design elements

Now What? Creating Yearbook Templates Like A Pro

Many advisers wonder what to do with their classes once their yearbook is submitted. How about starting on next year's book?

Creating a yearbook is a huge undertaking. What if you could shave off a task or two before the previous school year was over? Obviously it isn't possible to start assigning photography assignments or writing features, but it's possible to start organizing. What went well this year? What needs some work? Make those notes and change procedures now.

If you aren't a school that already takes advantage of templates, now is the time! In fact, spring is an ideal time to start designing a book's worth of custom templates for the following year. This is also a really great design exercise for your students...whether done in the spring or the fall. The most creative version of this exercise is using the internet (Pinterest - or Padlet if your school wants more security than Pinterest offers) to find layouts you're inspired by and applying the same look or feel to a layout for your yearbook. For example, we chose a layout from a newsletter we have pinned on one of our Pinterest boards and recreated it using Pictavo. Do this a dozen or so times and you've basically got a library full of templates to tweak once a theme is decided upon next year. Have twenty students? Have them each choose two layouts as inspiration and recreate, you suddenly have forty templates to choose from.

Original envato designed "student newsletter" template pinned to our Design Inspiration board.

Original envato designed "student newsletter" template pinned to our Design Inspiration board.

Practice layout created using Pictavo. Same basic design elements applied to a yearbook layout, inspired by, but not identical to, the layout above.

Practice layout created using Pictavo. Same basic design elements applied to a yearbook layout, inspired by, but not identical to, the layout above.

Keep in mind that your new library of templates won't all use the same fonts, spacing or design elements. It will be up to the yearbook staff to edit and create a sense of theme or connection throughout the book. For a truly cohesive yearbook theme, we suggest creating a style guide early in the year for your staff to follow.

A Few Tips for Custom Cover Creation

You've taken the time to develop a theme for your yearbook and carefully planned how to achieve just the right blend of theme and school message for the cover...you have a vision and that vision is spectacular. Let's take that spectacular vision of yours and make it a masterpiece! Following the four tips detailed in this post will ensure your yearbook cover will be set up according to our guidelines.

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Find the print friendly version here.

Creating Yearbook Pages: Bleeds and Margins - Simplified

Bleeds and margins and tigers, oh my! Don't worry, it's really not as complicated as you might think. Understanding how bleeds and margins work when designing pages in your yearbook will ensure your yearbook pages look exactly how you want - with nothing getting cut off the page and no white borders where you didn't want them. Keep this detailed overview on hand when creating your yearbook pages to know how to use the margin guides in Pictavo and how to have a photo bleed off the page.

Happy yearbooking!

Fall Pantone Colors for 2014

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

Happy Irish Day!

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!

Artistic Collection - B3725S

Artistic Collection - B3725S

Assorted Colors - B1052S

Assorted Colors - B1052S

Athletics - B1060S

Athletics - B1060S

Back to School - B1114S

Back to School - B1114S

Back to School - B1110S

Back to School - B1110S

Back to School - B1106S

Back to School - B1106S

Blossoms - B11335

Blossoms - B11335

Bubbles - B4888S

Bubbles - B4888S

Burst and Swirls - B3490S

Burst and Swirls - B3490S

Bugs - B1147S

Bugs - B1147S

Chalkboard - B4904S

Chalkboard - B4904S

Checkmate Color - B1168S

Checkmate Color - B1168S

Citrus Blue - B3315S

Citrus Blue - B3315S

Collegiate - B1174S

Collegiate - B1174S

Color Spectrum - B1188S

Color Spectrum - B1188S

Daydreams - B4938S

Daydreams - B4938S

Design Elements - B1408S

Design Elements - B1408S

Design Elements - B1205S

Design Elements - B1205S

Directional - B4949S

Directional - B4949S

Doodles - B1373S

Doodles - B1373S

Friendship - B1222S

Friendship - B1222S

Fuchsia Vines - B3325S

Fuchsia Vines - B3325S

Geometric - B4969S

Geometric - B4969S

Groovy - B1246S

Groovy - B1246S

Grunge - B1266S

Grunge - B1266S

Grunge - B1249S

Grunge - B1249S

Halftone - B2948S

Halftone - B2948S

Hoot - B4986S

Hoot - B4986S

Imagine - B4995S

Imagine - B4995S

Imagine - B2563S

Imagine - B2563S

Inspirations - B1280S

Inspirations - B1280S

Jammin' B5021S

Jammin' B5021S

Jewel Tones - B1295S

Jewel Tones - B1295S

Journey - B2619S

Journey - B2619S

Kaleidoscope - B5038S

Kaleidoscope - B5038S

Nature - B2579S

Nature - B2579S

Organic Textures - B3006S

Organic Textures - B3006S

Paw Prints - B3187S

Paw Prints - B3187S

Paw Prints - B3191S

Paw Prints - B3191S

Rock On - C3233N

Rock On - C3233N

Rustic Flair - B1441S

Rustic Flair - B1441S

Seaside - B3357N

Seaside - B3357N

Seaside - B3355N

Seaside - B3355N

Snapshot - B1449S

Snapshot - B1449S

Sole - B2649S

Sole - B2649S

Sparkle - B2900S

Sparkle - B2900S

Sparkle - B3699S

Sparkle - B3699S

Splatter - B3772S

Splatter - B3772S

Starshine - B1465S

Starshine - B1465S

Stitched - B1476S

Stitched - B1476S

Tropical - B1512S

Tropical - B1512S

Tubular - B5073S

Tubular - B5073S

Varsity - B2671S

Varsity - B2671S

Whispered Hues - B3391S

Whispered Hues - B3391S

Wild - B3754S

Wild - B3754S

Wild - B37585

Wild - B37585

Zigzag - B5087S

Zigzag - B5087S

Artistic Collection - B3728S

Artistic Collection - B3728S

Assorted Colors - B1056S

Assorted Colors - B1056S

Athletics - B1075S

Athletics - B1075S

Back to School - B1114S_1

Back to School - B1114S_1

Back to School - B1110S_1

Back to School - B1110S_1

Back to School - B1106S_1

Back to School - B1106S_1

Blossoms - B1134S

Blossoms - B1134S

Bursts and Swirls - B2739S

Bursts and Swirls - B2739S

Bursts & Swirls - B3493S

Bursts & Swirls - B3493S

Bugs - B3400S

Bugs - B3400S

Classified - B4916S

Classified - B4916S

Checkmate Color - B1156S

Checkmate Color - B1156S

Citrus Blue - B3310S

Citrus Blue - B3310S

Collegiate - B1176S

Collegiate - B1176S

Color Spectrum - B1191S

Color Spectrum - B1191S

Daydreams - B4934S

Daydreams - B4934S

Design Elements - B1354S

Design Elements - B1354S

Design Elements - B1202S

Design Elements - B1202S

Directional - B4948S

Directional - B4948S

Doodles - B2602S

Doodles - B2602S

Friendship - B12165

Friendship - B12165

Fuchsia Vines - B3324S

Fuchsia Vines - B3324S

Geometric - B1228S

Geometric - B1228S

Groovy - B1245S

Groovy - B1245S

Grunge - B1257S

Grunge - B1257S

Grunge - B1254S

Grunge - B1254S

Handmade - B3331S

Handmade - B3331S

Hoot - B4979S

Hoot - B4979S

Imagine - B1274S

Imagine - B1274S

Imagine - B2564S

Imagine - B2564S

Inspirations - B1279S

Inspirations - B1279S

Jammin' B5022S

Jammin' B5022S

Jewel Tones - B1296S

Jewel Tones - B1296S

Just Dandy - B1316S

Just Dandy - B1316S

Music and Drama - B1344S

Music and Drama - B1344S

Nature - B1365S

Nature - B1365S

Organic Textures - B3000S

Organic Textures - B3000S

Paw Prints - B3183S

Paw Prints - B3183S

Road Tour - B367S

Road Tour - B367S

Rock On - B5061S

Rock On - B5061S

Scribble Kids - B3458S

Scribble Kids - B3458S

Seaside - B3359N

Seaside - B3359N

Sketchy - B3675S

Sketchy - B3675S

Snapshot - B1435S

Snapshot - B1435S

Sole - B2648S

Sole - B2648S

Sparkle - B3711S

Sparkle - B3711S

Sparkle - B2899S

Sparkle - B2899S

Splatter - B3778S

Splatter - B3778S

Starshine - B1471S

Starshine - B1471S

Textured Hues - B1500S

Textured Hues - B1500S

Tropical - B1511S

Tropical - B1511S

Tubular - B5075S

Tubular - B5075S

Varsity - B2672S

Varsity - B2672S

Whispered Hues - B3388S

Whispered Hues - B3388S

Wild - B3766S

Wild - B3766S

Zigzag - B5084S

Zigzag - B5084S

Zigzag - B3594S

Zigzag - B3594S

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.