Here is a cute little recipe book I created to be used as a gift. I cut 6" x 6" pieces of chipboard and covered with patterned paper. I then added the black mats which could be written on directly with a white pen, or print out your recipe on cardstock and attach to the page.
Decorate the pages with some chipboard or stickers, punch one hole in the top corner and add eyelets for durability. Put on a binder ring to hold the pages together, add a few ribbons, and voila - there you have it! A quick gift for a friend, a newlywed, a mother in law, or yourself.