Spring Cleaning | Recipe Journal

This awesome tutorial comes from Katrina of Salt City Spice, a shop full kitchen organization and other lovelies. She's here to show us how to organize all those recipes you have laying around your kitchen. This would be perfect for my completed foodie challenges! Take it away Katrina!
This is a super-simple project for creating your very own Personal Cookbook/Recipe Journal using a 3-ring binder with pockets, a package of clear page protectors, plus basic scrapbooking supplies. I was forever collecting new recipes from magazines or online, but realized I would tear or print them out and then forget about them because they weren't organized in any way. I finally designated a special place to put them and with minimal effort, it's now my go-to source for a little dinner inspiration!

First, get your binder ready so you have a place to store your collection. Create a cover and add the sheet protectors. Next, be on the lookout for some new recipes! Find a few you like, then get to cooking. While enjoying each meal, take down some notes - you might include things like when you first made it, who else was there, what you thought, and what you might do differently next time. Would you add less salt? Bake it a little longer than recommended? Try it with a different meat, vegetable, or seasoning? This is a great way to start to develop your own recipes, or to put a personal touch on the things you make.

Once you've found a few "keepers" you can start to add them to your book. Paste your favorites onto scrapbook paper and include your notes.

Slide each completed page into a sheet protector and that's it! As you come across new recipes, you can store them in the binder's pockets until you're able to make them and decide whether they make the cut. It's also helpful to start to index your recipes once your collection grows so you can quickly find just what you need.

Soon you'll have your very own personal cookbook full of your favorites. The sheet protectors ensure any splatters can be easily cleaned without ruining the pages (great for messy cooks like me!). You can organize your recipes by date cooked, or if you really want to get fancy, by type of food (appetizer, entree, side dish, dessert, drink, etc). Bon appetit!