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A Blog Mini-Series: Mixing up How a Yearbook is Done

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

At United Yearbook, we value innovation and walking alongside each adviser to let their creativity roam free. We understand how challenging it can be to build a yearbook. We eagerly anticipate our partnership with clients who join our community, and we work to make their jobs easier and more productive. This is the first blog of a mini-series in which we will be highlighting a) some of our recent yearbook publications, b) the treatments added to the yearbook, and c) how we partner with the adviser to ensure their yearbook dreams become tangible.

This lovely cassette tape yearbook is not only unique cover to cover, but it is also celebratory! St. Anne celebrated their 30th anniversary and wanted to commemorate this important milestone! The yearbook staff did some brainstorming and came up with an item that helped encapsulate the era from 30 years ago—a cassette tape.

A school may have had many changes in students and time, but the core foundation of the school stays true

United Yearbook was eager to help St. Anne’s vision become a reality, so we did our research and studied a real cassette tape. Based on the cassette tape, we suggested different treatments they could include to make the yearbook as realistic as possible. We used die cut to assimilate the real effect of a cassette tape and the indents used to fast forward or go backward. We incorporated embossing and debossing where a real cassette tape would be raised up or not. The adviser provided original artwork with masking tape on it. We included a spot matte finish around the “masking tape” to assimilate the touch and feel of real tape. It’s as if we really did stick tape on the cover of the yearbook! We also provided blue foil stamping because St. Anne’s school brand color is blue! United Yearbook provided the additional effects to the yearbook for no extra charge to join with them to celebrate this huge milestone. Times may change and the way we listen to music may have changed, but the core of music remains. In the same way, a school may have had many changes in students and time, but the core foundation of the school stays true. St. Anne’s staff were incredibly excited to see the yearbook they were able to create. We loved being a part of this moment in their school’s history.

If you and your staff want to create a yearbook without limitations, we stand by ready and waiting to assist you!

Contributor: Jessica Carrera, Marketing Manager for United Yearbook and Associate Editor at TSE Worldwide Press, holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.

Editor, Donna Ladner

Editor: Donna Ladner obtained a B.A. in Education and a minor in English from California Baptist University, and a M.S. in ESL from USC, Los Angeles. After she married Daniel, their family moved to Indonesia with a non-profit organization and lived cross-culturally for 15 years before returning to the U.S in 2012. Donna has been working as an editor and proofreader for TSE Worldwide Press and its subsidiary, United Yearbook since 2015.

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