Year in Review: 7 Tips For Your 2023 Yearbook
So 2023 is coming to an end, and it’s time to celebrate the year with the perfect photo book.
A ‘yearbook’ is a great way to capture your memories and showcase them in a single place – whether it’s sitting on your shelf or displayed neatly on your coffee table! It’s also a good way to take stock of the previous year and take time to appreciate everything that made it so special.
But how exactly do you create a yearbook to remember? To help you in your mission, we’re going to explore everything there is to know about a year-in-review photo book, giving you a few tips to make sure it’s as perfect as possible.
Put Your Memories Onto Paper
Before you begin on your photo book journey, you might be thinking it's fairly simple. You’ve got some ideas in your head and you know exactly the memories you want to immortalise.
Only, if you’re using our services and creating an Instagram photo book, you’ll soon realise that 365 days is a long time. Bear in mind that the average person posts two pictures on Instagram every day – that’s 730 pictures to choose from!
To sort through all of them, we recommend you start your venture by noting down all of your best 2023 memories on paper. Birthdays, vacations, special moments, first dates.
Everything and anything you can think of, note it down, and stick to it. By making an early decision on what you should include, you are less likely to get distracted by anything else.
Include All Your Biggest Milestones
When you’re writing this list, make sure that you include all your biggest milestones. For instance, if you have found yourself starting a new job in 2023, include the selfie you took on your first day.
It might not spring to mind as a ‘great picture’, but it signifies a big milestone in your life, and that’ll be something you’ll want to remember years down the line.
Of course, if you’ve experienced a lot of milestones this year, that might mean that things have to get cut. One thing you should also prioritise, however, is vacations. This is mostly an aesthetic choice.
For photographers, especially, vacation photographs can ignite a portfolio and add a little bit more color. This stops your photo book from feeling a little samey, especially if you place your vacation photographs right in the middle – where guest readers might be starting to lose interest!
Upload to Our Photo Book Maker!
The next best tip we can give is uploading all these pictures to our photo book maker! There are a lot of ways to make photo books in 2023, but with over a decade of experience, we’ve worked hard to make our services the best.
If you choose us, you’ll be going for the fastest photo book maker around, with the ability to turn hundreds of photographs into a photo album in just a few seconds.
The creation process is also smooth, easy, and smart, as our photo book maker can arrange pictures into a clean and elegant layout automatically – oh, and all of these pictures can also be sent straight from your Instagram, Facebook, or Google Photos.
Take Care of Quality
Just because it’s fast, effortless, and automatic, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any control over how your photo books look. One of the most important things you have to do is choose how your photo book looks and feels.
This is done predominantly through the cover, which can be anything from a soft cover, a value soft cover, a hardcover, or a luxury, soft matte edition with a ribbon bookmark. Paper also ranges from standard, to semi-gloss soft, gloss soft, and silk – with a choice of 90gsm, 135gsm, and 170gsm respectively.
It’s also important to get the contents of the cover right. There is a range of layouts and colors to choose from, and you can also add text to ensure your book is personalized. If you take care of the quality, you’ll be sure to have something to be proud of on your shelf.
Give it the Stage it Deserves
Speaking of your shelf, there are various places to display your photo book. You might be one of those people who is quite happy to place it on a shelf, only picking it up when you get an urge to revisit those memories – but sometimes it’s fun to give it more of a stage to shine on.
Some of the best places to display your photo book include the coffee table – propped up by a cookbook stand! – the mantlepiece, or even one of those makeshift bookshelves that are designed to look like mini houses.
The possibilities are endless, and if you’ve taken the time to create a beautiful, luxury 2023 yearbook, it deserves to be given the star treatment!