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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Tutorial video playlist

With the addition of our new page designer, and with lots of features coming all the time, we’ve added some how-to tutorials to help you get started.

A playlist of short, easy-to-follow tutorials is now visible within your yearbook on the “Design & Manage” tab, and you can also view them on our YouTube channel.

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So far the playlist includes:

So, log into your yearbook now and check them out 🙂 Let us know of any specific tutorials you’d like to see!

Getting Started: Planning

We’re so excited it’s that time of year again!  With Halloween and Bonfire Night coming up, not to mention Thanksgiving for our US customers …why not throw a Yearbook Planning Party?

Now is the best time to think about getting started with your yearbook project. It’s early days, but you can:

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  • Choose your yearbook committee: Main editor, finance, promoters and hunter gatherers
  • Plan your pages and set a budget: Decide on a budget and use that to determine how many pages you’d like. Think about what you want to include on each page.
  • Plan your dates and set deadlines: Working backwards from your handout date is helpful way to see how much time you can allocate to planning and building your yearbook.
  • Nominate your staff proofreader: Your organisation needs to be aware of the project – ask them sooner rather than later!
  • Start your online yearbook: Free, and no obligation: Create your online yearbook now! We’re on hand if you have any questions 🙂

 

Ideas for Custom Yearbook Pages

Custom pages are such an amazing way of making your yearbook more exciting and more personal. Making them on your own software and uploading to the All pages section is easy – figuring out what to put in is often less easy.

For tips on making and uploading, scroll back and you’ll find Nic’s older post that tell you everything you need to know. This is just ideas, and nothing else 🙂
You can have as many or as few custom pages as you want and they will all be full colour. They don’t cost you any extra (we wouldn’t charge you for being creative). Of course they count towards your total page number, but the website can help you to keep track and keep on budget.

And ideas?

Be creative about it. Involve the other students – not just editors; open it up to the whole year. hold competitions for pages to go in, or just get a discussion going over inventive ideas. Here are some of our favourites from previous yearbooks.

  • Ask the Head or Head of Year to write an introduction
  • Get the yearbook committee to write a “Thank you and Goodbye” for the end of the book
  • Put some message/signature pages in at the back.  This is a great way of making the book up to an even number of pages.  Either design your own or add them from the templates in All pages.
  • Put a school or year photo in as one full page
  • Ask someone to draw some pictures or cartoons
  • Get together some quotes or funny things people have said
  • Ask someone to write a diary for a school trip
  • Include poems and stories people have written
  • News of the year
  • Adverts for local shops and businesses
  • Reviews of a play or sports events

Finally, don’t forget the pages we make for you, in with the overall price!

  • Make use of the online polls.  Set your own polls questions and get everyone to vote. Then have us make an awards page, or make your own.
  • Create folders in the Photo gallery, have all the members upload, and give us something to make collages for you. It all make the book even better 😉

Designing your own pages

Almost everyone designs some of their own pages for their yearbook, whether it is an introduction page, a review of the school play or a photo collage.  There are a few things you might want to consider when you start thinking about page design, one of which is a tricky thing called bleed!

In design terms bleed is when any image or element on a page touches the edge of the page and extends beyond the trim edge, leaving no margin.  Helpful eh and whats a trim edge?!

Basically what it means is that your pages are printed onto paper that is a bit bigger than A4 and then trimmed down to size. But this process isn’t 100% accurate.  If your page has a white background and no elements (photos, text, clip art) that go right up to the edges then you will never notice.  But if you do have an element that goes right up to the edge – say a pink page background, then when the page is trimmed you might end up with a tiny white margin around the edge of your page.

Designers get over this by making their pages slightly bigger than A4 and bleeding things like background colour into this area outside the A4 page.  If you want a page element to bleed off of your page, set up your page to be 216mm x 303mm, this will give you 3mm of bleed all the way round your page.

If you don’t want page elements to bleed or be trimmed then keep them about 5mm in from the edge of your A4 page.  This is called the margin (if you are now thoroughly confused skip to the end and look at the ‘really simple guide to page design’!)

Another thing to think about when you are designing a page is the gutter.  This is a wider margin 15mm, on the edge of the page that will be towards the spine of the book.  Because books don’t lay flat when they are open this margin needs to be wider so your important page elements don’t disappear into the spine.  Stitched folded paperback yearbooks are an exception to this (well there has to be one!) because they do lay flat when they are open so nothing is lost in the spine.

So things to think about when designing pages are:- bleed, do you want elements to bleed off of the edge of a page, margin, keep important elements 5mm from the edge of the page, and gutter, keep important elements 15mm from spine edge of the page. The diagram below demonstrates all of these things.

Lots of things to think about eh?

The really simple guide to page design

  • Keep all your important page elements (faces and text) 15mm from all the edges of your page
  • Make sure your page is A4 (not US letter size)

If you do this your pages will look great:-)  If you want to add bleed elements that’s great but you really don’t have to make a funky looking page, it is much more important to be able to read all the text!