#Makeitmonday: Timelines

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A great way to document all of those key headlines and events that happened during your school years is to put together a timeline and this is a simple layout that you can create using our designer! Before you get started, do a little research into the past news events and what has stood out most to you as a year group.

Set up your spread by first applying a background. I really like this one, it’s called Advance and its pretty hard to miss in the background selector :) Next you’ll want to build your timeline. To do this, click onto add shape and stretch the fill shape out across the page and make it super skinny so you just have a thin rectangle. Now you’ll need to add on the lines coming off the main timeline in exactly the same way.

Now you’ll need to use the add title button to add in each of your years and align these with the lines on the timeline. Use the add text button to place text boxes alongside the dates on your timeline and start putting in those key events. Adding pics is also a great way to develop your timeline and break up the text on the page!

Another alternative is to make a timeline of school events that have happened over the years. Think school plays, awesome trips, hilarious fashion shows, new teaching staff, new buildings and so on :D

 

#Makeitmonday: Intro Pages

So you’ve made a contents page on your first single page in the yearbook but what’s next? Instead of jumping headfirst into the student profiles, a nice introductory page makes for a softer transition! As a general rule, your intro page will introduce the title of the book and tell the reader a little about what to expect- a note from your editing team will do just the job (and you’ll get to take credit for the book after all of your hardwork) :D Let’s explore three very different intro pages and have a look at how they’ve been made in our page designer….

DESIGN 1: SIMPLE SQUARES

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A lot of the work here is actually in the detail of the background image. The soft swirl creates a nice transitional page that just asks to be turned and the square frames play on the squares incorporated in the background design itself. To get started, you’ll first want to apply the Blue Squares background using the background selector. Now click the Add button at the top of your toolbar and choose add frame. Adjust the size accordingly so you have a nice square and then duplicate this using ctrl +D

DESIGN 2: GOING FOR GRUNGE

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This design is not for the faint-hearted and is a little bit fiddly but the effect here is worth it I think! Grab a pen and paper and write down your editors message and also some key words that define your experience at school- a particular party,  trips, memorable dates, shows etc. Now you want to add these snippets of text by adding title text boxes. Start constructing a square shape and then rotate some text to form the sides of the cube and keep filling in the areas :) This background ‘Wall‘ can be found in the background selector and you can add the black bands by clicking the add shape button!

DESIGN 3: PALETTE PLAY

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This bold, graphic design is a perfect way for your editing team to introduce the project. With a large amount of text space for your thoughts and reflections on the past years, you can each add in a little message to say hello and acknowledge your efforts in putting the book together :) Start by applying a flat colour to the background (you may need to change your colour palette before this) and then use the add frame button to add in a photo frames for each editor. Now you’ll want to start adding titles using the add title button and a main text box for your introductory message.

To decorate this page, I’ve put together a simple square pattern using the add shape feature. You can duplicate the fill shape you’ve made by clicking ctrl + D and slightly offset them. Now join up the edges of the shapes using a title text box and the humble full stop key!

A new look for the AllYearbooks online system!

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If you’ve just visited your yearbook and are concerned that everything looks a little different, please don’t panic! We’ve made a few changes to the editor interface so you’ll now find all of the features of our old system nicely arranged into one interface. No more going back and forth from the page designer as you can do everything in one place!

Why now I hear you asking? As you all know, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our products and services so we have developers working on the online system year round. From time to time, we marvel at an idea and just can’t wait another year to see it implemented. I guess it’s a little like when you try on an awesome new outfit, can’t wait to wear it and subsequently want to wear it all the time! That’s how we felt about this new layout :D

Needless to say we’re on hand to answer any questions you might have; our chat support now comes with links to handy tutorials, FAQ, and some quick links to our facebook and twitter feeds so you can follow us and keep in the know! Whilst it can seem a little daunting to those of you already using the new system, we’re confident that you’ll be navigating your way around in no time and your books will progress in much the same way as they are now… Fabulously!

We hope you enjoy the new page designer experience and we’d be thrilled if you shared your comments and feedback with us as you continue to turn your moments into memories :)

Happy Yearbooking!

#Makeitmonday: Guess the Baby Game

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Now this is a classic page idea that we see in lots of yearbooks each year! To show how far you’ve all come, a guess the baby game will bring some light-hearted humour (and a little embarrassment) to your book :D

Making a guess the baby page is actually really simple despite having a several elements to the design. Let’s look at how this was created in the page designer….

Step 1: Once you’ve created a page, set a background by clicking onto the theme icon in the toolbar and then onto backgrounds. I really like this countryside design as it works perfectly for this style of page!

Step 2: Add your page title. Click the add title button to add in your page title. Be sure to choose a fun font for this to match the theming of your page :)

Step 3: Decide on how many photos you want to include. Create your first frame by clicking the add frame button and adjust the sizing accordingly. When you’re happy with the size, press ctrl + D on your keyboard as many times as necessary to duplicate the frame so your photos are evenly sized.

Step 4: Arrange the frames on your page and add a little rotation to each frame to create the jaunty, scattered effect.

Step 5: Click the add title button and replace the title text with a number. Now drag this over the corresponding frame on the page. Repeat for your other frames so each of them appear numbered.

Step 6: People will want to know who’s who so be sure to include answers in the book. You can add them to the page using the add text button and then rotate the text box so it appears upside down at the bottom of the page

Step 7: Add your photos :D Ta Da!!! You’ve created a beautiful baby photo collage with an added quiz game style!

A quick guide to font selections

Lots of you have been asking for a quick, visual representation of the fonts we have available so you can quickly put together a font palette to work into your yearbook themes. Here’s a guide to the font styles available and where you’ll find them on the font selector :D

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If you have any questions about the fonts available through our online system, do speak to your yearbook coordinator :)

#Makeitmonday: Articles

By the time you get to the top year group, you’ve probably been on lots of amazing school trips, won competitions and held more than a few events! Besides adding collages, you can document these moments by making beautifully designed article pages to tell your stories and relive those memories :D This week #Makeitmonday is all about Articles and how to create interesting and stylised pages!

DESIGN 1:  PICTURE THIS

Sometimes there will be a trip so momentous that you need a lot of text to really sum up what you experienced and learnt on your travels. This design is very straight forward but a clever use of titles really brings the page to life!

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To create a page like this, first decide on the background colour for your page. You’ll need to apply a flat colour for this one to work so go for a suitable colour that reflects your trip. For an African safari, choose a khaki colour or for a ski trip choose a frosty blue or white, you get the idea! Now add a text box to the page by clicking add text box then add your first photo frame. You’ll need to play around with the sizing of your photos to ensure they’re equally spaced and most importantly, all of your title letters fit! When you’re happy, duplicate the frame accordingly and drop your photos into place. Add each letter of your title by clicking the add title button and drag this over each of your photo frames. This example uses font VAST in 66pt :)

DESIGN 2: GATSBY GLAMOUR

I really love the presentation of this page. It takes a very text heavy page and fragments it into little bitesize pieces which are much easier to read :) This is a perfect design for those of you going down the Gatsby route so lets have a look at how it was made…memories

Usually the page title is a small detail but this is really the focal point of the page here with this vertical alignment. To get started with this design, use the add title feature and boost your font size right up! Rotate your title text so it runs vertically on the page and repeat as needs be for each part of the title. Now you want to add a text box under each word of your title to create this columned effect.  Select the Noir background by clicking on the theme icon on the toolbar of your page designer and then onto backgrounds. You’ll find this option (and many other backgrounds) here which you can apply to your pages :D

DESIGN 3: CREATIVE COPY

I know it’s tempting to throw lots of content on a page and try and squeeze in every photo of your yeargroup ever but on occasions, less is definitely more. This article has been put together very simply and has a real magazine feel to it thanks to the simple monchrome palette used. article1

The design of this page will take you literally 30 seconds to put together.I’ve selected two of the standard font options Alex Brush and Cinzel to create the title and split the body of the article into columns by clicking onto your text box, and adjusting the columns setting in the options box for a more of an editorial look.

#Makeitmonday: Wordles

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Word collages are always a nice addition to a yearbook and make lovely cover designs, intro pages and dividers. Previously we have had to direct people away to external sites to create these and often the image output from these sites has less than ideal print quality. To make you happier with your finished books, you can now create beautifully sharp, high resolution wordle pages using the online page designer! Horray!

So how is it done? Put simply, you’ll need a lot of text boxes and a little time. Choose a palette of complementary fonts and colours to work with then get creative. For that true wordle style, you’ll want to use the rotate function on your text boxes to make the different words pop out! Your font choices and colours will help distinguish each item on the page too and help to incorporate school colours or a theme into your design :D