About this time every year, I begin to hear from moms who are in charge of designing, ordering and passing out their child’s classroom or preschool year photo book. If you are a parent who has been given the task of owning the year book project, I have seven great tips to help you make this process a breeze!
Roll Call. Above everything else, make sure every child in the class has a picture of them included in the year book. It may seem like common sense, but the last thing that you want is for a parent to receive a year book without their child’s picture in it.
To many cooks spoil the broth. If you are collecting pictures from other parents, ask them to share the pictures with you through their own Shutterfly account instead of logging into your account to add pictures to the project. In doing this, you maintain control over the design of your photo book and it prevents any “happy accidents,” i.e. pictures, projects, passwords, etc. from possible being changed or deleted by other parents accessing your account.
Have a great Summer! Make sure to add a couple blank pages for the students to sign each other’s books at the end of the school year.
Order a proof book. A few weeks before you plan to order the year books, order one copy of the book so that you can not only proof the book, but it can also be passed around the other parents. Once they see the amazing year book that you put together, they will definitely want to buy one.
Make it affordable. Every parent may love the year book, but not every parent may be able to afford one. Give them the option to buy the photo book in a smaller size. If you created an 8×11 photo book., offer the 7×9 or 5×7 as an alternative. You can easily copy your photo book project to a smaller size with one click.
Let us do the heavy lifting. If you would rather not take on the responsibility of collecting the money, ordering the year books and passing them out to the parents, then add the project to the classroom Share site and allow the parents to order the year book at their leisure. This will also give them the ability to personalize it through adding additional pictures of their child.
For more inspiration, take a look at these yearbooks from the Shutterfly Gallery:
- Yearbook by yearbookclub
- 5th grade yearbook 8×8 by DaveandCindyR
- LOA YEARBOOK 07-08 by BeverlyClarkLOA