spruce up your Recipe Book

Does your recipe book look like mine? If your nodding your head don’t worry.. you don’t need to go hide in your kitchen corner. Let’s spruce it up!! (and when you are done reading about my Paper Craft make sure you check out my Silhouette Challenge Buddies that are linked below!)

spruce up your recipe book with a little vinyl!

 You Need:

  • An old recipe binder
  • a 12 x 24″ sheet of patterned outdoor vinyl (I used the navy dot from ExpressionsVinyl.com)
  • a 12″x 24″ sheet of yellow outdoor vinyl
  • a 12″ x 12″ sheet of white outdoor vinyl
  • a 12″ x 24″ sheet of red outdoor vinyl
  • a Silhouette Machine
  • pretty matching cardstock
  • scissors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst you want to take your pretty vinyl and ooh and ahh over it. Oh wait.. that’s not normal? Ok, then skip ahead.


Take your patterned 12″ x 24″ sheet and wrap the binder like you are covering a school book.  (Don’t forget to use your scraper to get out the air bubbles!)


 Since my binder only needed 21″ of vinyl I trimmed the excess. Don’t worry if your side legnths aren’t matching we are going to cover them in a bit!

make an adorable recipe book from an old binder!

Now time to cut! Head on over to your Silhouette software, and change your settings to  a 12″ x 24″ sheet.

Draw a rectangle down the page at your desired thickness. (I used 2 1/2 inches.)

Then take your favorite bracket design and Offset it. You do this by right clicking and choosing the Offset Option. Select both items ( keep them grouped together) and measure it for size against your rectangular ribbon. If you are happy with the dimensions, move the brackets to the right of the ribbon. Now we are going to create your recipe logo!

I  used a basic stock font.  Capitalize your letters and then un-group them so that you can adjust the middle letters size.

Now it’s time to cut! I find when cutting on multiple colors of vinyl that I should color coordinate my screen to reduce my risk of ut oh’s! So once I did that, I double checked the scissor icon on the top of the screen to  make sure only my yellow vinyl was selected. Then I clicked cut! Once completed, I cut the white. And I layered it both onto the navy dot.


Now take your interior vinyl, measure and cut to the size you need and carefully lay it so that you don’t have air bubbles. (again use your scraper!)

how to make a recipe book @ From Wine to Whine

 Now that the exterior of the binder is completed, let’s move onto the  interior shall we?

First, put all of your recipes into plastic sleeves. And then add some pretty paper dividers! I used a Silhouette Store’s Binder Design, but only to find it didn’t fit my binder after I cut (fail) So I took my 3 paper cuts and free-handed it.





Now I just need to KEEP it organized! I hope you enjoyed this month’s PAPER themed Silhouette Challenge. And before I pass you off to my Silhouette Buddies I need to ask..

Have you entered my $25 Expressionsvinyl.com GIVEAWAY yet?  Make sure you do, $25 in vinyl can go a LONG WAY!

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*I was given product to write this post. However all opinions are 100% my own! I really love Expressions Vinyl  and had used them before partnering with this giveaway (just thought you should know that!)*

49 thoughts on “spruce up your Recipe Book

  1. Wow! I LOVE this! I seriously need to do this quick! Thanks for the clever idea. I never though about completely covering my binder in vinyl. I love these monthly posts for all the inspiration!

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  3. Looks great! I have a purple binder that I keep all of my recipes in (in sleeves like you suggested). It could use a little personal touch to the boring old binder! I will have to put this on my to-do list. :)

  4. Very cute makeover. I keep my recipe books on the top shelf on my pantry where no one can see them, but if I gave them a makeover…

  5. OMG, this is way too cute!! Now I have another “project” on my list…lol!! What a great project for the challenge!!

  6. Hi Dee,
    I think it’s perfectly normal to ooh and ahh over your pretty vinyl. Haha!!! I love how great the makeover of your recipe book turned out. This would make a fabulous gift for a bridal shower, birthday or Mother’s Day. Thanks for the chance to win the $25 vinyl package! I haven’t tried making something out of vinyl with the Silhouette yet, but I’m anxious to try! I’m sooooo excited to be a part of this incredibly talented Silhouette Challenge group!!! You all inspire me every day!
    Peace, Love and Joy,

  7. Dee,
    Wow! I love the bright colorful up-do you applied to your recipe book. I be it will be easier to keep neat since it is so pretty.
    SC Buddy
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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