Six Ideas to Fill Pages

Young girl looking at blank yearbook pages at school

Page count can be a dirty word in the yearbook industry. It’s how we compare programs or evaluate pricing. It’s also how we wow our readers. Peppering in showstopper spreads breaks up the monotony of photo collages, portraits, and team photos. These pages also fill your yearbook with even more personal stories and unique-to-this-year happenings. (And if we’re being honest, these last-minute ideas can help you increase coverage with ease.)

1. Interactive Pages

Drop-in yearbook spreads, such as about me pages make it effortless to complete the year’s story. You can customize the questions and prompts on these fully editable yearbook templates and give students even more space to share their POV on the year. If you don’t have a spread to fill, consider adding a sidebar so students can react to campus happenings.

Emoji-themed "About Me" and "About Future Me" yearbook pages to put in your yearbook.
If you’re creating your own interactive spreads from scratch, start by brainstorming open-ended questions. (Then again, if you want something drag-and-drop, we have that too.)

2. Spirit Quiz

When Sequoia High School had over half a page to fill in their junior section, they added a teen magazine-style quiz. This spirit self-assessment featured eight additional students plus the school mascot while showing off what is uniquely Panther programming.

Using modules in your portrait section adds both visual interest and additional coverage. We call this win-win-win. (Treering theme used: Spectrum)

Make it Your Own

For your spirit quiz, determine which activities and behaviors define your student body and assign a point value. For example:

  • Owning spirit wear +1
  • Participating in a club +2
  • Attending a musical or a sporting event +3
  • Knowing the lyrics to the fight song or alma mater +3
  • Serving the community+3

Use the scoring to affirm your community, even if it’s a one or two. A simple “we want to know you more” will go far for students trying to find their way.

3. Then and Now

We’ll save the yearbook-as-public-record soapbox for another blog. Know this: anniversary years are a great time to reflect on where your school community has been and where you are headed. Schools also use building projects, campus splits, and expansion projects to add reflective photos and copy to their yearbook pages. Does this sound overwhelming? A show-stopper spread in your theme copy or your people section is all you need.

Yearbook table of contents featuring a brief timeline of events from Magnolia's 50-year history.
When Magnolia Middle School celebrated its 50th anniversary, it included photographs of the campus along with the current promoting class. (Treering theme used: Stay Gold)

In addition to featuring changes in the building, you can write about or share photographs from

  • Teachers and coaches who are alumni
  • Current students of alumni
  • Famous alumni (ICYMI: alumni are a huge resource)
  • The local historical society
  • Past yearbooks 
  • Blueprints

4. Pet Spread

If you’re new to crowdsourcing, or in need of additional coverage, start with a pet spread. If we’ve learned anything from #caturday and #dogsofinstagram, it’s that sharing pet photos brings us joy and is a natural part of our culture. Case in point, when our design team asked the Treering staff to submit photos of their children and pets to use in sample spreads, the latter had nearly twice the submissions. 

Sample yearbook pet spread using crowdsourced content
We love seeing pet photos in our feeds and in our yearbooks. (Treering theme used: Origami)

When your students crack their yearbooks open in five or 15 years, the sight of their furry, feathered, or scaly friend beside their artwork and activities truly captures a moment in time.

5. Art Showcase Pages

Student contributions extend beyond the field, club meetings, and stage. Those creative moments in the studio or during classroom art time belong on your yearbook pages. Also, like a pet spread, an art spread is a way to include those camera-shy students.

This is another pre-designed page that’s ready to drop in your book.

6. Fashion Page

Expression isn’t limited to canvas and ink: Yearbook Hero Grace Montemar said her school included a fashion spread because it “allowed Yearbook Club to spotlight classmates from various grades whose fashion sense stood out from the crowd.” Featured students expressed their style and their inspiration with interviews.

Fill you pages with a yearbook spread on fashion including photos and an interview on style inspiration

We love how this school asked students from each grade level to come to the photoshoot in a white shirt and jeans. 

Pull quotes and a school-wide poll make this spread a true snapshot of style. A studio shoot takes some time to plan, and the results are worth it. (Treering theme used: Spectrum)

Do you have more easy ideas to fill pages? Share them via social and tag us!

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