Selection of 2018 yearbooks against a teal background, including a travel book of a USA road trip, a yearbook with a light brown cover, a baby book and a small photo book with a white cover and a family photo on the front.

If your 2018 was one to remember, why not relive all the highlights in a yearbook? You can create an album of your favourite family moments, show your little ones getting bigger 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 in 2018, 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. We’ve got loads of sweet pre-designed photo books you can use too, if you don’t fancy starting your book from scratch.

A baby photo book open on a teal background, with baby photos inside from the baby’s first month. Includes a sea theme with pink shells and pink whales illustrations.

2. Create a travel yearbook

When you’ve spent the year taking stunning landscape shots and cityscapes from around the world, you’ll want to show them off. These once-in-a-lifetime photos would make the perfect yearbook to show to friends or flip through on a cosy afternoon. And you could also add scans of ticket stubs, boarding passes or mementos to your travel book to tell the whole story of your journey.

A travel photo book open on a white coffee table, showing three pictures of a young woman in a rainforest setting.A travel photo book open on a white coffee table, showing three pictures of a young woman in a rainforest setting.

3. Start a family album

It’s always great fun looking back at old family photos – from those big get-togethers to the embarrassing moments from when you were a kid. So, 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 snaps from family parties to chilled days out with the kids and look back on another amazing year together. 

A family photo book open on a mustard yellow background with photos of a mother and daughter inside.

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 and 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?

A photo of a young woman and man hugging in a new home, with moving boxes in the background.

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. 

A recipe book stood up on a black kitchen counter top with cooking utensils and a knife block in the background.

 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 your child’s 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.

A photo book open against a bright blue background with a photo of a young girl inside playing the guitar.

 7. Start a diary of all the kids’ artwork from the past 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. 

A photo of a young girl outside painting a beach scene on an easel.

8. Create a book of your favourite hobby

Picked up knitting this year, taken up photography or pushed yourself to tackle an extreme sport? Start documenting your new favourite hobby 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.

A photo book open on a chair outside with summery photos of people surfing in the book.

9. Gift yearbooks to someone special 

Memories are even better shared, so how about gifting a yearbook to your friends? Collect your happiest moments from the past year, like all the mini breaks you took together or your most memorable days out, and create something they’ll love to keep forever.

A photo book open on a pink background with a group of women throwing confetti in the air and “Let’s celebrate!” written on the opposite page.

 10. Give your portfolio a professional look

If 2018 was a big creative year for you, use your yearbook as a portfolio. 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.

A portfolio of urban photography standing on a wooden side table.

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 furball? Even if your dog or cat is a social media sensation already, you can compile all their sweetest snaps from 2018 and create an album. Fill your pet’s yearbook with pics of everything from cuddly naps to walks in the woods and pamper sessions down at the grooming parlour. Then you can personalise it with adorable clip art for a custom book as cute as they are.

A close-up photo of a black and white dog lying down on a sofa under a blanket.


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 your 2018 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.

Seen any yearbook ideas you like the look of? Share this blog on social by clicking the icons below.