ideas and inspiration

DEVELOPING YEARBOOK THEME IDEAS

Developing your yearbook theme can be one of the most exciting parts of putting together your yearbook. So what better way to help you get started than to provide you with a huge list of yearbook theme ideas!? Use this extensive list of yearbook theme ideas to help get your creative juices flowing as you sit down with your team to determine what your theme will be this year. Then make sure to apply it to your book in the following ways:

PHRASES TO INSPIRE YEARBOOK THEME IDEAS

A PART APART

A SEASON OF CHANGE

AS ONE

A STEP ABOVE THE REST

A THOUSAND WORDS

AT LAST

A TOUCH OF CLASS

A TO Z

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

AS WE KNOW IT

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

ATYPICAL

A YEAR TO REMEMBER

BLINK

BRAND NEW

BREAKING THRU

BREATHE

BUILT TO LAST

CHECK IT OUT

CHOICES

COLOR ME…

COME LEARN WITH US

CONNECTED

CONTRAST

DIFFERENCES

DISTINCT IMPRESSIONS

DOT DOT DOT…

DREAMS REFLECT REALITY

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

EYE ON…

FORWARD

FORWARD MOTION

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

FROM HERE

FROM THE INSIDE

FROM THE OUTSIDE IN

FROM START TO FINISH

FROM THIS MOMENT ON

GOING IN STYLE

GOING PLACES

GOTTA HAVE IT

GREAT MOMENTS IN…

HOW DO YOU MEASURE

HOW IT’S DONE

INTO SOMETHING NEW

INSTANT REPLAY

INVISIBLE

IT ALL ADDS UP

IT ALL BEGINS WITH YOU

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING

IT’S A SMALL WORLD

IT’S ABOUT TIME

IT’S ALL IN YOUR MIND

IT’S A LOT LIKE NOTHING ELSE

IT’S ANYONE’S GUESS

IT’S COMPLICATED

IT’S OUR TIME

IT’S YOUR CHOICE

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

JUST HAD TO BE THERE

JUST SAYING

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

LIKE IT OR NOT

LIKE IT/LOVE IT

LISTEN UP

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LIVING PROOF

LIVING THE DREAM

LOOK AT THE BEST

LOOKING BACK

MEET IN THE MIDDLE

MIXED SIGNALS

MORE THAN

MOVING ON UP

MOVING ON OUT

NOT GONNA LIE

NOT JUST ANOTHER…

NOT ON THE ITINERARY

NOT WHAT YOU THINK

NOW AND THEN

ON THE OTHER HAND

OPEN YOUR WORLD

OR NOT

OUR TIME TO SHINE

OUT OF THE BOX

OUT T[HERE]

OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW

OVER IT

OWN IT

PIECES OF THE PUZZLE

PLUS AND MINUS

POINT BEING

POWERFUL

PULSE

REMEMBER THIS

REPLAY IT

REVOLUTION

RIGHT ON TARGET

RIPPIN’ BEYOND BELIEF

ROAD TO SUCCESS

SPARK

SNAPSHOTS

STANDING PROUD

STAND OUT

STATUS UPDATE

STILL THE ONE

STORIES MATTER HERE

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

SUM IT UP

SYNERGY

THINK ABOUT IT

THINK AGAIN

THINK FAST

THIS IS OUR TIME

THIS MUST BE

TOGETHER AS ONE

TOO COOL TO HANDLE

TOP SECRET

TOTAL IMPACT

TRACES

TRIED & TRUE

TURNING THE PAGE

UNPLUGGED

UNTIED

UNITED

UP DOWN ALL AROUND

VOICES

WHAT’S THE STORY

WHAT WE’RE MADE OF

WHEN EVERYTHING CLICKS

WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS

WHO KNEW?

WHY NOT?

WITHIN

WRITE YOUR STORY

YOU TELL ME

YOU WERE HERE

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW

YOURS

YOUR STORY

Y[OUR] STORY

 

A CUT ABOVE

A DAY IN THE LIFE

ADJUST ACCORDINGLY

A FLASH FROM THE PAST

ALL IN THE MIX

ALL OF THE ABOVE

A LOOK BACK

A LOT CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN…

AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN

AND THE STORY BEGINS

A NEW AWAKENING

A NEW POINT OF VIEW

ANY SECOND COULD BE THE SECOND

BEFORE NOW

BE HEARD

BE KNOWN

BETWEEN THE LINES

BITS AND PIECES

CANVAS

CAPTURE THE MAGIC

CATCH THE MOMENTS

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

CELEBRATE

CHECK US OUT

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

DEEP IN THE HEART OF….

DEFINED

DESTINED TO BE…

ELABORATE

EMERGE

EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING

FACE THE FACTS

FIND YOUR PLACE

FIRST CLASS

FLASHBACK

FLEX

FOCUS

FOR MEMBERS ONLY

FOREVER YOUNG

GET THE PICTURE

GIVE AND TAKE

GLIMPSE

GOING BEYOND

HAD TO BE THERE

HELLO GOODBYE 

IDENTITY

IF YOU ONLY KNEW

IMAGINE THAT

IMPRESSIONS

IN A BLINK

IN A FLASH

IN OTHER WORDS

IN OUR OWN WORDS

IN QUEST OF…

INTERTWINED

IN THE MAKING

INTRODUCING YOU

INSIDE OUT

IN THE KNOW

JOURNEY

JOURNEY THROUGH THE YEAR

JUST PASSING THROUGH

KEEPING IT REAL

LAYING IT ON THE LINE

LEARNING TO FLY

LEAVING OUR MARK

LET’S FACE IT

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

LIFE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LIGHT IT UP

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

MAKE IT COUNT

MAKE IT LAST

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

MAKE YOUR MARK

MAKING THE PIECES FIT

NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD

NEVER SAY NEVER

NEW BEGINNINGS

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER

NO FILTER

OLD SCHOOL IN A NEW LIGHT

ONE AND ONLY

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

ONE LAST LOOK

ONE TO ONE

ONLY THE FINEST

ON OUR OWN

ON THE EDGE

PARALLEL

PARDON OUR DUST

PHASE 2

PICTURE THIS

PIECE BY PIECE

REACH FOR THE STARS

REALITY

REALLY…

REBUILD

REFINED

REFLECTIONS

SAGA

SAY IT WITH STYLE

SEEING IS BELIEVING

SEIZE THE DAY

SETTLED IN

SHINE

SHOUT OUT

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

SIMPLY THE BEST

SO MUCH TO SAY

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

TAKE OUR WORD

THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

THE BEST OF TIMES

THEN AND NOW

THERE’S MORE TO IT

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

THE SPIRIT OF…

THE TIMES OF OUR LIVES

THE WAY WE SEE IT

UNBELIEVABLE

UNCOMMON THREAD

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

UNLEASHED

VESTED

WE HAD A PLAN

WE’LL SHOW YOU

WE’LL TELL YOU

WE STAND PROUD

WE’VE GOT IT ALL

WHAT GOES AROUND

WHAT MAKES US

WHAT’S NEXT

YEARBOOK CONFIDENTIAL

YEAR OF THE…

YEAH, THIS IS HAPPENING

YOU ARE HERE

YOU GOTTA

YOU HAD TO BE THERE

 

Service Dogs Featured In Yearbook

Photo courtesy of KARE 11

Photo courtesy of KARE 11

It's not everyday that you see a dog's photo in the portrait section of a yearbook. But these dogs are not someone's pet! (We'll spare you from a groan-worthy pun about "teacher's pets."). Carmel and Dakota are service dogs and very much a part of Blaine High School of Minnesota. We think it's pretty cool that the yearbook staff decided to include them in their yearbook, as both provide assistance to specific teachers and interact with students. (View the full story)

Photo courtesy of KARE 11

Photo courtesy of KARE 11

Does your school have any "untraditional helpers" that you might want to consider featuring in your next yearbook? Even if you don't end up putting them in the portrait section, you could feature them in a callout or even have a page dedicated to them. Capturing the essence of your school sometimes includes thinking beyond the traditional. What untraditional things have you included or featured in your yearbook?

Planning Your Yearbook Pages Using the Ladder

Now is a good time to start thinking about the beginning stages of organizing your yearbook. The Ladder Stage! We know, we know, it’s not NEARLY as exciting as picking candids or deciding on yearbook theme ideas. But it is an essential part of the yearbook creation process and will make your life a whole lot easier after it’s done.

You will want to develop a page ladder that shows what is to go onto every page of your yearbook. The ladder will help determine how many pages to allocate to each specific activity (portraits, sports, organizations, academics, advertisements, student life, etc.). The ladder will also help you organize the sequencing of sections to give a nice flow to your yearbook. Your ladder can also be used as a checklist during the year to help track progress.

To get started, determine the approximate number of pages you will need in the book. This may have already been determined upon your sign-up. If not, base this information on the number of students and staff members, number of grades, extracurricular activities and other activities you might want included in the book. Remember to work in increments of four pages unless you are ordering a Smyth sewn book where you’ll need to work in increments of 16 pages.

Determining what will be on every page of your yearbook can be challenging at first. Use the desk-size ladder worksheet  (need one? download one here to brainstorm what you think should be included and in what order. 

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Share this with other relevant faculty and students to ensure every event and group has appropriate coverage. Once you have a good idea, put your pagination onto your large wall ladder to track progress.

Hang your large wall ladder in a prominent place in the room where your yearbooks staff meets. On it you can display the pagination, assign students to their pages, set deadlines, track progress and include pertinent notes. 

Hang your large wall ladder in a prominent place in the room where your yearbooks staff meets. On it you can display the pagination, assign students to their pages, set deadlines, track progress and include pertinent notes. 

Keep in mind, what you can include is often determined by when you want your yearbook to arrive. If you want to receive your yearbook before graduation, choose Spring Delivery. This will require your book to be completed and submitted earlier in the year. To include events that happen after you have submitted your book for publishing, a supplement is a great way to provide additional coverage. (Just check with your yearbook provider for details on supplements.) If you want the entire school year included in the yearbook, choose Fall Delivery. This allows your submission deadline to be in the summer and your yearbooks will arrive after school reopens in the fall.

Figuring out what will be on every page can be daunting. So we've included a list of yearbook content ideas to help you determine what sections to include in your yearbook. We gleaned from thousands of yearbooks to come up with this sample list so if it’s missing something or you have an awesome idea for a section…let us know! We’re sure other schools will appreciate your insight as well.

  • Title Page/Colophon
  • Table of Contents
  • Divider Pages
  • Letter from Principal
  • Opening Theme/Story
  • Portrait Pages
    - Staff Portraits
    - Student Portraits
  • Candid Pages
  • Student Life Pages
  • Sports Pages
  • Clubs/Organizations Pages
  • Events Pages
  • Advertisement Pages
    - Recognition Ads
    - Business Ads
  • Current Events Pages
  • Autograph Pages
  • Closing/Yearbook Editor Page
  • Index

So how many pages should you allocate for each section? That is completely up to you! And completely dependent on what you are including. But don't stress. You don't have to have that all set in stone right now. The same goes for the order of your sections. You can choose any order for the sections in your book. That’s part of the fun of making it unique! But it doesn't have to be concrete this early in the game. For now,  just focus on getting the sections determined and a rough estimate of pages allocated. You can always change the order and content later, even after the pages are already laid out.

Have fun getting started on your yearbook!

~ Your Idea Garden Team

Inspired By Independence

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!

Americana Collection - B5976C (Custom Cover); B5129T (Backgrounds);

Americana Collection - B5976C (Custom Cover); B5129T (Backgrounds);

Americana Collection - B5130T (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5130T (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5135S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5135S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5136S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5136S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5131S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5131S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5133S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5133S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5137S (Backgrounds)

Americana Collection - B5137S (Backgrounds)

Stock Cover Design 15-18

Stock Cover Design 15-18

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend celebrating our independence!

~ Your Idea Garden Team

Extend Coverage And More With Yearbook Supplements

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 REMEMBER - Memorial Day Inspiration

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. 

Americana Collection - B1034S (background)

Americana Collection - B1034S (background)

Americana Collection - B1035S (background)

Americana Collection - B1035S (background)

Americana Collection - B1036S (background)

Americana Collection - B1036S (background)

Americana Collection - B1039S (background)

Americana Collection - B1039S (background)

Americana Collection - B1041S (background)

Americana Collection - B1041S (background)

Americana Collection - B1042S (background)

Americana Collection - B1042S (background)

Americana Collection - B4817S (background)

Americana Collection - B4817S (background)

Americana Collection - B48178S (background)

Americana Collection - B48178S (background)

Americana Collection - B4820S (background)

Americana Collection - B4820S (background)

Americana Collection - B4819S (background)

Americana Collection - B4819S (background)

Americana Collection - C1626N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1626N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1628N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1628N (clip art)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1048S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1048S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2614S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2614S (background)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2625S (background)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2625S (background)

Camp Collection - C1945N (clip art)

Camp Collection - C1945N (clip art)

Classified Collection - B1414S (background)

Classified Collection - B1414S (background)

Classified Collection - B1417S (background)

Classified Collection - B1417S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1190S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1190S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4937S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4937S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4936S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4936S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1263S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1263S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1256S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1256S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2955S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2955S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2946S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2946S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1269S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1269S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4977S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4977S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4984S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4984S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4994S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4994S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1273S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1273S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1291S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1291S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1292S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1292S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2303N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2303N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1389S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1389S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2301N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2301N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1384S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1384S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2295N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2295N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1387S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1387S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2299N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2299N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1340S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1340S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1393S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1393S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2291N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2293N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2293N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1391S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1391S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2302N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2302N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1332S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1332S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1336S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1336S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1338S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1338S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3677S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3677S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1452S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1452S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2647S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2647S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1501S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1501S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2675S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2675S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2676S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2676S (background)

Americana Collection - B1045S (background)

Americana Collection - B1045S (background)

Americana Collection - B1037S (background)

Americana Collection - B1037S (background)

Americana Collection - B1038S (background)

Americana Collection - B1038S (background)

Americana Collection - B1040S (background)

Americana Collection - B1040S (background)

Americana Collection - B1043S (background)

Americana Collection - B1043S (background)

Americana Collection - B1044S (background)

Americana Collection - B1044S (background)

Americana Collection - B4823S (background)

Americana Collection - B4823S (background)

Americana Collection - B4824S (background)

Americana Collection - B4824S (background)

Americana Collection - B4821S (background)

Americana Collection - B4821S (background)

Americana Collection - B4822S (background)

Americana Collection - B4822S (background)

Americana Collection - C1627N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C1627N (clip art)

Americana Collection - C4022N  (clip art)

Americana Collection - C4022N  (clip art)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1049S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B1049S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2611S (background)

Assorted Colors Collection - B2611S (background)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Awards Collection - C4087N (clip art)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2624S (background)

Bursts & Swirls Collection - B2624S (background)

Doodles Collection - C2592N (clip art)

Doodles Collection - C2592N (clip art)

Classified Collection - B1430S (background)

Classified Collection - B1430S (background)

Classified Collection - B1433S (background)

Classified Collection - B1433S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1189S (background)

Color Spectrum Collection - B1189S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4940S (background)

Daydreams Collection - B4940S (background)

Geometric Collection - B3525S (background)

Geometric Collection - B3525S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1265S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1265S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1259S (background)

Grunge Collection - B1259S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2960S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2960S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2951S (background)

Halftone Collection - B2951S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1267S (background)

Holidays Collection - B1267S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4983S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4983S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4990S (background)

Hoot Collection - B4990S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4997S (background)

Imagine Collection - B4997S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1275S (background)

Imagine Collection - B1275S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1299S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1299S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1300S (background)

Jewel Tones Collection - B1300S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2304N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2304N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1386S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1386S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2296N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2296N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1385S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1385S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2297N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2297N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1388S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1388S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2298N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2298N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1339S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1339S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2294N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2294N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1392S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1392S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2288N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2288N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1334S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1334S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2290N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2290N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1390S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1390S (background)

Patriotic Collection - C2287N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - C2287N (clip art)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1335S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1337S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1337S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1330S (background)

Patriotic Collection - B1330S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3676S (background)

Sketchy Collection - B3676S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1454S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B1454S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2650S (background)

Snapshot Collection - B2650S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1498S (background)

Textured Hues Collection - B1498S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2677S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2677S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2678S (background)

Varsity Collection - B2678S (background)

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Yearbooking!

~ The Idea Garden Team

Selling Your Yearbook - Creative Video Ads To Spark Inspiration

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obXJ05yG4eU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krLwL8mEhms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTl0tZ5Yrxo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qpFSeoHsWY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFuA3_mpidM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g9UOUdIKh8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fippGiq-Lzo

Happy yearbooking - and video making!

~ Your Idea Garden Team

 

 

Your Yearbook Index Needs Love, Too!

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.

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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. 

Clip Art Index.png

Example 3: Adding a font and design elements used in your yearbook and candids to add more student coverage and a unique look.

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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!

Candids Index.png

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!

Happy Indexing!

The 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. 

Cover to Cover - Yearbook Cover Ideas With Custom Treatments

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

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.

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing

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 Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette
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
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
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
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.

Gloss Lamination Cover with Lenticular Treatment

Gloss Lamination Cover with Lenticular Treatment

Lenticular
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.

Die-Cutting
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

Lenticular Cover with 3D appearance

Lenticular Cover with 3D appearance

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Gloss Lamination Cover with claw mark Die-Cut                  

Gloss Lamination Cover with claw mark Die-Cut                  

Gold Cloth Cover with Foil Stamping

Gold Cloth Cover with Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment  

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment
 

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover

Matte Lamination Cover

Lenticular Cover with animation effect

Lenticular Cover with animation effect

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Leatherette Cover with Foil Stamping and Embossing

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Embossing and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment

Matte Lamination Cover with Foil Stamping  

Matte Lamination Cover with Foil Stamping
 

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping Personalization

Matte Lamination Cover with Spot UV Treatment and Foil Stamping Personalization

What specialty treatments have you used for your custom yearbook covers? We’d love to see them and hear about them!