Who’s Who: Creating a map of your school

We love unique ideas here in the AllYearbooks office and we’ve been thinking lately about different ways to list all your teachers in your yearbooks.

We often see pages which simply list teachers and their photos, but why not shake things up a bit by getting creative and making a map!?

Of course, listing all members of staff on your map may make it a bit crowded, but this layout is a great way of giving the behind-the-scenes members of staff their time to shine.

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We’ve layered several fill shapes to create a map outline and then added in text boxes and marker PNGs. Then, simply upload your teacher photos (perhaps crop them into a circle shape before uploading) and you’ve got yourself a map!

Speak to your yearbook coordinator today about creating this layout for your own yearbook.

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Happy New Year!

Hello 2018

Happy 2018 everybody! The AllYearbooks team is back after the Christmas break and we would like to wish all of our customers a very happy new year!

The beginning of the year is a great time to start creating your 2018 yearbook, and your yearbook coordinators are all ready and waiting to answer any questions you have about your project.

Feel free to give the office a call on 01736 751444, or email us at hi@allyearbooks.co.uk

Get the look: Minimalist yearbook covers

Here at AllYearbooks we have a lovely team of talented designers who are dedicated to creating unique covers for your yearbooks.

Whether you are wanting specific theme, colour scheme or have no idea where to start, our design dream team will make sure you have a perfect cover by your deadline date!

We are seeing a lot of 2017 and 2018 yearbook committees going for a formal, minimalist look when speaking to our design team – here are some of our favourite ideas around the theme:

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Speak to a member of the team today about getting your first cover draft created!

Do Your Thing for Children in Need 2017!

We love seeing all of your fundraising events in your yearbook, and the photos make for such fun and colourful pages!

Whether you’re holding a bake sale, a sponsored silence or maybe the school are holding a non-uniform day, be sure to take a few photos so you can make a funky collage in your yearbook.

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If you haven’t got many photos to fill your page why not get a budding reporter to write a summary of the day? This is a great way of filling up space and getting students involved with the yearbook process!

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Making a text-heavy yearbook page

Having a page full of text doesn’t have to look boring!

Many schools decide to include a few text-heavy pages in their yearbook for many different reasons – it could be a welcome letter from the editor, a farewell speech from the Head of Year, or perhaps a summary of the school year from a teacher or pupil.

We’ve come up with a few different ways to put all the text on the page that you need, while making it easy to read. We’ve even included font suggestions for you!

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Boo! How to make spectacularly spooky pages for Halloween…

Halloween is a create time of year to include in your yearbooks – the theme lets you get really creative with your colour palettes and backgrounds!

Whether you are out trick or treating, having a Halloween party or celebrating with a dress-up competition at school, we’ve got some great ideas to help you spook up your pages 🙂

Backgrounds

We’ve got a fab selection of Halloween backgrounds on the system, these are just two of them! Whether you want a bold background or something more subtle, there’s an option for you.

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Colour palettes 

There are so many great colour schemes associated with Halloween, rich oranges, dark browns and black, even lime green and bright purple! Take a look at some of our colour palettes below, we’ve even given you the colour hex code so you can use the exact shade.

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Page ideas

Don’t limit yourself to just a collage page – why not have a craft page, or even a themed joke page!?

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Happy Halloween everyone!

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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Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 4

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

One of the most important things to have set up before your members join the book is your profile questions and award categories. If members are logging into the book before these are set up, there is a chance they will not log in again to add these answers.

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When you’re ready to create new profile questions simply click on ‘Profile Questions‘ in your blue setup menu. Here you will be able to type in a list of questions you would like members to answer, and we have even provided a few suggestions to get you started!

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Once you have added your questions you will be able to filter who is able to answer them, as well as how you want the answers to be shown in your book.

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Remember to save all of your changes and then it’s time to move onto the awards!

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If you have decided to include awards in your yearbook you will need to go click on ‘Votes and Awards‘ in your set-up menu to get these added.

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Here you’ll be able to choose from adding awards, casting your own votes and closing/reopening the awards as well.

To add awards click on ‘Add an award‘ and here you’ll also be able to customise the nominees for each one. Selecting ‘custom‘ will allow you to type each individual name you would be like nominated.

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If you would like to freeze voting at any point you can do so via the ‘Votes and Awards‘ section of your menu. This comes in very handy if you want to close voting on a certain day but you are still wanting the members to log in and finish their profiles.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Three: Creating Profile Pages

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 3

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

Now we have got our profile groups set up, and our members joined, we will focus on how to create some profile pages in the book!

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When you are ready to add some profile pages into your book you will first need to click on ‘Add Pages’ in the top left of the grey toolbar on your homepage. Then, select ‘Profiles‘.

First thing to do is to name your page, and then you will want to select a profile group to appear (use the drop down menu to choose from your created groups).

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Next, you will want to move to the right hand side of the pop up box, where the different layouts are listed. Here you can filter the different layouts by how many profiles appear per spread.

Once you have selected the profile spread you like, you will need to select how many pages you want to add. You can do this by using the drop down box called ‘Pages’.

The ‘2’ refers to how many single pages will be added, while spreads points out how many double pages are being created. If you know how many profiles you will need in total, eg 30, you can also select this.

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Now you have added profile pages into your book, you may need to change which profile group it is showing. This is easily done by clicking on the page you would like to change, and then selecting ‘Profiles’ in the blue page menu.

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You’ll want to click on the drop down menu under ‘Profile Group‘. Here, you can select a different group and save the changes. You’ll also be able to change to a different profile layout on this page.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to add profile questions and awards for your members to answer!

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Four: Profile Questions & Awards 

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 2

When creating and editing your profile pages, Members & Groups will become your new best friend, so over the next few days we’ll be talking you through how the page works and how to use it effectively.

Yesterday we walked through how to add new profile groups to your book, so now we’ll be discussing the different ways you can add or invite members to your book!

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If you have spoken to your yearbook coordinator, they have probably spoken to you about the different editing styles you can choose – editor only or members logging in. But what do these actually mean?

Editor only – When an editor is solely inputting the data on behalf of the members. Eg, collecting profile answers offline and typing the information into the online book. Nobody other than the group of editors will have access to the yearbook. 

Members logging in – Students can create and use a member account to upload photos and answer profile questions. Any information they fill in will automatically be added to their profile page, and it will be up to the editors to make sure that all content fits onto the page. 

The way you interact with the members and groups page will depend on what editing decision you go for. We’ll start by explaining ‘Editor only’.

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It’s important to remember that even though members will not be logging into the book, they will still need to be listed in the ‘Members & Groups’ area. This is because the editor will be filling in the profile on their behalf.

To add a member into the book you will need to click ‘Add or Invite Member’, and then select ‘Add Members Manually’.  Here you will be able to type in the member’s name, before selecting a profile group and log in type.

Remember, you will need to keep the log in type as “won’t be logging in” so that nobody other than the editor has access.

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After you have clicked ‘Add new member’ you can go back to your ‘Members & Groups’ area and you will see the new member added into your chosen profile group.

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A yellow warning may appear letting you know that there are not enough profile pages allocated to the profile group, but in the early stages of creatiing a book we’d recommend waiting until you have added all of the members before sorting this out.

Once you have added all of the members needed you are ready and waiting for the next step – adding profile pages to your book.

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If you have opted to have people log in and fill in their own profiles you will need to invite members to join the book. To do this you will need to click on ‘Add or invite members’ and then select ‘Invite by email’.

You’ll then see a page with a large text box for you to fill with a list of email addresses for everybody you want to invite. They will then receive an email with an invite code and instructions on how to join.

inviteemail1Keep in mind that as soon as members create an account they will want to get started and fill in their profile answers and vote in award polls, so we recommend to hold off inviting people to join until you have completed this sections of your book.

Tomorrow we’ll walk through how you can add profile pages to your book, and how you can apply profile groups to existing pages.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Three: Creating Profile Pages

Part Four: Profile Questions and Answers