Design

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!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Here are some fun Pictavo backgrounds and clip art perfect for those winter event pages in your yearbook!

B5195S

B5195S

B5192S

B5192S

B1266S

B1266S

B1263S

B1263S

B1433S

B1433S

B1417S

B1417S

B1228S

B1228S

B1226S

B1226S

B4990S

B4990S

B4983S

B4983S

B4984S

B4984S

B5244S

B5244S

B5071S

B5071S

B5041S

B5041S

B1271S

B1271S

B5357S

B5357S

B5355S

B5355S

C4080N

C4080N

C4081N

C4081N

C2027N      

C2027N

 

 

C4343N

C4343N

C2041N

C2041N

C4337N

C4337N

C4332N

C4332N

C4338N

C4338N

C4350N

C4350N

C4352N

C4352N

C4430N

C4430N

C4418N

C4418N

B5194S

B5194S

B1190S

B1190S

B1265S

B1265S

B4903S

B4903S

B1421S

B1421S

B1372S

B1372S

B1232S

B1232S

B3532S

B3532S

B49865S

B49865S

B4979S

B4979S

B4977S

B4977S

B5243S

B5243S

B5037S

B5037S

B5038S

B5038S

B5337S

B5337S

B5353S

B5353S

B5346S

B5346S

C4079N

C4079N

C4073N

C4073N

C2026N

C2026N

C2042N   

C2042N

 

C2044N

C2044N

C4333N

C4333N

C4346N

C4346N

C4349N

C4349N

C4351N

C4351N

C4353N

C4353N

C2211N

C2211N

Typography Basics

Good yearbook design goes beyond layouts and images. Good design includes the text (or typography) on a page. With hundreds of fonts to choose from, Pictavo really lets you get creative with your text to take your yearbook pages to a whole new level of cool. Combining fonts together can really make an impact - but depending on HOW you combine them, it can be a good impact...or...a not so pretty one. 

That's why we love how Charlotte Katelyn simplifies the basics of typography in her visual chart, The Art of Combining Fonts and we've re-created it below for you using Pictavo fonts to give you clear examples. With hundreds of fonts that could potentially grace the pages of your yearbook, simply follow these basic typography tips to take your pages to the next level!

Yearbook Ads: Determining Ad Sizes

Selling ad space in your yearbook? If you're not, you may want to consider it! It's a great way to generate additional revenue to help cover costs and fundraise. 

Use the guides below to help set up the size options you want to offer in your yearbook:

8.5"x11" Yearbook

9"x12" Yearbook

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

Summer Fun

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

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

Spring Pantone Colors for 2014

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? 

Image courtesy of www.pantone.com.

Image courtesy of www.pantone.com.

Image courtesy of www.pantone.com.

Image courtesy of www.pantone.com.

  Happy Summer!

~ 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

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.