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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Recipes Are Now At My Fingertips

Well, thanks to all who have sent get well wishes my way...I'm feeling better every day. Colds are the worst!! Anyway, as I said before, I've been working on some things even while I was sick. One of them being this fun little Recipe Card File.
Jen and I have been talking for a while now about doing another alterable project from Glue Art and Paper Studio (they have a lot of fun things coming down the pike!). We agreed to wait until after the holidays and scheduled it for this week.
I needed this desperately, so I made it for myself in the style that I would someday like my kitchen to reflect...French, Chocolate, Coffee somethin' or other!! I love how it turned out! It's a Standard Size Crafter's Card File that comes in just the unfinished wood and you get to complete it any way you want! For this one, I chose to use all Scarlet's Letter papers from Basic Grey, some old SU! stamp sets, some more classic sets from Verve stamps (so cool!), and a few other choice "goodies".
I simply painted only the edges that were to show with brown (why waste time and paint the whole thing?) and covered the rest with paper. I adhered it with Mod Podge and then applied another coat on top for extra durability. I may even go back and Mod Podge the divider cards. I thought I'd never use my 1/4" Square Punch from SU!, but I did here for each of the letters on the dividers. I really wanted to go to Michael's and get these cool Making Memories letter stickers, but was stuck at home with no vehicle--so I saved a little money and did it the "old fashioned way" by stamping my own. I probably would have run out of the "Vanna" letters anyway (R, S, T, L, N, E). It never fails.

Enabler Alert: Just a coincidence that Glue Art and Paper Studio is having a sale right now! Selected items are 30% off and you get a free card file with any $75 purchase!! Check out their new online store HERE!!

SUSIE Q-TIP: I was lucky enough to be chatting on the phone with my friend, Sheila as I was making this (Imagine that. Some days I talk so much, I have to ground myself from the phone the next day! Anybody wanna call me now?), so really this is her tip. I had counted up and stamped all my letters randomly that I needed for the file tabs. I was about to punch them all out when she suggested I run the stamped piece of cardstock "whole" through my Xyron "X" sticker maker first and then punch them out. GENIUS!! This saved me so much time gluing!! Thanks Sheila! I owe you a Starbucks! No maybe not, she's the one that got me sick. LOL!

Stamps: Abundant Blessings, Serenity (Verve Stamps), Parisan Plaza, French Script (SU!), Michael's $1 Alphabet Stamps
Paper: Scarlet Letter (Basic Grey)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Chestnut, Chestnut Roan Cat's Eyes (Colorbox), Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Accessories: Standard Crafter's Card File (Glue Art and Paper Studio), Standard Card Files (3x5), Corner Rounder, Hodge Podge Hardware, 1/4" Square Punch, Satin Stitched Ribbon, Bird Rub-On (American Crafts), Cinnamon Glitter Letter Stickers (Making Memories, Noteworthy line), Mod Podge, Xyron "X" Sticker Maker


  1. It turned out adorable! I love how you used the bookplates for the tabs. Cute cute cute!

  2. Love it! Glad you are feeling better. My cold has one foot out the door as well:)

  3. love this project and the distressed look is just great

  4. Wow! This is fabulous! I love the style! Great idea to use hardware for the tabs. Love, love, love, it!

  5. I LOVE this!!! Love the colors, the scrappiness, the IDEA of it...everything! I'm glad you're feeling better!

  6. very nice:-) You should do a class -even through the mail. And have it either the recipe or address box--You are very talented.

  7. Believe it or not: This is just what I was looking for, I needed an idea for a nice recipe-book, now I found it. :-))
    And yours is sooooo beautiful, I love it!

    Hugs, Renate

  8. This is amazing!!! Love those metal tabs! Who'da thought it? YOU! Glad you're feeling better!

  9. Great project Susie! I love the colors you choose.. They are just perfect for a kitchen.. Red is a color that is said to inspire passion in the kitchen.. and we could all use a little passion to cook up something in the kitchen..

    Thanks for sharing!


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