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Recipe Binder

Please welcome Emily to our blog! She will be sharing posts about organizing herself and her husband (and Newell Rubbermaid employee) Andy. I am so excited to have her on board!

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This Dymo handheld label maker is so awesome, it's my new little sidekick! Totally not like the label makers of the 80's with the funky looking raised lettering… thankfully.
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This handy little device helped me take my stack of magazines that I'd been hoarding, some circa 2002, and turn them into my recipe binder. I got the idea from i Heart Organizing's post about her recipe binder earlier this year.
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My version isn't nearly as fancy as Jen's, but it gets the job done! I used the label maker to create tabs like you would find in a cookbook or recipe box. The labels were super easy to make and you can even adjust the size (so you can fit words like "appetizer" on a tab), style, font and even add borders. There are also lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers too. I skipped on the page protectors and just hole-punched my pages and put them behind the appropriate tab.
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I love my new binder and how nice and neat the labels look! Now I have an organized place to keep all those recipe ideas from magazines or the web. It has definitely made adding variety to our weekly menu planning a breeze!  Do you have a great way to organize recipes?  Please share with us!

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13 Responses to Recipe Binder

  1. demarieandrews@hotmail.com August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I,ve got a large one started for myself some time ago but am now doing smaller one for a grandson soon going on his own with his favorites eats as well as useful tips from MOM & GRANNY……….
    I use the top open sheet protectors, they’re handy especially in my “TO TRY” section, as I can put several for the same type dish in the same one. When time then I go through and decide which to try first and sometime get ideas from the others and easily mix and match ingredients etc etc…………

  2. vanessa July 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    This is a great idea, so much better than all of my magazine tear outs stuffed into a folder. lol.

  3. Emily Hall July 15, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I am thrilled to be a part of this blog and I looking forward to sharing ideas with you in the future!

  4. Emily Hall July 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I love the idea of “Tried & True” Jackie! That might just be my next project, we love to entertain at our house too!

  5. Sally July 14, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Way to go Emily!! This is awesome!!!!!!!

  6. Jackie Cutts July 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I loved your idea about the recipe binder however,my immediate desire is to organizer all of my “favorite” recipes, from over the years, from the cooking magazines I have purchased. My binder is working out great just including what I like to refer to as my “Tried and True”. My daughter has one of the new type label makers and I plan on borrowing hers. With this binder i plan on having it as a quick reference when I am cooking for parties, holidays and such. I am hoping it will save a bunch of time that I used to waste looking through a stack of old cooking magazines.

  7. Amy July 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Emily, I LOVE this idea! I think I will have to make one!

  8. Emily Hall July 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Angela, you really must check out label makers! Dymo has so many options now too, it’s amazing! I just love mine and use it every chance I get.

  9. Emily Hall July 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Rachel, what a great idea, thanks for sharing with us! An electronic filing system would be especially wonderful for those with a desk space in their kitchen.

  10. Angela July 13, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Emily, I have two binders I’ve made from Real Simple magazines…a recipe one and a remedy one. :) I used dividers, but I like your improvement with labels. I’ve seen these label makers in stores but quickly likened them to the 80s ones. I’ll have to really check one out! Thanks–this is a great organization tool.

  11. Cassie July 13, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Emily!!! Love the binder!! Congrats on the feature!!

  12. Laura Beth July 13, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Emily, you binder looks awesome and will definitely keep you organized in the kitchen! Way to go girl!

  13. Rachel Lehman July 13, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    This is a nice way to do it if you want to keep the paper, but I like to keep my recipes digitally in Evernote. Then I can search them, tag them and add my own personal notes and links for customizing them. I usually try a recipe from a print cookbook for the first time, and if I like it, or make special changes to it that I want to remember, I copy it down to my Evernote notebook (including the source for reference). Then it’s always available online too, if I want to share it with a friend. You can also scan magazine pages into Evernote. If there are interesting recipes I see somewhere that I want to try, I enter them in my notebook and tag them with “to try”, then when I’m planning my meals I look at those recipes and pick one or two to make.

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