Hello friends. I’m here today to help you.
Recipe collections can get out of hand SO quickly. You cut a recipe out of a magazine and set it aside, and all of a sudden your cabinets are overflowing with random cutouts and little scraps of paper, which is my worst nightmare. But never fear, even the biggest recipe collections can be tackled with ease, and I’m here to help you. Ready?
I’m not going to lie to you, my recipe collection isn’t falling out of my cabinets. My recipes are all in binders, on a shelf, in my office (it’s my OCD, I need everything to be in order, always, at all times). But even though my recipes are physically in binders, the binders don’t make sense (half of my bread recipes are in my Cake Binder and half are in my Dinner Binder, ugh these first world problems of mine) and it drives me crazy, and it’s a project that I’ve never wanted to start because it’s so overwhelming.
Here’s half of my recipe binders.
Sooooo. Let’s get to organizing!
First things first, I went to Staples (not spon) and got all my pages printed out on really nice cardstock. This whole project only cost $10 (including the binder)!
PS, this entire recipe binder set is available in my Etsy shop in tons of different colors and patterns, so head over there and grab one for yourself! All the Recipe Binder Printables include a cover page, category dividers, and fun pages like a weekly meal plan, kitchen conversion chart, and grocery staples list! And it includes blank category dividers and recipe tabs, so you can add your own font and organize your recipes however works best for you!
Before anything else, I emptied all the recipes out of the binders and organized them. There were a ton of recipes that I didn’t want anymore, and some of them were honestly just illegible. I decided to make this binder my Dessert Binder, since I have more dessert recipes than anything.
Making the tabs! I added my own font onto the category tags, printed them, cut them out, folded them in half, and used washi tape to attach them to the category pages. If you want it to look extra professional, you could laminate the tags before you attach them, but I didn’t do that because I’m no professional.
After I put the category dividers in page protectors and added the tabs, I started adding the recipes. I decided to hole punch everything and add it in rather than add everything in page protectors. Pages might get ruined (and food-stained) quicker, but I like it so much more without recipes in individual page protectors.
So that’s a stack (you can’t tell how big it is, but it’s taller than the 3″ binder) of papers that I needed to hole punch, but I just did it while watching Pretty Little Liars, which is the worst show I’ve ever seen but somehow kind of addicting? I don’t understand anything that’s going on (how many times are they going to flip flop who’s evil and who’s not??) but all I know is that I love Caleb more than anyone.
And yes, that’s a page of my favorite bread recipes from Pioneer Woman, and my handwriting from 10 years ago that was just awful.
I’m so happy with how this turned out. I have a section right up front for Recipes to Try (like these Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker), and I included a section in the back for recipes from my own website. This project is so easy and so customizable, I loved organizing the binder to fit my own needs.
Thank you guys so much for reading, and let me know if you try this project!