If your 2021 was one to remember (and, let’s face it, everyone will have found this year memorable), why not relive all the highlights in a yearbook? You can create an album of your favourite family moments, capture your little ones as they’ve grown throughout the year, or make a professional portfolio of your year’s best work. We’ve got loads of ideas to help get you started too if you need a little inspiration – just check out these 11 creative yearbook themes. 

1. Make your baby’s first yearbook

If you welcomed a little one into the world this year, why not create an adorable baby book? You can document all their milestones, from the day you brought them home to their very first Christmas. And a memory book of your baby’s first year could be the start of a cute collection of albums you can add to every year. It’s a great way to capture all the special moments, big and small. We’ve got loads of sweet pre-designed photo books you can use too, if you don’t fancy starting your book from scratch.

2. Look back on the best bits of 2021

When you’ve spent the year exploring your neighbourhood and taking cool shots of the place you live, you’ll want to show them off. These photos would make the perfect yearbook to show to friends or flip through as you reminisce about this most unique of years. And you could also add funny screengrabs from Zoom get togethers, and any other mementos you’ve picked up in the past year to tell the whole story of your 2021. 

3. Start a family album

It’s always great fun looking back at old family photos – from those recent cosy family nights in to the embarrassing moments captured when you were a kid. If you’ve just started a family this year, why not kick off your own collection of albums with a yearbook? Even if your kids have flown the nest, you could start a new tradition by creating a photo book every year. Add your favourite family snaps you’ve taken, from fun times in the park to chilled times at home, and look back on another amazing year together. 

4. Make a moving home memory book

Moving is always a massive event, whether it’s to a new flat or a forever home. If you’ve been snapping pictures since moving day, from living out of boxes to settling in for your very first Christmas at home, you could document your progress in a yearbook. Why not scan things like wallpaper samples and décor options too to look back on all the hard work you put in throughout the year? 

5. Create a yearbook of recipes

Had a year of culinary discovery? You can create a yearbook of all the recipes you’ve tried over the past 12 months. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started, you can add all the Instagram shots of your kitchen wins (and fails) to start a collection of your own cookbooks. 

 6. Start a diary of the kids’ achievements

If you’ve got a mini musician in the family, a sporting legend in training or a scientist in the making, why not show them what a great year they’ve had with a yearbook of their achievements? It’ll be a great way for them to see how far they’ve come along in school or their favourite hobby. And when they’re picking up their PhD or selling out stadiums in the future, you can show them where it all started.

 7. Start a library of your kids’ artworks from this year

There’s never enough space on the fridge for all your little Picasso’s masterpieces is there? When you’ve run out of room, you can scan them all in to create an artwork book for your child instead. With a yearbook full of doodles, you can keep their artwork safe and tidy for years, so there’s no need for boxes and boxes of drawings in the loft either. 

8. Create a book of your favourite hobby

Picked up knitting this year, taken up photography or pushed yourself by taking up a new sport? 2021 was definitely the year we all tried new hobbies, so start documenting your new favourite past time in a yearbook. You can show off everything from craft projects to new photo techniques or climbing competitions that have made your year one to remember. Then you can create a brand new photo book every year to mark all your progress.

9. A yearbook makes the perfect gift

Memories are always better shared, so how about gifting a yearbook to your friends? Collect your happiest, funniest and most memorable moments from the past year, from days in the park, all the birthdays you celebrated at home, and fun you’ve had in your local area, and create something they’ll love to keep forever. A yearbook can make the perfect present for those friends and family you’ve not been able to see in person this year.

 10. Give your portfolio a professional look

If 2021 was a big creative year for you, use your yearbook as a portfolio. Our great range of pre-designs mean creating a yearbook with bonusprint is really easy. Go for an extra-large photo book to show off your best work, and you can add a layflat binding so that your most impactful images flow across a double page. You can fill it with everything from your photography highlights to samples of your writing and customise it any way you like.

11. Put your cutest pet pictures in a yearbook

Are you the type of pet owner that creates an Instagram account for your favourite little furry friend? Even if your dog or cat is a social media sensation already, you can compile all their sweetest snaps from 2021 and create an album. Fill your pet’s yearbook with pics of everything from cuddly naps to walks in the woods and pampering sessions. You can also personalise it with adorable clip art for a custom book as cute as they are.

However you spent 2021, and whether you’re making a travel book or a pet portfolio, there are loads of great editing tools you can explore to make your bonusprint yearbook unique. Download our creator tool to get creative and celebrate this rollercoaster year in style.

And if you need some extra help making a yearbook from scratch, check out our Smart Assistant. It’ll automatically pick your best photos and make a photo book layout for you, so you’ll save time sorting through a year’s worth of photos and can focus on the fun creative bit.

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