a marriage timeline is my fave

August 29, 2013

On Monday Ryan and I celebrated seven years of marriage (hip, hip!). Months ago we were reminiscing and it was hard for us to remember what events happened when so Ryan suggested we create a timeline. He probably quickly forgot the idea but I put it in my back pocket and an anniversary seemed like the appropriate time to whip it out.

diy marriage timeline

diy marriage timeline

diy marriage timeline

I used this accordion kit and printed the events from each year on flat cards (thanks to my friend Kirsten for designing it all), using pva glue to adhere them to each page. Then I covered the bead board with fabric. Needless to say, it was a hit. Even if some years I couldn’t remember anything memorable so I had to improvise with events like Ryan getting a professional haircut (instead of cutting it himself). My hope is to add a page each year.

PS The last event listed for 2013 is The Trip. We’re headed to Europe tomorrow! This is major for us since we’ve only been on one real vacation since we’ve been married and that was our honeymoon. Wish us luck for the long plane ride with Beck in tow and check out my instagram (so I can feel like Carmen Sandiego).


  • On August 29, 2013 , Corrie Anne said:

    This is a great idea!!!! Like a perpetual journal, but less commitment! 🙂 And so pretty.

  • On August 29, 2013 , Marlena said:

    Happy Anniversary! Love this idea, and have fun in Europe! We’ve taken our daughter overseas twice now and it is worth it. Enjoy!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Denise Johnston said:

    I love this idea. I might have to use it for our 16th this year. Thanks for sharing!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Lisette said:

    What a treasure! I love this idea and only wished I would have seen it sooner for our anniversary.

  • On August 29, 2013 , sarah said:

    really cute, totally doing this next year. happy anniversary !

  • On August 29, 2013 , Erin || Sewbon.com said:

    I love this idea!! How cool!!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Kelly @ Studio DIY said:

    This is genius!!! I love it so much. I may just have to start one when I get married. Ok, I’m definitely starting one. Thanks Melanie, happy anniversary and safe travels!!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Chelsea C. said:

    What?! This is just so perfectly lovely.

  • On August 29, 2013 , lyndsay // coco cake land said:

    *sniff sniff* ! congratulations, melanie and ryan! (and beck!)

    that is so sweet and cute and lovely. when you’re old and wrinkly you can look back and cruise through the memories like they’re fresh and new. love!!!

    have an awesome vacation!! so exciting! xo

  • On August 29, 2013 , Joy said:

    Happiest of anniversaries! I love this idea. Down the road, I intend to steal it. Have the best time in Europe – I can just imagine Beck in a beret. Too cute!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Lena said:

    What a sweet idea–happy anniversary!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Diane @ homesweethomemade said:

    what a clever and thoughtful thing to do! Your timeline is meaningful and beautiful 🙂

  • On August 29, 2013 , Karen said:

    Congrats to Ryan for using product + nailing your birthday all in one year! Enjoy Europe, I want to hear all about it!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Kim said:

    Great work, and have fun in Europe!

  • On August 29, 2013 , maggie said:

    have an amazing trip!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Katie said:

    So fun! I’m jealous of your Euro trip and even madder you didn’t send Beck to me while you go!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Audrey - This Little Street said:

    Loving this idea, Mel! I’m going to have to do it for hubby and me. Hugs!

  • On August 29, 2013 , Ana said:

    What the genius?! This is such a GRAND idea!! Totally stealing it for our 6 year anniversary this October. Have the loveliest time in Europe! And with Beck in tow?! Awesome. Can’t wait to see where you gooo!

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  • On August 30, 2013 , Lettie said:

    Wow, I’m crazy about this timeline! I was just trying to come up with something along these lines and this is perfect. Have fun in Europe!

  • On August 30, 2013 , Karen said:

    Love your timeline. So cute. I was thinking about doing one for myself for my birthday this year (it’s a big one). Have fun on your trip. 🙂

  • On August 30, 2013 , Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said:

    Congrats!!! What an awesome idea!

  • On September 1, 2013 , Megan said:

    What an absolutely adorable idea! Good luck on your Europe trip, can’t wait to see all the gorgeous pictures!

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  • On September 3, 2013 , Nadia said:

    As an engaged girl, I’m looking forward to using this idea in the future. Happy Anniversary!

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  • On September 18, 2013 , susannah said:

    i LOVE this. i’m kind of a lame-oh when it comes to layout. did you make the template in illustrator or indesign? it’s so pretty but trying to figure out how to execute that part.

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