Here are some fun Pictavo backgrounds and clip art perfect for those winter event pages in your yearbook!
As you pick your yearbook theme for this year and move into designing the pages, we thought it would be helpful to show you the colors that are trending for 2014 this fall. We love the deep rich hues and purples/pinks! Not too girly, they are balanced with some much more masculine blues and almost 1970s shades of green, gold and brown. We've included the matching RGB colors from the Pictavo Color Palette so you can design your book using these hot fall colors! What a fun palette to choose from! Which are your favorite?
MATCHING PICTAVO COLOR PALETTE RGB VALUES
We can't wait to see what you come up with!
~ Your Idea Garden Team
We hope you are having a wonderful summer! We sure are, but yearbooks are always on our minds - even during the summer!
Have you ever considered adding pages of things students did over the summer in your yearbook? Maybe there was a class trip, special competition, concert or volunteering event that deserves coverage. Or maybe you simply want to capture the fun things students are doing during their time off. Including pages that capture summer activities are a great way to encompass an entire year in the book, instead of just the months everyone is in school. And it's a great way to include even more people in the yearbook!
Check out this book's spread of summer fun!
Be sure to be capturing photos of this summer's activities and ask students to submit their favorite photos when you get back to school.
Happy Summer and Happy Yearbooking!
~ Your Idea Garden Team
We love the 4th of July around here. The fireworks with their great bursts of colors and designs against a dark sky is enough to make us all take mental snapshots for inspiration of future yearbook art. This year our inspiration has brought some pretty awesome new stock and custom covers, backgrounds and clip art that commemorate our Independence Day. Here's a sneak peak of one of our favorite new collections for you to enjoy!
We hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend celebrating our independence!
~ Your Idea Garden Team
Often times spring school activities don't get the coverage they deserve in a yearbook. Adding a supplement to your yearbook, however, can be a great way to include the entire school year - like those spring sports, recitals, plays, dances, graduations and other important events that happen after your yearbook has been printed. They come with sturdy, easy-to-apply, peel-and-stick tape that can be easily attached to the back of your yearbook. Choose 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 or any multiple of four pages.
Yearbook supplements are also a great fundraising opportunity where you can sell space to teams, clubs and others!
Here are some other great ideas of ways you can use yearbook supplements!
1. Print some pages of what will be in the yearbook and use it as a marketing piece to entice people to buy the book.
2. Create a special senior supplement that highlights the activities they were involved in, scholarships and awards received and plans for after high school (college, military, work, etc.). and hand out at graduation.
3. Did a team or group win a championship, title or special award during the school year? Create a supplement that honors the members involved and captures the journey to success.
4. New additions, re-models and any significant changes are important milestones to capture about your school. Yearbook supplements are a great way to commemorate school anniversaries or significant changes to the building and facilities.
5. Coupons are a great way to get patrons in the door of businesses. Create a supplement that offers businesses the opportunity to include a coupon with their ads that are meant to be cut out and used. This can help increase revenue for you and the business!
Have any other yearbook supplement ideas or examples you'd like to share? We'd love to hear!
~ Your Idea Garden Team
We love colors! So before summer "officially" hits our calendars this month, we thought we would share Pantone's Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014. Many of the colors for mens and womens overlap but you'll see a little deeper hues in some of the mens.
Which of these colors have you brought into your closet already!? And which are your favorite to pair together?
~ Your Idea Garden Team
Memorial day is a time to commemorate all of the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. To show our appreciation, we have gathered some of our favorite patriotic backgrounds and clip art for your inspiration.
Happy Memorial Day and Happy Yearbooking!
~ The Idea Garden Team
Who doesn't love video? The adorable kittens...flash mobs...crazy songs...bad lip-reading...babies dancing and other crazy things...even here at the Idea Garden Blog we can't help ourselves from indulging in the fun videos that get passed along. So what better way to advertise your school's yearbook sale than a video? Now, posters and ads are a MUST and should be all around school, along with announcements, tweets, ads on your school's website, etc. But how much fun would it be to create a video that gets passed along to your friends and really spreads the word?
We've compiled a list of some of our favorite we've seen to help spark some inspiration. Be sure to share yours with us, we'd love to see it!
Happy yearbooking - and video making!
~ Your Idea Garden Team
Surprisingly, the most frequently read/viewed section of your yearbook is typically the one that gets the least amount of design attention. Students will flip through a yearbook numerous times, but will study an index to find their own picture, friends' pictures, and, in the future, to find the answer to important questions like, "who was that blonde, crazy guy in marching band and show choir with us?".
It's easy, after working so diligently for so long on the actual pages of your masterpiece to let the index be a black and white list of names. While this serves its purpose, wouldn't it be better if it was as pleasing to look at as the rest of your yearbook?
So why not continue the look of your yearbook into the final section? Or use the index pages to add info, like school-specific trends, current events and milestones that didn't find a home anywhere else in the yearbook.
Take a look at these different yearbook index examples:
Example 1: The usual. Black. White. Columns.
Example 2: Adding a font, background and some clipart that matches with the theme of your yearbook to continue the "flow" of your yearbook through the end.
Example 3: Adding a font and design elements used in your yearbook and candids to add more student coverage and a unique look.
Example 4: Adding a font used in your yearbook, a background and candids to create an index that's completely unique to your school and your yearbook!
A few things to consider when laying out your yearbook index:
- Assign the task of "proofing" the entire index to one staff member. This should be their only job for a period of time. Be sure to allow them enough time to do a good job. This person should be detail-oriented and a perfectionist!
- Decide early on in your book layout process if you want only students listed or if you'd like staff, clubs, and organizations included as well. Adding clubs and organizations will give people more than one option when navigating the yearbook.
- If your yearbook publisher provides you with software that will help flow an index, especially automatically, USE IT! Manually putting together an index can be a daunting and time consuming task - and put you at a higher risk for errors. The examples above were created in software marketed specifically for yearbook publishing and made it easy to flow, change and customize the indexes we used as examples!
There is no question as to whether or not your yearbook needs an index. How creative you want to be with the task at hand is entirely up to you!
The Idea Garden Team
To celebrate this fine holiday where everything is green (or gets dyed green), here are some of our favorite green backgrounds!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy year booking! We're out to look for that pot of gold and enjoy a shamrock shake, maybe even a little green eggs and ham.
- The Idea Garden Team.
No matter what you’re told – people still judge a book by its cover. And the cover of your yearbook is no exception. Yearbook covers are arguably one of the most important aspects of the book and take careful planning, creativity and consideration. You want your yearbook cover to show your school’s individuality, uniqueness and personality but also tie into the overall theme of the book that year.
Specialty Treatment Options for your Yearbook Cover
Which is why this post excites us so much! Did you know that there are a variety of specialty treatment options you can apply to your yearbook cover to give it a truly customized look?? And we mean truly unique. You can mix and match and combine these options with virtually endless possibilities. From emphasizing certain elements to adding texture, cutouts and 3D effects, it’s soooo easy to take your already awesomely designed yearbook cover to another level to make it even MORE awesome. We have so much fun looking through the custom covers that come in with really creative specialty treatments that we had to share some of them with you.
We’ve also provided you below with some quick explanations of the most common/popular specialty treatment options for yearbook covers to help give you a frame of reference when you start brainstorming.
We hope this helps kick start some stellar custom cover ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Different cover finishes include:
Gloss Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a nice shiny finish
Gloss Lamination – Linen: this gives you a nice shiny finish with a hint of linen texture
Matte Lamination – Smooth: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish
Matt Lamination – Linen: this gives you a flat, non-reflective finish with a hint of linen texture
Leatherette covers are made of synthetic materials made to look like leather, but are much more durable. Typically, leatherette yearbooks use foil stamping, embossing and/or debossing to accentuate the school name and cover design. Leatherette covers are a great option when you not only want your cover to look unique, but feel unique too.
Embossing is a technique that creates a raised, or 3D image using a combination of heat and pressure. Embossing can also be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create an even more unique look.
Debossing uses the same technique as embossing, except the impression is heat-pressed into the surface so that an image is depressed (lowered) instead of raised. As with embossing, debossing can be used with foil stamping or on a full-color cover to create special visual effects and textures.
Foil stamping involves the use of heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. As with embossing and debossing, a die is needed to “stamp” the foil into the cover material. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing or debossing to create a very striking 3D image.
Lenticular printing is used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. You can create various frames of animation for a motion effect, show a set of alternate images or make an image appear 3D for a truly interactive experience.
A die is a specialized tool that cuts specific shapes into your yearbook cover. Die-cutting allows you to cut out specific areas or shapes to allow text or part of an image to show through from the inside.
Spot UV Treatment
Spot UV is a great treatment to use if there are specific areas (or spots) on your cover that you want to highlight. The application can deepen the color of the area and be very shiny or flattened to a matte finish. It’s a great way to add eye-catching emphasis to important areas.
Examples of Custom Yearbook Covers with Specialty Treatments
What specialty treatments have you used for your custom yearbook covers? We’d love to see them and hear about them!
Welcome To Our New Digs!
We’re excited to be moving over from Idea Garden Blog and settling into our new location here on Pictavo.com. If you aren’t already familiar with the yearbook creation software, take a look around the site and check it out! It’s pretty powerful so if you’re in need of a stellar, sophisticated design solution to help collaborate, manage, create and sell your yearbook (that’s easy to use and navigate), you should definitely check it out.
If you already use it, or you're just here for great ideas look for upcoming posts with great tips that make designing in Pictavo even easier!