Brand new covers for Summer 2017!

Our design team has been busy creating a range of new covers for you to use for your 2017 yearbook!

From bold Union Jacks to fancy floral themes, we’ve got something suitable for every yearbook.

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If you still can’t find anything you like the look of, get in touch with your yearbook coordinator who will be more than happy to help you come up with a brief for our designers to follow.

Staff Proof-readers – Who needs ’em?

YOU DO!
We know your yearbook is something that you’ve all worked hard to make amazing, and we would hate to think that someone from your school is unhappy with the finished product. You staff proof-reader is there to help you make sure everything in the book is suitable, while also making sure the school is happy with the content.
If you’re making a yearbook with us, your staff proof-reader will either need to
A)  proof-read the yearbook on behalf of the school
OR
B) Authorise you or another student editor to approve the content on behalf of the school
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I know this may be a shock but teachers have lives outside of school too (!) so getting us their contact info sooner rather than later will give them plenty of time to get the proofreading done before your deadline.
We can’t go to print without their confirmation so any delay in getting us the info will result in a delayed yearbook –  none of us want that!
Don’t worry – no-one is going to take your yearbook away from you! Just send us the info over chat, email or give us a call – we just need their name and school email address.
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If your print deadline falls over a school holiday, it is your editing team’s responsibility to check the staff proof-reader will be available to review the final draft during this time. They will need to log in to the book to click a confirmation button and if we cannot reach them, your project will be delayed!
Please speak to your coordinator if you have any questions about nominating a staff proof-reader. If you are making an unaffiliated yearbook you can read up on more information here.
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Creative contents pages

While adding the finishing touches to your profile and collage pages it is easy to get swept up in the creation process and before you know it your print deadline is approaching.

The first page anyone will see once they’ve opened their shiny new yearbook is page one (obviously…) so it’s definitely worth putting a little thought in to using the page wisely.

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A notebook-themed background can provide a simple yet effective base for a contents page. Add in a hand-written font such as Cedarville Cursive and you’ve upgraded your contents page in less than 10 minutes!

For a subtle, pretty contents page like our ‘Rainy Day’ example all you need is a couple of PNGs and a matching background. Or go for a gallery effect by browsing through our frame PNGs and selecting a couple to box your page names.

If you’ve got plenty of pages to play around with you could always have spread your contents over two pages. We’ve gone for a video game style page with a fun intro to set the tone of the book. Use your imagination to come up with different themes that could carry on throughout the whole book.

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Celebrating Red Nose Day

As Red Nose Day approaches, be sure to take lots of photos of your fundraising events so you can add them into a yearbook collage!

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Why not use a fun font (we’ve used Flavors) with a red spotty background? A few well-placed PNGs can also liven up the page while showcasing the achievements of the school.

Whether it’s a sponsored bike ride, fancy dress day, or a charity bake sale we love seeing all your pics online – be sure to share them with us on Twitter!

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The five-point collage checklist!

We’ve seen countless amazing collages from editors over the years, so we thought we’d share a checklist of things to double check before signing off on your book, ensuring you make the best collages possible.

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1. Are there duplicates?
When placing loads of photos in one book, it is sometimes possible for editors to mistakenly add a photo which is already on a different page. It’s always best to check this before submitting for print because this can easily ruin what would otherwise be a perfect collage!

Luckily we have a great tool to help you spot any sneaky duplicates, be warned though that this won’t work if the same photo has been uploaded twice to the system. Just click on the ‘proof and print’ menu within your book and you will find the option there.

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2. Is everyone represented?
It’s nice to see everyone fairly represented in a collage, so make sure everyone has their chance to shine!

3. Has everybody got their heads?
When you’re collating your photos and placing them on the page make sure that the photo is in the correct shape. It may sound obvious but on a page full of photos it’s easy for people to be accidentally cropped out, or covered by another photo.

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4. Is it distracting?
Much of this comes down to personal preference, but it is worth keeping in mind that busy backgrounds and bright colours may distract readers from the actual content of the page. In the example below you can see that both pages contain the same photos – but the backgrounds give the page a very different feel.

5. Will your photos print well?
Yes, we know we say this all the time but it is such an important point! We want you to have the best book possible, which means using good photos! We won’t get too technical but when you enlarge a small photo, the resolution will decrease. This means that the quick snap you took on your phone of your cat may not look great when stretched across a double page spread.

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Once again, our system comes to the rescue and will warn you of such problems. When a yellow box appears with a dpi warning you should probably consider changing the frame size, replacing the photo completely, or picking a new layout to accommodate the photo. Your yearbook coordinator will be happy to help with ideas and solutions too!

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Please, please, please download a PDF spread of all your pages before printing – this will give you a better idea of what the page will look like when printed so you can avoid any unhappy surprises when you receive the physical copy!

Trip pages

Why not dedicate a page within your book to your school trips? Whether it was a day out at the local farm, or somewhere a bit more exotic, getting members to upload and label their snaps will make putting together a collage a breeze.

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Once you’ve got your photos sorted, be sure to take a look at our travel-themed PNGs. While scrolling through our clipart gallery you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition for your page.

We‘ve added a text box on top of a plane PNG to create a unique heading, while layering fill shapes and text boxes to make a cartoon passport and boarding pass.

Speak to your yearbook coordinator today for some ideas about jazzing up your trip pages!

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World Book Day 2017 ideas

With today being the 20th World Book Day, we’ve been thinking about plenty of ways to incorporate the world of books into your pages.

One idea we have come with up is to mix up your World Book Day photos with a personal book journal. This idea will be great in primary school yearbooks as it encourages students to keep a record of what they are reading. Just set out a few questions on the page and leave spaces so they can hand-write their answers when they get home.

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If you’d rather focus on adding photos to your pages, a quote can make a wonderful centre piece for your collage. We’ve gone with a classic Dr Suess quote, but the possibilities are endless!

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We love seeing all of your fancy dress photos, they get more and more inventive each year! Keep up the good work and let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

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