Boo! How to make spectacularly spooky pages for Halloween…

Halloween is a create time of year to include in your yearbooks – the theme lets you get really creative with your colour palettes and backgrounds!

Whether you are out trick or treating, having a Halloween party or celebrating with a dress-up competition at school, we’ve got some great ideas to help you spook up your pages 🙂

Backgrounds

We’ve got a fab selection of Halloween backgrounds on the system, these are just two of them! Whether you want a bold background or something more subtle, there’s an option for you.

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Colour palettes 

There are so many great colour schemes associated with Halloween, rich oranges, dark browns and black, even lime green and bright purple! Take a look at some of our colour palettes below, we’ve even given you the colour hex code so you can use the exact shade.

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Page ideas

Don’t limit yourself to just a collage page – why not have a craft page, or even a themed joke page!?

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Using blank spaces effectively in your profile pages!

When you start designing your profile pages you may soon find that you have an odd amount of profiles that will not fit on the page neatly.

Rather than leave a single profile on it’s own page, we’ve got some great ideas to help you use the space on the page effectively.

Here’s our AYB profile page – as you can see poor Jeni is left all on her own on the right hand page! We don’t like lonely profiles so let’s do something about this!1

Deleting and shifting profile spaces

Let’s shift all of the profiles along by a couple of spaces so Jeni has some friends!

The most important thing to remember is that deleting a profile space on the page doesn’t mean you are deleting a person’s profile! Their information will automatically shift along to the next profile slot.

I want to add a title where Becky’s profile currently is – so I’ll need to delete that profile space.

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Voila! Now just do the same to any other profile spots you want to be deleted.

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I’ve decided to add a title and group picture to fill the remaining space on the page – but it is entirely up to you!

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Take a look at some more inspiration below:

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Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 4

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

One of the most important things to have set up before your members join the book is your profile questions and award categories. If members are logging into the book before these are set up, there is a chance they will not log in again to add these answers.

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When you’re ready to create new profile questions simply click on ‘Profile Questions‘ in your blue setup menu. Here you will be able to type in a list of questions you would like members to answer, and we have even provided a few suggestions to get you started!

Profile questions page

Once you have added your questions you will be able to filter who is able to answer them, as well as how you want the answers to be shown in your book.

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Remember to save all of your changes and then it’s time to move onto the awards!

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If you have decided to include awards in your yearbook you will need to go click on ‘Votes and Awards‘ in your set-up menu to get these added.

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Here you’ll be able to choose from adding awards, casting your own votes and closing/reopening the awards as well.

To add awards click on ‘Add an award‘ and here you’ll also be able to customise the nominees for each one. Selecting ‘custom‘ will allow you to type each individual name you would be like nominated.

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If you would like to freeze voting at any point you can do so via the ‘Votes and Awards‘ section of your menu. This comes in very handy if you want to close voting on a certain day but you are still wanting the members to log in and finish their profiles.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Three: Creating Profile Pages

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 3

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

Now we have got our profile groups set up, and our members joined, we will focus on how to create some profile pages in the book!

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When you are ready to add some profile pages into your book you will first need to click on ‘Add Pages’ in the top left of the grey toolbar on your homepage. Then, select ‘Profiles‘.

First thing to do is to name your page, and then you will want to select a profile group to appear (use the drop down menu to choose from your created groups).

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Next, you will want to move to the right hand side of the pop up box, where the different layouts are listed. Here you can filter the different layouts by how many profiles appear per spread.

Once you have selected the profile spread you like, you will need to select how many pages you want to add. You can do this by using the drop down box called ‘Pages’.

The ‘2’ refers to how many single pages will be added, while spreads points out how many double pages are being created. If you know how many profiles you will need in total, eg 30, you can also select this.

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Now you have added profile pages into your book, you may need to change which profile group it is showing. This is easily done by clicking on the page you would like to change, and then selecting ‘Profiles’ in the blue page menu.

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You’ll want to click on the drop down menu under ‘Profile Group‘. Here, you can select a different group and save the changes. You’ll also be able to change to a different profile layout on this page.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to add profile questions and awards for your members to answer!

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

 

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 2

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

Yesterday we walked through how to add new profile groups to your book, so now we’ll be discussing the different ways you can add or invite members to your book!

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If you have spoken to your yearbook coordinator, they have probably spoken to you about the different editing styles you can choose – editor only or members logging in. But what do these actually mean?

Editor only – When an editor is solely inputting the data on behalf of the members. Eg, collecting profile answers offline and typing the information into the online book. Nobody other than the group of editors will have access to the yearbook. 

Members logging in – Students can create and use a member account to upload photos and answer profile questions. Any information they fill in will automatically be added to their profile page, and it will be up to the editors to make sure that all content fits onto the page. 

The way you interact with the members and groups page will depend on what editing decision you go for. We’ll start by explaining ‘Editor only’.

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It’s important to remember that even though members will not be logging into the book, they will still need to be listed in the ‘Members & Groups’ area. This is because the editor will be filling in the profile on their behalf.

To add a member into the book you will need to click ‘Add or Invite Member’, and then select ‘Add Members Manually’.  Here you will be able to type in the member’s name, before selecting a profile group and log in type.

Remember, you will need to keep the log in type as “won’t be logging in” so that nobody other than the editor has access.

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After you have clicked ‘Add new member’ you can go back to your ‘Members & Groups’ area and you will see the new member added into your chosen profile group.

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A yellow warning may appear letting you know that there are not enough profile pages allocated to the profile group, but in the early stages of creatiing a book we’d recommend waiting until you have added all of the members before sorting this out.

Once you have added all of the members needed you are ready and waiting for the next step – adding profile pages to your book.

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If you have opted to have people log in and fill in their own profiles you will need to invite members to join the book. To do this you will need to click on ‘Add or invite members’ and then select ‘Invite by email’.

You’ll then see a page with a large text box for you to fill with a list of email addresses for everybody you want to invite. They will then receive an email with an invite code and instructions on how to join.

inviteemail1Keep in mind that as soon as members create an account they will want to get started and fill in their profile answers and vote in award polls, so we recommend to hold off inviting people to join until you have completed this sections of your book.

Tomorrow we’ll walk through how you can add profile pages to your book, and how you can apply profile groups to existing pages.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 1

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

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When you first create your book you may be tempted to jump straight in and start creating profile pages for everybody in your book, but before you get carried away with the design aspects it’s important to set up the basics to avoid any potential headaches closer to your deadline!

One of the first things you need to think about is how you want to display the members in the book – eg, by form class or alphabetical order. Once you know this you will need to create the profile groups.

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The first time you click onto the Members & Groups tab you will see a similar page to the one above. As an editor you will be placed into ‘Members with no profile’ automatically, which means you will not appear in the book.

If you are listing all members in one group (eg alphabetical order) you will only need to create one profile group (eg Students). But if you have decided to separate profiles via form group, you will have to create some more groups.

To do this click ‘Add Profile Group’ in the top left of your page. Then, type in the name of the profile group and click ‘Add to yearbook’.

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You should now see multiple profile groups listed, any members joining the book will be able to choose which profile group to join.

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But what if you need to change the name of a profile group? Simply click on ‘Edit Group’ next to the profile name you would like the change, and then type in the new name and save.

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…And voila! We now have two profile groups ready and waiting for members to join!

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Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to add or invite members to join your book!

Introducing… Brand new backgrounds for 2018!

We do know how to treat you here at AllYearbooks – not only have we uploaded a whole new bunch of PNGs and clipart into the system for 2018 – but we’ve thrown in a load of new backgrounds too!

Using a background on your pages is such an easy way of personalising your book, and whether you are wanting a subtle pastel background, or something a bit more vibrant, we have the perfect one for you.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more new backgrounds later on in the school year too! And if you don’t see anything you like the look of speak to your yearbook coordinator – they’ll definitely be able to help you find something.

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