Treering Yearbook Heroes is a monthly feature focusing on yearbook tips and tricks.
In our first-ever parent contest, Treering Yearbooks asked parents to capture and share their child’s unique POV. Homeschool mom Kirsten Megaro from Netcong, NJ created a spread to celebrate the growth in all areas of her three kids’ lives: educational accomplishments, deepening friendships and family relationships, creative projects, and current hobbies and activities.
How did you decide what to include on your custom pages?
Our homeschool co-op offers a mix of core and extracurricular classes. We love how our yearbook documents the classes and field trips we enjoy with our group each year. The custom pages allow us to see a wider view of our year.
I like to include a casual portrait of each kid from the year as a focal point, then use larger text boxes to give an overview of the main activities we participated in during the year. I fill in the rest of the spread with some of our favorite photos with captions to share the accomplishments they had, hobbies they pursued, important people in our lives, and field trips we took throughout the year.
The judges loved the color scheme as well as the repeating elements of the rounded rectangles.
I love playing around with layout: moving pictures, adding frames, making it organized, but just a little quirky too.
How do your kids help tell their stories?
We take so many pictures that it’s hard to narrow them down. I usually start by choosing my favorites that give a good overview of our year, then ask my kids what information and pictures they want to include to remember for the future.
What advice would you give to another parent who is just getting started?
Start simple: use a template for your layout—there are a lot of great options! Drop your pictures in and add a few captions. Add a creative touch here or there to start, and each year, you’ll get more and more confident and capable of showing your personality and style through your pages.