Timeline or passage of time scrapping


Allison Pennington Timeline. Courier New font.


I just love layouts that illustrate a long passage of time or a timeline. Something like your child at many different ages, or a long process like building a house from beginning to end. It’s amazing to take a long journey through time in the space of one page! Here are some favorite timeline layouts to inspire you: (all are linked for credits)

A tree is a beautiful way to illustrate the branches of time!



Even comparing a few years of time in one place can help you see the changes that have occurred.



One of my very favorite scrapbooking themes is the “then and now” comparison!



It’s especially meaningful to make a “then and now” comparison with a child because they change and grow so quickly.



It feels like the grow right before your eyes, and including a yearly photo on a layout is a fantastic way to illustrate the passage of time.


Credits: Capture Me If You Can by Secret Stash, All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers, Torn Photo Frames 2 and Art Play Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes, Haphazard (by Fontologie), My Own Topher and Pea Noodle’s Girlfriends fonts


This approach can also give you a great excuse to scrap some favorite photos from earlier years!



Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to scrapping about children when focusing on the passage of time. I love this layout of a couple from different times in their life together!



Everybody changes over time and it’s important to document that as part of your story.



Ideas for scrapping the passage of time:

  • Gather pictures of the same person or people from different times in their lives
  • The homes you’ve lived in throughout your life
  • Jobs worked at
  • Schools attended
  • Photos from each grade of school
  • Changes in clothing or hairstyles
  • Cars driven
  • Trips taken
  • Same location, different years (Disneyland, Grandma’s house, on your front porch, etc.)
  • One photo from each year of a person’s life
  • Building a house
  • Tracking a big project from beginning to end
  • Major news events from your lifetime
  • Timelines that show life’s events (graduation, marriage, children, grandchildren, etc.)

Time is passing up by each and every day. Don’t forget to scrap it!

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P.S. Helen was the winner of $10 to Bella Gypsy’s store

Do You Have A Scrapping Road Block?

imagealpha is Kate Hadfield’s Roadworks Alpha

I sent out a survey in our newsletter last month asking what your biggest digi dilemma is. I was surprised that the overwhelming response seems to be a variation on the fact that you just aren’t scrapping.  I think all of us come up against these road blocks at one time or another for different reasons.  I have been scrapping for over twenty-two years now and have definitely had my share of scrapping road blocks!  My biggest road block came in 1998-2001ish.  I had been a paper scrapper at that point  for twelve years.  I remember pulling all of my paper scrapping supplies out one day and trying to make myself scrapbook.  I remember thinking, “I just don’t enjoy this anymore!”  I tried a few other times to scrap and had the same feeling.  It got to the point that I dreaded it…more than doing laundry and more than scrubbing toilets!

Fast forward to 2002-2003 and my husband was telling me, “The future of scrapbooking is on the computer!”  I would laugh at the idea of it!  Then, I started playing on my computer…I started scrapbooking on my computer.  Suddenly, I was in love again!

I have realized over the years, that I am passionate about memory keeping in whatever form it comes (this is something that I talk about a lot on the Digi Show).  I believe that there is a form of memory keeping that will make your heart sing and that’s what you need to do!  There are many types of memory keeping that fit under the umbrella of digital scrapbooking, as far as I’m concerned: blogging, Facebook, Twitter, uploading photos to Flickr, basically anytime you bring photos and memories together using technology, you are digital scrapbooking.

Here are some tips for overcoming potential roadblocks that keep us from scrapping:

TIME: If documenting memories is important to you, schedule time to make it happen!  It’s really easy to put the things we love at the bottom of the list, but we need to do it!  Figure out a routine that will work, schedule it (on your calendar) and stick to it!

RULES: What “rules” are you creating for yourself that you need to let go of?  Are you telling yourself that you can’t scrap until you are organized?  Are you telling yourself that you can’t scrap until you are a “better” scrapper?  Are you telling yourself that you have way too many photos to ever be “caught up” so why even try?  Let go of these rules, because they aren’t rules and they don’t matter!  You CAN scrap without rules!

OVERWHELMED: Are you feeling so overwhelmed by the amount of photos you have that you are paralyzed?  Just pick one memory and START!  If that is too much, just pick a couple of favorite photos and START!

Just remember that something is better than nothing!!  You can do it and you will feel so good when you do!!


1) Find THREE photos that you like and want to scrap!  Hurry…go find them and then come back!

2) Pick a kit, any kit that you love, it doesn’t even matter if matches the photos because you can make the photos black and white.

3) Download this GREAT template from Scrapping with Liz (download links will only be good through this weekend).

4) SCRAP!!!!!!  Make your heart sing!


This template is included in this collection of Liz’s. A BIG THANKS to her for sharing it with us! I rotated the template counter clockwise 90 degrees and made this layout of a story I have been wanting to tell and a memory I wanted to document and you know what?  It made my heart sing to do it!


I used the Weeds and Wildflower Digi Files contribution this month.

Tips for Special Event Scrapbooking with Kristin Rutten

We are thrilled to have Kristin of Log Your Memory here with a guest post today! Kristin is a real pro at finding creative ways to scrapbook the everyday memories of life and make them into something wonderful and worth sharing! Here’s a little more about Kristin:


Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator of the Memory Logbook and accompanying website, Log Your Memory, an online community focused on capturing everyday, real life memories. She and her husband, Jacques, live in the heart of Montana where they attempt to keep up with four kids ranging from 2 to 15 years old. Candid photos and tales of everyday happenings make up the bulk of their memory-keeping efforts.



When people think of scrapbooking or memory-keeping, the first things that come to mind tend to be the “big” stuff … birthdays, celebrations, important milestones … and of course, holidays. Those are the times when we tend to have friends and family together, cameras on hand and activities that seem special or beyond our everyday, sometimes dull, routines. We want to remember those moments because they don’t happen every day.

But when you ask a scrapbooker what is the hardest thing for them to scrap, very often the answer is … birthdays, celebrations, milestones, and holidays.

This stems from a lot of different reasons, but the ones I tend to hear most often go along the lines of…  too many photos, too overwhelming, too many expectations attached and sometimes … too boring. Why too boring? While we may only celebrate events like birthdays or holidays once a year, many of us tend to do the same thing year after year. Once we’ve scrapped those a couple times, it becomes harder to get excited about doing it again.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

How about approaching your holiday and special event memory-keeping from a new angle this year? How about capturing some memories and stories that you’ll really be excited to scrap about? It may sound daunting, but really all that is needed is a shift in the way you think about and capture your experiences.



Here are 10 ideas to help you get started …

  • Get in the habit of asking, “Why?” We often do a great job of asking who, what, when & where when scrapping special events, but we tend to forget all about documenting the reasons why we do what we do. When you figure out your answer, you will also have identified a great topic for your scrapbook page.
  • Find that special something. Identify the person, place or thing that really makes the event special for you or your loved ones … that element that is essential to the event’s success.  Is it having a particular person with you? Is it the way everyone seems to focus on the good? Is it the presence of a treasured family heirloom or tradition? If you can’t imagine the event without it, you know you’ve picked the right thing. Now, make that the central focus of a scrapbook page or journal entry.
  • Capture a conversation. Make a point of really listening to what’s happening around you, during the big events as well as during the days that lead up to and follow. Jot down the comments or exchanges that really tell the story of the day … or if you’re in the habit of carrying a video camera, use that and then transcribe later. These tidbits provide great journaling material for your pages.
  • Limit yourself. Choose just one photo or story to capture the entire event. Not only will this help make the memory-keeping less overwhelming, it will force you to really focus on what is most important to you. If this just doesn’t do the job for you, consider limiting yourself to one photo or memory per week or day.
  • Highlight the contrast between “everyday” and “special occasion.” Pull together images or descriptions that show how life changes because of a special event. Do you stay up later at night? Trade your favorite TV shows for holiday videos? Cut back on your daily latte in order to buy that special gift? Rearrange furniture to make room for the tree?
  • Tell the story behind the story. You know why you have lefse every Thanksgiving or refuse to replace that old worn-out star on the top of your tree but will future generations know the full story? It is often our traditions, family recipes, special rituals and other little touches that make our own holiday or special occasion stories unique and interesting for future remembering.
  • Save your calendar. If you are someone who relies on a calendar to get you through the holiday season, you already have a great source of information for future scrapbooking. Make a point of jotting down little details about each gathering, shopping trip or appointment right there on the page as soon as you return.
  • Pretend you’re a reporter. Get the whole story by interviewing family members and finding out what they feel is important, special or memorable about what’s happening. Better yet, hand them a piece of paper and ask them to jot down a few favorite memories or answer a couple of specific questions. This can be especially revealing with children, plus it’s a great way to capture handwriting samples at the same time.
  • Look in your mailbox. Christmas cards, family newsletters, holiday catalogs, even sales flyers all tell a piece of your holiday story. Find a way to incorporate them into your pages for a look beyond the “here’s who came to our house and what we had for dinner” standby.
  • Wrap it up. Sometimes the most interesting stories come from summaries – capturing the season or event as a whole all on one page. Perhaps this is through a collection of photos that span an entire month. Maybe it’s pulling out photos from years past and showcasing them next to the new ones. You might even share a series of photos or stories that capture the same event, situation or scenario over several years. Time passes quickly … you’ll be amazed at the little things you notice by doing this.



I’m willing to bet that if you give at least a few of these ideas a try, you’ll not only find it more enjoyable to scrap the “big” stuff, but the pages you produce will become some of your favorites to look back on and treasure down the road.

And isn’t that why we scrap them in the first place?


Last Call – TDF15 – Don’t Miss It


Today is the last day to get THE DIGI FILES #15 before they are gone from our shelves for good!!  At midnight EST tonight, they will be removed from the store.  SEVEN people that purchased TDF15 will be randomly selected to win $10 in product from TWO different designers each, totaling $20 in product for each person randomly chosen!! THE DIGI FILES are what allow us to be here doing what we do each and everyday!  We really appreciate you showing your support by purchasing them!

Plus, you get all of this for only $5…no joke!:::









I want to say a special THANK YOU to our contributors!  It has been so fun to have you with us this month!  We couldn’t do what we do without all of you!  THANKS:::

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