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Easter Photos & Scrapbook Layout

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Easter around here was very low key this year.


But still wonderfully colorful.


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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.


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


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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?


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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:


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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):


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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.


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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. LJK says…
    04/06/2010

    Great photos Ali, looks like a fun day!

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  2. Lee Currie says…
    04/06/2010

    Makes me remember when all four of mine were little :) Great memories! This year I had to shake them awake!

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  3. Elaine Allen says…
    04/06/2010

    Ali -
    I LOVE your layout! Perfect photos for a perfect day. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Elaine Allen

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  4. Kelly Massman says…
    04/06/2010

    Fun pictures and layout!

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  5. Patrice says…
    04/06/2010

    you might also enjoy stegner's 'angle of repose' and 'beyond the hundredth meridian'.

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  6. Krystal says…
    04/06/2010

    Happy Easter Ali & family. It looks like you guys had a great time. It's nice to have a celebrate quietly. It definitly lets you be able to take it all in and enjoy the moment much easier. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Mary Ann says…
    04/06/2010

    My favorite Easter photo each year is of the colored eggs all lined up inside the egg cartons. Yours looks extra pretty since you sorted them by color. Great photos!

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  8. Meghann says…
    04/06/2010

    Awesome photos & layout Ali! I love the colors!

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  9. annie says…
    04/06/2010

    Crossing to Safety is my book group's all time favorite book...Wallace Stegner was a magnificent writer. Over the years, we have read all of his work.
    Your Easter photos are absolutely beautiful. Hope you are feeling better.

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  10. Deirdre says…
    04/06/2010

    Crossing to Safety is one of my all-time favorites:) So glad you are getting pulled in. Talk about a celebration of the every day---I remember there is even a conversation between the two male writers about whether one can tell a story that is as ordinary/extraordinary as theirs. There's no crazy love triangle or soap opera, but the heavy drama of real life and love. Also---an authentic marriage in fiction? So rare!
    Now I wish I could get pulled into finishing The Book Thief...just cannot...
    Thanks for sharing the layout. Lovely.

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  11. Molly Irwin says…
    04/06/2010

    oh sweet motivation!
    I love my easter photos, just didn't feel inspired to DO anything with them right now. That's all changed now.
    Thanks, Friend.

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  12. Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams says…
    04/06/2010

    Gorgeous photos, Ali. I love Anna's outfit.

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  13. Norma Manak says…
    04/06/2010

    Please tell me the secret to getting your eggs those wonderful colors?

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  14. Jennifer Schroeder says…
    04/06/2010

    I absolutely love this layout. Thanks for sharing. And I will definately have to pop on over to check out the decluttering thing. I could really use that article right now.
    Jen
    http://ahappycircus.blogspot.com/

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  15. Deb says…
    04/06/2010

    Ali,
    I LOVE Crossing to Safety. One of my favorite books of all time. I read it many years ago (about 20 years) and have re-read it twice since. I also feel very connected to the characters. I have all Stegner's books.

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  16. nerdgrl says…
    04/06/2010

    Love the egg colors, rich, bright and deep.

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  17. Stacy says…
    04/06/2010

    We also had a nice simple Easter and it was lovely! Simple is good. So, I'm just curious...Did the Easter bunny leave only candy in the plastic eggs or did he also leave some small toys? And I'm also wondering how you got those eggs so nice and bright. We used food coloring this year and our eggs were pastel colored. I like bright eggs much more. Anyway, hope you're feeling better really soon and I'm putting the book you mentioned on my reading list! Have a great day.

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  18. Dana Davis says…
    04/06/2010

    Great layout. and WOW on the color of those Easter eggs.

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  19. Judy Webb says…
    04/06/2010

    Each day, for sure, I read your blog and Karen Russells. None other compare. If I have time I read others. Thanks for the Life Lessons you share.

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  20. Ali Edwards says…
    04/06/2010

    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).

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  21. Ali Edwards says…
    04/06/2010

    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.

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  22. Shelly K says…
    04/06/2010

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

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  23. janice says…
    04/06/2010

    Love that layout. Perfection.

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  24. Stacy says…
    04/06/2010

    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!

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  25. Constanza says…
    04/06/2010

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

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