themes

To Theme or Not To Theme

Fall is winding down, the holidays are just around the corner. The first steps of your yearbook project are, surely, already done. You've decided on the basic layout of your book, you've created a ladder detailing what falls where on your pages, and you've most likely decided on a theme.

We'd like to provide you with a little inspiration from a few schools that did a great job continuing their theme throughout their book.

This first school stuck with school colors through the entire book. A few key design elements (dream catchers, feathers, arrows) made appearances on nearly every page. We suspect these design elements were chosen due to their tie-in to their school mascot. These elements didn't take anything away from the layouts because they were incorporated in a way that didn't overwhelm the page. Other pieces were occasionally added for variety, but always following their school color palette. Custom endsheets and special treatments (matte laminate and embossing) on the cover were just the finishing touches this book needed.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

 

Next up, a school that was very theme-conscious, but also took some liberties when designing for a specific club or organization (as seen on the "fabric & fashion" spread). The use of a specific color palette, design elements (arrows, again...do we spot a trend?) kept the flow of the book smooth even with a rule-breaker spread thrown in here and there. Once again, custom endsheets and special treatments (spot UV coating and matte lamination) on the cover add high quality, classy finishing touches to this yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

Great use of theme in all parts of a yearbook.

We do realize there are schools that don't necessarily choose a theme for their entire book, rather, they enjoy designing pages based on the holiday or activity contained on the spread. For those schools, we offer some suggested Pictavo artwork that may not be categorized as "seasonal", but would work great when used in conjunction with the right clipart and fonts!

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Using fall colors in yearbook spreads.

Happy Yearbooking!

{and Happy Thanksgiving}

The Pictavo Team

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

 

Capturing All Four Seasons In Your Yearbook

We mention it every summer - that your yearbook should include all four seasons, not just the seasons that school is in session. So if you're out there gathering photos and stories, great job! If not, don't fret. There is still plenty of time. 

In the meantime we've put together a list of fun summer-inspired phrases, page titles and headlines for you!



Yearbook Planning Calendar - January Checklist

Here's your January checklist of items to do for your yearbook to keep you on track this year! Just click on the link to download the checklist to have on hand. 

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.