Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Hello, and welcome by!  I really do believe that "The Kitchen is the 💓of the Home" because most of us gather in the kitchen....for talking, sharing, cooking, and SO much more.  And while our meals are later taken into either the formal dining room, the kitchen table area, or even to the couch in some all begins in the Kitchen.
When I first learned of the new challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog/Dar & Diane's Challenge Blog, this specific Bo Bunny "Kiss The Cook" line immediately came to my mind.  I made a cute little Kitchy Card yesterday using these adorable goodies, and it quickly reminded me that I had also started a mini album/cook book this past Summer while crafting with my BFF in Stillwater, MN.  You will see an antique milk cap on the cover page that is actually from Stillwater, MN.  (See photo below)  We found those for ten cents each at an antique store and swooped up oodles of them.  I put the finishing touches on this mini album today, and I'm sharing it now for the first time.
The second page of this book is covered in black gingham patterned paper, and has some cute lace and border on the left with a wool felt flower cut from a die-cut, and a little tag from the Bo Bunny collection.  This page is a photo page.  How fun will it be to place pictures inside this sweet book to capture memories of meals, cooking, and family.
On the right-hand side of the book (Page 3 of the album), I used yellow polka dot patterned paper, a border sticker with a "Recipe" tab, and a row of die-cut wool felt red hearts with machine stitching through them. At the bottom right of Page 3, I put a decorative little flower with some Natural Burlap string.  Because this book is made out of paper bags, there are built-in pockets; and this is the first page where you can see some of the recipe cards peeking out of the pocket.  There's also a photo spot on this page.
Next, you flip the book to Page 4 where, on the left-hand side, you will see red gingham patterned paper with a strip of the black gingham paper surrounded by a blue border, some lace, a sticker tab (a day to remember), and the soup can - which is from a sheet of patterned paper.  I dressed that up with some cute October Afternoon buttons with Ivory Burlap String tied through them.
On Page 5, the right-hand side of the book, I used a darling strawberry patterned paper with more of the kitchy blue hues.  I ran a deep red border along the edge, and then used this perfect yellow polka dot rolled rose ribbon that we found to match the album so perfectly.  This page is another photo page.  And again, I just LOVE that each page has built-in pockets where you can tuck in notes, additional photos, etc. for capturing memories.
OK.....let's flip the book to Page 6.  Here we have the red gingham, the kitchy blue photo mat, some of the strawberry patterned paper, a cute sticker tab, and then I placed the chipboard cooking utensils on the left. I told you this Bo Bunny "Kiss the Cook Line" is cute!
Here is a closer look at Page 6 (left side of book) and that adorable chipboard piece.  It is glittered and oh, so sweet!  And that little journalling sticker tab is the perfect place to write the year that the photo was taken.  Paper bag albums are such a great way to capture memories!
There's lots of machine stitching in this mini album, lots of room for journalling, and of course...LOTS of great pockets for the recipe cards where I'm sharing favorite family recipes.  I also inked the edges of my pages which is something I like to do. Every little touch just adds more joy!
Finally, on the right hand side you find Page 7 which has more machine stitching on the adorable papers, and a black photo mat with a little sticker (Be Grateful).  I can't stand it when I think about how ADORABLE this book is going to be with all the fabulous family photo glued to the pages.  SO SWEET!
The last photo (above) is just a look at the back cover of the mini album.  Even though it's the back of book, I wanted it to look cute.  I also figured that it would be a good place for some journalling, or the family name.  This sweet little album was bound using my Zutter tool with black binding rings, and is tied with several ribbon scraps.  I hope you've enjoyed my little album.  Here's where I am sharing it:

Double D Challenges:  Dar & Diane's Challenge Blog - The Kitchen Is The Heart of The Home
Scrapy Land Challenge Challenge Blog - Challenge #82 - Anything Goes - I used several die-cuts including the book itself which is Spellbinders, as well as the flowers on the cover and Page 2 which are Impression Obsession rolled flowers, Spellbinders scallop border, and a few others.

Mini Album Maker's Blog - January Challenge - This mini album was SO much fun to make, and great way to capture memories.

CropStop Challenge Blog - January Challenge #36 - Anything Goes:  I used Tombow Adhesive, May Arts Natural Burlap String, Fiskars punches, Spellbinders and My Favorite Things Dies, and lots of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #452 - Old Favorites - The "Old Favorites" I used on this project include some of my favorite (SUPER old) die-cuts that I used on the rolled felt flowers, and my even older Fiskars border punches I used.  It's SO much fun pulling out older crafting items and giving them the use they deserve.  Great challenge!

Have a blessed day!


  1. Wow, you were right, Karen....this really is cute. I love those colors and that Bo Bunny goodness. Love it.

  2. Oh Karen I'm so glad you shared this with us! This is fabulous ... what a great job you did on it! Love that milk cap ... what a lucky find! Beautifully done my friend!!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Kitchen is Where the Heart Is’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  3. Oh my goodness Karen! You are so clever! This little album is so gorgeous! I love all the details, and the pockets will make the perfect place to hold those treasured recipes, journaling cards, and photos! What a fantastic job! I think you may have inspired me to create a paper bag book!

  4. What an adorable album, Karen. Love the homespun look. I am trying to get in touch with you by email regarding a prize I won at Word Art Wed but it said my email wasn't delivered. Can you let me know what to do, please? Thank you.

  5. Karen, your journal is just adorable. Love all the details.

  6. Karen, wow, super gorgeous make, sure love this. Beautiful card. Lovely design and gorgeous colours used for our "Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!" challenge. Thanks for joining in to help
    Us celebrate ...hope to see you next challenge.. Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

  7. Oh, my word! This is amazing!!! So much cute, fun detail on every page. An absolute delight! Love the idea of pockets for the recipe cards and a page for a photo. 10 cents a piece for the milk caps? That's quite a find and a bargain, considering they'll never be made again. This is so wonderful! Thanks ever so much for sharing in our kitchen challenge at Double D!

  8. This project is awesome. Love the different pages and fun details. Wonderful to have just on the kitchen counter. Beautifully done. Yes the kitchen is the heart of the home.

  9. What an awesome project! Love all the gingham and the fun embellishments! So happy you linked this up to the Cropstop blog.

  10. Wonderful! Your recipe booklet is amazing! You rocked it! :)

  11. This is adorable. From the cover to the beautifully chosen papers to the theme . . . I love it all! Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  12. Hi Karen! Boy, is this ever a triumph of paper design! I am smitten by each page and your beautiful layering. We are so thankful you shared with us at Mini Album Makers and make sure to check out our current giveaway on the blog. Big hugs, Autumn PS. Please add our challenge graphic to your entries if you can. <3

  13. FABULOUS Karen, wow, all the pages are full of such wonderful 'kitchen' goodness...and I enjoyed reading your post, too! Thank you for joining our Double D challenge!
    Diane DD DT

  14. Love this and the bright welcoming colours, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  15. Gorgeous album, great work, xxx
    Thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xx

  16. I love this mini so much! I love that paper collection and it's perfect for a vintage-style recipe mini. I also love vintage milk caps and bottle caps! I love that you have one from Stillwater! I used to live in the Twin Cities and we visited Stillwater often! Such a sweet town. Thanks so much for joining us at Mini Album Makers this month!

  17. Love the retro styling and bright and breezy colours of this fabulously made album. Thanks for joining us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  18. Tu associes magnifiquement les couleurs , quel merveilleux résultat, biz

  19. Beauty! A wonderful cookbook! Thanks for joining us at Mini Album Makers.

  20. This retro album is simply oozing country charm !!!


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