Michelle James stops in to bring us a great project for the New Year… Recipe Card Organization! Put some order in your kitchen.



Recipe Card Organization and Free Download

Hi! I am so happy to be back on Life With Lorelai today. I am getting ready for a huge pantry organization re-vamp at my house, and part of that includes the recipes that are everywhere! I am not talking about the books, but the single recipes that people give me–they are just thrown in a pile in the pantry. Then, when I go to look for a particular recipe, I have to dig for a long time to find it; unless, I get lucky and it has fallen on the floor or something.

I finally decided to do something about it!


Recipe Card Organization


I had purchased an organizational file/drawer at a garage sale this past summer for .50¢, I think. I had actually given it to my husband, but I decided I needed it and asked him if I could have it back. I am terrible that way.

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It was pretty dirty and awful!

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I gave it a good bath and took it straight out to the garage for some paint. We had some green and some white spray paint so that is what I chose. These colors match nicely with my kitchen, and I am hoping to bring some of the same colors into the pantry as I organize.

Here it is after being painted. It looks much better, right?

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The size was very different for pre-made recipe cards. There were some cards that came with it so I used these for a size template to create my own.

They are 7 1/8 x 3 ¼ .

I put three on a page and printed 10 pages to start.

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Then, I decided to create a 4 x 6 that is a more general size to fit in photo books to use as a recipe holder, or a photo/shoe box that you can decorate and use as a recipe holder.

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You can download the free file with both sizes at the end of this post.

Once I had my cards done, I wanted some divider pages. I used some scrapbook paper and cut it to the same size as my cards. Then, I cut some 2 ¾ x 1 ¼ size pieces with a coordinating paper. I folded them in half lengthwise and wrote the categories I wanted: Main Dish, Sides, Salads and Desserts.   I used an adhesive tape runner to attach them to the divider cards.

The last thing I did was print the word “Recipes” onto a piece of the same cardstock that I used for the divider cards, and cut it to fit into the front of the drawer handle.

I am really happy with the way it turned out! What do you think? Do you have a system for your recipes?

Don’t forget to click on the link at the bottom and download the files. Enjoy!

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Download Recipe Cards Here





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