Friday, November 2, 2012

An Echo Park For The Record Recipe Box

Hi there!

Today I have a fun recipe box being featured over at Lori Whitlock's Blog that I made as a holiday gift idea (and as a personalized gift for my little sister--shhh, it's a secret).  ;)

I had so much fun making this project extra special knowing that my sister loves to cook and that this could be a keepsake for years to come.  I think this would also make a wonderful gift filled with your favorite recipes for a bridal shower or wedding gift.

I decided to create it using Echo Park's For the Record Tailored papers (also designed by Lori).  In addition to Lori's many shapes, I also used Echo Park's Silhoutte cutting files that coordinate with these papers (the flower, flourish and label) for the top of the box.

I bought a plain wood box at a local craft store which I took completely apart and chalked the edges with Colorbox's Fluid chalk ink in Chestnut Roan--I love my chalk inks so much that I own the re-inkers so I got the pad nice and juicy before brushing all the edges with it.  I love how doing this made it easier to hide small imperfections when the paper size varies slightly from piece to piece.

I used Lori's tabbed cards and stretched them to be a perfect fit for my wood box.  Doing this warped the original tabbed card image ever so slightly, but never something you could tell unless comparing side by side.  I ended up cutting these twice, once out of the patterned paper and another time out of cream cardstock to make the dividers extra stiff. 

Before stitching the two layers together, I made sure to run each patterned paper card through my printer (by attaching them temporarily to a piece of paper) to print the labels for each tab. It saved time by running all the left side tabbed cards at once and then changing the margins to do all the middle tabbed cards, etc. 

 Upclose Shot of Group 1 (you can click on images to view larger)
 Upclose Shot of Group 2
 Upclose Shot of Group 3

As you can see, I had so much fun finding and using all of Lori's food related shapes on this project.  I love how well these papers worked with the theme and how everything fell into place once I got into the full swing of it!

Here is a complete list of the shapes I used with Links to Lori's Shop (and a few links to the Silhouette store for those shapes that will be available to purchase directly in Lori's shop soon):

Recipe Box Icons
tabbed cards
5 Simple Borders
2 label shapes
Antique Doily
3 Mason Jars
Cupcake and Stand
‘cooking’ utensils
Fall 2 Set (pie)
Pumpkin and Corn set
Tomato and Carrot
1 page layout kit (cherries and "sweet" word)
Echo Park tabs and labels
Echo Park flourish and shadow
Echo Park flower

Thanks so much for stopping by!  ;)


  1. Your sister is going to adore this... what a beautiful and useful gift, especially to someone who loves to cook. Wonderful project. :)

  2. Cute isnt the word for is awesome! Tfs I love lori's cuts!

  3. Wow! What a GREAT project!!! :) Your sister is going to love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  4. Mendi,
    This is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Your sister is going to treasure it always, I'm sure. :)

  5. This is such a great idea! I'm sure your sister will treasure it always.

  6. Oh how delicious! Your sister is going to LOVE it! :)

  7. So gorgeous, Mendi! What a great collection for this project---like it's fresh from the garden!

  8. Ooooh, ooh, ooh...I wanna be your sister!:) This is awesome...I am sure she'll absolutely love it!


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