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Old 05-05-2003, 07:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have some recipes , handwritten by my gramma, and some words of advice as well. All of it is handwritten, and just sitting in a notebook.I would like to find a way to save it..but I am not sure where to even begin.

The pages are written on both sides, so I cannot glue it to a sheet or I will lose the info etc. on the other side. I thought about laminating them and then cutting holes to put it into a note book.

I also have a whole slew of recipes I use from a variety of cookbooks.I would like to have AL of these recipes, plus the old stuff from gramma and room for new things as well.

I have looked at wal mart( yuck) so far for books to store this stuff in and had no luck.

Does any one have any reccomendations for me? Where should I even begin? Will it damage the handwritten stuff to be laminated at home?

I would just feel so much better if I had all of this organised into one place and could have it on hand and use it without constantly being afraid I am going to damage things I cannot replace!

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Maybe you could xerox the originals and then put the originals in a chemically inert box so they won't react to any acid's etc. or get cooking goop on them (like mine do). That way, you preserve your grandmothers handwriting and still can use the recipes with our constantly worrying if they are going to get ruined.

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I have thought about zerooxing the pages..but unfortunatly the ink in my grandmothers pen was lighter than the lines in the paper and I doubt it is going to show up right. I would really rather have the originals to look at when I using it anyway( my own personal thing..you know So I may still try to go along with that idea.

There is a lady locally who does scrapbooking shows, and I may call her...after I investigate Micheals and Jo Anns and another craft place .I will try to go shopping this weekend. Wishe me LUCK!
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Good Luck. There is also a spray you can use that will chemically neutralize the paper so it shouldn't fade or disintigrate further. You might want to look into this.

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Yup, archiving spray. Probably could find it at michaels or hobby lobby or a scrapbooking store.

I would test a small bit first and make sure it will not bother the ink.

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I'm no expert on archives but I'd think that laminating would be a good idea. It's not going to break down since it's sealed. The other option instead of permantly sealing would be to just put them in a clear sleeve and put it in a scrapbook/binder. This way you can see both sides. You can get the clear sleeves with the 3 hole punches at Micheals or even Wal-mart. This way they'd still be protected but not hurt the "integrity" of the paper-if this is an issue for you. The only problem is that they'd move around if they were smaller than the sleeve.
You can get some rally nice paper to mount your other recipes on and put them in the clear sleeves too and you'd have a beautiful recipe book.
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Kinkos can laminate almost anything...my dh has had them laminate all sorts of crazy sized items..

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You can actually make a lot of adjustments on good copy machines. You might want to try it.

Maybe you could also try scanning them into the computer and touching them up there.

Personally I think I would copy the recipes, either electronically or by hand and then store the originals somewhere where they would be safe. My favorite way of keeping recipes for use is on index cards in a box. One can print things out from the computer and paste them on index cards and also laminate them if one wishes. Not that I do this as much as I should, :LOL.

I just saw an idea that I really liked that might work for you somehow. Find an old book, paint the pages, let them dry, and scrapbook on top of that. I think it would be cool to find a used cookbook from your grandmother's youth and somehow scrapbook on top of that. Here's a link: http://www.azcentral.com/home/crafty...tyideas18.html
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i realize i'm late responding to this -- i'm just browsing through this forum for the 2nd time. but i thought i'd share how i do my cookbook. i have a format of typing recipes into a 3.5" x 5" size so they fit right into those photo pages that fit 4 on a page, kwim? that way, i can reorganize them without printing everything out again, plus the pages wipe off when i spill on them. For old stuff like your grandma's i would probably save the original in a scrapbook with some of that archival spray and them retype it for your everyday use. anyway, hth!
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In case anyone's still checkin this thread...
I can throw a couple of things out there. 1.) Laminating should be fairly safe, since oxygen is what causes decay. Laminating keeps it out, but isn't reversible if you ever change your mind. 2.) A color copy would be an adequate representation of the original, and they're fairly cheap now. (If you want to go that route.) 3.) If you are interested in archival preservation and use, try checking out the supplies from Light Impressions (lightimpressionsdirect.com, if I remember right). They specialize in preserving everything from newspapers to photographs and stuff like you have. They ain't cheap, but they sell books and acid free transparent sleeves of all sizes and sprays to de-acidify stuff.
Good luck!

Oh, if you go the scrapbook route, be careful cause with the proliferance of it, much of it isn't archival and you could cause your gramma's recipies to yellow and fade and crumble in a few years if you or somebody uses the wrong stuff.
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Well, so far I have not done much of anything about it.

I am pretty busy trying to get my home ready for my moms visit in a few weeks and new baby and so on..but I am keeping all this info in the back of my mind.

I have an idea of what I would like to do. I don't think I will go the route of a recipe card box...but I think I like the idea of cards in a book with plasticed pages so I don't damage the cards!

I tend to be a very messy cook, so anything that will kepp things safe is great!

The nearest Kinkoes is about an hours drive away..minimum,and so that stinks because I have another cook book which is sadly in need of being rebound and a new cover, and I was told they would be a company who could do such a thing.

Gotta go! Hubby needs the phone line! Becca.
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