Inspiration

2015 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Winners Announced at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention

Check out the 2015 winners of the National Scholastic Press Association's Yearbook Pacemaker award! The winners were announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver this past weekend and we got to be there! JEA (Journalism Education Association) and NSPA (National Student Press Association) are among the largest scholastic journalism organizations in the country. If your school isn't already a member, we would highly recommend you consider joining as they offer tremendous insight and resources to help you create an amazing yearbook. Congrats to all of this year's yearbook award winners and finalists!

 

"Since 1927, NSPA's Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism's highest honor. All NSPA yearbook and magazine members are eligible to compete in their respective national Pacemaker competitions. Yearbook/Magazine Pacemakers are judged based upon the following criteria: writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics." (source: Studentpress.org)

Sweet Inspiration!

Here are some of our sweetest backgrounds and clip art for you to find inspiration with.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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

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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

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

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)

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Americana Collection - B1041S (background)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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