Here’s how it works.
Week One: Get started. Gather your team (if you’ve got help on the project), choose a theme, and sketch out a rough idea of what you want to include.
Week Two: Reach out. Check in with teachers and parents to see if they have any photos you can add to the book. Consider scanning a drawing from each child and collecting stories and quotes.
Week Three: Get organized. Collect all your photos into a digital file. Make sure the resolution of each jpeg is as high as possible and use a consistent file naming system – for instance, “gradefour1,” “gradefour2,” “gradefive1,” “gradefive2,” etc (trust us, the last one is key when it comes to keeping track of your photos).
Week Four: Make an outline. Feature each child in alphabetical order and add seasonal events (Halloween parades, holiday parties, graduation) as they occurred. Don’t forget to highlight favorite teachers.
Week Five: Make your book! Choose your book-making tool and book style (hardcover books are especially popular – and durable), add your photos and captions, set them in layout, and hit Publish.
And you’re done! Remember it takes at least seven working days for your book to be printed and delivered so figure that into your timeline. If possible, print one proof book first and then make any adjustments and edits before you print your final copy.
We’ve given you the yearbook timeline in weeks, but you can make your own yearbook in as little time as you want – or as much. Just remember that printing and shipping are not flexible, so you’ll want to take that into account.
You’ve created your yearbook. What next?
Once your yearbook is finished, you can choose to order a large number of copies at once to take advantage of our volume discounts that start at orders of just 10 copies. Otherwise, you can place your yearbook in the Blurb Bookstore, put the word out, and let parents order it on their own. It’s up to you. If you want to turn your yearbook into a fundraising item, just set your own price and collect the profit for your school or team.
So what are you waiting for? It sounds like a lot of work, sure, but it’s easier than you think, and just think about how proud you’ll be of the finished product. Kind of how parenting works, now that we think about. it…