Preserving Memories: A Helping of History

By Diane Haddad Premium

Food is a key ingredient in any family history — just think about the memories evoked by a taste of Dad’s secret sauce or a whiff of Grandma’s fresh-baked bread. Celebrate those memorable dishes — and the traditions surrounding them — by creating a personalized recipe book. Ask loved ones to scrapbook their favorite recipes, gather the pages into an album, then share it at a family gathering. Or make it a special wedding or graduation gift. Here are some tips to get started:

SEND EACH REQUEST for a recipe along with a color-copied sample page you’ve created. Provide specific instructions — you want to make sure the finished page is the right size for the album, and that each page includes photos and a message to the recipient.

• For an easy-to-assemble format, PURCHASE AN ALBUM with two 4×6-inch pockets per page, like the one above. Ask each participant to provide a matted photo and recipe card. Put a recipe in one pocket and a photo with journaling in the other.

• Don’t forget to CREATE A CONTENTS PACE for easier recipe finding, and a page with a special message from you.

Start this project well in advance to leave plenty of time for gathering recipes and organizing the finished pages. And consider color-copying the finished book — you’re sure to get requests for copies! (See the December 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine for more tips on cooking up a family food history.)

Inspiration Overload

You’ll never get scrapbookers’ block again with Becky Higgins’ My Creative Companion (Porch Swing Publishing). When you need ideas, just browse through the hundreds of thumbnail sketches illustrating accents, borders, journaling, titles, layouts, mats and more. The spiral-bound book includes idea pages demonstrating the link between sketch and finished layout. All that’s missing from this inspiring book is space to add your own ideas. Look for the book at craft stores or <>.

Get Cooking

Considering embarking on a family cookbook journey? Start your Web research at these sites:

The Food Timeline

< html>, has a wealth of food history for those curious about old family recipes. There are lots of other resources on food history, too.

Creating a Family Cookbook

<> contains information on collecting, arranging and publishing recipes, plus helpful links and resources.

• Of course, don’t forget Cyndi’s List — the recipes category <> lists dozens of links to information on historical recipes and food.


Speaking of Web sites, if you’ve just begun to frequent scrapping message boards, no doubt you’ve found lots of ideas and a few laughs — as well as some scrap-specific message-board lingo. Here’s a translation of some common acronyms:

dh: dear husband (also dd for daughter, ds for son, dsil for sister-in-law — you get the idea)

lo: layout

Iss: local scrapbook store

iso: in search of

nsbr: not scrapbooking-related

pp: paper piecing or page protector

sath: stay-at-home mom

SS: secret scrapper (for a supply swap)
From the April 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine