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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And they’re off! Our 2016 samples have left the building…

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The grand 2016 infopack send off has finally arrived. Congrats to everyone who pre-ordered their copy in good time- expect a happy mailbox later this week! For those of you who haven’t pre-ordered, never fear, there’s plenty to go around so request your copy now 🙂

For those of you looking to secure extra savings, our early deposit discount is there for you again this year. That’s right, you can save 10% off our already great value list prices when you send in your deposit before the christmas holidays 😀 Hooray!

In the meantime though, feel free to set up a yearbook online with us to take a look around and explore the system. For those of you who worked with us last year, not a lot has changed so don’t panic! We’ve just made a few tweaks so the system now supports PNG images with transparency and bits and bobs like that. If you’re new to yearbooking and unsure where to start, give our team a call on 01223 503259 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you 🙂

Pre-order your 2016 sample yearbook today!

Exciting news everybody, our 2016 sample books will be ready in just a weeks time so don’t forget to pre-order yours now to ensure you’re the first to get your hands on a copy! This year we’ve kicked things up a gear and you’ll be receiving an epic hardback sample yearbook complete with profiles, awards page designs, confessions, quotes, timelines…. well you get the gist! Basically it’s a full mock up of the kind of yearbooks we pride ourselves on making 😀  What’s more, the entire pack has been lovingly designed using ONLY our online system to show you just how much is possible!

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What else is new I hear you ask?! Well you’ll also receive a paperback infopack that is filled with tips on how to organise, fundraise, photograph and schedule a yearbook project. Other companies may want to tell you that online systems are too much hassle but I say bah to all those naysayers! You don’t need to pay a designer to create a beautiful book when you can build it yourself with our fantastically flexible page designer.

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Depending on whether you’re a primary group or secondary, sixth form or corporate group, you’ll receive tailored information to suit your project- no unnecessary fluff that doesn’t apply, just straightforward tips and tricks from our experienced team. So now I’ve convinced you all to grab a copy, head to allyearbooks.co.uk/infopack to pre-order yours now. Books will be arriving in school next week but do message us if you have any questions at all in the meantime!

Bring it on Class of 2016, we’re ready for you 😛

Back to school and a big hello :)

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As if it’s the first day back to school already!? Where did this summer go? For those of you moving into the leaving year group this year, welcome to yearbook world! This year will be a lot to take in  which is why us yearbook coordinators exist 😀 We’re here to assist you all from your initial research stages right through to finished yearbooks and hand out day!

Best of luck to everyone starting the new term today and we hope you have a pleasant first week back at school. True it’s not quite the same as watching TV in your Pyjamas and playing Xbox all day….ahhh summer… but it’s always nice to see familiar faces and catch up with friends too right!

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 😀

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!

Page types and how to make them!

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Wondering how to make your yearbook a little more interesting? If you’re ready to get stuck in, why not browse some example pages to see how you can use the page designer to create beautiful and stylish designs. From simple tips to meticulous arrangements, our Page types Pinterest board is brimming with ideas and know-how. Want to reproduce any of these ideas in your book but unsure where to get started? Every Monday we’ll be delving into different page types and we’ll show you how to make them with easy step-by-step tutorials and demos 🙂

If you have an idea in mind and want to get started straight away, email me (christina@allyearbook.co.uk) to chat about your plans and how to incorporate these elements into your 2015 yearbook 🙂 Similarly if you’ve made a great looking page and want to share it with others, let me know! Your designs could inspire other yearbook editors and we’ll be tweeting the best using #makeitmonday

Follow AllYearbooks’s board Yearbook Page Types on Pinterest.

Navigating the page designer

It’s starting to get really busy now and we’ve introduced a few changes to the toolbar in your page designer to help streamline the process of adding content. Firstly you’ll see the add title text, add body text, add frame and add shape icons are now shown at the top of the toolbar. You’ll be using these pretty often so it makes sense for them to be nice and easy to find! You’ll also notice your toolbar now features icons for the different types of content you may wish to include, i.e. profiles, collages, awards and articles etc. If you click onto the profiles icon you will now be presented with all options relating to profiles, the same goes for collages and so on so nothings hidden away in another section. To help you use and understand all of the features of your shiny new toolbar, here is a quick overview of each of the features 😀

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Profiles

  1. Profile group for spread – Allows you to set which of your groups appears on the spread.
  2. Profile questions – View which profile questions have been asked and optionally add more 🙂
  3. Flip/mirror profile slots – Allows you to mirror slots from the left page so you can alternate your pages.
  4. Profile Layouts – choose a template to fit your yearbook profiles, from a double page per person to 30 on a spread.

Collages

  1. Shuffle or scramble pics– shuffle to quickly switch all the photos on the page into the different frames in your collage or scramble to rotate all your images slightly for a scattered effect 🙂
  2. Quick collage grid – Build your own collage layouts according to many photos you wish to use
  3. Collage layouts – Some premade templates to help you drop photos into collages in super-quick time!

Articles & Other pages

  1. Custom page uploads – all the features we discussed yesterday about custom pages tied neatly into this section 🙂
  2. Article layouts – choose a template to quickly make article pages about trips and in-school events.

Actions & Options

This icon will unveil a selection of tools to help you complete more general tasks in your book. You probably wont use these very often but it’s good to have the option right?! They’ll help you to complete those tedious tasks quickly so you can get on with the fun stuff 😀

  1. Duplicate layout/theme – decided on a lovely colour palette or layout and want to use it on multiple pages? Transfer your layout and theme to your new spread using this handy little button!
  2. Delete spread – removes unwanted spreads from the book
  3. Highlight profile slots – Great for more complicated profile template designs this allows you to highlight the slots and check everyone’s entries match up with the correct person in the book.
  4. Reset defaults – restore the default palette and fonts to the spread.
  5. Snap to grid – allows you to turn off the snap to grid feature when designing your pages
  6. Keyboard shortcuts – some bonus info for the pros, use these keyboard shortcuts as an alternative to clicking buttons 🙂