Happy Mother’s Day to all moms! I hope you’re having a lovely time today.
I woke up this weekend feeling so inspired to start a minibook that had been in my head for a long time. It’s about a compilation of the homecooked recipes that me and my husband repeatedly cooked(because they’re soooo good) when the 2 of us moved for a year in Abu Dhabi. It was a special phase in our relationship as husband and wife because we had no other family member in the emirate other than each other that time.
This compilation of photos that we had been keeping in an iPhoto album is dear to us because cooking in the UAE gave us an opportunity to try ingredients and meals that are entirely different from what we eat back home in the Philippines. We also included in this mini classic Filipino favorites that we love.
The materials I used are:
- + printed digital elements by Echo Park from Made From Scratch & Notes to Self Collection & I also added some elements from Basic Grey’s Spice Market collection
- + adhesive tape
- + pages from 3 signatures of an old notebook
- + 2 cardstock papers from Planners & Journals PH planner kit
- + Micron Pen
- + blue & green gel pens
- + brad from a Basic Grey set
- + photos printed in photo paper (I used Lili Niclass 6x8 template that can fit 8 photos in a page to get the perfect rectangular shape and size for this project.)
I usually make a unique set of rules when making a minibook to ensure that the output will look cohesive. For this one, here are the guidelines I used:
- + The main elements I used are from Echo Park’s Made from Scratch collection to keep the teal, salmon, beige & brown colors and cooking theme throughout the book.
- + I added some recipe cards that contains important recipes that are mostly different from the ones shown in the photo. I didn’t sweat it if the directions didn’t fit. I just wrote the source (mostly from Panlasang Pinoy, The Toddler Cafe & Stonesoup) so we can go back if we wish.
- + I used only 3 types of labels & I labeled each food photo.
- + I added kitchen theme paper embellishments on the pages.
- + I slanted the layout of the food photos to keep the feel fun.
Added special element: That little brad that matched the cardstock cover. Too cute!
Here are the page by page output!
My husband kept on checking this album as I worked. He was too excited that I decided to make this. That’s how special the memories inside this little book are.
Do you have special dishes and food memories that are close to your heart, too?