Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Club Scrap 50s Kitchen Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Blog Hop featuring the March 50s Kitchen Kit! If you arrived here from Kay's Blog then you are in the right spot, if not you might want to hop back to see what Karen has created at the Club Scrap Blog. There you can check out the complete list of participating bloggers so you don't miss a thing!

I have fallen head over heels in love with this kit. The colors and artwork just make me smile. The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it was, a recipe box. I have needed a new one for quite some time, and this was my chance to make it all my own!

Let's take a closer look at the project construction.

1. Cut book boards, front, back and spine, and cover with 50s Kitchen papers.

2. Create sides using a score board. Score the Lock and Key Teal papers using an accordion fold and attach to the covered boards to form a box. The accordion sides allow for some expansion as more recipes are added.

3. Create category tabs using Teal papers and an envelope punch board.

Punch in center of left edge of Teal card.
Slide card to left and line up edge at 2.5" and punch.
Remove excess at the top of card with craft knife. 
For the center tab, line up card at 1.75" and punch. 
Flip card over horizontally to the left and repeat. 

Remove excess at the top of the card with craft knife.
4. Use digital scrapbooking application to create tab labels. Type the category names in black font and add food icons mixed with 50s kitchen digital kit images to each category name. Print out onto Staples brand sticker paper.

5. Trim out each label and attach to the Teal category tabs.

6. Fill the box with recipe cards. Learn more about how I created mine HERE.

7. Decorate a panel for the front of the Recipe Box. Print out the word Recipes on sticker paper using the 50s Kitchen digital font. I changed the color from chalkboard white to a matching red. Stamp images from the 50s Kitchen UM Art Nouveau set onto panels using Ocean and WOW Red hybrid inks. Add a piece of diamond twill ribbon from the 50s Kitchen embellishment pack to complete the panel.

8. Create a mounting board for your recipe box using Pizza Boxes. Layer two sheets of Pizza Box cardboard together using Book Binding Glue. Make sure they are running in different grain directions. This will provide a more sturdy board.

9. Wrap the board in Cape Cod Red, 50s Kitchen Aqua and Lock and Key Teal.

10. Mark holes where the box will mount using three extra large brass brads.

11. Color the tops of the brads using Black Enamel Accents from Ranger.

12. Attach the box to the board with the brads.

13. Paint small wooden clothes pins with black acrylic paint and allow to dry.

14. Attach to the board with Book Binding Glue.

15. Cover the back of the board with a piece of black paper to cover the brads.

The project is done. It can be mounted on the wall or it can stand on your countertop.

Thanks for stopping by and up next on the hop is Wendy Bellino!


  1. What a wonderful and super handy recipe box.
    You made it beautiful and what great instructions.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  2. This is an excellent project and one that I think I need to make as well. Thank you so much,

  3. Fun idea! It would make a great gift!
    TFS :)

  4. Very cool project, Julie! And I have "mixer envy" now, as well.

  5. I like how the top part acts as an integral part to the project, I have the worst time trying to display my recipes when I am cooking, splattered and falling off the counter, getting lost etc. Painting the brads black really makes them stand out too-it's the little things.

  6. I like how your recipe box expands. So cool! Gorgeous Julie! Have a great day!

  7. Really, really cute - you do such great projects Julie! Thanks for sharing the details, Denise

  8. Really nice project, Julie! Thanks for sharing the instructions and detailed photographs. I especially like the area to hold the card as you are cooking. So practical!

  9. Wonderful project! I love how the box has a place to display the recipe card!

  10. Cute project! Thanks for the detailed instructions . . . you just might see one of these in my kitchen the next time you're in WI!

  11. I love how your recipe box turned out! And the board with the clips is a great idea. Very handy to read the recipe and to keep the card near the box so it doesn't get lost.

  12. Awesome construction Julie! So functional and cute to boot! Love it!

  13. very nice project! I can see lots of uses for that... even an organizer for addresses, supplies you have and need to use, etc! definitely need to do one of these with another paper line!

  14. Great minds think alike, Julie! Can never have enough storage ideas for recipes. I really like that you can display the recipe upright while cooking.

  15. Love the recipe box and thanks for directions

  16. Not only a fabulous project, but very specific and detailed instructions that even *I* can manage. Thanks for this!

  17. Great handy to use project Julie! So kind of you to show so many construction details even down to painting the brad tops black. Adorable!

  18. Super deluxe project...thank you so much for sharing.

  19. Julie, you really give your projects your all! So impressed with the clever and creative ideas you are able to take from ideas to a finished project. Your photos and instructions are clear and helpful. What a delightful gift for your favorite cook. About how much time did this take to complete? You are amazing!

    1. Hi Cher, thanks so much for the compliments!
      I think it probably took me about 5 hours to complete and that is only because I had to kind of think about things, and design as I went along. :)

  20. Your recipe box is so adorable! I love the clips! What a great idea. Great tutorial! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment! Love ATB's and I can see you like creating 3D stuff too! Have a crafty weekend!!!!

    1. Oh thanks so much Nicole, it is so nice of you to say that and thanks for stopping by!!