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April 6, 2010

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 12×12 spread, with the second page being one large 12×12 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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  • 1.
    LJK said…

    Great photos Ali, looks like a fun day!

  • 2.
    Lee Currie said…

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

  • 3.
    Elaine Allen said…

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

  • 4.
    Kelly Massman said…

    Fun pictures and layout!

  • 5.
    Patrice said…

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

  • 6.
    Krystal said…

    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.

  • 7.
    Mary Ann said…

    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!

  • 8.
    Meghann said…

    Awesome photos & layout Ali! I love the colors!

  • 9.
    annie said…

    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.

  • 10.
    Deirdre said…

    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.

  • 11.
    Molly Irwin said…

    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.

  • 12.

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

  • 13.
    Norma Manak said…

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

  • 14.

    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.

  • 15.
    Deb said…

    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.

  • 16.
    nerdgrl said…

    Love the egg colors, rich, bright and deep.

  • 17.
    Stacy said…

    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.

  • 18.
    Dana Davis said…

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

  • 19.
    Judy Webb said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Ali Edwards said…

    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).

  • 21.
    Ali Edwards said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Shelly K said…

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

  • 23.
    janice said…

    Love that layout. Perfection.

  • 24.
    Stacy said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Constanza said…

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

  • 26.
    Louisa Clack said…

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

  • 27.
    Michele Bailey said…

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

  • 28.
    Michele Bailey said…

    I meant ‘Great layout’ !! oops

  • 29.
    Linda said…

    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.

  • 30.
    Jenny Rebecca said…

    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!

  • 31.
    mitchmac said…

    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?!

  • 32.
    Jaque said…

    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

  • 33.
    Sarah said…

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

  • 34.
    Kirsten H said…

    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!

  • 35.
    Kate Teague said…

    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: :)

  • 36.
    Jen Chesnut said…

    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!!!!

  • 37.
    dawn said…

    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.

  • 38.
    lindsaybrackeen said…

    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 :)

  • 39.

    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!

  • 40.
    Nelly said…

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

  • 41.
    Kimberly said…

    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).

  • 42.

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

  • 43.
    Amanda said…

    Really love the simple layout. Thanks for sharing!

  • 44.
    Terry Lynn said…

    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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