How many times have you seen a recipe, craft or idea in a magazine that you like? Or maybe a design idea for a room? Only to find later that you can’t remember where it is or forget it all together. I stumbled across an idea that seems to solve this problem. I got two composition books from Office Max – one for recipes and one for craft and home ideas. I divided each book into sections using a piece of a notecard taped on the edge of a page as a divider. My recipe book is divided into:
1. Drinks and appetizers
2. Main Dishes
3. Soup and salad
And my craft/home book is divided into
3. Gifts ideas and seasonal projects
4. Home organization and patio
Now each time I find an idea online or in a magazine I tear it out (or print it out) and paste it into the appropriate section. Now each week as I plan my menu I can page through an organized book and find some fun new recipes to try. After I try them I mark them and if they pass the quality test they are entered into my permanent recipe collection!