Thursday, June 3, 2010

Custom Recipe Cards

Happy Thursday!!  So I may have mentioned that my sista is getting married this summer.  For her wedding shower we wanted to included a recipe card with the invitation.  The intent is for everyone to write out one of their favorite recipes and bring it with them to the shower to fill Sissypoo's (oh yes, sickening nicknames are not just for the Munchkin) recipe card box.  Well, you may (or may not) know that we are rather fussy in my family.  We don't necessarily want what everyone else has...or is commercially available...or has ever seen the light of day.  So, when little sister couldn't find a recipe card design that she liked, I offered to make them for her.  And you, dear readers, are the benefactor of my brilliance hahaha.  It's actually pretty darn simple.  A little digi-scrapbooking... a little Fed Ex Office...a little paper cutter...and you too can have your very own custom recipe cards.

I used Photoshop Elements because it's what I have.  You could certainly do this same thing with Microsoft paint - it would just take a little more patience. Here's the step by step:

Create a new blank file


And size it to 3.5 (w) x 5 inches (h)


Then just add in your elements.  I used a background that looks a bit like crumpled paper...a smiling pear as a fun accent (set to 38% opacity)...and all of the lines are one big block of text


Once our lovely recipear card was finished, I saved the file off as a .jpg.  Then I opened up a blank Microsoft word file and pulled in my little image four times, leaving a teensy little space in between them for the cut


Then, I just sent the Word doc off to Fed Ex Office (formerly Kinko's) to print in color on 110 lb card stock.  They were ready in less than an hour :)  Once we got them home, it was just a matter of cutting all of the cards out with my trusty paper cutter


And in a 1/2 hour we had 80 happy recipe cards, all ready to include in the invitations


And in case you don't want to go to all of the effort of creating your own, here's another one of the designs all sized and ready to be printed (sorry, the pear one is a one of a kind for the bride) - Just click and save it

16 comments:

Kerri said...

So cute...and how special that YOU made them just for her...a one of a kind!

Erin said...

This is a great idea! My sister is getting married this fall, and I love this idea for a kitchen shower gift!

fedex-lashelia said...

This is FedEx LaShelia. What a great idea. Thrilled that you chose FedEx Office to assist you in creating custom memorabilia for your sister's special occasion. Congratulations to you and your family and to the precious bride to be.

karebear said...

This is soooo cute: )

Stephanie Lynn said...

I love printable recipe cards! The simplicity of this caught my eye - fabulous! Thanks for the printable! I'll be featuring this today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

These are so great! They would make perfect stocking stuffers. Would you be willing to post this on my stocking stuffer share-a-long (or give me permission to post it)? I just started my list yesterday and this would make a perfect addition to the little list of stuff. You can check out the list here:
http://twelvecraftstillchristmas.blogspot.com/p/stocking-stuffer-ideas.html

Have a great day!

Sandy said...

A wonderful and very ceative ideal. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Kaysi said...

Those are so much fun!

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

HI! I would like to invite you to join my new Pajama Party which starts Wednesday! (The link goes up tonight)

http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/p/pajama-party.html

Thanks!

~Ela

Its So Very Cheri said...

Great idea. I always love recipe showers. I had one where people brought all the dry ingredients for the recipe the gave--it helped start us off with lots of spices and dry goods that you need.

Cheri

Kim -today's creative blog said...

I wish I knew photoshop.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Great job! You've got a lucky sister.

Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice

Donna said...

Ok, this is SO cool. I really need to do this! What a great gift for a bride to be!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

This is a great idea!! I'm sure the bride and groom will love seeing all the recipes!

Thanks for linking up to my Pajama Party! Please join me next week again =)

~Ela

Ren said...

Hi all,

Love all these ideas and the recipes sound great, too. It's actually pretty darn simple. Recipe Cards make a great gift for the person who loves to cook. I have makes a very special gifts for my mother or for any favourite baker to commemorate their impressive efforts in the kitchen!

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