Heritage Scrapbooking: Photo Timeline Layout

Last time I shared a magazine-style timeline for Louise Brown. It has been well received so check it out if you missed it. Today I want to share another type of timeline for possible inclusion in your scrapbook. Remember timelines help you better understand the story of your ancestors?

Showing a person in photos overtime can present many wonderful impressions. Consider using a photog timeline, like the pages below, in your heritage scrapbooks.

  • Credits: paper – Tea Party by No Reimer Reason; ribbon & rick rack – Hello, Aunty; yellow & pink flowers, tag – Mother May I; green flower – Spa Holiday

To give this layout structure, I created borders using ribbon and rickrack from the primary kits in this project. On the upper left of the left-hand page, I used a tag to hold the title of the layout. Then I surrounded the border on the left page with photos progressing in time from left to right on the top border. The photos continued down the left-hand side of the page from top to bottom.

On the right-hand page, Grannie’s age progresses from left to right on each row. The third row needed one more photo, so a photo of her wall art that depicts her personality was used. In order to preserve the memories for the future, caption blocks were used (similar to what you’d find in a magazine) to identify the various photos as much as space would permit.

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Now the journaling was taken from the eulogy delivered at Grannie’s funeral. My cousin-in-law did a superb job with the speech. Using excerpts from the eulogy, enabled my scrapbook to have another perspective to share Grannie’s story. If you have similar presentations, use them in your family history projects (but give credit. In this case, the credit was given on the first page of the entire scrapbook).

Have fun making a year in the life photog timeline for your family history albums. If the person has passed, this is an awesome feature to include in a funeral book.


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