How to make a Farm House Kitchen Recipe Book

The Farm House Kitchen Recipe Book

was made using papers and embellishments from Canvas Corp Brands Farm House Kitchen line.

This recipe book is a fairly easy but detailed project, I’ve included lots of photos and instructions

so you can make one for yourself.  If you have any questions on the project please leave them in

the comments and I will answer them as soon as I can.  Enjoy!

How to make  Farm House Kitchen Recipe Book

Designed by Sue Eldred for Canvas Corp Brands.

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Canvas Corp Brands Products:

Additional Products Used:

  • Chipboard
  • Black Cardstock
  • Dbl. Stick Tape Runner
  • Bind It All & Coil
  • Black Foam Mounting Squares
  • 1/16” hole punch

Finished Book: 7 1/2” x 8 3/4”

Inside Pages: 7 1/4” x 8 3/4”

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  1. Cut two pieces of chipboard 7 1/2” x 8 3/4”.
  2. Cut one piece of Fleur De Lis paper 8 1/2” x 9 3/4” for the front cover and one piece of Black and Ivory Zig Zag 8 1/2” x 9 3/4” for the back cover.
  3. Generously apply adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper, make sure to go to the edge of the paper. Lay and center the cut chipboard onto the back of the paper.
  4. To make mitered edges: Cut at a diagonal a triangle off each edge of the four corners of the scrapbook paper. Leave approx. 1/8” space between chipboard when cutting. (tip-save triangles to cover edges if corners don’t meet.

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5. Fold over and adhere each edge to the reverse side of the chipboard. Repeat with the second piece of chipboard and scrapbook paper. Rub with bone folder for better adhesion.

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6.  Cut two pieces of Black & Ivory Bon Appetit paper 7 1/4” x 8 1/2” and adhere to the inside of the album.

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7.  Decorate the front cover with a 1 1/2” strip of Black and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and a 1” strip of Black and Ivory Pin Stripe paper.

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8.  Cut two pieces of black corrugated paper, 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” and 1” x 6 1/2”.

9.  Cut and the 4” x 6” section with the word “inspire” from the Little Black Pages on Ivory paper and adhere to the 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” piece of black corrugated paper.

10.  Punch three small holes on the 1” strip of black corrugated paper and hang kitchen charms with silver jump rings.

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11.  Glue on top of “inspire” paper.

12.  Tie White Cord around layers and adhere to the front of the album.

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13.  For the Inside Pages: Cut several pieces of black cardstock 7 1/4” x 8 3/4”.

14.  Cut and add recipe cards from the Bake and Can Recipe Cards paper to your book.

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15.  Decorate your pages with additional strips of paper and cut outs from the General Store on Ivory paper.

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16.  Bind the Farm House Recipe Book with the Bind It all Machine and coils.

Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper

Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper

What every Graduate needs.  A Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper. 

And because this little guy’s feeling really special, he needed a bow tie.

Smiley Face Graduation Pencil Topper parts

To make the Smiley Face Pencil Topper you’ll need:

  • 2″ Smoothfoam Ball
  • Sanding Block or Fine Sandpaper
  • Craft Knife
  • Yellow and Black Acrylic Paint
  • Pencil
  • Black Cardstock or Black Chipboard
  • Red Twine
  • Black Brad
  • Black Gingham Ribbon
  • Craft Glue
  1. Lightly sand ridge from the smoothfoam ball.
  2. To make the top of the ball flat, cut a small portion from the top of the ball with a craft knife.
  3. Paint the ball with yellow paint.
  4. Paint the top portion of ball with black paint and paint on face.
  5. Bore a hole into the bottom of the ball big enough to fit the pencil.
  6. Using the red twine, make a small tassel.
  7. Cut a 2″ square piece of black chipboard.
  8. Punch a small hole in center of the chipboard.  Insert ends of the tassel and black brad.
  9. Glue Mortarboard onto top of the Smiley Face.  Insert onto pencil
  10. Make a small bow tie from black gingham ribbon and glue onto the front of the pencil.


The Cooker Guy

Another fun kid friendly project with one of my favorite helpers.  The Cooker Guy!

Kids love helping in the kitchen and this guy’s no exception.  Whenever he catches me

working on something in the kitchen, a scooting chair is soon to follow.

The Cooker Guy

I’ve been told several times, “Grandma you need a kid apron for me.”

So… I decided we should make a special one just for him.

Misting the Apron

I purchased a small apron from Canvas Corp Brands.

They call it a Toddler Apron, but it’s plenty big enough for this 4 year old.

Stenciled and sprayed

We misted and sprayed the apron with various colors of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

We also used a couple of stencils to create designs on the apron.

Personally, I think it looks more like a Art Apron than a Chef Apron.

But really?  Who’s to say?  He’s happy and that’s all that matters.

Custom Letters

To make this apron special I used these really nice iron-on embroidered letters I received from

joy usa

I used the Funky Style Hobo Font in white.

I like getting the letters in white so that I can customize them any color I want.

Make sure to check out their Creating with Joy Blog.

I asked Nick what he wanted his apron to say and he choose the words “Cooker Guy.”

Cooker Guy Collage

Here’s my happy “Cooker Guy”, doing what does best.  Helping out.


Happy Days Card Class Reminder

Happy Day Cards with Pebbles Inc. Collage

It’s not to late to sign up for this fun card class at The Paper Forest…

Happy Days Cards

Enjoy life’s little moments with cards made from this fun collection of papers from the  “Happy Days” Collection from Pebbles Inc.

The Paper Forest in Washington, IL

Saturday, May 30th


Cost:  $20.00

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3440 for more information or to sign up.

Supplies Needed:  Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Tape Runner, Foam Mounting Squares

DIY: Mini Crate Make Over

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I am guest posting over at Crafty Allie today. 

Please make sure to stop by her blog and check out my Mini Crate Make Over.

Don’t forget to leave a comment.  (we love comments)


Art Play Paintables

Be Happy Card

The other day while I was procrastinating…

I decided to get out my Art Play Paintables and do a little water coloring.

Bloom Card

I love these fun sheets from Adorn It call Art Play Paintables.

So many wonderful images to fill in.

Great for watercolors, color pencils and markers.

Camper Card

You know… I think I need to take more time to just play.

Happy Friday!

It’s the little things….

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A kind word, a sweet smile, a warm hug…

It’s the little things in life that make me happy.

A simple act of kindness can change somebody’s day.

Have a great day.  Make it a good one.



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