Recipe journal: Cherry Shortbread

I’m going to visit Scotland soon and this recipe for shortbread is my adaptation of a traditional Scottish recipe by adding cherries. I’ve used a tartan background and lettering, and a vintage postcard to decorate the page.

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Recipe Journal: Cherry Shortbread

Step-by-step instructions for making a recipe layout for cherry shortbread

You will need:
Kraft cream page scrapbook (I bought mine from Paperchase)
Gel medium and an old paintbrush
Tartan and polka dot craft papers
Black pen
White acrylic paint
Watercolour paper
White card
Hole punch and eyelets (I used a Crop-a-dile)
Pink ribbon
Self-adhesive gems
Small envelope (mine measured 62 x 100 mm/2 1/2 x 4 inches)
Photo corners
Craft knife and cutting mat
Pink glitter gel
Distress Ink

I bought some of my supplies from Hobbycraft and some from Paperchase

1. Glue tartan paper and polka dot paper to the background with gel medium and leave it to dry.

2. For the letters, print out the title in reverse onto white paper, then cut the letters into squares and glue them to the back of another piece of tartan paper. The letters need to be in reverse so that when you turn the paper over, they are the right way around.

3. Cut the letters out with scissors and the centres of the letters with a craft knife on a cutting mat. When you’ve finished cutting the letters out, turn them over.

4. Draw the shapes of the shortbread in pencil first and then go over the line with a black pen. Add colour using gelatos, water and a paintbrush. Add pink to the middle to look like cherries. Cut them out using scissors.

5. Glue tartan paper onto card and cut to size, ensuring it is smaller than the envelope you are going to use for the pocket, and then round the corners. Write the ingredients on the blank side with a black pen.

6. Punch a hole with a Crop-a-Dile at the top of the ingredients card and add an eyelet, before tying ribbon in a bow to the top. Add Distress Ink around the edges of the ingredients card. Add faux stitching around the ingredients card and around the pocket and a few self-adhesive gem stones.

7. For the method, paint each step number on top of the cherries using white paint. Write the method text around the edge with a black pen.

8. Create a pocket for the ingredients card. Cover a small envelope in pink polka dot paper and then cut off the top with a pair of scissors.

9. Glue all the elements in place on your layout and leave to dry. Add a vintage postcard of Scotland with photo corners.

10. Add Distress Ink around the title and with a black pen add more detail, such as faux stitching around the letters. As a final touch, add cherries and glitter gel for a touch of sparkle.

Recipe Journal: Cherry Shortbread

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I used Distress Ink to give the card an aged look.

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