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Get the look: Potter Perfection

PotterThe Harry Potter books continue to inspire some great themed yearbooks full of magic and mischief this year and it’s a lot of fun to see how people have really introduced this theme with a lot of thought- a particular favourite of mine was the Chamber of Secrets Confessions page I saw in a book a few years ago now but editors are always coming up with fantastic new page creations!

So where to start? Well let’s look at your font selections first 🙂 There are some lovely magical and old looking font options that work so perfectly for this kind of theme. Fonts like Diplomata SC, Bigelow Rules, Jim Nightshade ….

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When it comes to creating your page, our parchment background is the best choice for you! You can also find these awesome scroll banners to embellish your title pages and add another dimension to your design in the clipart selection available in all books.

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When you’re choosing colour schemes, you’ll probably want some nice earthy colours for parchment looks. Remember you also have black and white in addition to your palette choices 🙂

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When it comes to cover designs, the Marauder’s Map has been a strong influence this last year. You can get the look using parchment style background, fonts mentioned above and a little creative drawing to map out your school grounds.  Alternatively you can make a nice Hogwarts style crest using your school’s house colours and images which looks fab too!

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the AYB team

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Get the look: Movie Glamour theme

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Who watched the BAFTA’s at the weekend? Feeling inspired by Hollywood’s hottest? Why not recall all the famous faces of your school days and do it with style with a movie glamour theme 🙂

So when you think of the movies, you think of red carpets, lush velvet curtains and golden highlights right? Naturally you’ll want to build these colours into your palette so something like this is a great starting point:

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When it comes to fonts,  there are some great theatrical choices that look awesome in this kind of theme. Limelight has been one of our trusty favourites for years now but be sure to create a nice mix of bold title fonts and stylised body text options too. Poiret One is a great choice for example 🙂

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If you’re keen to develop your movie theme further, we’ve got a range of backgrounds that will look fab for your profiles, awards, collages and so on. Take this Oscars theme for example- it works perfectly as a background for your profiles as the colouring is light enough to support lots of text. We’ve also added this movie strip frame to a series of profile photos too 😀

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Now obviously awards are a big thing in the movie industry and if you’re keen to follow suit, mix things up with some PNG frames and plaques. You’ll find these light box frames in the graphics and clipart draw and you can layer text and photos over them for some great results!

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Alternatively why not choose a specific movie or genre that inspires you and use this as a base for your design. I love this great Gatsby inspired book as it incorporated wonderful Art Deco graphics and styling. We’ve also seen Star Wars themed yearbooks and Mean Girls inspired books so there’s no limit to what is possible!

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If you’re yearbooking this half -term, rest assured we’re still on hand to assist despite the holidays! If you have any questions about your chosen yearbook themes or your project in general, just get in touch by phone, email , instant chat or whatsapp 🙂

the AYB team

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Top 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.

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Pinterest for all!

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Like a lot of people out there, I enjoy Pinterest! It’s a fab site that allows you to save info and images to boards for reference later. If you’re in the process of deciding on a theme for example, head over and pop a few ideas in a search- you might decide that idea doesn’t work or you might find loads of cool examples to get your creative brain ticking 🙂 Either way, have fun and explore it I’d say. And if you’re interested, pop to our collection of yearbook quotes, typography and design ideas boards for more yearbook chat and tips! We’ll be adding to these throughout the year so do follow any boards that you’re interested in so you get updates on our latest pins.

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Working those PNGs

Using Pngs

I know I’ve said it before but I’m so excited to see this new feature in action. New for 2016 is our great selection of stock PNG images which come pre-loaded into all books 🙂 This means perfect page embellishments are now readily available for everybody. Whether you want to add push pins to that message page, photo frames to your profiles or sellotape to those collage photos, you can really go to town with great high quality PNG images. Each PNG sports a transparent background for a seamless design finish so you don’t get those unsightly white boxes around your images- hooray 😀

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So how does it work? Well,  click onto Add pics in the Pics menu and you’ll find a selection of PNG and clipart elements that you can add to your pages. If you want to add ink splodges to your journal themed pages you can simply click the category here and it will show you all the options available to you. You can use these elements as many times as you need throughout your books and it really opens up the possibilities for even more page types. If you’d like to make an awesome infographic for example, just click onto the awards and infographics category for a host of great arrows, banners, icons and more 🙂

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The fun doesn’t stop there though, you can even incorporate the PNGs into your profile templates for some delightfully different designs! Take this profile layout for example – it uses some lovely watercolour paint effects to underline and highlight each students name and we’ve also got a great use of PNG imagery for the divider between the profiles. Everything about this design is just super girly and I love it 🙂

If you’re after more page ideas, do check out our gallery on our Facebook page for a whole host of beautiful designs that you can replicate in your books!

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All new backgrounds!

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To help you keep your books fresh and interesting year after year, we’ve updated our selection of page backgrounds and we’re very excited to see them live in the system! Never fear, we’ve still got our old favourites but now you’ll have more choice than ever when it comes to designing the perfect yearbook pages. Perhaps you had a great Egyptian Day collage in mind, we’ve got a background for that. What about world book day- we’ve got a beautiful new Alice in Wonderland inspired design for that too! Whatever kind of page you’re making, you’ll be sure to find a whole host of design possibilities with us 🙂

Not started a yearbook yet? Come and have a look around! It’s completely free to set up a book online and explore so do come and say hello! Click the button below to get started:

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A quick guide to font selections

Lots of you have been asking for a quick, visual representation of the fonts we have available so you can quickly put together a font palette to work into your yearbook themes. Here’s a guide to the font styles available and where you’ll find them on the font selector 😀

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If you have any questions about the fonts available through our online system, do speak to your yearbook coordinator 🙂