordion fold an 8.5" x 12" sheet of scrapbook paper into 1/2" increments along the shorter side. Use a straightedge and folding tool for best results. This will be the spine.

Design pages on cardstock and/or scrapbook paper cut to 5.5" x 8.5" When complete, glue inside vertical edges to the pleats in the spine as shown.








We really liked the way our books turned out using this easy - and inexpensive - binding method. Father's Day gift books are in the works too. However, since the daddies in this family are better at eating cookies than making them, they will receive art collections instead of recipes. Wait'll you see the boys' books! They sport reference tabs for "monsters," for "race cars" and "dinosaurs," and we're working on covers with artists in jaunty little berets. Sooo much talent between the pages of our gift books for daddy! Promise you'll come back to see them?

Thanks for stopping by today, all you nice people! Happy (Grand) Mother's Day!

28 comments:

  1. These are fabulous! I love them, such a thoughtful and personalised gift - I bet the mommies were very happy reading them. Really looking forward to seeing the father's day books to! :)

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  2. Love those cute little cookbooks :-) Can I send my son to your place?

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  3. These are just adorable! So clever!
    I'm sure they will treasure these and the time spent with you!

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  4. You have done it again! Great idea that any mommy would love.

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  5. LOL this 'takes the cake' :)

    So darn cute! You are the Queen of Creative! :)

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  6. So awesome! Once again you have out done yourself! Moms and Dads will be very happy. I just love the wonderful memories you are making with them -- and will make with the new one when the time comes! When they grow up they will think back with such love and affection!

    You're setting that bar really high for the next generation of Grandparents! Keep up the good work!

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  7. Adorable! I am sure their parents will love these books. You always have such fun ideas.

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  8. What a wonderful teacher and grandma you are! So creative and delighted in all that you do! Your caring and passion show.....and the parents and children have treasures to last them forever. I never made anything this eloborate with my students or my grkids. I rely on shutterfly to make personalized books now. I admire your talent and patience!
    Joan gramcrackercrumbs

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  9. That is so sweet - what a charming project. I know the mommies will be more than thrilled. And you are such a great grandma!!!

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  10. Your "mommies" will for sure have a special day and what a great role model you are for the grands. Have a great day yourself!

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  11. What a sweet and wonderful idea!!! You are a great grandma! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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  12. Very creative. I love the looks on their faces. I know you had a great Mother's day.
    QMM

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  13. How perfectly delightful! And, what an inspiration to make gifts for Mother's Day at Grandma's house! Love this idea!

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  14. Beautiful! And you've hit upon the magic ingredient -- photos of those beautiful kids / grandkids.

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  15. Love these! Fantastic idea. And I can't wait to see the Father's Day ones!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity in the GRAND Social!

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  16. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  17. What delightful books! It looks like the kids had fun making them. I know the mommies will be thrilled to get the books.


    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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  18. I'm with the crowd here: what a wonderful idea and how much fun those kidlets must have with their grandma!

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  19. Oh my how special is that!? Wow that is a great gift and I would love to see inside all the fun you had too. Such cutie pies in those pics :) Really nice, too nice for the kitchen, better as a scrapbook of cooking fun!

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  20. Such a cute idea :) New GFC follower from Let's Get Social Sunday :) Thank you so much for joining us last week! Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

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  21. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra a linking up your awesome project! We appreciate it!

    Have a lovely a week,
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog. com

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  22. Oh, these are amazing! What a special and precious gift to treasure always. I love them. Just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Hope you are having a great week.
    XO
    Kathy

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  23. So adorable! Great idea! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  24. Oh my gosh, this is such a great idea! I love making books for the youngins, and the spine was always an issue. This is so smart! Thanks for coming by my blog recently. Nice to meet you!
    from The Dugout

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  25. That is the best cookbook ever!!! What a great idea.

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  26. These are so adorable! Such a special and sweet gift! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  27. so cute! thanks so much for linking up to #kidsinthekitchen

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  28. oh wow! what an awesome idea! i would LOVE to have one of these from my kids myself! :)

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