Making Primary yearbooks :)

openBookgPrimary yearbooks are becoming more and more popular each year and we love helping parents make beautiful books to celebrate their childrens first few years at school! Not only do we offer competitive pricing and speedy delivery but we also provide full support throughout the project. We don’t lead you into the wilderness and let you fend for yourself; on starting your book you’ll be appointed a dedicated yearbook coordinator and the assistance of our fabulous design team.

This year we’ve made a few different options available to parents looking to make a yearbook including our offline USB option for the complete technophobes out there! With AllYearbooks on hand to help, we can take your ideas to reality in the most pain-free, schedule pleasing way!

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For those of you with concerns over security and safety of information, please rest assured we take this matter very seriously. All users need a password to access their book and we actively monitor for hackers. We back up data to our offices daily and encrypt off-site backups. We’re also registered under the Data Protection Act 1998.

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If you’ve not already had one, why not request a copy of our primary info book to help you get started. It’s packed with helpful info about our yearbook options, pricing, and planning tools to keep you on track 🙂 You’ll also receive a copy of our awesome hardcopy sample yearbook to give you loads of ideas about what to include and how to present your favourite photos and memories. Request your copy here!

the AYB team

Free Download: 2016 Wall Calendar

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Hi everyone, loving the latest blog posts? We spend a lot of time preparing resources for editing teams to help your projects run smoothly. We know there is a lot of stuff going on in the final year at school or uni so hopefully our downloadable resources are proving helpful! For those of you who haven’t check them out yet just hit the resources button which you’ll find when you click support in the bottom right corner of your yearbook screen. Our 2016 wall calendar is particularly great for scribbling key dates on and marking school holidays etc in your yearbook meetings 🙂

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If you’re ready to launch your project, or just want to refresh everyone’s mind, you’ll also find a helpful assembly presentation template here too alongside promotional posters and more! Check it out at allyearbooks.co.uk/resources

the AYB team

Exclusive discounts available for Year 13 projects!

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Great news for Year 13 groups! We’ve got 100 special 10% discount codes to giveaway to year 13 groups at the moment so be sure to send in your deposits quickly to bag one for your year! There are a limited number of these deals available so they will be rewarded to teams on a first-come, first-served basis. Payments must be received before Easter (24/03/16) so pass your proforma invoices to your finance team as quickly as possible to be in with a chance to win!!

If you have any questions, or need a copy of your invoice sent over, do get in touch with your yearbook coordinator and they’ll be happy to help 🙂

the AYB team

Fundraising ideas

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Financing your project can take many forms and you can host all sorts of events in school to help fundraise for your yearbooks. The infamous school bake sale has to be one of the most common fundraising tools but you could also hold a sponsored silence or walk, dress up days (with school permission of course) or put on a talent show and charge admission fees. What ever you choose, make sure your event/activity is well publicised by putting up posters around school or in common rooms.

If you bake 50 cupcakes and sell them for £2.00 each you’ve covered your deposit already- it’s that simple! If you need further tips, have a look online for school fundraising ideas or have a go at one of these:

  1. Host a penny drive – collect unwanted small change in the common areas of your school and cafeteria to go towards the yearbook fund. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can raise this way over a few weeks!
  2. Go big or go home– with the permission of your school, turn your playground into one giant poster using coloured chalks. It can all be washed away easily so it’s best to plan this when you know there’s good weather coming!
  3. Create an ad– There are some rather epic and hilarious Youtube videos out there created by students looking to promote their yearbooks. With a little help from your teachers, you can easily create a brilliant advert for your project which can be played in assembly and set the tone for your book.
  4. Let people know they are in the book! It’s all well and good asking people for cash but they’ve not seen the finished product like you have and they want to feel confident that making the purchase is worth while. By letting people know they are in the book, and how many times, they’ll be more likely to buy!
  5. Add reminders… everywhere! Put up posters, add notes to tutor time registers, create door hangers and shout it from the rooftops (not literally of course!). You can also set up a facebook page to post reminders to and get people chatting generally. For more info on how to do this, have a read of this tutorial we made a little while ago 🙂

the AYB team

Using your infobooks to plan your project

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Hey everybody 🙂 I hope January hasn’t been too stressful for you what with mock exams going on! Today I wanted to briefly chat about making the most of your infobooks as you create your yearbooks as these little paperbacks are the hero of your sample pack! Containing info relating to budgeting, fundraising, photography and how to choose the perfect layouts etc, they should be your go-to-guide at the start of your yearbook meetings.

We want you to feel calm and in control throughout your yearbook project so do make use of the handy note sections in the guide to record important ideas, key dates and to-do plans. If you’re a super busy bunch, you might also like to download our free printable wall calendar from the resources area – scribble your print deadlines down and also make a note of school holidays and other commitments that might affect how much time you have to yearbook.

A crucial page for you pay attention to is the ‘Things we’ll need from you’ page on page 32. To help your project run smoothly, it’s important that we can contact you, your finance team and your staff proof-reader. We won’t harass you I promise but it’s important that we can let you know of potential print problems, chase outstanding invoices for you and follow up on that all important final sign off on the project.  If you fail to provide these details in advance of your print deadline, this could affect when you get your book to print and have a knock-on effect on your delivery date!

As you continue on with your project, you might find you have spare pages left over and this is where our hardback sample really steps back into the foreground. We’ve made loads of different page types for you this year so you can see what’s possible on our amazing online system. What’s more, I’ll be adding even more ideas to this blog and our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts throughout the year so do keep an eye out for bonus content!

If you ever have any questions regarding your project, or if you’d like to know how to make any of the pages shown in the sample book, just give us a shout. You can reach us by phone, email, instant chat and now via Whatsapp too 😀

Yearbooks in Educational Programs

educationOver the past few years, we’ve worked with students and staff members to make yearbooks as part of projects or coursework. From Media students to careers departments, more and more educational projects have been coming through which is a delight for us yearbook advisors really. As we work with students day in, day out, we understand the various key skills that come out of a project such as this including planning, researching, team work, time management, finances and design skills. Last year I wrote an article about CV skills you can take away from your projects and how you can build the skills you’ve learnt into UCAS applications and I hope you all found it useful 🙂

If you’re a member of staff and would like to know more about incorporating yearbooks into IB courses for example, please do drop us a line on 01223 503259 or email hi@allyearbooks.co.uk We’re always more than happy to chat to teachers about the educational benefits of yearbooking and help out where possible!

Hello 2016

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Happy new year everybody! Can you believe it’s 2016… where does the time go hey?! For those of you just getting started on your projects, hello and welcome!

2016 is set to be an awesome year, the best yet in fact, to be making a yearbook. We’ve got great new features and a lovely new team member who’ll be on hand to help you on your yearbook journey. Our early deposit discount has also been extended a little to help even more of you get great prices for 2016- you can save an extra 5% off our list prices if you send in your deposit before the end of January!

We’re not going to bombard you with info right now (it’s still the holidays after all) but we’ll be back with more page tutorials and recaps from 2015 that you might find handy! To keep up with all the latest yearbook gossip, be sure to follow us on all of your fave social media channels and do get in touch if you have any questions.

Here’s to a wonderful year of yearbooking 🙂

From Jake, Becky, Chris and Rakesh

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!

Final call for our early deposit discount!

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We’re so very close to the end of term now but I wanted to do one last reminder for our early deposit discount that’s available until the end of the year! Loads of you have already returned your deposits to get this the additional 10% discount and if you haven’t done it yet, you better hurry! Don’t worry if you’ve not got exact numbers quite yet though, the deposit is the same regardless of how many copies you order so you’ll have bags of time in the new year to update estimates before printing starts.

If you’re ready to get started with your project, just click the ‘Get started’ button below. Setup literally only takes 2 minutes and our friendly support team will be on hand to assist you in getting everything prepared for launch in the new year 🙂 Our yearbook team will be on hand to assist over the holidays so do get in touch if you’d like a sample pack or quotes for your 2016 projects!!

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Budgeting for your projects

Hey everyone, how are we all feeling this week? I wanted to chat to you some more about budgeting for your projects and how to work out your estimates and get a quote this afternoon.  Getting started with your plans early on will give you less to worry about later in the year and you don’t want to miss out on our early deposit discount do you?!  Getting people engaged with your yearbook project is important for everyone involved and how you budget and present your yearbook to your year group will play a key role in the success of your project. Nowadays, leaving school can be quite pricey what with prom, yearbooks, hoodies and DVDs etc to factor in. That’s why we keep our prices as low as possible for you so you can rest assured your books are friendly on your wallet!!

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  • Setting a budget for your book is a good starting point in your initial yearbook meetings so first jot down how many copies you think you’ll need. If you’re unsure, start with the number of people in the yeargroup as a rough idea.
  • Now you’ll want to decide on the book style you want to go for. Budget paperbacks are great for smaller groups and keeping the costs down but do have a capped page limit of 40 pages. If your yeargroup has 300 students in it, this would certainly be a tight squeeze so may not be suitable! Standard hardbacks are the most popular book style we offer and are great for mid range budgets. You can go right up to 300 pages in these books so they are perfect for larger groups looking for a relatively beefy book! If you’re opting for a premium book style, do remember these have a minimum page requirement of 50 pages and minimum order quantity of 50 copies.
  • So now you’ve set your book style, think about how much space you want to allow for profiles.Do you want each student to have a full page in the book or half a page? Or perhaps you just want to show the names and a photo of each student in the class and go for loads of photo pages? Either way this will help you to determine how many pages you are likely to need. As a general rule, I would say what ever your profile page allowance, add 20 pages for other content to get your final number. You’ll be amazed at the amount of photos that can come out of the woodwork and you’ll probably have bags of ideas and events you want to feature.

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Now you should know roughly your book size, how many copies you’ll need and book style so you can refer back to the pricing grid to get your price. There’s no VAT to add as printed books are exempt and delivery is free for UK mainland customers 🙂 Once you have a quote it’s time to let everybody know! Sending out a deposit request letter will help spread the word and when people return a small deposit, say £5 each for now, this will give you a great indication of how many people are seriously interested in buying a book. You’ll also raise your £100 deposit in no time and if you send in your deposit before the end of the year, you secure those all important savings!!!