I found it much easier to combine our timeline with notebooking instead of doing them separate.
We use The Mystery of History for our world History. We read the lessons and then there is an activity that follows. Then we add something to our timeline!
I then have her write about the person on the timeline and their story!
Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about!
You could do this with any program or timeline that you have made yourself!
I think it makes for a more informational timeline!