This post is the seventh in the series Yearbook Process and Production. In this series I’ll be sharing how different homeschool groups create their yearbooks and we’ll include critiques of the different software programs that we used. If you would like to have information included about your yearbook program, be sure to include a comment below.
Thank you to Lora Ferrell from MyBlessedLife for sharing with us about her homeschool group’s yearbook.
Who is the yearbook for?
Our yearbook is for our homeschool support group. Our co-op is included in this as well since it is part of the group.
Who does the yearbook layout?
Mostly the parents who are the yearbook sponsors with some student help. Part of this is due to the fact that we were using a publisher that provided a specific software to use and that program was only on a limited number of computers.
Do you have a yearbook club or class?
Of sorts. Our students ages 7th grade and up were invited to participate on the yearbook staff this past year. Only a small percentage actually did. I feel like some of the lack of participation was because of our lack of ability (due to computer restraints and time) to be able to teach them how to use design programs, etc.
How many yearbooks do you typically produce a year?
This year was our biggest yearbook production yet (it’s only our group’s 3rd year to have a yearbook) and we purchased 50 books: 43 of those were preorders and 7 were extra because we had to meet the 50 book minimum.
How many pages?
We had 80 pages total.
Color or BW?
We had 70 full color pages and 10 black and white. Our cover was also full color.
Softcover or Hardcover?
Full color hardcover
What was your cost per book?
Our cost was $25.55 per book.
If you did any fundraiser to decrease the cost to your families, what did you charge for your book?
We didn’t do any fundraisers this year, but we did sell ads in our community. Between the ad money and money our leadership decided to apply from our general fund we sold the books at a discount. We did an early bird special for $17 per book or $15 per book if you ordered 2 or more. After that special was over we sold them for $22 per book or $20 if you ordered 2 or more. We required pre-payment for all orders. The extras will be sold at $25.
What software did you use? What company did you use for printing?
We used UBuildABook.com for our printing and we also used the software that they provided and required for the submission of our pages. Any pages not created on their software were made in CorelDraw and converted. For our special family pages (which they create themselves) they were created on whatever software that family had and converted to the proper format.
What were the pros and cons of your program?
Pros: It provided various layouts, backgrounds, etc., to use and was great for someone like me who does not know graphic design. It was easy to submit pages to the company.
Cons: It was a bit difficult to navigate at first and ran a little slow.
What improvements would you like to make next time?
We would definitely like to see an actual class for yearbook in our group’s co-op. This way a regular production schedule could be more closely followed so that there are tons of pages needing to be created at the last minute and the students could be more involved in the creative process. I would love to see more involvment from other parents as well, whether that’s in the way of fundraisers, ad purchases, or simply assisting.