I made a yearbook for my son’s preschool. You can too

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Recently I made a yearbook for my four-year-old son Elijah’s class – the Butterflies – at his preschool. It was such a success, I wanted to share my experience creating the book.

yearbook I made a yearbook for my sons preschool. You can too

Making yearbooks with Blurb is a great way to document a child’s early classroom experience and easily raise money for the school. I set the price of the yearbook and marked it up by $17, then I sold it to other parents. This made Chibi-Chan Preschool $900. Parents were overjoyed because the pictures of the children, teachers, and activities gave them an inside glimpse of their child’s life during the day. Naturally, many parents bought a couple of copies and gave them to the grandparents.

Laying out the yearbook was easy. In this case, I illustrated it and imported the pages as jpgs, which added a valuable touch, but also a considerable amount of time. You can use Blurb’s professional layouts to achieve a very cool yearbook in less time.

Filling books with personal elements other than photos adds visual depth to most projects, so I also had the teachers ask each child about his or her favorite things. I then added the response verbatim to each child’s section. Each child received four dedicated pages in the yearbook. You can add more or less as needed for your school yearbook.

One thing I would recommend to anyone taking on a project like this is to take some time to set the digital camera to the correct settings so that the pictures are not too dark or washed out. It takes time to finesse images later on in photo-editing programs like Photoshop; better to avoid having to do lots of clean up of images.

It’s also worth mentioning that the yearbook was so successful for the school that the Assistant Director is now assigned the task of making Blurb yearbooks for all classes in the future. Chibi Chan can then set up their own bookstore at Blurb, mark up books as they like, continually allow parents to buy books whenever they choose, and make a bundle by sharing the kids’ big smiles.

Now that the school will do this every year, I’m excited to see what they come up with and how much money they’ll continue to raise. Have any other parents done this yet? Would love to hear your stories and how-tos.

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3 Comments

  1. Did you mark it up to include your labor? I’m thinking of making one for my 5th grade class(es), but I know the work that goes into it (because I also design photo books for clients for my 2nd job). I was just thinking of marking it up $5 for my profit/labor.

    What about photo release forms?

    Thanks for sharing! Guen

    By Guen
      September 11, 2007 – 5:45 pm   Permalink
  2. Hi Guen,

    I didn’t mark up for labor because I donated my time and wanted to keep the price at a reasonable level to sell the most books.

    Yes, the school has photo release forms that I had parents fill out.They were more than happy to do so. When the forms were left in the child’s cubby, a description of the project was there to gain enthusiasm. Also, after the book was designed, I used it as a proof to adjust colors and also left it at the school next to a sign up/ order form.

    The sign up sheet indicated when all orders had to be made. Knowing the number allows for an accurate order and also allows for quantity discounts. Having a proof book available as an example really sells the book for itself.

    I forgot to mention too that the school has a copy of the yearbook that they show the parents of prospective students. The yearbook serves as a nice marketing tool for schools that normally don’t invest in expensive collateral.

      September 12, 2007 – 9:36 am   Permalink
  3. HI, I absolutely love what you have accomplished and Before I read this I had already made up in my mind that I was going to move forward with this project. I’ve obtained the Idea from a book titled ” 1001 Things It Means To Be A Mom” but I have a few questions that i know can get answered.

    Did you present it as “something you just wanted to do or as a fundraising idea? Is the only paperwork needed for this project, the photo consent forms? How long did it take you to complete the whole project?

    By Stacy Fitch
      October 23, 2009 – 4:13 pm   Permalink

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