What are pre-print checks?

So you’ve nearly finished editing your book and your deadline is approaching – great! But before we can let you click that ‘submit’ button there are a series of checks your book will need to go through at the AllYearbooks office.

As you come to the final stages of creating your book, your yearbook coordinator may remind you to submit for these checks as soon as possible (at least three working days before your deadline). But why? And what exactly are pre-print checks?!

Check out our pre-print and final confirmation FAQs below:

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What is a pre-print check?
A member of our team will look through your book page-by-page for any potential printing problems. We recommend getting this done a few days before your deadline so that you have time to make any possible changes we suggest.

How long do these checks take?
We will try and check your book soon after you request these checks, but we always recommend you leave enough time for us to check through. The time of the actual checks can also vary due to the content and size of your yearbook. Your yearbook coordinator will always be happy to update you on our progress – just ask !

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Does the book have to be completely finished before pre-print checks?
We’re often asked if the editors can still make changes while these checks are ongoing and the answer is yes, of course! All we ask is that the bulk of content has been added before these are requested.

What kind of things are you looking for?
We are looking for any potential printing problems – this can range from low quality pictures, overlapping text boxes, text and background colours, to font types. For example, if you have a bright yellow text against a white background, we might suggest for you to darken this colour to make it easier to read when printed.

Are you proofreading our content too?
No – we are just looking at things from a printing perspective. Checking for typos and duplicated images is still a responsibility for the editors and staff proofreader. AllYearbooks cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions made by editors and other contributors.

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What do we do now?
Once AYB has been through your book you will receive an email telling the chief editor and staff proofreader to log into the book and click on a yellow bar at the top of the book’s homepage.

From here you will be able to view the checks, and when you are happy with everything you can click confirm and we will send your book to the printers!

Any questions you have about the pre-print checks process please just ask us! We are here to help and to make sure you have the best yearbook!

Roald Dahl Day – Our Favourite Quotes!

We love Roald Dahl and so do our customers we have found some interesting facts about the genius author, who gave us amazing stories including Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

We’ve also added in some of our favourite quotes from his books. Book quotes are a great way to fill up empty space in your yearbook, and quotes from Dahl are beloved by all, young and old.

So why not take inspiration from this worldwide celebration and include some of your favourite quotes in your profile?

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1. Roald Dahl co-wrote the script for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and came up with the creepy character of The Child Catcher.

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2. Dahl was a great lover of chocolate. So much so that there was a whole chapter dedicated to it in The Roald Dahl Cookbook.

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3. In 2015, The Twits was the most-read book in UK primary schools, after first being published in 1980.

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4. In The BFG, Dahl created a long list of words which eventually became the title character’s own language – Gobblefunk.

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5. Dahl was a fighter pilot in World War II, and passed intelligence to MI6 from Washington.

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Our 2018 early deposit discount is now available!

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Now the new school year is up and running it’s time to start thinking about your 2018 yearbook!

We are offering an early deposit discount to all of our lovely customers – both new and returning – simply pay your £100 deposit before the end of November 2017 and we’ll give you 10% off our list prices.

It’s as simple as that!

If you are using our individual payment scheme be sure to speak to your coordinator about how you can still take advantage of this great offer too!

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Staff Proof-readers – Who needs ’em?

YOU DO!
We know your yearbook is something that you’ve all worked hard to make amazing, and we would hate to think that someone from your school is unhappy with the finished product. You staff proof-reader is there to help you make sure everything in the book is suitable, while also making sure the school is happy with the content.
If you’re making a yearbook with us, your staff proof-reader will either need to
A)  proof-read the yearbook on behalf of the school
OR
B) Authorise you or another student editor to approve the content on behalf of the school
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I know this may be a shock but teachers have lives outside of school too (!) so getting us their contact info sooner rather than later will give them plenty of time to get the proofreading done before your deadline.
We can’t go to print without their confirmation so any delay in getting us the info will result in a delayed yearbook –  none of us want that!
Don’t worry – no-one is going to take your yearbook away from you! Just send us the info over chat, email or give us a call – we just need their name and school email address.
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If your print deadline falls over a school holiday, it is your editing team’s responsibility to check the staff proof-reader will be available to review the final draft during this time. They will need to log in to the book to click a confirmation button and if we cannot reach them, your project will be delayed!
Please speak to your coordinator if you have any questions about nominating a staff proof-reader. If you are making an unaffiliated yearbook you can read up on more information here.
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Celebrating Red Nose Day

As Red Nose Day approaches, be sure to take lots of photos of your fundraising events so you can add them into a yearbook collage!

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Why not use a fun font (we’ve used Flavors) with a red spotty background? A few well-placed PNGs can also liven up the page while showcasing the achievements of the school.

Whether it’s a sponsored bike ride, fancy dress day, or a charity bake sale we love seeing all your pics online – be sure to share them with us on Twitter!

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World Book Day 2017 ideas

With today being the 20th World Book Day, we’ve been thinking about plenty of ways to incorporate the world of books into your pages.

One idea we have come with up is to mix up your World Book Day photos with a personal book journal. This idea will be great in primary school yearbooks as it encourages students to keep a record of what they are reading. Just set out a few questions on the page and leave spaces so they can hand-write their answers when they get home.

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If you’d rather focus on adding photos to your pages, a quote can make a wonderful centre piece for your collage. We’ve gone with a classic Dr Suess quote, but the possibilities are endless!

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We love seeing all of your fancy dress photos, they get more and more inventive each year! Keep up the good work and let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

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A new chapter for AllYearbooks….

The start of February brings about some fantastic changes for AllYearbooks and we’re very excited to share this new chapter of our company story with our lovely customers! As of yesterday, AllYearbooks merged with Tempest Photography which was a big step towards maintaining our number one position in the UK yearbook market. Many of you are probably wondering what this means for you as editors (and members) of 2017 yearbook projects but I want to say don’t panic- we’re not changing our winning formula and your yearbook journey will continue as normal 🙂

Whilst this is big news for the AllYearbooks team, it also has some epic benefits as AllYearbooks customers. As of today you can now request high resolution images taken by Tempest Photography for use in your yearbook free of charge!!! We know many of you will want to take full advantage of featuring hilarious Year 7 throwback pics and official class photos so do get in touch if you’d like to request images for your books!

Secondly, we are now able to offer a range of hoodies to AllYearbooks customers. If you’re looking for leavers hoodies as well as yearbooks be sure let us know and we can pop a quote together for you.

For more information, you can visit allyearbooks.co.uk/tempest or you can give us call with any questions you may have moving forwards 🙂

#Makeitmonday: Intro Pages

So you’ve made a contents page on your first single page in the yearbook but what’s next? Instead of jumping headfirst into the student profiles, a nice introductory page makes for a softer transition! As a general rule, your intro page will introduce the title of the book and tell the reader a little about what to expect- a note from your editing team will do just the job (and you’ll get to take credit for the book after all of your hardwork) 😀 Let’s explore three very different intro pages and have a look at how they’ve been made in our page designer….

DESIGN 1: SIMPLE SQUARES

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A lot of the work here is actually in the detail of the background image. The soft swirl creates a nice transitional page that just asks to be turned and the square frames play on the squares incorporated in the background design itself. To get started, you’ll first want to apply the Blue Squares background using the background selector. Now click the Add button at the top of your toolbar and choose add frame. Adjust the size accordingly so you have a nice square and then duplicate this using ctrl +D

DESIGN 2: GOING FOR GRUNGE

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This design is not for the faint-hearted and is a little bit fiddly but the effect here is worth it I think! Grab a pen and paper and write down your editors message and also some key words that define your experience at school- a particular party,  trips, memorable dates, shows etc. Now you want to add these snippets of text by adding title text boxes. Start constructing a square shape and then rotate some text to form the sides of the cube and keep filling in the areas 🙂 This background ‘Wall‘ can be found in the background selector and you can add the black bands by clicking the add shape button!

DESIGN 3: PALETTE PLAY

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This bold, graphic design is a perfect way for your editing team to introduce the project. With a large amount of text space for your thoughts and reflections on the past years, you can each add in a little message to say hello and acknowledge your efforts in putting the book together 🙂 Start by applying a flat colour to the background (you may need to change your colour palette before this) and then use the add frame button to add in a photo frames for each editor. Now you’ll want to start adding titles using the add title button and a main text box for your introductory message.

To decorate this page, I’ve put together a simple square pattern using the add shape feature. You can duplicate the fill shape you’ve made by clicking ctrl + D and slightly offset them. Now join up the edges of the shapes using a title text box and the humble full stop key!

Follow us on Pinterest!

Another week has flown by and it’s great to see so many people getting started with their projects. We know you’re probably scouring the web looking for yearbook ideas and tips so here is a quick link to our delightful pinterest boards:

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We’re always on the look out for awesome images and inspiring quotes which is why we’ve started pinning our favourites to share with you! Follow our boards to keep up to date with our inspirations and let us know if you’ve spotted something cool that you think others would enjoy 🙂

See you all next week!

Top 85 yearbook awards ideas

Looking for inspiration for what awards to have in your yearbook? We’ve trawled our database of over 15,000 different awards and present to you the top 85 that we’ve found. If you’re loving what you see, why not come and chat to us about your yearbook plans. We’ve got a team of top support coordinators who’ll be happy to help you explore our online system.

– Most likely to become Prime Minister
– Most Likely to Be Famous
– Most likely to become a millionaire
– Most likely to win a Nobel Prize
– Most likely to become a WAG
– Most likely to win an Oscar
– Most likely to take over the world
– Most likely to marry for money
– Most likely to get married first
– Most Likely To Become A Model
– Most Likely To Become A Nun
– Most likely to appear on Jeremy Kyle
– Most likely to win an Olympic Medal
– Most Likely to rule the World
– Most likely to win X Factor
– Most likely to cure cancer
– Most likely to become a teacher
– Most likely to break a world record
– Most likely to become a comedian
– Most likely to win the lottery but lose the ticket
– Most likely to get ID’d when they’re 30
– Couple most likely to get married

– Best Hair
– Best Dressed
– Best Smile
– Best Laugh
– Best Couple
– Best Dressed Female
– Best Dressed Male
– Best looking Female
– Best looking Male
– Best Sportsman
– Best Sportswoman
– Best Dancer
– Best Bum
– Best Musician
– Best legs
– Best teacher
– Best Newcomer
– Best Artist
– Best Double Act
– Best personality
– Best Singer
– Best Party
– Best Driver
– Best Comedian

– Worst Driver
– Worst attendance

– Most gullible
– Most Sarcastic
– Most creative
– Most musical
– Most Blonde
– Most Hardworking
– Most Artistic
– Most annoying laugh
– Most caring
– Most annoying but loved
– Most Organised
– Most competitive

– Biggest Drama Queen
– Biggest flirt
– Biggest Gossip
– Biggest party animal
– Biggest Ego
– Biggest Poser
– Biggest chav

– Class clown
– Funniest Person
– Rear of the year
– Cutest couple
– Teachers Pet
– Loudest
– Nicest person
– Party Animal
– Funniest Teacher
– Funniest Laugh
– Nicest Smile
– Favourite Teacher
– Blondest
– Loudest person
– Quietest
– Prom queen
– Happiest Person
– The [name of school] prize for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence

Also, a word of caution: whilst awards like ‘Most likely to go to prison’ may seem funny, the person receiving the award may not be so pleased with it. In fact, we’ve had a case in the past of a parent nearly suing a school when their child was given this award – the page had to be replaced to prevent this. If in doubt, ask a teacher what’s appropriate and what’s not, and be aware that every school has their own rules.

Visit our website to get started with your yearbook – http://www.allyearbooks.co.uk