The following post is sponsored by Mixbook
Ever since I dove head-first into baking a few years ago, I’ve dreamed of publishing my own cookbook filled with original recipes, and I’m willing to guess that many of you have had similar dreams about publishing a book one day. While this may not be achievable for everyone, I’m here to tell you that it’s not entirely impossible. If you want to make a book, I know a way that you can with templates for photo books.
I was thrilled to partner with Mixbook to design my very own recipe book using some recipes that you’ll find here on the blog as well as others that I have not shared here. Using a blank template, I built a book from scratch with lots of colorful watercolor elements, and it sits on my shelf with my favorite cookbooks.
Using the photo book feature, I chose to start from scratch with blank pages and added pretty watercolor elements throughout to make it feel like my own brand, but you can also choose from a variety of pre-made templates for photo books. On each page, you can drag and drop photos, text and other elements wherever you want them to completely customize your book. I layered backgrounds and watercolor stickers with my photos and adjusted the transparency so that it would still be easy to read the text.
The key to designing a recipe book (as opposed to a photo book) is the amount of text needed on each page. I varied the sizes of my photos, using my favorites to fill entire pages alongside a page of text, and using others as thumbnails to accompany recipe pages. Over all, I fit 10 unique recipes into my book with photos of each one.
This is a book I always hoped I’d make one day, so I went out and did it and I love having it on my shelf alongside my other cookbooks. It feels pretty legit! Want to make your own recipe book? Use code CC40 to receive 40% of your own photo books with Mixbook until May 14, 2017 at midnight PST!