The No Hassle Year Book

by Jonathan L Posted on April 02, 2010

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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:

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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a great article, and I love looking at the books listed above. The is great for church groups and social travel clubs. Thank you for this information and ideas.

  2. Joey Says:

    These are some of my favorite types of books in the Gallery. They show what the child has done throughout the year with his or her classmates. I think its such a great idea to have one person be in charge of the photos through their share site, but still having them place photos on each of their own sites so the person in charge can pick.
    I like the idea of also being abole to order different sized books.
    Great article Jonathan. I’d love to make one for my niece and nephew!!

  3. Earl J Says:

    Good advice and well presented.

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    I love the idea of making a yearbook just for your child’s class to share. In the past, I have made books for the teacher and found it a challenge to collect photos. Shutterfly has added many new options to share and trade photos that they did not have when I made these previous books. I can see now it would be an easy project for a “mom” to take on for a class. I would to it…or maybe I should do it this year. :)

  5. Amy G Says:

    Thank-you for the tips & ideas! I have a son who will be starting preschool soon… and I can’t wait to volunteer to be the parent in charge of creating an end-of-year yearbook! How cute & fun!

  6. conniee4 Says:

    Love your ideas and article! I think we are all hooked on SHUTTERFLY photobooks! Can’t wait to make another one. I just love the fact I don’t have anymore 4×6’s laying around. The photobooks are perfect! Thanks so much for your tips. (I think I need a pro account next)

more about Jonathan L

I’ve been with at Shutterfly for over 7 years now, so I guess I could be considered a wily old veteran. My day job is working with our Pro Photographers who use our Pro Gallery service, but my passion is spending time with my beautiful wife and awesome one year old son, whether it be traveling to jolly old England, jetting off to Disneyland, or hanging out at a San Jose Sharks game. Wherever we go, our camera is sure to follow. Since the birth of our son, he has been the focal point of our photography. When he sees a camera, he knows to smile. The Share Site and photo books that we created for him have been a great way for us to capture and treasure every moment of his life.

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