“life is a beach” and that’s what they’ve gone with for the yearbook too.” She continues, “If other schools are stuck for what theme to have, they could just think back to proms, assemblies, productions, parties or other events. That way, the theme is less random and it’s relevant to that year.”
At SPC Yearbooks we love to see original artwork being used in your fabulous yearbooks – this is because it shows that a lot of time and thought has gone into creating that artwork, it shows off the wealth of talent in the year group and the yearbook will be completely unique to your school and your year. Whether you’re making your own yearbook or submitting your content to SPC’s team to design it for you, there are many ways to create your own original artwork…
Just like your favourite novels, yearbooks need a title too! Titles are a great way of introducing your yearbook and really putting that personal stamp on it. Be extra clever and think of a title that perfectly sums up your time in school or your year. Or you can choose a more traditional title for your front cover and/or title page of your leavers’ book. Does your yearbook follow a particular theme such as sport, music, film or theatre? If so, tailor the title to fit your theme.
Along with having a great looking yearbook, cost is also an important factor for you to think about when organising your yearbook. A great way to start with the yearbook project is to survey the students in your year group to find out what people are willing to pay – you do not want to spend time creating an elaborate yearbook with a whole page per student if students aren’t prepared to pay for it!
Student profile pages (which usually consist of each student’s photo and a comment, arranged into tutor groups/classes), make up the bulk of most yearbooks. If you are pressed for time – or have a very large year group – then you could choose to have the student photos with names above or beneath only and no individual comments. You can then get a whole form group onto one double page spread – saving cost as the yearbook will have less pages. It will also take less time to put together as you don’t need to collect in the individual comments. However, it does make the yearbook more personal if there is a comment written by each student to appear next to their photo and it’s the perfect place to record people’s aspirations for the future – there are several ways of presenting and collecting profile page comments.
If you’re looking for fun page ideas to ‘spice up’ your yearbook then you’re at the right place! As well as awards pages and photo pages, you could put together other fun leavers’ book pages to break up your profile pages such as:
Following our posting on 15th December titled ‘4 great ways to promote (and sell) your yearbook…’, we’ve got a few more ideas for you…
Teacher pages are a great introduction to student pages in your yearbook. Many schools begin their book with a message from the Headteacher/Principle followed by messages from a select number of teachers. Tutor pages often precede their tutor group’s/class’s student profile pages offering an ideal structure to the yearbook. But why include teacher pages at all? Tutors, teaching staff and other school staff are a big part of school life and experience so don’t forget to include them!
Back in January SPC Yearbooks introduced a competition where one lucky school would win £500 towards the cost of their yearbooks. The draw took place and the winner is:
Are you a specialist sports school or college? Do you have a competitive sports team? Why not create a sports themed yearbook or include a sports themed section within your yearbook? SPC Yearbooks have loads of ideas for you to try if you’re designing your own. Are you looking for a professionally designed yearbook service (such as our Complete Design or Pre-designed Template service)? Add some of these yearbook theme ideas into your design brief.