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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2018 – here we come!

It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about your 2018 yearbook, in fact the beginning of term is the perfect time!

The team here are busy adding the final touches to our 2018 sample pack – complete with new cover ideas, background themes and page designs. We’re very excited about the pack this year, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as these are ready to order.

In the meantime, here are some top tips for getting started with your yearbook.

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1. Speak to a teacher/staff member about getting the project started
Get permission from the school – bring some information to the meeting with you so you will be able to tell them rough prices etc.

2. Set up a yearbook committee
Some editors decide to put together a team to help create the book. See who is interested around the school – we recommend a small team to keep things simple for yourselves!

3. Create an AllYearbooks account
Getting set up within our system as soon as possible is a great idea. The online chat function within your yearbook means you can chat to us whenever you have a question and a member of the team will be more than happy to help.

4. Pay your £100 deposit
We offer 10% discounts to anybody who pays their £100 deposit before the end of November. It’s definitely worth taking advantage of this great offer!

So let’s get started! Create your yearbook today

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Title banner tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s the Easter holidays- Hooray!!! With all this extra time to play with, why not pop online and add a little bit more to your yearbook projects! Members are usually pretty busy during the holidays so you can expect those books to shape up nicely 🙂 I’ve been playing around with fill shapes again this week and I wanted to share this very brief demo on how to make lovely title banners for your pages…

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Adding titles to your pages is super simple but if you want to challenge yourself with a little more design work you can make them into real features in the book. This banner style is made using the add shape tool and the colour palette options you’ve chosen for your page.

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The first thing you want to do is add a  fill shape to your page. You can find the option for this by clicking onto the add icon on the left of your screen! To allow you to set position your shapes just right, leave the border set to a darker colour- you can always go back and change this later if you want to!

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Now you want to add two more shapes but this time set them to a different colour. Add a rectangle to each bottom corner of your first shape and these will form the sides of the banner. Click back onto the first shape you made to snap it to the front of the arrangement you’ve just made.

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The final shapes you need to create will help you develop the layer effect you’d usually expect from a banner. By using a darker colour we can build a 3D feel to the banner- a darker shade will also give you the effect of shadowing but you could also use a nice complementary colour instead to introduce a little more colour if you wish. With these shapes you want to create a line between the bottom corner of title box and the bottom corner of the banner box as shown above. Don’t worry if the colour shapes overlap your title box as when you click onto this later it will jump to the foreground again 😀

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That’s really the basic steps here to make your banner and you can now add your titles by clicking onto Add heading . Position the title text box over the banner you’ve created for a stylish introduction to your pages 🙂 Ta-da!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend everybody and don’t forget to check out the to-do list in your books if you’re into the final stages of your project- You can find this on your set up menu in the yearbook home screen!

#Makeitmonday: Playlist

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Music has a great way of bringing back memories and putting together a playlist of songs from your school days will help you relive those magical moments in years to come. If you’ve had the same playlist on repeat in your common room for 2 years then you’ll probably have some tunes in mind but if not, think back to those awkward high school discos and your talent shows for ideas. To make your playlist, set up a page in the book and use the add title text button to add each song title and artist name.  I’ve used the Mixing desk background that you can find using the background selector on the theme menu. If you want to, you could also add frames for pictures on this page too 🙂

Copy Design tool has arrived!

A creative process usually involves exploring lots of different ideas before you settle on your final design. Now you’ve made an awesome page, you’ll probably be looking for a super quick and easy way to copy theme elements to other pages. That clever font palette you put together for your profiles would look great on your awards pages right?! You might not want to copy a page layout and every aspect of it so this handy little tool allows you to select individual components and apply them to other profile pages, collages etc. copydesign1

When viewing the homepage of your yearbook, you’ll see COPY DESIGN in the grey toolbar at the top of the screen. If you click onto this you’ll get a little pop up window for you to use to copy colour palettes, fonts, backgrounds and headers & footers. Use the tick boxes here to select which features you wish to copy 🙂

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Now you need to select which spread to copy from. You can choose from any spread in the book so just click on the one you need 🙂 You’ll see this spread will now be highlighted on the yearbook home with a blue box around it and you get a visual preview of the spread in the copy pop up box too.

Now you need to select the spreads you wish to copy to. Again click onto the spreads you want to copy to and these will be highlighted in green. You can also use the select all option in the copy box if you want to copy to all pages in the book. Once you’re happy with the selections you’ve made, click the green begin copy button.

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Before your settings are applied, you’ll get a final warning message. If you’re certain that you’d like to proceed with the copy, click save changes. You wont be able to undo as such once this action has taken place (hence the warning) but you can always use the tool again to copy any elements you might have missed or update individual pages 😀

#Makeitmonday: Quotes Pages

A great way to fill any extra space in the yearbook is to include quotes pages. Yearbook quotes are a big deal and we know you spend a lot of time deciding what to put in your profiles. This is a slightly different take on traditional yearbook quotes but you can use them in just the same way to reflect your journey over the years 🙂

DESIGN IDEAS!

Let’s start by having a look at a few design ideas before we get started. I love typography and our font palettes mean you can combine interesting fonts to make a beautiful and stylish design. If you’ve got plenty of free pages, a full page will have a lot of impact and even simple designs will be eyecatching. Take the quote below for example, it’s inspirational which I like but short! By centring the text on the page and making the text run down the page, rather than across, we’ve filled the space. A lovely background, such as this one called Clouds, will enhance your design!

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When making a page like this, think of your quote as a collage. You’ll be piecing each part of the text together using individual title text boxes and this allows you to adjust the font used and sizing. Depending on the font, you might also find you can create further contrast by adding text in capitals rather than just lowercase. This can often give you the appearance of more than 5 fonts in the palette but it’s all just a clever trick!

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Some fonts will also have interesting ways to incorporate other shapes into your page, this one uses the > key on your keyboard to add to enphasise the left and right aspect of the quote itself. What’s more, the beauty of this kind of content is that it can be constructed to fit any kind of space, from leftover space on profile pages, to intro pages and collages!

Beautiful Backgrounds!

The busy season is in full swing now and thanks to your awesome organising skills and our new system, many of you are finding yourselves ready to print well ahead of schedule- Hooray! For those of you nearing the end of your project, you’ll be looking in more detail at your pages and making final decisions about designs and theming. Following high demand for the ability to have different backgrounds on each side of a spread, we’ve launched a nifty little tool that enables you to pick different backgrounds for left and right pages 😀

Here’s where to find it…

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First click onto the spread you’ve created, here you’ll see I’ve got an intro page alongside a collage and I’d love the collage to have a different background to create a little contrast and make the photos really pop! With the theme menu open, you’ll see ‘Use a different background for each side?’ under the background heading- if you click this you’ll see your background settings will look a little different….

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You’ll notice there are now options for the left and right pages and you can click onto the background icon to change it for the relevent side. What’s more, you can also change the opacity settings for each side too 😀