As I mentioned yesterday, I am a huge fan of layouts that show people doing the same thing over time.  Then-and-Now, or Young-Me-Now-Me, or whatever else you want to call it, I love them!  I just started a new one, but since it isn't done, I'll show you some of the ones I've done in the past.

The first Then-and-Now layout I ever made was Big Boy.  I showed 4-year-old Trevor a picture of himself holding onto our baby gate at 10 months, then snapped a picture of him doing the same thing at age 4.  Thanks to Trouble, we still have our baby gate up, so I'm going to continue to take pictures of Trevor at that gate every few years!

My biggest Then-and-Now undertaking was at my 20th high school reunion.  I brought a picture of seven of us from 8th grade graduation, rounded up 6 of the 7 (the 7th didn't go to our high school), and had another friend take a picture of us in the same position as we'd done 24 years earlier.

Here are two that are more recent.  In Trevor & Grandma, the pictures were taken 5.5 years apart.  In Family Movie Night, the pictures are 4 years apart. 

While Then-and-Now layouts with a huge timespan between pictures are really fun, you don't have to wait years for an effective Young-Me-Now-Me.  Here's Trevor on the first and last days of kindergarten.  Even though the pictures are only 9 months apart, you can see a lot of changes and growth.

The pictures in "Homework" were taken during the 1st and 34th weeks of kindergarten.  Not only can you see a lot of change in Trevor, but if you look closely you can see that the homework has gotten more difficult!

 What do you think?  Are you a fan of Then-and-Now?


  1. Great ideas! I am a fan of Then-and-Nows. I have taken pictures of my boys in front of the main marquee at school on the first and last day every year since kinder. My favorite is how sad my oldest looked on the last day of kindergarten. He doesn't make that face anymore! :)

  2. I absolutely love it! My sister and I were talking about taking "now" pics for a then and now comparison of Creighton when we went to Disneyland! I've been sifting through my pics I took for comparisons and I just posted one I wrote back in 2011 comparing Abby and Creighton at the age of 7 months. It's so much fun! And at some point I think I'll have to translate them to scrapbook pages like you did!! :)

  3. Ooooh...these are awesome Cindy. I'm inspired to do some!

  4. These are so awesome!!! I really love the then me, now me idea. My favorite is the one of bigger Trevor in the laundry basket. It just makes me smile!


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