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 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!

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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Boarding House Books

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Living with your classmates all the time might be a nightmare for some but there are lots of you out there who are school boarders. If you’re not making a yearbook for your full year group, you can always make a group book for your halls of residence or boarding house instead. In fact, as long as you’re ordering 20+ copies, you can make them for friendship groups if you like!

Once you’ve been room mates with someone for a long time, the transition from this can be really hard going. With a lovely leavers book though you can remember all the good times and keep in touch with old dorm buddies 😀 Visit allyearbooks.co.uk/prices for an instant quote today and be sure to request a free sample book and info pack whilst you’re online too!

Top 10 Popular Yearbook Quotes

Yearbook chat on twitter largely focuses on one thing- yearbook quotes! Finding the perfect statement that sums up your personality, sends well wishes to the year and making it fit into your profile is one of the most talked about topics when it comes to yearbooking. How do you choose and where do you start to look? To help get you inspired, here are my top ten most popular yearbook quotes from 2015:

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Hope this gives you all a few ideas and let me know you’ve found other quotes that you’d like to share with other yearbookers 🙂 We’ve also got more quote ideas on our Facebook page too: http://on.fb.me/1X6D8vb

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!