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FUN IN THE CLASSROOM

Yearbook is supposed to be fun…Right? It’s so easy to forget that when we are in the middle of deadlines, tracking down photos, proofreading, and all the other details that cannot be overlooked when creating a yearbook. Injecting some fun mid year to your yearbook class is a great way to keep everyone engaged and […]

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PAGE LADDER

Your page ladder is your blueprint for building your book. The page ladder is your page-by-page diagram indicating the content for each page. You should follow these guidelines when creating your page ladder. 1. Determine how many pages in your yearbook. See how many pages were in last year’s book. Is your student population the […]

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DESIGN – Do you love to design well?

Do you love to design well? Rhetorical question?  Maybe, but it does allow us to ask where we can find inspiration. Perhaps it is landscape or photography, maybe it’s in magazines, and some peruse other yearbooks. Those are all valid and even valuable places to find your muse.  Another place to look – the internet […]

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Interviewing tips and questions

Filling the yearbook with your school’s stories can feel like an overwhelming task; in order to unearth great stories, you must have strategic planning in place. I always tell my students to look at the planning process the same as you would if you were to bake chocolate chip cookies, you need a recipe and […]

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Design Tips

Being responsible for the design of a book that will become a lifelong keepsake can be an overwhelming process. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Settle on a theme and carry this from the cover, to the endsheets and through the content of your book. Choose a maximum of 3-5 fonts. Any more […]

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Organization

The way you organize the order in which your content will appear in the yearbook is one of the first decisions you need to make. It may even have an impact on what theme you choose for a given year. Section Approach The first is the sectional approach where you divide your book into sections […]

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Sell it Tips!

Why Advertise your Yearbook? Because it provides information! Why Market your Yearbook?  You work hard to create it – Highlight it!  Promote it!  Be Proud! Whether your school provides your yearbook to each student or you Sell It, promote it!   Top Sell It Suggestions & *Friesens Tools: Provide the option to purchase your yearbook […]

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Organizational Tips

Calendar of events: Make sure this is constantly updated Contact office staff, administration, teachers and student council for updates.   Page ladder: Set your page ladder early in the year once you have selected your theme Decide what will be on each page, who will be designing the page, who will be the photographer and […]

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Is your yearbook committee equipped to succeed?

Over the years of working with “best-in-class” and “not-so-best-in-class” yearbook committees, I’ve seen high functioning groups and completely dysfunctional ones. I’ve seen yearbook advisors pull their hair out just to move their yearbook along while others sit on the sidelines, mentor their students and enjoy the energy and creativity unfold before their eyes. I’ve often […]

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How to Overcome your Cover Challenges

A yearbook cover is a blank canvas for you to introduction to your theme, setting the stage for what the reader will discover in the rest of your pages. It needs to be engaging and appealing. How to extract a cover design from your theme idea can sometimes be challenging. To start the design process, […]

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