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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Finding the right colour scheme!

If you’re struggling to find inspiration when choosing your yearbook’s colour scheme, don’t worry – we are here to help!

Take a look at our pre-made colour palettes which you will find in the ‘Theme’ menu, and if nothing is taking your fancy feel free to make your own using some of our tips below.

Be bold

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours, especially if you are looking to create an eye-catching page. Think yellow and black, neon pink and turquoise, purple and lime green!

Be relaxed

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If you’re thinking about a more chilled-out look, pick out some neutral colours for your palette. Pale blues, summer yellows and cream tones will leave your year group feeling calm and peaceful.

Be Sophisticated

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Rather than opt for white, why not try a creamy background colour with a selection of purples and pinks. These colours look great when paired with a handlettered font, and gives the page a sophisticated feel.

Be Experimental

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Why pick just one bright colour when you can pick five!? Contrasting colours such as pink and red can look really effective when used sparingly. Throw in some yellow, green and blue and you’ve got yourself a stand-out colour scheme.

If you’d like any help choosing a colour palette, or want to use one of the above, our yearbook coordinators are more than happy to help! Click on the support tab within your book and let us know.

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Baby Photo Games

 

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this is such a classic yearbook page type it has to be said. We see these pages in at least half of the yearbooks we make and if it’s not on a page like this, those baby photos have been incorporated into the profiles themselves! If you’d like to include a guess the baby photo page like this, you can find a full tutorial here 🙂

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 🙂

Making a confessions page…

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We’ve all done something we shouldn’t at some time or another in our lives and when you get to the end of your school days, you can open up and admit to the year group ‘it was me’. Confessions are always hilarious pages so if you’d like to include them, why not follow this easy page tutorial:

Step 1: Choose your theme. Are you working with a consistent theme throughout your yearbook which you want to copy over or are you going to bold individual pages which are themed by contents? Your decisions on theming will help you get started with selecting fonts and backgrounds…

Step 2: Add a title. This page is bound to capture your reader as everyone naturally wants the juicy gossip! Click onto the add icon and then choose add title text. Position your text as you wish and why not go for a big bold font to really steal the show 🙂 If you plan to add your page title across a double page spread, be sure to leave a little gap in the text so it doesn’t get lost in the spine of the book when it’s bound.

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Step 3: With the Add menu still open, you can now add other text boxes to the page for your various confessions. Be sure to choose a mix of fonts and colours for your text boxes to keep the page looking bright and interesting.

Step 4: Embellish! Have a good rummage through the PNG selection to find all sorts of post it notes, frames and doodles which could add to your theming.

As our system is so flexible, you can really create some interesting designs. Perhaps you’d like to incorporate some photos for a magazine look….

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Or maybe frame those secrets using frames from your PNG selection in the graphics and clipart area….

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Individual payments now live!

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You might have spotted our recent twitter announcement about the launch of individual payments this week so I was keen to share a bit more info about this brand new feature and how to use it 😀  In previous years, collecting payments in for the yearbooks fell to the editing team or the finance team at school but the launch of this new feature will allow for members to pay directly to the project- no more chasing people around school! So how does it work I hear you ask?

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To set up your own storefront, click onto invoices and payments in the set up menu of your book. Make sure you add your billing address if you haven’t done this already and then click the ‘find out more’ link shown above.

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This will take you through to a screen like this one where you can set your selling price and add other details. Here you’ll be shown how much your book price is currently based on your estimates and you have the option to set your own price in the first box. If you are planning to use the project to fundraise for the school, you can set a higher price (or perhaps you might want to round up to the nearest pound for ease for example). If your PTA team are subsidising the cost of the books, you could set a lower price for members as the remaining balance would be covered by the PTA.

In the next box, you need to let us know who the payments are being collected for. If you are handling finances personally, you can add your own name here or if you’re doing this on behalf of the school finance team, add this instead 🙂 If there is a shortfall between member payments received and the total cost of the books you are ordering, this contact will need to organise payment of the difference. Similarly if you’re fundraising via your yearbook, we’ll contact the nominated person here to organise a refund of any funds raised.

The final box on this screen is there so you can add extra info for members. You might like to add the date your finished books will be ready for collection or contact details for the editing team should members have any other questions!

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Once you’ve set up your storefront, a link will go live which you can share with members and parents. You’ll notice your storefront is populated with the fields you set up earlier 🙂 Members/ parents can then enter their name, who they are buying their book for (student name) and select how many books they wish to purchase using the dropdown.

If you have any questions at all about this new feature, why not check out the full step by step tutorial on our support site or get in touch with your coordinator!

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Free printable photobooth props

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Hey everyone, how are you getting on?! Many of you are starting to talk about yearbook photos at the moment so I wanted to deliver a special gift for you to enjoy. We’ve made a fun photobooth prop printable set for you to use as you wish. Whether you want to spice up your profiles, create a fun photobooth collage or let your teachers show their fun side, all you need to do is download and print the prop set onto some card and attach to some wooden skewers or straws.

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Ready to get started?! Just click this link to start your free download 🙂

Have fun,

the AYB team