Recipe scrapbook at a bridal shower - logistics?

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Posted 3/14/2013 by sleepymamaof2 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 3/14/2013 1:23:12 PM
I'm working with a friend to make a recipe scrapbook for a bride. We're doing the recipe cards you mail out, and then putting the book together somehow. The "somehow" is my question for you

I would like to pre-make the pages with photo corners, and have the guests put their cards into the spots on a page of their choosing, then me and friend can put the pages together in a way that flows. Friend wants to bring paper, markers, stickers to the shower and have people DIY. There's also the option of just collecting the cards and working the pages afterwards.

If you have made one of these books, how did you put the final book together? Let people do their own page? Do the pages for them? We are disagreeing, so what worked or did not work for you would be really helpful. Thank you!

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Posted: 3/14/2013 1:40:18 PM
When we made one for a co-worker as a going away gift, the scrapbookers who were not making the gift were given the color theme and asked to bring a recipe on a certain sized page, with a picture of ourself.
Everyone else was just asked to give the recipes (ETA: and a pic of themself), and they were put in an album and gifted to her at the party.

If you want a cohesive looking album, it either needs to not be DIY, or done as a two-up type book.
JMO



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Posted: 3/14/2013 3:06:21 PM
Thanks! I'd like the book to look pretty cohesive myself, but then I worry that is not beign respectful to the other ladies, and that they should have a chance to be creative also. I've seen beautiful versions where one person assembles all the completed cards, but I also like how personalized the ones are where people make individual pages. This is tough to decide!

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Posted: 3/14/2013 3:46:52 PM
What would mean the most to the person receiving the gift? Would having a cohesive pretty recipe book be more important that remembering each person and their recipe when looking at the page?

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Posted: 3/14/2013 3:48:25 PM
I made a guest book for a friend's wedding and I made blank cards for them to write on, then I took a photo of each guest and stuck everything in the book myself afterwards. That worked pretty well

Are the other people at the shower 'crafty'? If they're not used to making things like this, you might find it takes forever and/or is a massive headache for both you and them to get them to make pages.

Of course, if they're all scrapbookers I would absolutely get them to make a page each!

As a compromise, could you do cards for them to write on and bring along small stickers, bling etc, for them to decorate the card with?



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Posted: 3/14/2013 4:31:17 PM
I really don't know WHAT the bride would prefer. That's part of the problem. She's laid back, and would probably like either one. I wanted to take pics of the guests to add to the book as another personal touch, but the organizer said that would not be received well.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 6:48:03 PM
Even as a crafty person I hate having to make stuff like this at the party. I prefer doing it at home. I feel like when I do it at a party I'm kind of put on the spot and things just don't turn out as nicely. I'm a perfectionist, what can I say!

Do you have other activities planned for entertainment? Decorating pages can take a while. If you have a lot planned then I would just collect them and put it together myself. If you have plenty of time then it should be ok.
You may want something for the early finishers to do while they are waiting for others to finish.
ca angel

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Posted: 3/14/2013 9:15:13 PM
I made recipe albums for my kids with family recipes. all of the pages were in a theme, and I used photo corners, or notches in the papers to put the cards in. The pages were very simply embellished (but that is my style).

If some of the people want to be crafty, let them know what the color themes are, and let them make their own page, or give them the background paper to do it. the ones who don't - have simple pages premade ready for the cards, to arrange in the book.

if it were me, I would love a pic of the person doing the recipe, especially if it included the final product! The memories years down the road will be priceless.

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Posted: 3/14/2013 9:53:49 PM
I think part of the problem with any type of collaborative effort like this will end up being **your** expectations.

I helped a friend plan an album for an anniversary -- she was going to take pictures of the guests who would complete a salutation card to the honorees then drop everything into a "pre-done" page. I helped her with the album concept -- very simple pages that would end up looking really nice and cohesive -- but she wanted to invite her family to help with the actual construction. A family of non scrapbookers --- who took the beautiful paper and very simple plan .... and totally screwed it up!
It wasn't even my gift ... and I'm still torqued about it!!! LOL!!

So -- if you decide on letting the guests complete the page or DIY, be prepared to give up control and live with the way it ends up --- and I can almost promise it will not be the book you envisioned!

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Posted: 3/15/2013 10:07:28 AM
Thanks, everyone. You hit the highlights of what I've been debating in my head.

The hostess thought taking pictures at the shower would be too tough/stressful - I can't imagine taking the time to craft a page would be less stress than that. It would take a LOT of time as well. The pictures would be really nice to have, so that's a bummer I also agree with ca angel - I am a perfectionist too and would feel put on the spot if I had to do a page right then and there. I'd rather be chatting and having fun with my friends than worrying about getting the matting straight on the page.

I'm going to talk to my friend who is helping with the book and lay out all the pros and cons, and see what she thinks. I'm pushing towards pre-made though, just for time's sake.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:10:31 PM
I actually did some for Christmas gifts this past year. What I did is at SAMs they have binders that include matching recipe cards, printed paper, etc. I added pictures personally family stories and the recipe that had been past down from generations. The binder also had great tips like baking tips, wine suggestions, and measurements. I would suggest at least looking at those type of binders to give you inspiration even if you didn't want to purchase it. Hope that helps.
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