I love recipe books! I have dozens of them. The irony is that I so rarely cook anything from them. The recipes I turn to are the tried-and-true recipes I’ve gathered from family and friends.

My obsession with recipe collecting poses some challenges. First, it’s a mess because my friends and family don’t usually have beautifully organized, bound editions of their favorite recipes on hand to pass out at parties and potlucks. I have loose recipes all over the place!

My extensive collection includes torn magazine pages, photocopies, random recipe cards from who knows where, the backs of baking soda boxes . . .  etc. And, digitized recipes have only exacerbated my mania. I now have boards and boards on Pinterest as well. It’s become a real problem!  

I have such a hard time finding the recipes when I need them. MDS came along at such a perfect time in this stage of my collecting.

As I’ve thought about how to organize my recipes, my first wish was to organize them by event. In my mind I pictured myself waking up on Thanksgiving morning and pulling out my perfectly organized book of recipes for that day’s culinary triumphs. This led to a project I will be blogging about later this month, so stayed tuned!  

We all have to start somewhere so I chose a small collection of my favorite recipes. This particular project was born from a challenge to create something using the MDS Trial content. I had a really tight deadline but I managed to find my top favorites in the mess and organized them on the cute little pages. (I didn’t realize until much, much later that every recipe I deemed a “favorite” also happened to be . . . well, dessert.) 

The result is a book filled with some go-to treats that I know already that I can trust. I love how this book has turned out! I have used it so many times already. The swatchbook is small and it’s already reduced some of my paper mess. The Twitterpated Swatchbook is such a sweet design for a project like this. I made some minor changes to the original, but isn’t that a great perk of designer downloads—we can totally make them our own! 

The best part is how easy it is to share. Now when my friends ask me for a copy of my recipe I really can offer them a nice, bound, organized and super cute book of my favorite recipes. If you aren’t ready to commit to buying the software yet, give my little project a try with the FREE 30-day MDS Trial. I think you’ll find it addicting—sort of like collecting recipes. With the sale going on right now, it would be a good time to start recipe-sharing. Why not organize a little recipe swap with your favorite cooks? Let me know if you do—I'll want copies of the recipes. :)

Andrea Withers, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Training

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Comment by Alana Jean-Louis on June 18, 2013 at 10:39pm

Andrea  - this is also my favourite use for swatchbooks!!!  just sent some NEW recipes for printing during the print sale! wahoo!

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