Budget Friendly DIY Christmas Gift Idea: Easy Recipe Album Project

By | 12/11/2020

I have a quick and easy Christmas gift idea that you can make in an afternoon from items mostly from your stash!

You will find a video tutorial below!!


Budget Christmas DIY Gift Idea


I created 2 of these recipe albums from those dollar store 4 x 6″ photo albums, patterned papers from my craft stash, and some stickers and ephemera from Simple Stories Apron Strings collection.  I also added some nice recipe cards that I got off Amazon.

I had a blast making these!  I cut all the papers to 4 x 6″ pieces and added them to the album.  I added a recipe card to every other pocket and then used the stickers and ephemera to decorate the cover and the insides.

budget diy christmas gift idea

I left one side of each pair of pockets open so pictures of the food or events related to the food in the recipe could be scrapped on the page.  Nowadays, everyone seems to take pictures of their food and this seems like the perfect album for those pictures!

Budget diy christmas gift idea

I love this idea!  A little Ivy Canon Printer would be a perfect coordinating gift because that is a great size photo to print for this album.

Budget diy christmas gift idea

I just added a few decorations to each page, keeping them to the left or the right or to one corner so that they would not block photos that are added.

Budget diy christmas gift idea


I added some eyelets with my Crop-a-Dile and used elastic cord to hold the album closed.  That way, when they print recipes and stuff them in, they will be held in place!

I really loved making these projects!  I have a video below to show you how I did this.  You can see the process!!

Budget diy christmas gift idea


Video tutorial:


Supply List:


Supply List: Set of 3 4×6″ Photo Albums: https://amzn.to/2KjUDMN

4×6″ Recipe Cards: (White with green vines set of 50) https://amzn.to/3naUPgf

4×6″ Recipe Cards: (Kraft cards set of 80) https://amzn.to/343UlRu

Simple Stories Apron Strings Collection: https://amzn.to/343UlRu

Simple Stories Apron Strings Collection Journal Bits: https://amzn.to/3qQYRfG

Simple Stories Apron Strings Collection Stickers: https://amzn.to/37bm0Sm

Simple Stories Apron Strings Collection Stamp Set: https://amzn.to/2W5cNov

Simple Stories Apron Strings Collection Chipboard: https://amzn.to/2W8CODo

Elastic Cord: https://amzn.to/3me7I7I

We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile with brads: https://amzn.to/3gFllvy

Canon Ivy photo printer: https://amzn.to/3mdfnTT

Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit.  I hope you enjoyed the video!  Have a fantastic day!

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