One of the things that I continually pick up at scrapbook stores are products having to do with the passage of time, especially clocks. Clocks are great because they are generic - you can use them to tell just about any story past, present, or looking ahead.
Here's a few things I am enjoying right now:
Here's a few of my projects (older + recent) that feature clocks:
[ From 2003 : clock cut from patterned paper + repeated as an accent ]
[ From A Designer's Eye for Scrapbooking (2004) : place a clock overlay on top of patterned paper ]