Three Decades | A Scrapbook Layout

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?

Thanks for stopping by today!

18 Comments

  1. LOVE! Just pinned on Pinterest 🙂
    I turned the big 40 last year so this is something I definitely want to do.
    I think I will do 20, 30 and 40 🙂

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    • I think it’s a great idea for the milestones too! 🙂

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  2. What a cool page! Love it!

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  3. So cool!!! I love the way you sectioned it off!

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  4. Oh, I love this!
    What a neat idea. I especially love how the papers you used in each column sort of reflect your age in each photo. And your handwriting is so lovely.
    I also must say that I think you are so adorable. I hope I’m even half as cute as you are when I’m 39!

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    • Oh, you are too kind! Thanks! 🙂

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  5. This is such a great idea, I’m going to have to scraplift it! This is odd but 20 years ago I was living in Orlando, FL and now I’m living in Washington state. Just the opposite of you LOL (I’m from Orlando! but now live near Seattle). Thanks so much for the inspiration, I pinned your layout so I can remember to do this. I don’t know if I wanna show the pictures though, to see how much I’ve changed (which really means how fat I’ve gotten LOL) would be depressing! haha

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    • That is too funny! From one extreme to the other! If you can handle the rain and the gloom, Seattle is a fabulous place to live. WA will always have a special place in my heart and I love to visit but desperately need the sunshine too, so I’ll stick to FL! Glad you like the idea. 🙂

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  6. Oh what an awesome idea and just beautiful!

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  7. I love this idea and your page. Brilliant!

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  8. Love the concept of this page!

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  9. Oh, wow Tammy! Haven’t even thought about doing this about me. I’d like to try it – thanks for inspiring us with your wonderful page! Have a great weekend! xo

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  10. Such an awesome page.
    I don’t think I have done a then and now page with photos, love the idea though.

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  11. Such a cool idea! Love the way your layout turned out!!

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  12. This turned out fantastic Tammy. This is one of the ideas on my inspiration list, too.

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  13. Great layout idea!!!!

    I know my layout would be totally different from 32 to 42 🙂

    You are right…that is life!!

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  14. That is a great page – I need to do more introspective journaling like you have done.

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  15. I really love this idea. I turn 35 this year, so will need to do 15, 25 and 35. 🙂 I really like how you designed the page too. I will definitely be scraplifting this idea!

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