I went to Italy recently to my favourite place, Sorrento on the Amalfi coast. It has very dramatic cliff top landscapes and is famous for its lemons. When I returned, I decided to add lemon drinks to my recipe journal. I’ve added Limoncello and Home-made Lemonade, one is a well-known Italian drink, the other reminds of a place closer to home, Cambridge in the UK.
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Step-by-step instructions for making a recipe layout for lemon drinks
You will need:
Kraft cream page scrapbook (I bought mine from Paperchase)
Yellow, red and white acrylic paints
2 x erasers
Craft knife and cutting mat
Craft paper in various colours, I used yellow and orange
Coloured plain postcards
Images cut from a magazine
Gel medium and an old paintbrush
1. Add a layer of gesso to the pages of a scrapbook. Protect the other pages by inserting an old newspaper behind. Add yellow and orange acrylic paints and a thin layer of gesso to tone it down.
2. To make the stamps, draw the design onto erasers. Keep the shape really simple and used a metal circular keyring as a guide.
3. Go over the pencil lines with a black pen. Do the same with another eraser but this time drawing half a lemon instead. With a craft knife, carefully cut out the black areas on the eraser. Be careful not to cut your fingers if you decide to do this.
4. When the stamps are ready, test them out with orange paint on a scrap of paper. Use them on the background with yellow paint. Add orange paint and stamp again. Next, tone it all down with another layer of thin gesso.
5. Outline the title in pencil first, and then go over it with a black pen. Fill in the letters with yellow paint.
6. Write the recipes on brightly coloured cards to match your colour scheme.
7. Next, create a template for the lemonade pocket. Draw around it onto yellow craft paper and then cut it out with a craft knife on a cutting mat. Score the fold lines, round the corners and fold the pocket. Use a circular punch to cut out a semi-circle marking a halfway point first.
8. After gluing the pocket, add the name of the recipe. Then use InkTense pencils, gelatos, a brush and water to add colour.
9. Repeat the same process again for the Limoncello pocket, but this time the
pocket is a different shape, being landscape rather than portrait.
10. Add Distress Inks around the edges of the pocket. Glue all the elements in place with gel medium and add some images cut from a magazine.
11. When Dry. Place the postcards with the recipes in the pockets.