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Was your 2018 full of great memories? Start reliving your favourite moments by creating a yearbook from bonusprint. And if your year was so jam-packed that you don’t know where to start, here are some top tips to help you design your photo book from cover to cover.

Pick your cover image

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Your yearbook cover will be on display in your home, so make it a good one. The cover is where your story starts, so pick a photo that sets off the theme of your book. If it’s a family album, add your favourite group shot to the cover. For a baby book, use your little one’s first photo for the front. We’ve got some creative yearbook themes to help you group your images together too, if you need some more ideas to get started.

Here’s another tip for your cover design: to add an extra creative touch, why not add a 2018 photo mask to the cover? But you can also opt for a simple linen cover and have the year printed on it if you can’t choose which image to use on the front.

Choose the order of your book

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Ordering photos from an entire year can be tricky. But if you want to arrange your yearbook chronologically, we’ve got some photo organisation tips to help you tidy up your files. Once your files are in order, you can arrange them in your photo book like a timeline of your year.

If you don’t want to sort your photos chronologically, how about grouping them by colour or by theme? You can keep images with similar tones together or create a section of holiday shots from your trips away.

You could also dedicate sections of your photo book to the people who made your year amazing. Why not keep all the photos of your parents together and then create a new section for your favourite pictures of your friends?

Have some fun with our design features

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Our in-house illustrators created hundreds of new designs last year to help you customise your photo books. Have a play around with clip art, backgrounds, masks and frames to make your yearbook unique.

Add mementoes to your yearbook

Two photo books on a wooden surface. One is open with family ski holiday pictures inside and a scanned boarding pass on the page.

Your yearbook doesn’t have to just feature photos; you can add the mementoes you collected throughout the year too. All the boarding passes and maps from your last adventure will look great scanned into a travel book. Ticket stubs from the festivals you went to this year will help you look back on an amazing year of live music. And if you tied the knot in 2018, why not scan your wedding invitations and place settings?

We’ve got tips on how to scan your photos and mementoes to help you too.

Write an intro for each section of your photo book

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A short intro to each month or each section of your yearbook is a great way to summarise all your highlights. You can write a little paragraph explaining where you went and what you got up to, which will add some extra colour to your story.

Add some quotes

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Love an inspirational quote, or maybe there’s a song that summed up your year? You can add some quotes or lyrics next to your photos.

Let your photos tell the story

A photo book open against a pink background, with a grid of family holiday photos on the left page and a large family photo on the right page.

If you want your pictures to do the talking instead, we have loads of layouts you can experiment with. You could use an informal mosaic style for lots of cosy family shots or try a single-photo page layout to show off a stunning landscape.

Wrap it up

A photo book with a layflat binding, with a large family photo overlapping two pages and 2018 written vertically down one side.

A great way to wrap up your yearbook is by looking back on your 2018 in numbers. You could create a page with the number of countries you’ve visited, the gigs you’ve been to or all the new words your little one has picked up this year.

We hope we’ve given you some ideas so you can get cracking on your yearbook. So, start creating your photo book and celebrate your 2018 in style.

Create your yearbook

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