SCRAPBOOKING EASTER MEMORIES
A while back, I took a workshop with a talented young woman named Julia, owner of the New Hampshire Scrapbook Cabin (my absolute favorite scrapbooking store). At the time, she was a rep for the "Close to My Heart" line and using their products for her demonstration. It was she who introduced me to the magical world of acrylic stamping and the versatility of chalking. While normally I am not overly fond of the cutesy embellishments that are often used with children's themes, when Julia showed me how to make an Easter Bunny face out of a lightly chalked circle, using flower petals for ears, I couldn't have been more delighted. The face was drawn on, but the nose is a brad which holds the string whiskers in place -isn't that just brilliant? The bunny face was the perfect embellishment for the Easter photos in which my adorable grandson sported bunny ears himself to the delight of all of us.
If I wasn't posting this in the wee hours of the morning before a major holiday, I would re-shoot these images of my scrapbook pages, they're a bit out of focus I'm afraid, but I'm hoping my readers will bear with me. This is certainly not the best layout I've ever made, but it is a joyful one and captures the spirit of the day. Here's a close-up of the Bunny Detail that I scanned-in:
In this next layout, I used some lovely vellum stickers that I was given as a gift. I particularly like the way the colors work together on these pages -lovely spring colors.
COLORED EASTER EGGS
Place white eggs in a stainless steel pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and set aside. While eggs are cooking, bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a tea kettle. Lay out 6 tea cups and pour 1/2 cup of the boiling water in each one. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring to each cup. Red, blue, yellow and green are commonly available, but purple and orange often need custom mixing. Use 15 drops of blue and 5 drops of red for a pretty purple. Use 17 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red for a vibrant orange. Dip warm eggs one at a time in each teacup, allowing to sit in dye for 5 to 10 minutes each, depending on the intensity of color desired. (Generally there is enough dye to color 12-24 eggs). Remove eggs from dye and allow to dry on top of egg carton or on paper towels. If eggs are to be consumed, they should be refrigerated after coloring.