Must Have Supplies for Timeline Notebooks

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Must Have Supplies for Timeline Notebooks

If you’ve been considering starting a timeline notebook, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you don’t need a lot of special supplies. With just seven basic items, you can easily get started with a timeline notebook of your own!

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Seven Must Have Supplies for Timeline Notebooks

1. 3-Ring Binder

Use a quality three-ring binder to begin your timeline notebook.

Using a three-ring binder is the simplest way to begin a timeline notebook. I recommend either a durable binder or a heavy-duty binder to be sure that it will hold up to plenty of use.

Choose the size of your binder based on how many years you plan to include in the timeline notebook. Keep in mind that while a one-inch binder holds approximately 100 sheets of paper, it will hold fewer pages when using thicker cardstock.

2. Cardstock

Plain white cardstock is ideal for timeline notebook pages.

Plain white cardstock is ideas for timeline notebook pages. No need to buy any particular brand–just be sure to get standard letter size (8.5 in. x 11 in.). You can probably find the best price on cardstock in the office supplies section of your local Walmart store.

3. Page protectors

Page protectors are a convenient way to add pages to the timeline notebook.

Page protectors make it a cinch to slide pages out in order to view them as a continuous picture of history. The page protectors also help keep the timeline pages in top condition. If you prefer not to use page protectors, you can simply punch holes in the cardstock pages instead.

4. Printable timeline pages

Free printable timeline notebook pages

How about FREE printable timeline notebook pages? These are available in both lined and unlined versions with dates from 5000 B.C. through A.D. 2024.

Print the timeline pages on the white cardstock, choosing whatever time span you want to include in your timeline notebook. I highly recommend one-sided printing, so that the timeline pages can be pulled out and laid end to end for a complete picture of history.

5. Printable timeline figures

History Through the Ages timeline figures

Timeline figures are an important part of the timeline notebook. I invested in these History Through the Ages timeline figures on CD last year, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. The figures can be printed by the page in two different sizes, or they can be chosen individually and printed in whatever size you choose.

If you plan to add notebooking pages to your timeline notebook, the History Through the Ages figures make excellent illustrations for them, as well.

6. Colored pencils

Colored pencils are perfect for coloring timeline figures.

Colored pencils are perfect for coloring the timeline figures. We use inexpensive Crayola colored pencils for our timelines. Keep in mind that you will need at least the 24-piece set in order to get the peach pencil that works well for skin tones.

7. Repositionable tape runner

Repositionable tape runner makes is easy to move timeline figures when needed.

While glue sticks or any kind of liquid glue can be used to attach timeline figures to the page, we use and love this repositionable adhesive runner. In fact, if we happen to run out of this adhesive, we actually put our timeline notebooks on hold until we can get a refill!

Advantages of this adhesive runner:

  • Timeline figures can be removed from the page without damaging either the figures or the page.
  • Any residue around the edges of the timeline figure can be easily removed by rubbing gently with a fingertip.
  • Timeline figures affix neatly to the page without unsightly bubbles or ripples.
  • Unlike liquid glues, this adhesive involves absolutely no mess.


Keaton coloring timeline figures for his notebook

Find a few more tips for making a timeline notebook at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling.

Visit iHomeschool Network to find out what other homeschool moms must have for homeschooling!



  1. We love that timeline figure CD! My high schooler is going to attempt to design an electronic timeline. We’ll see how it goes.

  2. Kirsten Joy says:

    I love the tip re: the repositional adhesive. Had not considered this before, but man what a great idea : ) for timelines and notebooking too, which we do alot of. Thanks Judy!

    • The repositionable adhesive is more expensive than regular glue sticks, but sooo much easier, I think! (I use it for scrapbooking, too!)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Getting ready to start Mystery of History, Vol. 1 this next year. LOVE these timelines. Thank you so much for saving me the time. I may create one more page for creation (around 6000 BC) but that’s it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  4. Quick Start Homeschool says:

    Great resources list for those wanting to get started! Thanks for including the mention of software and printables for timelines — awesome time savers and so easy to do, too!

  5. did you print out all 103 pages wow

  6. I just printed the timeline in landscape orientation. How do you arrange it in a portrait oriented binder? I don’t mind buying a landscape binder, but the landscape page protectors are very pricey. Suggestions?

    • Hi, Janine! I just use a regular portrait-type binder and put the pages in sideways. They can always be taken out and laid end to end if your child needs to see the visual continuity of the timeline. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Catherine Muskett says:

    Do the timeline figures cover Ancient Greek and Roman time period as well as Columbus to Civil War time? I’m hoping to cover more than one student.

    Thank you!

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