You’ve been so busy getting your yearbook project signed off that you’ve kinda forgotten about the yearbook pages themselves. The next step is to get planning your page structure and we’re here to help you with that very task right here, right now! What do you want to include? Start by going through what
Proofreading is a dirty word. Nobody wants to talk about it, and certainly nobody wants to actually do it (what exactly is a split infinitive, anyway?). Ask anybody – proofreading is not only boring, but it’s hard. Right?
Well, not exactly. When proofreading a yearbook, you don’t have to worry so much about grammar and rhetoric as you do about being mindful of what you’ve created. Think about how upset Fred would be if you set his name to Frida’s picture. It just wouldn’t be right.
Unless you've been living under an upturned cardboard box in the Amazon for the past year, you'll know what I'm referring to when I say voting has been a big thing of late. Aside from the turbulant world of politics, yearbook awards polls are a fun way of rewarding others for their talents, habits and 'quirks'.
Put down that Halloween costume just for a moment. I know, we're just excited, but we also want to save you time when planning your yearbook. By now I'm sure you know the pros and (mostly) cons of leaving a task unplanned and until the absolute last minute. Here are three simple steps to yearbook planning success.
Congratulations! You've got a sterling team of yearbook volunteers ready to get their hands dirty creating a fantastic school yearbook. Now you need to know how to orgainise them and what 'roles' you can dish out. Getting responsibilities pinned down early on will save a lot of time and energy later on, so it's definitely worth setting out a plan of action.
Here's a list of yearbook team roles to help you.
- Yearbook Advisors
Marketing Your Yearbook- Advice From SPC Yearbooks
We think our free Yearbook Creator software is easy to learn and fast to use, but if you find the idea of learning new software daunting, why not use something that you are already familiar with? Here at SPC Yearbooks, as part of our DIY Service, we also offer you the chance to create your yearbook using your own design software. In fact, you may already have done the design and just want to get it printed.
There are many ways to collect in collage/montage photos for your yearbook - an increasingly popular way is by subscribing to free online ‘photo sharing’ sites such as Facebook, Photobucket, Picasa and Flickr (to name but a few) and setting up collaborative photo albums wherein everyone in your school year is able to drop in yearbook photos. Online collaborative photo albums take away the hassle of emailing content to an individual or set of individuals, enable groups to see one another’s photos, work on the go and socially interact. On the whole, you will find that most sites have the same basic set of tools. They are also in a continual quest to make their site stand out from the rest, which often results in new features that just may make your job as a yearbook creator a whole lot easier – so it’s worth doing a bit of research to see which company’s services will best suit your needs.
- Are you struggling to decide who works on each yearbook page? List out the pages you want to include and go thorough them one by one, allocating them as you go. If you still can't decide, you can always draw names out of a hat - it's one way to solve the dilemma!
- If you have lots of people in your yearbook committee, or have multiple people sharing tasks, consider setting up a generic yearbook email address (you could use hotmail or gmail for example) for only yearbook-related correspondence and only allow committee members to access it. Alternatively, set up a separate email address per yearbook department, (eg sales or marketing) but make sure everyone concerned knows which email address to use.
- Take your yearbook committee online - use a social network such as Facebook or Twitter to keep up-to-date with committee communication and yearbook progress. Create a Facebook Group and only invite people you want involved to join! Visit www.facebook.com/groups to find out more.
- If you're creating your own yearbook (or planning to submit a design brief to SPC), but struggling for design ideas and inspiration, try making a mood board. Take magazine cuttings and collect anything that catches your eye i.e. scraps of material, papers, etc. and put these on your mood board to show to other committee members. We've posted loads of yearbook theme ideas here on the blog.
- Drum up extra business by running a 'win a free yearbook' contest - advertise that everyone who orders a yearbook will automatically be entered to win their copy for free and draw the name of the lucky winner later in the year.
This is our last post of 2011, but we’ll be back on 4th January 2012 to bring you more help, ideas and resources for your yearbook project. A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the staff at SPC Yearbooks.