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Kitchen Journal

diy kitchen journalEvery now and again something so simple makes so much sense that you are sorry that you didn’t think of it before.  I wish that my Kitchen Journal came into my life much earlier than it did.  I keep it in the kitchen near the stove and I use it for a lot of things.  When I am cooking something and developing new recipes, I take notes on ways that I may have changed the recipe or things that I added or omitted.  By the time I go to actually write the recipe, those details are long forgotten.  Now when I go to write my recipe, I just re-read the notes that I took and it helps me remember and helps me recreate the dish.  My Kitchen Journal also is a place where I keep a list of things that I am running low on or things that need to be replaced.  It has proven to be rather handy indeed.

I got the idea from the sisters at eighteen25.  They made a Christmas version, but as soon as I saw theirs I knew that this was exactly what I needed in the kitchen.  Sure, a plain notebook would work perfectly well, by why not make something beautiful?  It makes me want to write in it.  I did not really have a plan when I started this project, I just went with it and was really happy with how it turned out.  Pretty cute, huh?

diy kitchen journalI have made a pact with myself that I will whittle through the scrapbook stash that sits in my craft closet and everything that I use would be something that I already had.

composition book
scrapbook papers (I used 3 different ones)
ribbon (a thicker ribbon)
glue dots
letter stickers
stamp pad for inking papers

diy kitchen journalUsing glue dots, attach the ribbon.  My ribbon was about 36 inches long.

diy kitchen journalLay the notebook on top of the paper and trace around the edges. Cut the paper.

diy kitchen journalI used two papers for the cover of the book.  I cut the lined paper in about an inch and a half strip to use for the title.

diy kitchen journalInk the edges of the paper.

diy kitchen journalGlue the paper down.

diy kitchen journalDo the same thing to the back.

diy kitchen journalUsing the letters, title your book.

diy kitchen journalAnd there you have it, a notebook to keep in your kitchen.

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Bree Hester

Bree is a food blogger and photographer based out of Carmichael, CA. She lives with her husband and 3 children. Her blog, Baked Bree, is a recipe blog for the home cook who wants to eat well and laugh often.

About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Eugenia

    Love this idea! I’ll definitely try it out.
    I’m kind of new to crafts though — why do you ink the edges of the paper?

  • Roxy

    Thanks for the idea! I actually don’t cook enough to mae a Kitchen Journal, but this project inspired me to make a outdoors journal for my father. His birthday is on Tuesday. :) I would add a picture, but it wont let me :/ if there is a way I can, I would really like you to see it.

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  • Bree

    I am glad that you all like it. It has come in really handy.
    No, the scalloped paper was a die cut paper, I just trimmed it to fit.

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  • Katie | GoodLife Eats

    I love this Bree! So pretty!

  • Rebecca

    A kitchen journal? What a fantastic idea!

  • Anika

    What a great idea! Did you cut the yellow paper to make the scalloped edge?

  • The Prairie Hen

    Dear Brilliant Bree,
    What a great idea! I am always adapting and changing recipes due to what I have or don’t have and then it’s so easy to forget how I did it. I’ve had a notebook in the kitchen but haven’t been inspired to use it… maybe a fancy cover would be the nudge I need.

    I cook just like my own mama so I should make her one too. I know she forgets too becuase I’m always asking how she made something and she can rarely tell me… or maybe she’s just being secretive! Well either way… her writing them down somewhere would sure make it easier for me to steal her blue-ribbon recipes! 😉

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  • Sarah Lane

    Great gift idea for Christmas!

  • Angie

    I want to make this NOW. Love, love!

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  • Stacey Woods

    I love this, Bree! What a creative way to transform something so simple. Can’t wait to make my own kitchen journal and USE it!