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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 🙂

the AYB team

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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!

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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

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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!

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Collaborative working

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Working together on a creative project should be a good laugh so today we’re talking collaborative working and getting the most out of your team meetings. When it comes to working as a team, you may find you have loads of ideas that don’t necessarily all work well together but always jot down your page ideas so you can refer to them later. You’ll notice there is space for notes and ideas in your info books so be sure to take this along to your meetings so you have everything together!

Sometimes an idea on paper isn’t quite the same, so don’t discount any ideas before exploring the online system to see how you can translate your theme into a workable set of templates and designs 🙂 Some ideas may call for fiddly details so think about the time you have set aside for your project and how this fits in around your school work and other commitments 😀 Also make a note of school holidays and exam periods etc that will affect the time you have to work on the book so you can plan your workload in advance.

When you first start your book online, the first person to create the book itself will be listed as our main chief editor. We strongly advise you add other editors to your project with separate accounts so you can see who’s doing what. It also makes it easier for us to know who we’re chatting to and stops that baffled expression we get when we explain something for the 3rd time, not realising we’re talking to different people!  So getting back to your group, it’s best to assign roles to each team member so you know everything is covered. If you’ve got someone who’s super creative, why not set them the task of designing your cover. Another team member can track the profiles and make chase anybody who’s not logged in and another could oversee payments etc. Splitting the workload will help you progress your project with confidence and make the process super enjoyable for all.

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When it comes to launching your project to the year, you’ll have a few options available to you:

 

Option 1: Cool, Calm and Collaborative

If you want to go for a full collaborative experience, choose to invite your year group online so they can be completing their own profiles, voting in awards and uploading photos to the book. This will make your life easier as an editing team as people are all doing their own bit and filling up the majority of the book with profiles 🙂

Option 2: The DIY or ‘design it yourself’ option

Your second option is to add members manually to your book and having your editors complete these on behalf of the student group. Perhaps you found it easier to collect your data offline? This would be the option for you as you can easily fill up those profiles and drop photos into place without getting everybody active online.

If you are of the superhero variety, you may want to take on the whole project on your own which is also fine. You’d do this in the same DIY way! What’s more, our support and design team can assist you regardless of which option you choose and are available by phone, email and instant chat too!! If you’ve not started your book online quite yet, click the button below to explore our wonderful system 😀

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All new backgrounds!

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To help you keep your books fresh and interesting year after year, we’ve updated our selection of page backgrounds and we’re very excited to see them live in the system! Never fear, we’ve still got our old favourites but now you’ll have more choice than ever when it comes to designing the perfect yearbook pages. Perhaps you had a great Egyptian Day collage in mind, we’ve got a background for that. What about world book day- we’ve got a beautiful new Alice in Wonderland inspired design for that too! Whatever kind of page you’re making, you’ll be sure to find a whole host of design possibilities with us 🙂

Not started a yearbook yet? Come and have a look around! It’s completely free to set up a book online and explore so do come and say hello! Click the button below to get started:

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Yearbook Photography

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Now this is a big issue in yearbook land. Choosing which photos to use in your yearbooks will impact on how your finished book appears massively so it’s best to be selective and take a little time to make a plan. Most importantly, you need to decide if you want to include any professional school photographs in your book. You will need permission from the photographers in writing to use their images in your yearbook so it’s best to start this process early to avoid delays. Some photographic companies will charge you for use of their images in your book as they own the copyright for them so you’ll need to factor any charges into your budget and make a decision accordingly 🙂

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Lots of photography companies that work with schools will provide low res proofs for their school data bases and we cry a little bit every time one of these images is uploaded. As they are such low resolution, they nearly always come out blurry, pixelated or both and the photography company can charge for these images so avoid this altogether and arrange a photography session in school. Nominate someone to take everyone’s photo or ask a teacher to help you get a more formal set up using your school stage and spotlights 🙂 Alternatively, choose your favourite photo of you from home. Over your lifetime, you’ll have amassed hundreds (if not thousands!) of photos of you so pick your best shot and use this as your main profile image! Simple!

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Some yearbook templates do support multiple images so you can choose to include more photos of you and your friends from over the years. We often see people using a photo of them now and one of them as a baby for example to show how they’ve grown over the years which works really well and gives everyone a laugh on hand out day. When using images from back in the day, you’ll notice the quality wont be as sharp as more recent images- this is largely the result in improved camera equipment over the years but if you’re scanning old photos, be sure to scan them at the highest resolution setting for best results 🙂

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 Whatever you decide to do, do communicate with your yearbook coordinator so they can help with your plans! If you have any questions about professional images, do get in touch with us and consult the copyright notification on the upload pics page 🙂