Easter Photos & Scrapbook Layout


Easter around here was very low key this year.

But still wonderfully colorful.


I did a bit of super-simple egg-dying in between resting in bed on Saturday (fever & sore throat this past weekend). The one good thing about being sick recently is that I am almost done with a book I started and put down long ago: Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety. I am finding myself deeply intertwined with the story.


Egg hunting for the Edwards' requires PJ's, a bathrobe or sweatshirt, and something to cover your feet.


As usual, Simon had a great time. He may not be a fan of coloring the eggs but he really likes to hunt for them. He also really likes saying hi to the Easter bunny who we happened to run into at the mall a few weeks back. His biggest disappointment was that the bunny did not bring any cookies in any of the eggs in his basket. What's up with that Easter Bunny?


And the silly little fancy pants, who loves going outside most of all, immediately got the hang of the whole process. Carry the basket and pick up eggs. True to her own style she had fun picking up the eggs, crashing two of them together and then throwing them on the ground. She also had fun climbing up the few steps outside our door and picking up dirt.

I took the photos above and added a couple more and put them together into a digital layout:


Our Easter layout for 2010 is a 2-page 12x12 spread, with the second page being one large 12x12 image. Here's a close-up look at the first page (click to view larger):


For this page I used my Beauty of Now layered template from Designer Digitals, adjusting the title to reflect the subject. Other supplies used include the handwritten Easter (from my Spring Handdrawn Brushes), the 2010 date, and Michelle Martin's Emery Solid cardstock.

For a how-to and more information on working with digital layered templates check out this video tutorial & free layered template.

The rest of our day was spent hanging out and resting. Chris' Mom came over for an early Cesar salad dinner and we spent some time talking about an upcoming family trip we will be taking later this summer. I got to read more of my book. Anna played with the empty plastic eggs (after spending time hunting for the candy that they had held earlier) and her basket. Simon played a little wii Star Wars and put together a lego ship.

It was quiet and lovely.

Today I am a guest over on Tracey Clark's blog with a special photo for her I Am Enough project.
I read some of the other entries last night and they are lovely (mine is just a photo..."it is enough."). I love this concept. We all need to be reminded of this again and again.

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44 thoughts

  1. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-06 05:12:32 -0400

    I left them in the dye (we use PAAS) for awhile - probably longer than a half hour (just did other things while they were marinating).

  2. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-06 05:14:20 -0400

    Just candy this time (and not too much) and just a few eggs each :).
    The PAAS dye works really well. I just followed the directions and mixed some of the colors with lemon juice and some with white vinegar. The white vinegar is supposed to create the brightest colors.

  3. Shelly K

    2010-04-06 05:27:43 -0400

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing your life with us!
    Thank you!

  4. janice

    2010-04-06 06:21:36 -0400

    Love that layout. Perfection.

  5. Stacy

    2010-04-06 06:27:23 -0400

    So cool that you kept the kids' basket so simple. When you keep things simple from the beginning, they don't expect so much. I always tell my kids that it's not Christmas and the bunny only leaves small things that can fit in their basket. I won't use food coloring on our Easter eggs anymore. I've always used PAAS dye in the past and been happy with the results. I never had eggs as bright as yours, though. I think I'll give the "marinating" and perhaps the vinegar a try next year. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Constanza

    2010-04-06 06:42:24 -0400

    Hi Ali, great layout, as always and great pictures, too.

  7. Louisa Clack

    2010-04-06 07:49:19 -0400

    Oh my gosh that little kid is adorable! Love all the colours hope you had a nice Easter!!!!

  8. Michele Bailey

    2010-04-06 08:52:23 -0400

    Greay layout! It's hard to believe your daughter is walking already...where does the time go!?!

  9. Michele Bailey

    2010-04-06 08:53:10 -0400

    I meant 'Great layout' !! oops

  10. Linda

    2010-04-06 09:21:19 -0400

    Fun! Fun! FUN!
    FYI- Next year if Anna is into coloring eggs, remember that a wire wisk makes a great egg holder for the process.

  11. Jenny Rebecca

    2010-04-06 09:44:32 -0400

    Oh my goodness, I'm so glad other people asked about what dye you use too. :o) I think I've been converted from food coloring to PAAS!

  12. mitchmac

    2010-04-06 10:10:31 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    What a gorgeous layout and SO colourful!
    Tell me, how did you manage to get your eggs such bright colours?
    I've tried dying eggs a couple of times and they always come out looking quite enemic?!

  13. Jaque

    2010-04-06 11:44:07 -0400

    Ali, I'm a bit curious about the eggs: how do you colour them? Do you put chocolate inside? What the kids do with the eggs after to take them?
    Jaque, from Brasil

  14. Sarah

    2010-04-06 15:23:37 -0400

    Egg hunt in PJ's or robe? What a cute tradition!

  15. Kirsten H

    2010-04-06 16:36:59 -0400

    thanks for the link to Tracey Clark's blog (although I don't see your post there yet) - what an inspiration and the I am enough collaberation - wow!

  16. Kate Teague

    2010-04-06 17:07:30 -0400

    Ali- I was thinking of you the other day as I was reading a great book- Free Range Kids- it's so refereshingly good. Not sure if you have heard of it- she has ablog: http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/ :)

  17. Jen Chesnut

    2010-04-06 17:22:52 -0400

    Thank you Ali!!!! I just signed up for the Clutter free class and I soooo need this. WE have moved 3x in the last 4 years and my organizational/clutter free obsession disappeared someone in that time. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  18. dawn

    2010-04-06 23:37:17 -0400

    Wonderful pictures Ali!! Love the pj's and hats so cute on both of them. Glad you had a nice quiet Easter. The eggs are beautiful and so is the layout.

  19. lindsaybrackeen

    2010-04-07 01:03:28 -0400

    Your eggs look so pretty! Ours all turned out gray-ish because every egg made it into every cup of dye! That's a 3 yr. old for ya :)

  20. Barb @ getupandplay

    2010-04-07 03:42:09 -0400

    Ooh, isn't that such a great book? I read it last year when I was nursing my baby. It was such a great read that I would wake up to feed the baby then stay up reading after he'd fallen back to sleep!

  21. Nelly

    2010-04-07 12:53:44 -0400

    These eggs looks pretty, we tried too but ours was really bad. I like the red bathrobe as well.

  22. Kimberly

    2010-04-07 21:40:40 -0400

    Pictures and layout and story are all so cute. Thanks for a breath of spring (which has yet to arrive here in grey and rainy Paris).

  23. Ashleigh Bronner

    2010-04-08 16:50:23 -0400

    It looks like you all had a lovely Easter!
    I loved your entry for I Am Enough. It is indeed a powerful statement.

  24. Amanda

    2010-04-08 17:20:50 -0400

    Really love the simple layout. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Terry Lynn

    2010-04-10 13:54:01 -0400

    Oh my gosh - what a brilliant idea! LARGE BOWLS so that more than 1 egg at a time can fit in the dye. I've been dying eggs with my 5 kids for 21 years and that has never occurred to me. Simple Genius!

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