I love to create layouts with photos from different time periods.
In this layout, I used several photos of my nephew that spanned his (at the time) ten years. In this layout, I included a few photos of my brother and I from when we were kids along with photos of my nephews from today. Photos from different time periods can speak on their own and help tell your story at a deeper level.
Back in January, when Twelve started at Big Picture Classes, Stacy Julian shared an idea she had for a layout called “Three Decades” with photos of herself spaced ten years apart. Since this is a monumental year for me (I just moved back to Florida, my last year of my 30’s, new job, new home, etc…) I thought it would be a good time to create a layout through the years about myself, too.
Other: DCWV shimmer red cardstock, Sassafras letter stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline journaling card, Prima flowers, American Crafts buttons.
It is interesting to look back. I have lived in three states (Washington, Florida and Tennessee) and these photos span all three. When I turned 19 I was attending Western Washington University and still living at home in Spokane when not at school. At 29, I was living in Orlando, Florida, thoroughly enjoying the single life, traveling all over the place and buying my first home. At 39, I was in Nashville, Tennessee living in limbo, anxious to leave, to get back to the sunshine where I was happy, hoping to get my life back on track.
For all that life is constantly changing, there are some things that have never changed for me. I still have some of the same fears, yet I can also see the growth. Especially from the experiences of the last few years. I’m in a totally different place right now, yet I still haven’t figured out how to make some things work three decades later.
That’s life for you. Always a struggle to keep things in balance and to learn and grow and hold on for dear life. So glad that Stacy offered up this idea because now that I’ve done this, I’m creating a vision of where I want to be at 49 and just how amazingly different that will be!
Have you ever done a then and now look at your own life?
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