Tips, Tricks, And Ideas For Creating Yearbooks For Schools

February 11, 2022

Being tasked with building a yearbook is a fun and creative challenge you will likely look back on with fondness. At the same time, it can be intimidating to start with a blank slate. If you are in charge of creating your school’s yearbook, there are many resources out there that can help make getting organized and designing those initial pages easier. For tips, tricks, and ideas for designing a school yearbook, read on.

Using Professional Programs


If you will be designing your high school yearbook, one of the first places you may want to check out is Mixbook. Ready to take on projects like yearbooks for schools, this company offers software that can take the guesswork out of yearbook design even for a first-time creator. Before laying out that first page, check out ideas for school yearbooks at Mixbook. Mixbook’s online software can help to create scrapbook, yearbook, and other memory book pages in minutes and is easy to use. 

The benefit to using a professional program like Mixbook is that you will get not only professional results, but you will also be able to access customer service if you run into problems with things like print resolution, page layout, and more. Their helpful team will be able to access your project and show you what changes you need to make if you run into issues during the proofing stage. Plus, using a professional program means you’ll have access to limitless templates to help get those ideas flowing. 

Getting Inspired


One of the biggest challenges in creating a school yearbook can be coming up with ideas around a theme and overall content. The sooner you can begin collecting creative ideas from social media and places like Pinterest, the easier it will be to find a solid direction for your project. Before beginning the first pages of your yearbook design, take the time to do some Google searches on how others have built their yearbooks. There are countless blogs, vlogs, and even groups on print project design and how to come up with a quality yearbook even if this is your first time creating a yearbook. 

To make design easier, you may want to consider using a unique theme that you can use as the first building block of your project. In coming up with a theme early on, you will be able to organize your yearbook more effectively from the beginning. For example, if you plan to use the theme of a road trip, you can work that into your cover design and even use a compass to tie direction, adventure, and other themes around the roads ahead and behind into your book as you go. 

Going Paperless 


In 2022, it is no surprise that some schools are opting for digital yearbooks. Not only is this option more environmentally sustainable, but it can be cheaper to buy and produce, too. If this is an option for you and your school, consider looking into companies that can help make your sales transactions easier. You will also want to decide if you will hand out yearbooks on thumb drives or offer secure links where paying students can download yearbooks manually. Consider reaching out to local area schools that have used this option as you weigh the pros and cons. 

At the end of the day, capturing your school memories and milestones can be a lot of fun. As you work to design your school’s yearbook, make sure to ask for your classmates’ input to make the yearbook more personal and unique to your graduating class. Before you know it, the same way that graduation will come, you will be flipping through the pages of a yearbook you will be proud of.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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