There is just half a day until my holiday begins, and can I just tell you what I’m most excited to do over Thanksgiving?
Not…do other things I like to do in the kitchen…
No…I’m really most excited to organize my recipes!
This has been on my agenda for a while. The recipes that I tear from magazines are organized in my recipe binder, but what about my recipes? You know, the ones I’ve made with love, that have memories attached? God bless the internet, but I want hard copies. I want to be able to look back in ten years and say, “Oh, yes, that’s the chocolate hazelnut cake I made for Christmas the year [Santa didn’t come/I got knocked up/everyone got belligerent].”
I love cookbooks and recipe cards. I love collecting them — random ones I find on the internet or family ones I borrow with full intentions of never giving back. When I specialized in history in college, I had a special love for cookbooks as a primary source. I mean, what better way to learn about someone than to study how she nourishes herself and others?
During one of my nesting-driven trips to Hob Lob, it finally dawned on me: I should make a recipe scrapbook.
Oh, did I forget to mention that I like scrapbooking? Yeah…at some point in my formative years, before I discovered booze and my body and got distracted, I learned to scrapbook.
I know that this makes it sound like I’m just waiting for my minivan and mom jeans, but I’ve just always really liked scrapbooking. Playing with layout, design, and theme and using visuals to tell a story is exactly what gets me off — it’s why I always wanted to be a magazine editor.
Not to mention, I just fucking love paper.
(This is why I can’t be a real scrapbooker. Those ladies are carrying rolling suitcases to their conventions and I’m — just like everywhere else I go — That Girl, in this case dropping F-bombs over letterpress.)
I have quite a few scrapbooks. My favorite is the 100-page (seriously, it’s as thick as a phone book, if those even still exist) scrapbook I created after my summer studying abroad. It was a huge project, and a good way to work through how devastated I was over being back in the USA. I also have one documenting my middle school sports and school plays, and one with some of the classier moments of sorority life. It seems fitting to begin a new one for adulthood.
A couple weekends ago, I started working on it!
I knew I wanted to write the recipes by hand, and writing them on pre-cut cardstock seemed like an easy option. I would basically make them into recipe cards that I could then paste into a scrapbook instead of filing in a box. I also knew that I wanted to include the pictures of the recipes. With my prior knowledge of scrapbooking, I figured I could get two recipes on each page, and could organize them by season/type of recipe/etc. Of course, not every page would have just recipes — many would also have other pictures from the meal. That was what I was most excited about. It wouldn’t just be pictures of food; it would also be a scrapbook in the traditional sense.
Before I even collected my recipes, I started collecting 40 percent off coupons for Hob Lob and Michael’s and may have hit three stores in one day to get the best deals.
Sorry I’m not sorry. Cardstock is expensive shit.
Using my coupons, I started hoarding the supplies. Then I got down to business collecting my pictures. I deleted most of them off of my hard drive, so I downloaded them from my blog. In the end, I just uploaded the whole lot to Walgreens.com on a day they were having a print sale. Later that day, I picked up about 100 pictures and got to work.
I haven’t had much time to work on it so far, but I’m slowly writing out the recipes and organizing the pages. Writing them out by hand takes time, but I think that’s why this project appeals to me.
When you make a scrapbook, you don’t have to worry about your computer freezing or your server being down. You don’t have to have WiFi to show people your work. I love the way the internet allows us to connect with others, but there’s something about working with paper all by your lonesome that is really nice too.
So that’s my plan for the holiday — writing out recipes by hand! I’ll be avoiding the mall and the Web and working on my unplugged activity, creating a project that exists somewhere besides cyberspace, something that will last. I mean, you’ve “known” me for almost two years now, but this is probably the first time you’ve ever seen my real handwriting.
Any other scrapbook enthusiasts out there or did I did I just turn myself into the Mallory Pike of the blog world?