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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Trip pages

Why not dedicate a page within your book to your school trips? Whether it was a day out at the local farm, or somewhere a bit more exotic, getting members to upload and label their snaps will make putting together a collage a breeze.

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Once you’ve got your photos sorted, be sure to take a look at our travel-themed PNGs. While scrolling through our clipart gallery you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition for your page.

We‘ve added a text box on top of a plane PNG to create a unique heading, while layering fill shapes and text boxes to make a cartoon passport and boarding pass.

Speak to your yearbook coordinator today for some ideas about jazzing up your trip pages!

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World Book Day 2017 ideas

With today being the 20th World Book Day, we’ve been thinking about plenty of ways to incorporate the world of books into your pages.

One idea we have come with up is to mix up your World Book Day photos with a personal book journal. This idea will be great in primary school yearbooks as it encourages students to keep a record of what they are reading. Just set out a few questions on the page and leave spaces so they can hand-write their answers when they get home.

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If you’d rather focus on adding photos to your pages, a quote can make a wonderful centre piece for your collage. We’ve gone with a classic Dr Suess quote, but the possibilities are endless!

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We love seeing all of your fancy dress photos, they get more and more inventive each year! Keep up the good work and let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

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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 🙂

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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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