Making a look-a-likes page :)


Have you ever noticed how much that girl in your science group looks like Anna Kendrick? Or how Tom’s bleached hair makes him look a bit like Malfoy from the Harry Potter films? If your school is filled with look-a-likes why not incorporate this into your page plan. Be sure to check with people first though and avoid pairing people with images that might cause upset! Saying that Mr Redworth looks like Jabba the Hutt for example probably wont go down all that well so be mindful of this as you create your pages- you don’t want to end up in the headmasters office after all!

So to make this page, all you need to do is create a basic grid layout using the add picture frame button. You can pair frames together so it’s nice and obvious which pairs go together and then use the add title text option to add in the names for each person 🙂 Have fun!

the AYB team

Making a timeline page


So many things will have happened over the 5 years you were at school and in the future you can look back on the major events that shaped the world as you were growing up.  You might want to include big news events, films that you loved, apps you couldn’t live without or things that happened more locally/around school.

If you set up a blank spread in your book, then click the articles icon on the left, you’ll find a timeline template here that’s a great starting point. You can then customise it to your hearts content and add loads if interesting facts about the things that happened whilst you were studying! Happy yearbooking 🙂

the AYB team

Daring Dividers

Welcome back everybody! It’s the final term of the school year so let’s get yearbooking and make it awesome 🙂 Structuring your yearbook content can be tricky at times which is why I’ve been making some example divider pages for you to look at today. They very clearly introduce the new section whether that’s for larger groupings, such as profiles, awards etc, or marking the start of a new house or form group. Divider designs can be fairly simple to create (you just need a word or two on a page right?!) but for those of you looking to be a little more adventurous, here are some design ideas to whet your appetite…


Creating negative spaces and cut outs is a really simple thing to do and looks super slick. To create a page like this, add a large rectangular photo frame to the outer edge of the page. Now set you background to a flat colour (black or white will work best if you’re planning to use busy imagery with lots of colours down the side). Now add a text box and rotate this so it sits along the edge of your image frame. Adjust the font colour to match your background and voila, you have a divider page.


I’m so in love with this background, so happy we have it for this year as I just know it’s going to be super popular! To make this delightful looking page, you’ll want to start by adding the confetti background which you’ll find in the theme area. For this design to really work, you’ll need a high resolution copy of your school logo saved as a png image with transparent background. Add your logo and then add a fill shape in the same colour as your logo.  If you can find other versions of your logo like the sketchy one in the top corner, add these on too to create a little more texture in your design 😀

For something a little different, try adding quotes or interesting section titles rather than single word intros. Shorter text is best for impact so things like ‘reach for the stars’, ‘saved by the bell’ and so on will look fab here!

Can’t wait to see your designs!

the AYB team

Creative contents pages

Every book starts with a single right hand page and this is a great space for things like editors notes, messages from the headteacher or something more structural like a contents page. Contents pages can be a little dull so I’ve been looking at ways to liven them up using some fab design tools and techniques!


This contents page has a real vintage feel to it thanks to the handwritten style font and the filter on this photo. If you’ve only got one photo to go a page, fragmenting your image can be a really effective way of filling the page fully and giving your layout a more professional finish. Once you’ve created your photo frame, be sure to use the duplicate feature to copy the sizing exactly 🙂 This can be done by clicking onto the shape and then pressing Ctrl + D on your keyboard!


If you want to incorporate a little more colour, why not opt for a subtle watercolour background. Watercolour effects are huuuge at the moment so jump on board with this latest trend and set the tone for your following pages. Don’t forget, you don’t need to include every page number on your contents pages- a general idea of where the sections start is usually enough for reader to jump to the right area of the book 🙂


If you’re completely stuck for ideas, have a look at things you like to read and how they handle their own contents pages. You might find a magazine-like layout works wonders with the rest of your yearbook theming and they look super polished too!

For more page ideas, connect with our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages today or chat to your coordinator using the instant chat tool in your yearbook. We’re always happy to help and will be on hand to support you throughout your yearbook journey so do stay in touch 🙂

the AYB team

How to make a photo scavenger hunt page :)

Whilst everyone says ‘ come back and see us’, going back to your old high school isn’t really the done thing. I left school 16 years ago and to this day, I’ve not been back. To help you remember all of those fun and quirky things you loved and hated about your school, why not host a photo scavenger hunt for leavers! They’re super fun and everyone gets a camera full of happy snaps to remember the school by too 🙂


To make a scavenger hunt page for your yearbook, you’ll need to first put on your thinking caps and write a list of things to include. Things like your locker, school hall, the music room where you learnt to play a xylophone (is there anyone out there really playing these!?), the quad area and so on, will remind you of great memories with friends in years to come!


Now to design the page…

For this design, I’ve used these bold and beautiful banners and some simple text boxes – that’s it! You’re only making a list after all so there’s nothing too technical to worry about 😀

the AYB team

Colour Palettes


“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most”            -John Ruskin

Bold and beautiful yearbooks are full of careful design choices and picking the perfect colour palettes for your pages will really help you create distinctive and unique creations. Unlike other companies, we believe that you, the designers and editors of the yearbook, know best when it comes to picking the perfect palettes for your yeargroup. We have some pre-made palettes if you’d like to use them but you always have the option of customising your palette choices too. Whether you’re using your school and house colours to theme your book or going completely wild with colourful pages and backgrounds, you’ll need to choose wisely for maximum impact.

As yearbook coordinators, we see thousands of pages made each year and we know a thing or two about making a yearbook stand out. Whilst it may be tempting to choose the most vivid of red or to pair bright neon colours, these don’t necessarily translate well in in print. You want people to enjoy reading their books so the first rule is about making your text elements legible…



You might look at this example and think it’s obvious but you’d be surprised just how often this comes up. If you have text elements on the page, make sure they are easy to read by using a contrasting font colour. Here you can see the white text is super hard to read but the black is much clearer. If you’re unsure on what colours will contrast each other well, have a look at this colour wheel as a starting point:


In this second example, you can see the black text over a background which uses a black  and white pattern. This obscures some areas of the text so in this instance we would change the opacity settings to ensure you still get the patterned background but the text is still legible.



Whilst it’s important to have contrasting colours in your colour palette, you probably wont want this for all available colour options. As a reminder, you have 5 main colours to select plus black and white which appear in all palettes anyway. If you pick 2 or 3 main feature colours for your page, you can then build up your palette with complementary tones. These can be used to accent details on the page or as frames for your images for example.


If you’ve picked a theme for your yearbook, you might find that inspires a set colour palette for you to work with. If you’ve been inspired by social media for example, you’ll probably want to use a recognisable palette of colours to reflect this. If you’re unsure what the exact colours are, try sampling from an image using online colour picking tools to provide you with hexcodes. I often use this website as it’s really straightforward to use:



How to make a quiz page :)


Making a quiz page is a great way to recap key events that happened during the school years and share lesser known memories to keep people guessing! If you’d like to create a quiz page for your yearbook you can do so using simple text box elements on the page like this 🙂

Step 1: 


Choose a background for your page. As the page will probably have quite a bit of text on it, it’s best to use light coloured backgrounds to ensure the page is easy to read. If you want to use a patterned background, try adjusting the opacity setting for the page to lighten your design 🙂

Step 2:


Now you want to add a title to your page. You can do this by clicking onto the Add (+) icon on the left and then clicking add title text.

Step 3:


Use the Add text box option to add in a larger text box and type your questions in the options box and adjust fonts etc as you wish.

Step 4:


To create that quiz page look, you need to disguise your answers slightly! The easiest way to do this is to either rotate the text box containing the answers or to add them to another page further in the book 🙂 And there you have it, one fun filled quiz page made in under 10 minutes!

‘Me in a photo’ Quiz Pages

festival This is such an awesome page idea and we think this will be the big addition to many editors page plans this year! Summing up your personality, interests and style, each person submits one photo that really says it all…then you make a awesome quiz page and you get something that looks a little like this…


You can make this page so easily as a collage and is a fun twist on the traditional text based quiz pages you see in most yearbooks. So come on then, how well do you know your year group?

Stargazer Yearbook Theme


‘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.



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…


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!


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