Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Helpful Hints: Cookbook Binders

Some years ago I made use of some extra large binders that were being discarded at my husband's office.  I purchased clear 8x11 1/2 sheet protectors at Staples (see below) and used them to store all those recipes that had been piling up, clipped from magazines and newspapers.  It is a great way to organize them by topic.  I use a sheet of 8x11 paper in each protector and slide recipes in front and behind the paper.   I use page dividers to separate recipe subjects.  These binders have a clear plastic insert on the front and back cover which you can use for an index or decorate in some fashion.  Or just slip your most used recipe into it.
These binders are also great for photographs.  You can purchase 4x6 pocket pages from  Century Photo (up to 6 photos per page) or from Staples (4 photos per page).
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Jenn said...

This is such a great idea...I bought a photo album about a year ago and started putting my recipes in it, but they keep sliding out and it's just too big and I don't even have half my recipes in there. I think I'm going to try your idea, but I'll definitely have to have a couple of them - one just isn't enough! Thanks for sharing - pictures too!!! Jenn

Jenn said...

P.S. the molasses cookies were so wonderful and soft and oh, so good!! Thanks for the recipe!

a fan of anything chocolate said...

So glad you enjoyed the cookies! And, indeed, I have filled 4 of these binders with more recipes to sort through! I use a different one for meats, vegetables, desserts etc. Happy organizing!

Sarah said...

ohhh. good organization tip! I might have to try this!


Gretchen said...

I do the same thing with recipes I cut from magazines but yours look much neater. I'm going to have to work harder on mine.


Charlene said...

I've been thinking of doing something like this--I have too many different "piles" and types of recipes--on scratch paper, bookmarked on-line, copied into a file folder on my computer, plus those from various cookbooks and magazines--I would like to have everything printed and organized all together.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Great organizational tip! I love to organize things, and when (if) I find some spare time, this will be a great way to put all my recipes in order.

Thanks for linking to my Tips and Tricks party, as well.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

New End Studio said...

This is a great idea, I have small pieces of paper: handwritten, cut from magazines, newspapers, etc. and they are stuffed into a large box- this idea is nice and organized!

Hopping over to visit you from the Spring Hop, thanks for sharing your recipes and tips!

Cranberry Morning said...

Yes! This is exactly what I need to do with my recipes. They definitely need a new home. Most are currently in file folders labeled 'Miscellaneous' or 'Favorites.' :-(

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