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Learn How to Create Your Own Cook Book Featuring French Country

Posted by Graphic 45 08/28/2017 76 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

Thanks for joining us today for a fabulous French Country - Deluxe Collector's Edition Cook Book by Elena Olinevich. Elena's beautiful book is the perfect project to showcase this collection, and her YouTube tutorial will help you celebrate the joy of crafting and cooking. We love the her use of fabrics on the cover and the thoughtful, functional design that as adaptable for all types of home chefs. Check it out below. 

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This week’s blog prize includes a St Nicholas 12x12 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad, Ephemera Cards, Staples - Antique Brass Brads, ATC Black Alpha Banner Set, and Scrapbook Adhesives.  Just leave a comment here and/or on Facebook to be entered to win.  Winner will be announced on Friday, September 1st, 2017.  


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French Country Cook Book

By Elena Olinevich


“I love creating mini albums and books, and to make them look more cozy, I like creating fabric covers for them.


It's quite easy to do, and I filmed a process of me creating it so that you can check and follow my steps too.

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For my fabric cover, I combined 2 different fabric pieces, but you can start with one.


You will need 2 pieces of cardboard ( a bit larger than the sheets you are going to use inside,) 2 pieces of fleece the same as the cardboard, and your fabric needs to be 1-1 ½ inches larger than the cardboard




Cook Book Video Tutorial


To embellish my cover, I used the paper pieces, and there are 2 options. You can stitch them directly to the cover - be sure that the needle of your stitching machine is quite strong enough to deal with the thickness of the cardboard you use or you can make a faux stitching. You still need to make the stitching, but you can stitch only the papers together and then adhere them to your fabric cover. It will save your machine and still it will have a handmade look. I made this book to keep the favorite recipes, and I guess that French Country is a perfect collection to use for your cook books. I also made the dividers to separate the pages inside.


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I used some of the cards to keep the tags and notes, so keep this in mind while adhering them to the background: leave 2 sides of it free of adhesive so that you could easily put in the note.


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 Those sunflowers are worth fussy cutting to use as a great embellishment.” ~Elena Olinevich


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We are so grateful to Elena for sharing this handsome cook book with us and so happy to have you here to see it. We will be back with more beautiful craft inspiration tomorrow courtesy of our talented Brand Ambassadors. We hope you will join us throughout the week, and remember that a comment here and/or on Facebook each day enters you in the weekly blog prize contest. We'd love to hear about your favorite recipes with which you would fill out your cook book, in the comments below. 


Happy Papercrafting!

76 Comment(s)

Deborah cook:
08/28/2017, 11:38:25 AM

So Cool!! I can't believe I'm seeing Some St. Nicholas papers on the giveaway toady. I love this collection so much. When it was on the market I couldn't buy any of it. Wow! G45 is going to make someone very happy when they get this prize. Thanks for all you do for your loyal fans. :)

Sharon Gullikson:
08/28/2017, 11:47:42 AM

We are leaving for France in about 2 weeks, so this would be perfect!! I LOVE this collection!

Brian Poteraj:
08/28/2017, 11:48:26 AM

These papers can be used for so many purposes. The designs are great.

Jean marmo:
08/28/2017, 11:50:36 AM

Such lovely inspiration.

Mary Ellen Gilchrist:
08/28/2017, 11:55:26 AM

I love the French Country collection! Just fabulous!

L Carle:
08/28/2017, 12:00:03 PM

My favourite season paired with my favourite paper crafting company! I would use this beautiful package to make someone a "beautiful package!" This year I was thinking mixed media printers frames for gifts for friends, but after seeing the incredible inspiration project this morning I am now pondering Christmas recipe books. This package would truly be loved. Thank you for the opportunity!

Mrs. Jan Ross:
08/28/2017, 12:18:31 PM

The cook book idea is wonderful and would be a terrific use for my French Country collection that I use sparingly.

Becca Yahrling:
08/28/2017, 12:19:07 PM

This is just beautiful! I have a rooster theme in my kitchen where this would fit right in. :-)

Cheryl Wells:
08/28/2017, 12:20:43 PM

Love the St. Nicholas Christmas paper - it's one of my favorites from Graphic 45, but then I love all the collections. The cookbook is wonderful, and the paper used is perfect!!! Love, love, love!!!!

Kathleen C:
08/28/2017, 12:22:24 PM

I love this cookbook. Would make a wonderful bridal shower gift.

Michele Lewis:
08/28/2017, 12:25:07 PM

Elena, I can't thank you enough for this tutorial! I am a seamstress by trade reproducing civil war era gowns for museums etc and have often thought about using how I could combine my fabrics with my scrapbooking! You have provided a beautiful answer. Now all my off cuts of silks etc will be put to good use! Thank you Graphic 45 for the blog and inspiration and for the chance to win some of your awesome products!

Terri Wilbanks:
08/28/2017, 12:31:21 PM

Love this cookbook! Love G45.

Pat Blank:
08/28/2017, 12:40:28 PM

I love the elegance of the French Country collection. And, who doesn't need a Christmas collection for all the season's projects?

Maria Valderez Tomazoni:
08/28/2017, 12:50:12 PM

I love G45 ! Thank you for the chance to win some of your awesome products .

Glenda Buster:
08/28/2017, 12:56:13 PM

This is such a beautiful collection. I discovered it when it was first released and it was the start of my Graphic 45 obveasion

Mathilde S.:
08/28/2017, 12:59:38 PM

Thank you Elena for this great tutorial.This would make a beautiful,useful gift,and it is doable. I love this collection,it is one of my favourites.

Susan Nesbit:
08/28/2017, 01:01:05 PM

What a beautiful book! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

08/28/2017, 01:07:00 PM

Have been looking for recipe book ideas. Excellent!

Glenda Buster:
08/28/2017, 01:10:31 PM

Love your recipe book and beautiful cover, Elena. Thank you for the fabrics cover.

08/28/2017, 01:13:23 PM

The French Country papers are perfect for a cookbook - especially since cuisine is huge in France! I would love to win the St. Nicholas prize!

Julie Ann:
08/28/2017, 01:29:01 PM

Using the fabric cover for this mini/cookbook opens a lot of opportunities for other kinds of albums also. This looks great.

Sue LD:
08/28/2017, 01:31:23 PM

Fabulous idea--love sunflowers and roosters.

Lynn C:
08/28/2017, 01:44:56 PM

Beautiful! French Country is one of my faves. (Psst. I have a few!)

08/28/2017, 01:49:18 PM

Beautiful look for any kind of album - love the fabric covers! This week's prize is wonderful - I always love the Patterns and Solids pages just about as much as the Patterned papers!

Carla Haase:
08/28/2017, 02:22:44 PM

I didn't realize how perfect the French Country collection is for the kitchen and cookbooks. Now I have a whole new focus. Thank you Elena. Beautiful. Love it.

Michelle Nettleton:
08/28/2017, 02:48:23 PM

A French Country recipe album, fantastic!!! So so stunning! What a wonderful work of art!

08/28/2017, 03:04:46 PM

Great inspiration as usual

Sue Kendrick:
08/28/2017, 03:12:21 PM

Cookbooks are one of my favorite things to make, and this one is fantastic. Thank you for the chance to win!

Janet Ingraham:
08/28/2017, 04:20:35 PM

Beautiful fabulous idea

08/28/2017, 04:25:11 PM

The cookbook is both gorgeous and useful. I love the fabric cover - what a great idea. Graphic 45's prize packs are always great. This one tugs at my heart strings! Thank you for the chance to win it!

08/28/2017, 04:41:00 PM

Thank you for such a detailed tutorial! You make it easy to create :-)

Carla Hundley:
08/28/2017, 04:55:15 PM

Gorgeous pages in the cookbook and lovely fabric covers. Carla from Utah

Sande Garrett:
08/28/2017, 05:13:23 PM

This prize package isn't st what I need.I love the cookbook.

Fran Perkins:
08/28/2017, 05:21:50 PM

it is a awesome looking cookbook really like the paper you use and fabric

08/28/2017, 05:26:05 PM

Pretty please and thank you!

Susie Doucet:
08/28/2017, 05:27:01 PM

Lovely collection

Sandy Austin:
08/28/2017, 05:29:31 PM

I love how Elena made the covers for this cookbook. If I win the St Nicholas giveaway, I think I'll make a Christmas recipes cookbook and finally corral all those recipes I search for every December.

08/28/2017, 05:43:03 PM

Love Graphic 45! I would love to win this paper pack and other goodies. Your paper is beautiful.

08/28/2017, 06:03:38 PM

Beautiful project for beautiful paper!

Susan Bentley:
08/28/2017, 07:10:26 PM

I just received the French Country set today! It is scrumptious! Can't wait to use it!

08/28/2017, 07:20:45 PM

Very clever way to make a cover for your album, I'll have to try that. Just love your give away this week, the St. Nicholas papers are one of my favorites. This year I used St. Nicholas papers to make all my Christmas Cards, just love the way they turned out.

Donna Lagoda:
08/28/2017, 07:28:21 PM

What a fun idea! Makes me think of other uses besides a cook book. This could be a craft journal, gardeners journal, etc. G45 sure makes things look easy and fun. Thanks!

08/28/2017, 07:37:57 PM

Ohh l love the cookbook! Nice giveaway to boot. I would love to be the winner.

08/28/2017, 08:10:57 PM

Christmas is around the corner and what a wonderful collection of G45 goodies to win. They would make beautiful projects for the coming season.

08/28/2017, 08:21:05 PM

What better way to plan a great meal then a G45 designed cookbook created from French Country makes my mouth water thinking about it or you could just enjoy the beautiful collection with a glass of french wine. Thank you Elena for the inspiration.

Natalie Godfrey:
08/28/2017, 08:31:38 PM

So adorable!

08/28/2017, 09:48:55 PM

I would pass on Chicken Pot Pie, Sugar Cookies and all kind of goodies.

08/28/2017, 10:10:22 PM

This is a wonderful idea. Love the G45 papers. You have such nice designs, and a bonus creative video makes it even better.

Kate LeBlanc:
08/28/2017, 10:58:16 PM

Elena's cook book is such a treasure. I would put my recipe for Rice Krispie roll-ups in first. Thanks for providing a fantastic giveaway this week!

Maryann Laursen:
08/28/2017, 11:35:14 PM,

What an amazing and beautiful album. I love the fabric cover, it really helps keeping it more sturdy, when it´s something like this, that´ll be used again and again. But I think, I would´ve added an extra layer of clear plastic over the fabric, so it could be cleaned very easily too though.

Piia Hiltunen:
08/29/2017, 01:18:27 AM,

So beautiful cook book! And amazing giveaway too!

Tami Kline:
08/29/2017, 03:09:48 AM

Love what you did with the fabric cover! The paper line is to die for!! So excited for the giveaway

Kirsty Vittetoe:

That is a fabulous project and thanks for sharing the awesome tutorial!

Dorothy McCarthy:
08/29/2017, 05:42:25 AM,

Gorgeous book!!!

Melissa Harrison:
08/29/2017, 06:04:20 AM

I love all things Graphic 45. Your designs are truly my favorite. The tutorials & ideas offered here are fantastic! Thank you!

gigi steele:
08/29/2017, 06:09:30 AM

I love the cloth cover idea and can't wait to try it.

Debbie Siddle:
08/29/2017, 07:22:44 AM

So wish I had time to play with my G45 goodies. Love this project. Very frustrated I don't have time to do this myself. Got so many other things to do and I have to get a move on with Xmas cards so I can get back to my writing soon.

Gina McVeigh:
08/29/2017, 09:22:53 AM

I ❤️

Arianna Barbara:
08/29/2017, 09:24:09 AM

Awesome book!!! Love sunflowers!!!

Alexandra trigili:
08/29/2017, 09:52:20 AM

I've been looking for a cookbook project to make as gifts. Now I just need the papers!

Cathy Skrehot:
08/29/2017, 10:53:02 AM

I've been wanting to create a cookbook to pass down my recipes to my daughter, and this is the perfect time. Thanks for the chance to win! Beautiful book, by the way, Elena.

Deborah Cox:
08/29/2017, 11:07:06 AM

I love this collection, what a neat idea for the fabric cover. Thanks for the tutorial!

Jary Riolo:
08/29/2017, 11:07:56 AM

I LOVE the St. Nicholas Collection!!

Beckie Dillon:
08/29/2017, 11:25:44 AM

Love love love ❤️ G45

Sue MacFall:
08/29/2017, 12:15:50 PM

Thank you Elena for a beautiful cook book, must have a go at this.

Sandy Carroll:
08/29/2017, 05:26:02 PM

Beautiful, Elena! Love French Country. Also would love to win some Graphic 45 Christmas papers and accessories!

08/29/2017, 06:02:42 PM

The French Country collection is absolutely beautiful for fall. I really like the color combination of warm yellows and gold with blue so much

08/29/2017, 10:48:55 PM

This fabric covered mini book is so beautiful and I LOVE the sunflowers! This is making me crave autumn with the great colors and vintage designs. Thanks for the chance to win an amazing Christmas collection from Graphic 45 too!

Judy Phillips:
08/29/2017, 11:09:17 PM

This is my favorite collection! This book is blowing me away - thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

08/30/2017, 08:44:29 AM

I love the French Country collection and have been working it into my 2018 Planner. This tutorial like my next project with this beautiful collection. It's nice to include a cloth cover. the Christmas collection will be next on my list.

mary nagy:
08/30/2017, 02:03:38 PM

Absolutely love the country collection and would love to be a winner.

Sheila Styre-Briere:
08/30/2017, 05:06:46 PM

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!! Such a gorgeous project, and what a great Christmas gift it would make! St Nicholas is a beautiful collection and would make a grand Christmas memory album or cook book!! Thanks for the chance to win, good luck to everyone and happy papercrafting

Martie Rollin:
08/30/2017, 05:27:41 PM

Love the images and colors of French Country! Very nice prize package...St. Nicholas is a lovely collection. Nice!

Dianna Dean:
08/31/2017, 12:52:43 AM

Such a beautiful cookbook! Sure to be a family heirloom.

08/31/2017, 10:47:20 AM

I haven't scrapbooked in quite a while. So I start looking around and I keep seeing these gorgeous albums. Every time I look to see what paper is used I see Graphic 45. These papers are stunning. And the cook book is another beautiful use of them.

Katherine Buchanan:
09/08/2017, 02:45:41 AM

I definitely want to make this!

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