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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 🙂

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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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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

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Amazing alphabets

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In 2016, I noticed many of you using text boxes to create form intro pages but limitations on font size were restricting the possibilities. Without further ado, lets kick start the new yearbook season with some shiny new goodies to address this!

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You may have spotted a new selection of PNG images available in your graphics and clipart area which can be found when you click onto the Pics icon on the left of your screen. This year we’ve added a new label to this area for alphabets to help you make dynamic title pages and loads more. Handpicked by our designer, these new PNGs can be built seamlessly into your designs for professional and artistic results 🙂 Hooray! You can make them as large as you need, rotate them and layer them with other components on your page. I’ll be making some example pages using these fab new additions shortly so be sure to follow our Pinterest and Facebook feeds for these!

the AYB team

 

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Planning for your 2017 project!

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your 2017 project so if you’re eager to get started, please do get in touch! Whilst there are still a few  2016 projects still to print, we always have time to chat about your future plans and help you get a head start 🙂 Our new infopack will also be available shortly so you can pre-order your free copy here: allyearbooks.co.uk/infopack

We often have discounts available at the start of each academic year to help you make great savings so it’s worth getting in touch as soon as you have a new team in place!  We can also copy over layouts and designs from your 2016 project to your 2017 one too so you can save time as well as money. If you’ve just finalised your project and want to impart your wisdom to next years organiser, do also pass on our contact details and we’ll be happy to help.

the AYB team

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Theatre school yearbooks

theatreI love theatre school yearbooks! From a print perspective, they always look super smart as everybody includes their super slick high quality head shots (usually in black and white) on their profiles and the performances have been captured wonderfully with high resolution images. It’s marvellous and a thing of beauty 🙂

If you’re interested in making a yearbook for your theatre or dance school do pop an email over to us hi@allyearbooks.co.uk

the AYB team