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 🙂

Custom Page Uploads

Sometimes you need real freedom to truly bring your ideas to life and a custom page often fits the bill in these circumstances. Custom pages are made entirely offline using software of your choosing, i.e. word or photoshop, and you then upload them to the book 🙂 You can make all sorts of pages this way and utilize familiar software to put together pages, you can even make pages on actual paper- handwritten messages, doodles and photos cropped with scissors! Custom pages can be  entirely personal designs made entirely offline that can simply be scanned and uploaded to the book.

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So once you’ve created your pages, you’ll need to upload them for use in the book.  To do this click into the design and manage yearbook tab and then click the custom page uploads button (see red arrow)

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Once you’ve click this you will see a screen like this one 🙂 Here you can browse for files from your computer and upload them to the site. Please note you can only upload PDF, JPG or PNG files. If you have files created in word for example, click the save as button when saving your file and select one of these options! If you’re unsure on how to save as a different file type using your software, consult the help section of your software program for tips and answers 🙂

Once you have chosen a file to upload, click the upload button. You page, or pages (if a multiple page document) will be uploaded to the book and a preview of each of these pages will appear at the bottom of this screen (see blue arrow). You can now click through to your page designer to start adding them to the book 🙂

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Set up a section in the book if you haven’t already and click onto the actions & options icon in the toolbar. You’ll see a heading ‘custom page uploads’ here which you’ll need to click.

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When you click onto the heading, you’ll notice your custom page previews appear underneath. Clicking onto the preview will apply the page by default to the left hand side of the spread. You can easily change this to sit on the right hand side though by clicking the R icon over the page preview. If you have a page that you wish to duplicate- a message page for example- you can click ‘both’ over the page preview and it will apply to same page to both sides of the spread.

For those of you who have used our system in previous years, you’ll notice a key change to custom pages in that you can add text and photos over the top of your page this year 😀 If your teacher sends over half a page of text on a custom page, you could now fill that blank space at the bottom of the page by adding a mini collage for example. Similarly you can use fill shapes as a quick fix for blanking out inappropriate text if you’re in final proof stages and can’t get hold of the original doc! If you have any questions as you start to use this feature, please do give us a shout- Message us on chat or drop us a quick email and we can pass this onto our developer.

Fantastic Fonts

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Customising your yearbook is central to making your book unique and personal to your school or group. To help you get the most out of your designs, we now support over 600 different fonts ! That’s a huge increase from the 31 fonts we supported last year 😀 Horray! To view and apply these new fonts to your font palette, simply click on the theme icon in the toolbar and click onto a font dropdown. At the bottom of the list it will say 600+ more fonts and you can click this to see what’s new! If you’re looking for a specific style of font, chat to your coordinator and we’ll be able to suggest ones that might work well with the design and theme of your book!

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You’ll notice a font selector will now show on screen and this allows you to select fonts to use on the various elements of your book, i.e. single lines of text and body text generally as well as the individual text components of your profile template.  To apply your new fonts:

1: Select which area of your book you want to use the font on from the drop down at the top of the page (see red arrow)

2: View available fonts in the font selector. As there are hundreds to choose from it’s not possible to show them all on one page- you can view more by loading the next page of fonts using the page dropdown (see blue arrow)

3: Some fonts may also have their own bold or italic versions and you can select these by clicking onto the relevent example alongside the regular font (see green arrow). If you would like to use a font straight from the list, just click onto it and the font palette in the toolbar will be updated.

 

Have fun and we can’t wait to see what new designs you’ll come up with over the Christmas holidays!

Christmas office hours

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It’s been great chatting with lots of you over the past few weeks and we know it can be hard to collect in payments with school holidays and lots of events on the go. With this in mind, we’ve decided to extend our early deposit discount until the end of January – a little Christmas bonus for our lovely customers who are working hard on their projects already! If you would like invoices sent over to your finance teams, just give your yearbook coordinator a shout and they’ll be happy to help 🙂

Now if I’m honest, I’m super excited about Christmas. I have my christmas playlist on repeat and I’m ready to watch a dozen or so last minute festive films once the term ends. If you’re working on a project over the holidays though, we will be here to help 🙂 Whilst our office may be closed, you can still contact your coordinators using the instant chat. We’ll be picking up messages and emails throughout the Christmas period so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re looking for answers or stuck for ideas! From all the team here at AllYearbooks, Happy Christmas and here’s to a wonderful 2015!

P.S. Don’t forget to take your camera along to your school performances, end of term parties and christmas lunches- you can make lots of lovely Christmas themed collages from them later 😀