Using blank spaces effectively in your profile pages!

When you start designing your profile pages you may soon find that you have an odd amount of profiles that will not fit on the page neatly.

Rather than leave a single profile on it’s own page, we’ve got some great ideas to help you use the space on the page effectively.

Here’s our AYB profile page – as you can see poor Jeni is left all on her own on the right hand page! We don’t like lonely profiles so let’s do something about this!1

Deleting and shifting profile spaces

Let’s shift all of the profiles along by a couple of spaces so Jeni has some friends!

The most important thing to remember is that deleting a profile space on the page doesn’t mean you are deleting a person’s profile! Their information will automatically shift along to the next profile slot.

I want to add a title where Becky’s profile currently is – so I’ll need to delete that profile space.

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Voila! Now just do the same to any other profile spots you want to be deleted.

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I’ve decided to add a title and group picture to fill the remaining space on the page – but it is entirely up to you!

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Take a look at some more inspiration below:

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Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 4

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.

One of the most important things to have set up before your members join the book is your profile questions and award categories. If members are logging into the book before these are set up, there is a chance they will not log in again to add these answers.

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When you’re ready to create new profile questions simply click on ‘Profile Questions‘ in your blue setup menu. Here you will be able to type in a list of questions you would like members to answer, and we have even provided a few suggestions to get you started!

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Once you have added your questions you will be able to filter who is able to answer them, as well as how you want the answers to be shown in your book.

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Remember to save all of your changes and then it’s time to move onto the awards!

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If you have decided to include awards in your yearbook you will need to go click on ‘Votes and Awards‘ in your set-up menu to get these added.

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Here you’ll be able to choose from adding awards, casting your own votes and closing/reopening the awards as well.

To add awards click on ‘Add an award‘ and here you’ll also be able to customise the nominees for each one. Selecting ‘custom‘ will allow you to type each individual name you would be like nominated.

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If you would like to freeze voting at any point you can do so via the ‘Votes and Awards‘ section of your menu. This comes in very handy if you want to close voting on a certain day but you are still wanting the members to log in and finish their profiles.

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

Part Three: Creating Profile Pages

Members and Groups Masterclass: Part 3

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.

Now we have got our profile groups set up, and our members joined, we will focus on how to create some profile pages in the book!

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When you are ready to add some profile pages into your book you will first need to click on ‘Add Pages’ in the top left of the grey toolbar on your homepage. Then, select ‘Profiles‘.

First thing to do is to name your page, and then you will want to select a profile group to appear (use the drop down menu to choose from your created groups).

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Next, you will want to move to the right hand side of the pop up box, where the different layouts are listed. Here you can filter the different layouts by how many profiles appear per spread.

Once you have selected the profile spread you like, you will need to select how many pages you want to add. You can do this by using the drop down box called ‘Pages’.

The ‘2’ refers to how many single pages will be added, while spreads points out how many double pages are being created. If you know how many profiles you will need in total, eg 30, you can also select this.

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Now you have added profile pages into your book, you may need to change which profile group it is showing. This is easily done by clicking on the page you would like to change, and then selecting ‘Profiles’ in the blue page menu.

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You’ll want to click on the drop down menu under ‘Profile Group‘. Here, you can select a different group and save the changes. You’ll also be able to change to a different profile layout on this page.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to add profile questions and awards for your members to answer!

Previous Members & Groups Articles:

Part One: Making Profile Groups

Part Two: Adding and Inviting Members

 

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!

We love Coolors.co

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No that’s not a misstype! Coolors.co is a fab website for creating colour palettes that really work.You can explore which colours gel well and it’s gets bonus points for giving you the hex codes for each colour in the palette too 🙂 If you go back to your book, you can build these hex codes into your theme with a simple copy and paste- hoorah for bright colourful pages that don’t make your eyes bleed!

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Creating a Facebook Group to promote your yearbook

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Setting up a facebook group is a great way to keep your classmates updated and remind them of deadlines for profile entries and awards voting etc. If you’re a whizz on social media, this may just be the marketing strategy for you  🙂

facebookgroupClicking onto ‘create group’ will bring up a form like this for you to create your group 🙂 Remember you don’t want just anybody to be able to join the group so make sure your book is set to Secret! Once you’ve created your group, you can get to work inviting all of your year group to join.

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Font Pairing 101

The fonts you choose for your books will really influence the finished look of your pages so it’s worth spending a little time getting the perfect selection in place. First think about your theme for the book as this will probably affect your choices straight away. If you’re looking to create something really sleek and professional, formal angular fonts are great. If you want a more personal feel, selecting a palette of playful handwritten fonts will really help you create this affect. Whatever you choose, this will impact on the font family you put together and to help you get started here’s our 2 step plan to pro font pairings….

Step 1

Think about the areas of text you’ll have in your book. Probably profile answers will be the most text heavy areas so this is your first focus point. If you’ve only got a small space for profile answers, you might want to avoid smaller, ornate or swirly fonts. Whilst they look fab as big titles, these font styles can be hard to read if they’re too small and ideally you want to be able to read those profiles right?!

Step 2

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Choose a complimentary or contrasting font for page titles and larger text. Complimentary fonts as shown in the top example work in harmony with the main body font for a very smooth finish. You can always change the text colours to generate contrast in this instance 🙂 The bottom example shows two contrasting fonts, one thin and one thicker and curvier. Which do you prefer?

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If your heart is set on one consistent font throughout the book, you might like to try incorporating the same font in its various italic, bold and caps forms to help you keep things fresh and interesting. Next to a font name in the theme menu, you’ll see a drop down of any available alternatives for you to use. Just add the same font to two of your palette choices for example and set one to normal and one to italic.

Want more font ideas? Check out our typography board on Pinterest for some creative uses of text and layouts: