Saturday, September 24, 2011

Creating a Family Recipe Journal and a Giveaway!

I have recently started work on a project that I have wanted to do for some time and that is to create a family recipe journal to give to each of my children for when they leave home. I would also like a copy for now that keeps the recipes that I use all the time contained in the one volume. Over the years we have gathered favourite family recipes - some are from friends written on scraps of paper and others are from the pages of cook books that I own, so splattered you can hardly read the recipe!

Now the idea of giving each of my children a hand written book of recipes certainly holds appeal but the thought of writing out seven copies does not! It was therefore very timely when I was contacted by a representative from My Memories asking if I would like to do a review of their digital scrapbooking software at my blog. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to begin my recipe journal project. I am a complete scrapbooking novice and publishing software programs have always been a challenge for me but I was happy to give it a go. What did appeal to me about using a digital format was that it was scrapbooking without the mess! No cutting out, no gluing, no masses of punched out shapes and scraps littering my floor to sweep up!

I have so far completed 10 pages of my family recipe journal and I would love to show you what I have been able to achieve so far using the My Memories Suite 2.0 which was very straightforward to download. I had to exercise a little patience as it downloaded so I took the time to start sorting through my cook books and notebooks deciding which recipes would deserve a place in our Family Recipe Journal.

I opted to create my own album - there are numerous layouts to choose from for creating your pages but I found a blank page to be the most versatile as I could decide where I wanted pictures placed as I assembled each page. There are lots of different backgrounds to choose from - I chose an apple green paper for my first project. The beauty of using digital scrap booking software is that I can change the colours and give each of my children a copy in their favourite colour. Isn't that a sweet thought?

So many of our childhood memories revolve around food, so in my recipe journal I am including photographs of family dinners and occasions that relate to the recipes chosen for this journal. See how the little flower embellishment mirrors the decoration on the cake? I chose to use Word Art for most of the titles on my pages. Resizing and placement was simple. There were lots of different fonts, textures and colours to choose from. I thought Mocha a most appropriate shade for Chocolate Cake Memories!

I also thought to dedicate a page to my two favourite cooks both who happen to be New Zealanders! This recipe journal is all about memories. I taught myself to cook as a young wife using Jo Seager's books and loved the 'easy peasy' recipes she featured on her cooking shows. And if you follow my blog you will know how much I love Annabel Langbein. Her new cook book 'Free Range in the City' comes out later this year - can't wait! I may add in another page later with more recommendations for good cook books that my children will be able to hunt down if they so wish. I used a ribbon embellishment here because I consider both Jo and Annabel to be gifts to me on my culinary adventures!

It seems many of the recipes in this journal are going to be for cakes and desserts so I had to remind my children that for many years they were blessed (and still are) with beautiful hand made sourdough bread. Bread making is one skill I have chosen to pass on to my children and along with this recipe journal I hope to be also able to give them a batch of the heritage sourdough to pass onto future generations. I experimented with the different shapes you can apply to photographs and thought hearts seemed appropriate for something we all love in this family - fruit and nut sourdough bread!

I'm sure like me you often find recipes at blogs that you write down on scraps of paper then lose and have to go searching through archives for. Recently, I was thrilled to find a wonderful coffee cake recipe at Rhonda Jean's hugely popular blog. It is a wonderful cake - if you like your coffee cake to have a real coffee flavour that is! I let Rhonda know that I would be adding her recipe to my collection of 'best ever' recipes and it was also at Rhonda's blog that I received the final prod I needed to stop procrastinating when she encouraged her readers to create personal recipe journals and to pass on a heritage of love for the home, domesticity and cooking from scratch. I mentioned in my comment that I was considering using digital software to create my recipe book and just days later I received the offer from My Memories to review their software. I was meant to do this don't you think?

I will continue adding pages to our family recipe journal over time. I can also add in music and videos if I so wish. Music to cook by if you have your digital recipe journal stored on a portable device - now there's a thought! I will of course be printing off copies and have the option of creating a bound photo book. As this is a book that will be used in the kitchen where spills are inevitable, I'm considering printing and laminating the pages and presenting them in a binder.

And I have some wonderful news. I also have a copy of the My Memories Suite version 2.0 the #1 rated digital scrapbooking software in the USA valued at $40 to give away to one reader! All you have to do is visit the MyMemories website at the following link:-

Take a little tour, then return here and leave me a comment telling me what appeals to you about the many design options they have for creating your own digital scrapbooks, photo books and other possibilities such as the recipe journal I decided upon for my first project.

What do you think you might create for your first project? Once you have the basic suite then you can add to it purchasing extra kits, backgrounds, embellishments - I'm sure you get the idea and now you don't have to worry about the kids using your best scrapbooking paper to make paper planes!

If you are already following my blog or sign up to follow my blog let me know and you will receive a 2nd entry.

Let others know about my giveaway via your blog, Facebook or Twitter and that will qualify you for a 3rd entry.

I will draw the winner on Monday 3rd October at 8am here (AEST) so you have just over a week to submit your entry/entries. I will announce the winner on my blog and contact the winner via email with the promotional code and instructions needed to download the software at the My Memories site.

All the very best and if you do not win you can still receive a discount on the purchase price of the MyMemories Suite 2.0. I will be putting up a picture of my Family Recipe Journal on the sidebar with a link and promotional code that will give you a $10 discount on the purchase price of the MyMemories Suite and a $10 voucher to use at the MyMemories store.

I don't do giveaways often but when I do I like to choose ones that fit the theme of my blog that I believe will really bless the recipient. Keeping a record of the special times is something I would encourage all mothers to do and this software is something that might just make the task a little easier and save you from writer's cramp if like me you have a number of children to write out recipes or memories for!

I must add that I was given the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software programs to review and giveaway for free but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was under no obligation to put forward a positive review.


Lynn said...

Funny that you blogged about this today! This afternoon I had the idea of turning my blog pages into a memory book to leave for my family. I didn't know that software like this existed. I,m not really onto scrapbooking either (because of the mess) but this looks like a fun thing to do!

Ruby said...

I did a lot of scrapping about ten years ago. The My Memeries program looks great as I now have all the paraphenalia put away from small children. So yes, count me in the give away comp.
How did you find it time wise as compared to manually doing a scrapbook page?
I love your Cook Book. Puts to shame my folder of plastic sleeves which I gave my girls when they left home :-(

Linda said...

Hi Ann, Yes I'm a regular follower of your blog and have received much inspiration for 'making life beautiful'! I have had a look at the My Memories site and it looks great! There was a background with quilting and a space in the middle for a photo that I would love to use to frame a photo of my quilting MIL. I could make cards, labels and all sorts of pretty things to embelish my homemade pressies. I haven't kept on top of printing photos since I went digital but maybe that would change with this software. I wouldn't do anything as creative as your recipe journal, although I would love to. I don't know how you find the time to do everything!!! Still I am delighted to have a chance in your giveaway! Thank you.

Pam said...

Oh ya, count me in Anne; would love to be a part of the give away. I have been wanting to do a family cookbook also for years... I think I am very much in the same mold as you are, because I have often thought the very same things about the treasures of a family cookbook; along with all the memories surrounding the food we eat, and I might add: the recipes we use, and the connection to family members who share their recipes with us. The idea of having it printed is great; I would love to do it; Your cookbook looks delightful... when you get it all done, you ought to offer a give away or contest or something; I am sure there would be some strong involvement on that. It would also be fun to do a swap wouldnt it? I imagine that could become expensive, but I would love the idea.

I enjoyed looking at the mymemories site; what fun! If I get
a chance to catch my breath this week, I may link you on my blog... will see if the week is peaceful or chaotic.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Anne. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I also had the idea in the last few weeks of creating a small collection of my favourite recipes, photocopying them and putting them in a plastic sleeved binder to give to close family and friends for Christmas. This software would make this a little more fancier and so much nicer than my plan. I also love scrapbooking and because of the time involved over the last few years I have not done much of it. Digital scrapbooking would be a great option as it is less time consuming but you are still creative and making memories. Thanks so much for the offer.Angela K

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann, Letting you know I have shared via a link on my Facebook page. Angela K

Natalie said...

This is a wonderful idea, Ann! Thanks for sharing it and including the photos of the beautiful book!

Farming On Faith said...

Hello My Sweet Friend~
I love~love~ love your pages. What a wonderful idea. How do you print them? Count me in your giveaway.

I am catching up today with you and enjoying my visit. It has been a really difficult time for me losing my dad. But everyday is getting a bit better. I am going to read all your back post I have missed.

You should be getting ready for your SPring weather right?

Talk with you soon! I am so excited I have won a free ticket to a Woman Of Faith Conference next month ~ so that I can blog about the event. I am so excited.

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Carrie - I am probably going to load the pages onto a disc and take it into a print shop here as my printer is not the best when it comes to colour prints. The program allows you to do this and you can also upload it onto the web and email it - great for sharing photos and recipes with your family and friends!

Camille said...

What a wonderful idea to do a family recipe book for each of your children!! What a precious gift that will be for each of them when they branch out to begin families of their own!! I like it that you are including photos of the children enjoying the food you have fun! :)

Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Camille said...

I just tried to leave you comment Ann...I hope you got it!! :(


Finding Joy said...

I was impressed by this product and once I have written this message go and look at it from my computer rather than the iPad that I am currently using. I was also pleased it could be used on a Mac, not all software can and that certainly impressed me. So please count me in:).

I have done scrape booking but it became very expensive buying all the papers and embellishments so I stopped. This looks far more practical.


Renata said...

I love your recipe ideas ~ it's something I've thought of doing for not just my children, but also my sisters using recipes passed down from Mum & Granny. I'll have to have a look around their site as I'm very interested!


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