What You’ll Need
- Full-sized photo, brochure or other heavyweight paper (you’ll cut this to size)
- Scissors or utility knife
- Ruler (preferably with metal edge)
- Laminating sheets or laminating machine (optional)
- Your favorite recipes
Tips and Tricks
Convenient as it may be to bookmark your favorite recipes in a web browser, there’s something to be said for keeping, and passing down, actual recipe cards. Even if your printer is light on bells and whistles you can still print whole recipe books that will keep for generations.
To ensure that your great-grandmother’s recipes last well beyond this century, you’ll want to use archival-quality photo paper (matte finish will do). And while 3″x5″ is the size to which you may be accustomed, many of the better recipe templates available online – such as the wonderful collection from the homemaking-tips blog Tipnut – fit two 4″x6″ cards onto a printable document.
Depending on how handy you are with Word, PowerPoint and similar office programs, you can also create your own custom recipes by dropping in a few basic tables and text boxes. You’ll still need to cut out the cards after printing, of course, and you can add an extra layer of protection against food spills and messy hands by laminating your cards (check out these user-generated tips from how-to site Helium) before storing them.
As with any high-volume print project, recipe cards can quickly drain your ink cartridges if you decide to work with elaborate or full-color card templates. To help keep supply costs down and print volumes high, consider printing text-only cards or limiting your color palette to black and white.