Recently I had a nephew get engaged. Oh, it was on that special day of 12-13-14!
In my day, we got sexy underwear as engagement gifts but I knew not to try that one! I searched Google, like all of us, for what to give an engaged couple. Mostly the answers were that no one gives gifts now. However, Martha Stewart mentioned that if one feels the need, favorite recipes or a good cook book would be a special gift.
That was what I needed to put me into motion. Using recycled plastic bags I created a book cover for a notebook. I copied the recipes from the Lancaster County Jewish Community Center cookbook. Not only was this a favorite cookbook, it has family recipes, friend's recipes and isn't available to buy anymore.
Here is the finished cookbook!
And here is a scrap of the recycled book cover. This is fun to do and certainly quick and easy. Just use a coolish iron to melt the bags together. I did cut the pieces of plastic to create a balance of color. The trim is dyed selvedge from my scrap pile. I stitched it on the plastic and glued the completed cover on the inside to the notebook cover. So easy, can be wiped and looks nice!