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Treasured Family Yearbooks

January 27, 2014
by Roxanne Buchholz, Studio Creative Team Manager


With the start of the new year, we turn our attention from holiday cards, ornaments, and canvases to our popular family yearbooks. Heritage Makers offers hundreds of storybooks that have been professionally designed just for you! And storybooks just happen to be January’s featured product of the month, saving you an additional 10% at check-out when you order a storybook during the month of January. Our one-of-a-kind family yearbooks are easy to customize just the way you want. With the ability to easily add, move, and resize pictures and embellishments, you’ll have your entire year documented in no time at all.

Some tips when creating your family yearbook:
Remember that all templates are completely customizable, so don’t worry about the colors and embellishments – all papers and embellishments can be swapped out with our easy drag and drop system. Concentrate more on selecting a template that works for the number of photos that you have and the amount of journaling that you’d like to do.

Some of our most popular 12 x 12 yearbooks include “Good Times Yearbook” by the 2013-’14 Studio Creative Team, template 116198; “Family Stitches Yearbook” by Michelle Bell, template 118051; “Family Holiday Yearbook” by the 2012-2013 Studio Creative Team, template 104774; and “Family Favorites” by Sara Wise, template 113889.

Be sure to include some journaling, even if it is simple. Even though we don’t plan on it happening, our memories do start to fade over time, so take the extra minute to drop in some special quotes, dates, and names of family members and friends. Down the road, you will be glad you did it!

If you love our 11.5 x 8.5 storybook size, check out the fresh and modern “Fresh Picked Family Yearbook,” template 106197 and “Banner Love Family,” template 109463, both by Kari Pieratt; and the beautiful lay-flat family photo yearbooks by Leanne Reist-Barr, “Clean and Simple Family Photo Album,” template 113524 and “Family Circle Album,” template 113277.
Most of our templates are organized in monthly spreads but feel free to organize in a way that fits your family. Maybe you want to organize by holidays or seasons. Or maybe you’d like to only feature vacations. That’s fine, too. Do what works for you.

If you prefer to work from design maps for your family yearbook, we have several options for you! Be sure to check out “Yearbook Design Map 1” 12 x 12 storybook, template 115986; “Snapshot Story Design Map” 8 x 8 storybook, template 111572; “Simple Photo Design Map” 8 x 8 storybook, template 111924; and “Snapshot Story Design Map” 11.5 x 8.5 storybook, template 117643.

Don’t get overwhelmed. If our storybooks seem too large in scope, look to our scrap pages to simplify the process. You can work on smaller batches and publish when you’re ready. Then just collect and store all pages in one of our beautiful coordinating post-bound albums. Scrap pages are a great way to work on monthly events as they happen. Don’t wait until the end of the year, start your pages now and do one month at a time. By the end of the year, your album will be complete!

Our Studio Creative Team has put together many monthly yearbook spreads for you to work on including the “Good Times” series. Featured here are “Good Times by Kari,” template 115979 and “Good Times by Kelsi,” template 115951.

Add a QR code to your yearbook for that extra pizzazz. Now, not only can you document all of your photos from the year but why not add in your favorite family videos, too. For more information on adding QR codes to your storybooks, please see The Magic of QR Codes.
Creating family yearbooks is one way to express how much you love your family and the heritage that you are building together. Generations to come will treasure these family heirlooms. If you haven’t made one before, now is the perfect time. What are you waiting for? Let’s get out there and document 2013!