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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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Get the look: Comic book cool!

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Marvel has taken over our screens in recent years and superheros are awesome again. Comic book style has become more and more popular over the last fear years so we’re bringing you a little theme guide of exactly that 🙂 Let’s look at the colour palette of the comic book style in a little more detail first- the palette is bright but the black and white nature of the drawings take priority and give it that bold graphic quality. Key colours such as red, yellow and blue feature heavily whilst black and white add emphasis and depth so a palette like this one is a great starting point:

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Texture and depth are also used to create contrast. Take the infamous pow and crash signs of retro comics for example. Adding layers of these bold colours and teaming flat colours and dotty backgrounds is an easy way to replicate the look of traditional style comics.

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You’ll notice a whole host of bright and exciting page backgrounds in the theme area which can be used for comic book page designs, like these for example:

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When it comes to fonts, you’ll want a mix of bold, chunky options for page titles and smaller typefaces for main profile and body text. A palette like this one is a great starting point:

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For those of you feeling adventurous, why not have a go at making your own comic strip 🙂 You could host a competition to collect the funniest stories and drawings and put them together for a unique and legendary page idea!comic

Moving on to your cover design, you might like to go for something bold and vibrant or keep it simple with a monochromatic base like this design from Blairgowrie High School. The superman style crest gives it an instantly recognisable superhero style whilst adding a big splash of colour 🙂

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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 🙂

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Exciting Endpapers

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When your book cover is added to the printed pages, an endpaper is added to the front and back of the book so the cover seamlessly flows into the beginning of the internal contents. In our standard hardback yearbooks, this is left blank white and can be used to hand write messages on later down the line if you wish. With premium options though, you get to print onto these endpapers 🙂

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As these inserts don’t need to take into account the gutter of the book, they are great places to add large group photos. If you don’t have a photo to hand though , you might like to go for a design like one of these:

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For even more ideas, pop over to our Facebook page 😀

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Stargazer Yearbook Theme

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‘I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream’

Vincent Van Gogh may have been a little unhinged but he’s right sure right about this! We’re all dreamers when it comes to a beautiful night sky so it’s no wonder this has been so popular as a yearbook theme over the past few years. I’m not sure I’ve seen a year 11 yearbook go to print without at least 1 person sharing the ‘Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars’ quote! If you want to go for a stargazer theme, you’ll need to head in one of two ways- sci-fi style or dreamy journal style 🙂 Sci-fi styling looks fab with contrasting deep blues and silvers with title fonts like Megrim and body text in Orbiton.

If you’d prefer a softer approach, ‘Dawn of a new day’ is a delightful handwritten font that looks fab on our constellation inspired Wire Frame background and Starfield background that you can see in the example below.

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Now we’ve addressed the fonts and theme choices, let’s see it in action hey?! In true Blue Peter style, here is a profile design we made earlier…

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And for your cover design, a swirling nebular background teamed with a simple title creates a very distinct look… plus there is still plenty of room on the back cover to list peoples names, add a photo or maybe even an inspirational quote!

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Reach for the stars yearbookers and you might just find the perfect theme for your book! Happy stargazing 😀

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Get the look: Social Savvy

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It’s said that teenagers spend on average 31 hours a week online so it’ll come as no big surprise that so many yearbookers are trying to incorporate social media styling into their projects. Last year we saw hundreds of snapchat collages going into books and there was a great celebration of all things social (and a little bit silly) about year groups today 🙂 I expect we’ll be seeing even more snapchat photos in books again this year! 

The key to replicating your online profiles with your yearbook ones first comes down to colour choice. Picking the perfect palette is super important so to help you get started here are the ones you’ll need:

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Twitter Palette

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Snapchat Palette

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Facebook Palette

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Instagram Palette

When it comes to font choices, you’ll need to have a look at the fonts used on your social sites and find a close match. Look at the qualities of the fonts to do this- are they chunky or thin, curvy or more angular?

Constructing your page layout may take a little time to get just right and you might need to tweak your designs according to how much text you want to show, how many photos a person has and so on. To prove it’s really possible, here is a page I made earlier:

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If you’ve got your heart set on a social media style layout for your yearbook, do give me a shout if you have any questions 🙂 This theme will test you in terms of shapes and layering but the final effect is pretty darn close right!

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Get the Look: Try our School Smarts Yearbook Theme

schoolIf you really want to capture your school life in your yearbook, you can opt to work in a school theme to your cover artwork and page designs. Uniform inspired covers have been really big in 2015 and they’re set to be in high demand again in 2016! So starting with this cover idea, how is it done? Well, you just need to supply your school colours and logo for this design. If you can’t get hold of a high resolution logo from school, try laying your uniform on a flat surface and taking a photo of the crest on there. Again, this image needs to be as high resolution as possible as it’s quite a big feature for this cover! With this cover, design you also have a lot of room to play with on the back cover so you can add a photo, word cloud or your year groups names in the shape of a 16 if you like 🙂

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Setting your school colours as your palette is the easiest way to develop your school theme and personalise your book. Backgrounds such as paper textures work especially well but also ones like the chalkboard and pinboards look great in this theme.

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Similarly, you can also ask us to create a custom background using your school logo 🙂 If you’ve got different house groups you wish to incorporate, you can easily create distinct sections in the book using the different palette colours and section dividers.

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When it comes to fonts, you’ll probably want to select a combination of handwritten styles and bold title fonts such as Graduate and Vast Shadow. Graduate has a really American feel to it so would be perfect if you’re looking to recreate American style yearbook pages! For your main body fonts, you’ll want to pick something a little smaller but do ensure it’s clear enough as a smaller font size. If you need to squeeze in a lot of text in 8pt font lets say, you’ll want to avoid anything too skinny or swirly which may be quite hard to read. For more info on fonts, check out my last post on font pairing 🙂

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