Graphic design tips

Make your theme pop

The theme is what ties your yearbook together. It's much like what slogans do for brands. Here are four ways to keep people turning the pages of your yearbook:

  1. Search for images in Boogie Yearbook or Google to find graphic elements that fit your theme.
  2. Choose a colour palette inspired by a word or concept related to the theme and decide on a primary colour, secondary colours, and accent colours.
  3. Choose a font for the headlines, subheads, and body copy. We recommend you use a maximum of three fonts throughout the entire project.
  4. Reference the theme in headlines and subheads by reusing a key word or concept.

Grids are a staple of graphic design. Use the same grid—i.e., the same layout—in different sections to create consistency and make the yearbook feel cohesive.


We are our choices

The idea behind this theme is that our decisions are what make us who we are today. The headlines for each section should reflect this idea. For example:

  • Headlines for pages about clubs and student groups should focus on student involvement: They chose to get involved
  • Headlines for faculty pages should refer to career choices: They chose to teach us
  • Headlines for pages about the grads should express who they are: We are the graduating class/We chose to preserve these memories

Why not add some inspirational quotes from famous people that are in keeping with the theme? For example:

  • For teachers, perhaps you can offer a quote from Albert Einstein: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
  • To acknowledge how hard the grads have worked, you might use popular lyrics from songs meant to inspire.
  • For athletes, perhaps you can offer quotes from some of the greats. For example, Michael Jordan: “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
  •  For artists, there an abundance of quotes about the power of creativity. Pablo Picasso:  "I do not seek. I find."




It’s our time to shine

You only graduate from high school once. This theme pays tribute to this important rite of passage. The headlines should highlight the students’ success with expressions that capture the joy and excitement of the moment.

  • For the faculty section: They helped us shine our brightest!
  • Success stories: In the spotlight
  • To describe an outstanding student: A rising star
  •  For a collage of baby photos: A star is born

You want the tone of the headlines and body copy to be a bit nostalgic and flattering to the people on the page.





The definition of the word is a great starting point for this theme. Momento is described as "Something that is kept in memory of a person or thing; a reminder of past events".

What's our preferred method to preserve memories? Pictures!

The headlines and copy should be about capturing these special moments. Here are some quotes from famous photographers to inspire you.

  • “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” - Annie Leibovitz
  • “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.” - Joan Miro

Remember, life is a collection of moments and these are yours. It's these everyday moments make the best memories!

The key to Laurentien templates

Use the black areas for your primary colour or texture and the grey areas for your secondary colours.

Starting with a blank page

Start with the biggest elements

When filling a page, it’s best to start with the biggest things first, like the background and feature photos. Then concentrate on the finer details.

Less is more!

For pages with a lot of pictures, it’s best to use fewer shapes and colours so that the photos are the main focus. Keep it simple—pictures need room to breathe.

How odd!

Use odd numbers of photos and other elements to make your pages more visually interesting.