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Little Black Book

Chicago photographer Kelli Taylor just finished this “Little Black Book” bridal shower recipe book for one of her good friends, Ali.


Ali, bride-to-be, yoga instructor and nutritionist, is marrying a man that cannot survive for the rest of his life on only fiber. For his sake, I collected everyone’s favorite homemade recipe and brought them together into a recipe-themed book filled with her closest friend’s past memories and future wishes.


Each spread of the black Cortina Lux scrapbook is dedicated to one of the shower’s attendees. On the left side of the spread, Kelli features a Q&A about their relationship with the bride. The right side highlights the person’s favorite recipe securely tucked into a decorative envelope.


I wanted it to be functional without sacrificing the look of the book. Instead of carting a book cloth album into the kitchen, I designed it so the recipe cards were removable. I typed each recipe on an individual card, attached a string and slide it into a custom made envelope.


I got all of the paper from Paper Source. I was weary about spending the money for each individual piece of pattern paper, so instead, I decided to purchase a roll of pattern wrapping paper and cut it myself. This turned out to be way cheaper than the pre-cut swatches.

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Taken on July 23, 2010