Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY Cooking Journal

I found the perfect book to make into a lifelong cooking journal, which I will use to record my personal recipes and reminders and kitchen tips--I couldn't be happier with it. This is actually a sketchbook that I found at Michael's, so the pages are thick and blank and beautiful and it has a hard, canvas cover (in ivory, of course). I do believe it will last a lifetime!

So, I admit that this isn't exactly a DIY project--the only "DIY" element is the cuteness! The cover of this sketchbook was just begging to be dressed up, and I thought that a simple fork, knife and spoon pattern would look chic and timeless.

At first I was looking around for stencils, and then I realized that I could just trace a set of utensils. So that's exactly what I did. It was a little bit tricky, as we all know that forks and knives and spoons don't lay flat, but with a little bit of wiggling I was able to make it work. Here's the step-by-step process.

And that's it! A very simple, sturdy cooking journal with a homemade decorative touch. I can't wait to begin to fill it with words.


  1. love the book... only thing i would be concerned about is the condition it will be in a few years from now... i wonder if there is a way to protect the cover from spills and stains... maybe a laminate?

  2. How beautiful! What a great way to remember all those little tweaks and inventions in the kitchen.

  3. I thought the same thing and was a little concerned about it, but your son convinced me that the spills and stains will give it character. I do plan to be careful with it, so as not to completely ruin it with a gigantic spill!

  4. Exactly! It will be fun to have a record of my cooking over the years.

  5. I just read through your last several blog posts that I have missed over the last couple weeks! I love your DIYs! Both this and the window frame you wrote about earlier look awesome. :) I hope you're doing well!

  6. Thanks Natalie! They have been a lot of fun. So glad to see you stopped by! :)


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