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recipe binder printing instructions

printable recipe binder kit by Jessica Marie Design


  • Printable Recipe Binder PDF Files
  • Adobe Reader - Free Download 
  • Canva - Free Presentation and graphic creator 
  • Printer
  • 8.5 x 11 inch White Card Stock (for covers and spines)
  • 8.5 x 11 inch 24lb , 28lb, or 32lb paper
  • Hole Punch
  • Binder


  • If you are printing your recipe binder pages at home, it is highly recommended to use a fresh ink cartridge and higher quality paper. White card stock or 24lb - 32lb paper is best.
  • Borderless Printing: Check your printer for a borderless printing option. If your printer does not have the option for borderless printing, the page design will not print to the edges and there will be a white border along the sides. 
  • If you are having your pages printed professionally: Please review the instructions and be familiar with them before you go to the print shop. Before you begin printing the files I recommend showing the files and the instructions to one of the associates and asking if they are able to print the files per the instructions. Some print shops may not be able to print in the format you need. Also asking if a test print can be provided will help you decide if printing the entire file at the print shop will work for you.

Editing Text Fields

editable text fields on the printable recipe binder kit by Jessica Marie Design

  • Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer. Using another program may not display the correct fonts or text alignment. 
  • Editable Text Fields: The editable text fields will appear as blue boxes in Adobe Reader. It is recommended to save the file after adding new information to each page. I also recommend closing the file, re-opening it, and making sure your changes have saved before adding text throughout the entire document.
  • Change the Font style, size, and color: On a Mac use "Command E". On a PC use "Ctrl-E". This will bring up the text dialogue box and you will be able to change the font style, size, and color.

Cropping Photos, Saving Photos as PDF, and Adding Photos to Recipe Pages 

  • Before you add images to the recipe pages, you will have to crop your images and convert them from JPEG to PDF.
  • Open the Recipe Binder Kit file with Adobe Reader and check the image dimensions. There are two sizes: 3x3 inches and 7x4 inches. These are the sizes you will be cropping your images to depending on which layout you are using. 
  • To crop your photos and save them as a PDF I recommend using Canva. It is free and easy to use. You will be able to create images in custom dimensions and export them to PDF all from their website 
  1. After you have logged in or signed up for Canva, click on the button that says "use custom dimensions". 
  2. In the pop up, change the unit of measurement to inches.
  3. Fill in the width and height fields based on the size image you will be using.
  4. Click on the "Design" button.
  5. Once the new design screen appears click on "uploads" and upload your image.
  6. Adjust your image until it fits into the design screen. Once you have set the image how you would like it to be cropped click on the "Download" button.
  7. In the "Download" dialogue box under File Type select "PDF print".
  8. This will download your image as a PDF file.
  9. Go back to Adobe Reader where the Recipe Binder Kit file is open and click on the photo space. 
  10. The "Select Icon" dialogue box will open. Click on "browse".
  11. Select the PDF image you just saved and upload it to the recipe page.
  12. Repeat this for every image you use.

Printing - Covers and Spines

printable recipe binder cover and spines

  1. Open the file in Adobe Reader
  2. Select "Borderless" Printing
  3. Print on card stock. For the covers and spines you do not need to do double sided printing. 
  4. Trim the spine that you need for your binder.
  5. Insert the binder covers and spines into your binder.

Printing - Recipe Pages

choose from a variety or recipe page layouts

The printable recipe book comes with a variety of recipe page layouts. Choose from both lined and blank layouts and layouts that have space for photos. If you are typing in the recipe information onto the PDF file before printing, I recommend that you make a copy of the original file and rename it to match the recipe name. Once you are ready to print you can choose to just print the pages that you used for your recipe.

  1. Once your edited file is open in Adobe Reader select "File > Print".
  2. Click on the "Page Setup" button and select "Borderless 8.5 x 11 inches". (Check printer manual for this capability). Not all printers are able to print borderless. If your printer does not have borderless printing as an option then you will get a thin white border around the edges of the paper. 
  3. In the "Pages to Print" section, click on "Pages" and type in the page numbers that match the pages you'd like to print.
  4. If you would like to print double sided please review your printers settings for double sided printing before doing so. Your printer may automatically print double sided or may require you to manually refeed your pages. 
  5. Once you have printed the pages you can hole punch or bind your pages and enjoy! 

Printing Dividers & Tabs

printable dividers and tabs included with the printable recipe binder kit

The printable recipe binder kit includes editable dividers and tabs. The text on the dividers and tabs is editable so that you can fill them in with the categories that match your needs. Use the category list to plan what sections you would like to have in your recipe binder. Use all the categories or pick and choose, it's up to you! 

Once you have edited the covers (7 at a time) and tabs, head on over to the divider printing instructions page here: