Leaving Room In Your Yearbook Layout For The Words

Yearbook LayoutWhen you are just starting out in the field of yearbook design, you will encounter the temptation to put far too many pictures onto a single page. Your yearbook layout instructor will end up stepping in, after all of your hard work and getting everything just right, and cut your project page to shreds. Why? Because you forgot the golden rule of yearbooks: leave room for each photograph’s description!

The description that we’re speaking of is not just the title on the page, nor does it restrict itself simply to the fine print under the picture giving people’s names. The description of the photos on the yearbook layout page ends up encompassing all of the words on that page spread. If your theme takes up the entire two pages that can be seen at a time, then the wording on both pages must reflect and describe the entirety of your spread.

Often times, eager yearbook design students like yourself forget this fact. You end up looking at the present time, the here and now, and say to yourself that the artwork and the brilliantly colored pictures should be able to stand for themselves, because everyone knows who is on the football team, and the entire student body knows who the class president is.

This may be true, for now. The thing that you must remember is that these yearbooks are not just about this year. Once this yearbook layout is solidified in print, it will become a part of the school’s history. After this year is over, your yearbook design will be put on file in the principal’s office to gather dust with those that came before, and those that will follow it.

Yes, the students will take these yearbooks home and treasure them over the summer. But as next school year rolls around, these, too, will be filed away for safekeeping, to be replaced with next year’s model. And so, twenty five years from now, when the graduating class holds their reunion, the yearbook that you worked so hard on will come to light once more. After twenty five years of college degrees, marriages, children, divorces, job searches, career changes, and everyday life, are people going to recall who was in what picture anymore if the words to describe the scene aren’t included on the page?

The occasional collage page in your yearbook design is acceptable. These should be filled with fun pictures and don’t necessarily need descriptions. For the everyday content though, the descriptions of a football season or the list of important changes made by this year’s student council, proper descriptions may well be more important for history’s sake than the pictures themselves end up being.

So remember to keep your yearbooks layout balanced, and take the time to come up with the perfect word use for every situation. After all, you have an entire school year to get this history recorded just right, and future generations will judge your success.


When To Break With Yearbook Layout Traditions

Yearbook LayoutOver the years, your high school has come up with many traditions. You know that every school year is going to have certain events. There will be a homecoming football game in the fall, a winter dance, and a prom in the spring. Spring breaks will be entertaining, school festivals will be observed, and at some point during the year, you’ll have a week to wear strange costumes to class.

Tradition is an important part of your high school experience. Every school has its own way of making these events happen, and of encouraging seniors to take part in the excitement of their final year of public schooling. When you’re contemplating yearbook layout, you will find many of these traditions staring you in the face.

During creation in the most rigid of yearbook systems, you may find yourself following a rather precise demand on what is covered, and how much space it receives. If your yearbook layout is suffering from a pit of tradition that is stuck in the 1990s, it might be time to stir up the waters a little bit by demanding change.

Breaking with tradition to some extent with each class’s yearbook will give a sense of renewed freshness to the tradition of the yearbooks themselves. Breaking with tradition can be as simple as rearranging the standard pages in the book. Start your yearbook layout with the senior pictures, and then intersperse the fun events of the year between the different classes and prescribed covered events.

If your yearbook could use an even more dramatic tradition change, propose to your instructor that you do away with tradition altogether and create an entirely new yearbook layout from scratch. Be prepared for the resistance this suggestion will bring! There’s changing up tradition a little bit, and then there’s scrapping the yearbook layout tradition altogether and starting fresh.

Some of the ideas that you can use for bringing new freshness to your old yearbook layout include a change in the yearbook color scheme, or of the font that is used throughout. These small changes are a good platform to use as part of a larger “Why don’t we just change it all?” atmosphere for your yearbooks.

Approach the complete tradition change by treading delicately. Take your time, and get your yearbook design class in on the idea. Presenting your argument in a logical and mature fashion will go a long way toward having it go somewhere. Explain details about why the current yearbook layout tradition is behind the times, and have new ideas ready to present as an answer to the impending question of “How do you suggest we change it, then?”

Remember that even with traditional yearbook design broken, you will still need to cover the traditional events that take place within your school. Your yearbooks simply won’t be the yearbook of this graduating class if you don’t go out of your way to cover every important event in the detail that it deserves.

Ideas For Yearbook Text


A yearbook is meant to tell everything that happened in the past year, such as words, pictures, memories, friendships created and broken, contests won and lost, celebrations, and a lot more. So when you look back viewing your yearbooks, you should be able to relive those moments. You should be able to go back in time and live that moment as you did. A yearbook that is able to do that is one with the right pictures and words, among other things.

When you unfold that yearbook several years later, some things will make you feel proud, some will bring tears, yet others will make you burst out in laughter. It all depends on what you put there and how you put it there because it is something you’re going to cherish for the rest of your life. Thus, it’s worth taking some time to think about the text that you want to add to your yearbook.

The good thing is that there’s basically no rule on what you can write. You can include funny quotes, jokes, catchy phrases, slogans, sentimental words, and more. In fact, the unwritten rule is that you should include anything that will make you remember those days and basically everything about the school.

If you want to keep things simple, do it that way by writing a simple farewell message to your friends. Simple texts you can use include, ‘Thanks for the wonderful time’, or ‘These will forever be my fondest memories’, or ‘Good luck and I wish you luck and happiness’, and so forth.

Many people like to make things lighter with funny jokes and catchy phrases as well, so think of anything funny to write. Quotes from famous people are a popular choice of words added to a yearbook and basically, there are countless quotes you can use.

If you shared a memorable joke, be sure to include it. Undoubtedly, including humorous text will always bring a smile years later. Also, it’s a good idea to personalize messages. For instance, include funny jokes that are only known by your class or a particular group.

When you write a message, be sure to include your name beneath the message. Also, it’s a good idea to include your contacts so that your former classmates can get in touch. Using colorful ink will make your yearbooks look attractive. Special pictures go with special words, so include the appropriate words beside any special pictures.

Remember, people will be reading these messages years later, so mind the way you write. What you shouldn’t write are negative comments about classmates or even teachers. In addition, words that will cause embarrassment shouldn’t be there.

In all, your words you include in your yearbook should describe moments, not days or months. It is the little moments that are remembered, not weeks.

Should You Use A Template To Design Your Yearbook?

Yearbook DesignDesigning a yearbook is no mean feat. Gathering pictures and all the content that goes into a yearbook can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are now automated tools that make life easier when designing a yearbook. What’s more, these tools can make the process fun and enjoyable while saving a lot of time. Yearbook templates can make the process a lot easier, allowing you to only focus on the most critical things.

Some benefits of using templates include the following:

Instead of spending weeks designing your yearbook, using a template may only take a few days. There are now many new powerful tools included in template software that make it seamless to design a book in just hours. Advanced image cropping, auto-collagen features, online collaboration features, and email proofs are some of the tools that remove the hard work in designing a year book.

When you use a template, you’re less likely to make errors. Typically, you’ll send a yearbook file to a publisher when it is not print ready. This means that errors can arise and you’ll have no control over them. On the other hand, a good yearbooks creation suite will create a print-ready file that you send to your publisher. Moreover, the file gets uploaded to the publisher’s side automatically.

Another benefit of designing from a template is that it allows for quick changes. Student details can be entered and edited either singly or in a group, which helps to save time.

Most new software programs are cloud-based, meaning that they are managed online. Thus, any changes you make are instantly appended to the file.

You don’t have to use generic software (such as a word program) where you need to figure out which tools to use and how to use them. Specialized yearbook design software has easy tools that are straightforward to use.

Cons Of Using Template Software

The biggest drawback of using templates is that it kills creativity. Without a doubt, automated tools make life much easier and save a lot of time. However, when you use specialized software to design, you’ll put a lot of focus on the tools rather than design, thus killing creativity. You need to dedicate time to the tools yet you have to be creative at the same time. So you end up spending more time playing about with tools and less time being creative.

Designing a yearbook from scratch is time consuming, but, at the end of the day, you’ll be more satisfied with your work.

In all, whether you use templates or you design your yearbook from scratch depends on what you want and how much time you have. If you want to put your creativity and intuition to use, then shun the automated route. But, if you want to get work done real fast, nothing beats the power of an automated tool.