Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 1

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.

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When you first create your book you may be tempted to jump straight in and start creating profile pages for everybody in your book, but before you get carried away with the design aspects it’s important to set up the basics to avoid any potential headaches closer to your deadline!

One of the first things you need to think about is how you want to display the members in the book – eg, by form class or alphabetical order. Once you know this you will need to create the profile groups.

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The first time you click onto the Members & Groups tab you will see a similar page to the one above. As an editor you will be placed into ‘Members with no profile’ automatically, which means you will not appear in the book.

If you are listing all members in one group (eg alphabetical order) you will only need to create one profile group (eg Students). But if you have decided to separate profiles via form group, you will have to create some more groups.

To do this click ‘Add Profile Group’ in the top left of your page. Then, type in the name of the profile group and click ‘Add to yearbook’.

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You should now see multiple profile groups listed, any members joining the book will be able to choose which profile group to join.

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But what if you need to change the name of a profile group? Simply click on ‘Edit Group’ next to the profile name you would like the change, and then type in the new name and save.

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…And voila! We now have two profile groups ready and waiting for members to join!

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Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to add or invite members to join your book!

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Introducing… Brand new backgrounds for 2018!

We do know how to treat you here at AllYearbooks – not only have we uploaded a whole new bunch of PNGs and clipart into the system for 2018 – but we’ve thrown in a load of new backgrounds too!

Using a background on your pages is such an easy way of personalising your book, and whether you are wanting a subtle pastel background, or something a bit more vibrant, we have the perfect one for you.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more new backgrounds later on in the school year too! And if you don’t see anything you like the look of speak to your yearbook coordinator – they’ll definitely be able to help you find something.

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Theming your yearbook: PNG-tastic!

Here at AllYearbooks we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to create a fantastic yearbook for you and your classmates to treasure for years.

Our PNGs make theming your yearbook an easy and fun job – whether you are designing a single page or the entire book!

Take a look at some of our cool clip art we have introduced for the 2017-2018 school year! You can find all of these in the ‘Graphics and Clipart’ folder within the ‘Pics’ setup menu.

If you are stuck for inspiration why not speak to your yearbook coordinator about some great themes you could incorporate into your project!

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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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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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Brand new covers for Summer 2017!

Our design team has been busy creating a range of new covers for you to use for your 2017 yearbook!

From bold Union Jacks to fancy floral themes, we’ve got something suitable for every yearbook.

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If you still can’t find anything you like the look of, get in touch with your yearbook coordinator who will be more than happy to help you come up with a brief for our designers to follow.

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
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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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Creative contents pages

While adding the finishing touches to your profile and collage pages it is easy to get swept up in the creation process and before you know it your print deadline is approaching.

The first page anyone will see once they’ve opened their shiny new yearbook is page one (obviously…) so it’s definitely worth putting a little thought in to using the page wisely.

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A notebook-themed background can provide a simple yet effective base for a contents page. Add in a hand-written font such as Cedarville Cursive and you’ve upgraded your contents page in less than 10 minutes!

For a subtle, pretty contents page like our ‘Rainy Day’ example all you need is a couple of PNGs and a matching background. Or go for a gallery effect by browsing through our frame PNGs and selecting a couple to box your page names.

If you’ve got plenty of pages to play around with you could always have spread your contents over two pages. We’ve gone for a video game style page with a fun intro to set the tone of the book. Use your imagination to come up with different themes that could carry on throughout the whole book.

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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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