Making Your Own Yearbook

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We finished our 4th year of homeschooling last month, and we’re definitely enjoying the nice break. Lesson planning for the next school year is under way, but I also have one last school project in the works: our 2013-2014 Yearbook!

I made our first yearbook last year, and it was so much fun putting it all together that this will definitely be a must-do every year that we homeschool.

The idea came from a friend of mine, and I really like having a keepsake of all the things that we did together. And it’s not just for this Mommy’s mushy sentiments. I would often find my kids all gathered on the couch looking through all our photo albums and their baby books.

Even if you don’t homeschool, a yearbook is a great way to remember highlights of your year. It would also make great gifts to the grandparents. 🙂

If you want to tackle a yearbook project, here are 4 things to keep in mind.

Everything Can Be a Photo Op

Making a yearbook begins the first day of school. And all the moments after that day are photo opportunities that can become a part of your book. Sometimes I forget, or I get lazy. But, most kids love a good show-and-tell opportunity, so once they notice you taking lots of pictures, they’ll more than likely remind you to whip out that camera the next time they want to show you something.

Plan Some Field Trips or Special Days

When you were a kid, weren’t some of your best times those field trips when you didn’t have to sit in a classroom all day? A trip to the museum or to the zoo are full of memories that you and your children will want to keep. Check out your local listings … there are lots of field trip opportunities around.

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Organize Your Photos Throughout the Year

In this digital era, the amount of pictures we take are countless. Especially with children, don’t you take 4 to 5 shots of each pose because you never know which will turn out instagram-worthy? But with so many photos, organizing them can be a pain. Stay on top of it, and it won’t be such a chore.

Once a month, I usually move all our photos from our camera to our computer and try to sort them by date and/or event. As I’m doing that, I have a folder labeled “Yearbook”, where I place all the pictures that I am considering for the book. This is obviously easier than going through hundreds of pictures from a whole year in one day.

Look for Photo Book Deals

Sorting and organizing your photos is a good step, but putting it all together in a book takes some time. But, this is also the funnest part for me. There are different online photo services out there, but one of my favorites is Shutterfly [affiliate link].

Once you sign up for an account, you can upload your photos and even start putting together your photo book. They have many templates to choose from. Play around with it before committing to ordering anything.

Photo books are great because you can customize them more than a typical pockets-style photo album, and they are the answer to scrapbook-challenged folks, like me.

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7 thoughts on “Making Your Own Yearbook

    1. That’s what was happening with our photos. We rarely looked at them because they were all in the computer … unless the screensaver came on with a slideshow of all the pics in there. This project forces me to get some of those pics out of the computer.

  1. Looks like a beautiful book! What a great keepsake. I’ve been in the process of designing a photo book like this online for my babies for a couple weeks now. It will get done I swear 🙂

    1. It is a wonderful way to treasure memories! We take so many pictures that it would be expensive and time consuming to put everything in a photo book! So, I usually just stick to the yearbook and any special events, like a family vacation. I love cuddling with my kiddies on the couch while we look through our photobooks!

  2. We do something similar to this, sort of a family yearbook, and I absolutely love it. It’s a lot of work, but so worthwhile!

    1. It does take some time, but if you spread it out throughout the year, it’s not so bad. And before sending it off to be published, you can focus more on editing and putting in the final touches. But it is absolutely worth it when you get your book in the end!

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