January 15, 2019


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 same? How about the numbers for sports, teams, clubs and events?

2. Determine the number of pages needed for your portrait section.

  • As your portraits arrive in Fall, it’s best to build these sections early.
  • Use last year’s book as a guide to the number of pages you’ll need.

3. Determine the number of pages needed for events, sports, clubs, and activities.

4. Determine the number of ads/index and divider pages. Don’t forget opening and closing pages too.

5. Once you’ve planned these pages, you will need an excess of other pages for additional coverage. Things like academics, student life, unique happenings/events, retiring staff, etc.  Try to cover as much as possible throughout the school year.

Having your page ladder set helps you have an overall view of your yearbook. It ensures everyone knows what’s going on and guarantees you have enough pages for everything you need to have in your yearbook. Remember it’s okay to make adjustments to the ladder as you go if needed, but its best to limit your adjustments as you start submitting your pages to your printer. Once pages are submitted to your printer they are set.

For more tips on the page ladder from other yearbook advisors, see here:


Jayden Nickel

Friesens Yearbook Consultant