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Yearbook Layout Ideas

Medha Godbole
Yearbooks are made in a manner that grabs a reader's attention. Every year, the book needs to have a different look. Yearbooks can be made in a way as far as your imagination can take you. You have to think and analyze as to what all will go into making it special.
The school years are wonder years and that is sort of an understatement, actually. School years are much more than that; they are the foundation of your personality.
The easiest way to revisit your school memories is through a school yearbook. This is nothing but an entrapment of the antics and achievements of your school life. The way in which you make it matters a lot because you are going to cherish those memories for a long time!

Pages in a Yearbook

Cover Page
✔ index Page
Divider Page

Cover Page

While starting off with the cover page, be creative but do not overdo it. Stick to the contemporary feel as much as possible. Do not be too futuristic or too outdated.
Use the pictures of the students who will be graduating that year as the cover page. The year or the school name can fill up the remaining space. The images can have unique effects.
The other idea for the cover page can be a message. This cover page has the theme "Impressions", hence the use of a hand imprint.

Another idea

You can also make a collage or stick a photograph of the popular hangout places of your school. Another way can be to cut out a square or a circle from the cover, giving the feel of a window. Stick a relevant picture on the next page so that it can be seen through that window.

Quick Fact

The Oldest yearbook was published in Canada in September 1857.


These are very important, as the content of the entire yearbook is summarized here. In case the page is dull, the readers will be turned off.
You can use the pictures of the editors of particular sections like sports, academics, etc., as the main image on the index page. Their experiences, views or comments on the school can be used as fillers.
The other idea for this page is to use motion pictures of the categories mentioned in the index. The headings can be catchy to grab the attention of the reader.

Another idea

You can give pictures of the main pages of each section to provide a glimpse of the content that's going to feature in the book.

Quick Fact

The first Digital Yearbook Page (DYP) was created by South Eugene High School, 1990.


Colophon is the page where credits to the staff is given. The names of the teaching and non-teaching staff are listed in this page.
A message from the principal can be used as the starting page for the colophon section. A small message by him/her for the students will be encouraging.
The other layout can be made with small pictures of the teaching staff with messages from each of them. This requires many pages for staff credit alone. This is a landscape yearbook design.

Another idea

You can use the group photo of the entire teaching staff as the page background and imprint the school mission on it.

Quick Fact

NSPA Pacemaker and CSPA Crown awards are given to the best yearbook of the year.

Divider Pages

Each section should start with a divider page. It is also called section divider page. It gives the introduction of the upcoming section. It can have relevant images as per the next section.
For a sports divider, the most games played by the students use as the theme. If the school has won a tournament, use it as the main image. Add a few pictures of sports conducted in that year.
The other idea for the same can be a small message from one of the students on the section with images. This will give the book a personalized touch as all students will be a part of the book. This is a landscape yearbook layout.

Another idea

An academics section can have the picture of the school toppers. Also, class dividers can have a film reel with the pictures of the students in that class.

Quick Fact

Software for digital yearbooks are YearBook Alive and SpryBook.
These are the other pages that can also be a part of the yearbook.

1. Major events in that year
2. Class pictures
3. Memorial Page : The page is dedicated to the deceased students and staff members.
4. Ads
5. Autograph page
The feel and the look of the book can be enhanced by using appropriate material for its cover. Cover pages are categorized into - Soft cover and Hard cover. Eco-friendly covers are the new concept that are considered environment-friendly as the material used is recycled waste.
Also, thermal binding is used for keeping the pages together in eco-friendly yearbooks. The materials given here can be used to make the cover of the yearbook.

1. Silk matte and glossy paper: For soft covers
2. Luxury leather: For hard covers
3. Recycled Paper: For eco-friendly covers
We all miss our school days, and yearbooks are a great way to remind ourselves of the wonderful schooling years. Cherish your copy as well as all those lovely memories!