Customising your pages

Now that you’ve added a spread, you can customise it by:

Choosing your colour palette: Each spread can use a colour palette comprised of 5 colours. Use the palettes available, or create your own – perhaps with your school colours! Choose a different palette for different spreads to add distinction, or use the same palette across all spreads to create continuity.

Choosing your font selection: Similar to the colour palette, each spread can contain 5 fonts. Use our combinations, or choose from over 600 fonts! Consider that different fonts occupy varying space on the page.

Choosing a background: Adding a texture or colour to your page background can really make it special. Choose from our designs, or ask us to create a custom background for you. Perhaps your logo faded, or the school grounds…it’s up to you 🙂

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Once you are happy with your design choices, you may wish to apply them to other spreads in your yearbook. The video below explains how to duplicate an existing design onto other pages:

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Navigating the page designer

Our new page designer give you lots of freedom, and has hundreds of options for you to choose from when creating your pages.

This tutorial helps you get to grips with the designer, and highlights some of the basic functions for you:

  • Adding pages
  • Undo & redo
  • Saving changes
  • Exiting the designer

Creating collages and other pages

Our new page designer gives you complete creative freedom to create amazing collages, as well as any kind of page using photos and text!

The possibilities are endless 🙂

Collage using the random grid tool: This is a quick and easy way to add photos to a page.

Collage using a premade template: Use one of the many templates provided, and tweak it to fit your vision.

Collage from scratch: Add objects (frames and filled boxes) and text to the page with no grid or layout. Let your imagination run wild!

Other pages: You can also use any of the collaging methods above to create other kinds of pages. The designer allows you the freedom to create contents pages, article pages, message pages…anything you like!

Creating profile pages

Before you add profile pages you will need to set up profile questions, and profile groups.

Now you can use the page designer to add your profile pages 🙂

  • Add a spread first
  • Choose your layout (you can customise these later)
  • Choose which profile group to display on the page
  • Choose how many pages to add
  • Choose your theme

You may then like to customise your profile pages 🙂

Yearbook Options

We have four main options for your yearbooks this year.

Our standard laminated hardback is the default option for your book. The covers are high quality, full colour front and rear, and can be used for books from 40-300 pages.

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We also have a couple of premium upgrades available for you to choose from for that extra special finish.

Our premium laminated hardback includes front cover engraving (as well as other great features) and is the same as our information pack -please get in touch with your address if you’d like a free copy and live in the UK!

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Alternatively you can choose our premium leatherette hardback which is exactly the same but using a leather type material instead of the glossy laminate.

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The fourth and final option, and new for this year, is our stitch-folded paperback 🙂 Available as a 40 page B5 book, this is a great option for those of you working to a tight budget.

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Adding photos, profile text and voting online

This video explains how to add content as a member.

Uploading photos: Use the “Pics” tab to upload photos to be used anywhere in the yearbook. Use labels (added by editors) and tags to organise photos once uploaded.

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Adding profile text: Use the “Me” tab to answer profile questions. Any questions left unanswered will not appear on your profile when printed.

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Voting in online awards: Once editors have added award categories, you can cast a vote for each award. You can change your votes anytime whilst polls are open.

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Promoting your yearbook to members

Once your yearbook is set-up and you’ve invited your members to join, you need to make sure it’s a success. That means lots of people active on the site and adding content.

Here are some ways to promote the yearbook and get your members involved:

Invite everyone online ASAP: The best way to sell the book is to show it off, so  get people logging in and talking about it. Look here for how to invite members online: https://support.allyearbooks.co.uk/addmembers/

Arrange a yearbooking session: Book an IT room and set up the computers (and get in some tea and biscuits). You can ask for permission to do it in a free period and have people just show up and login.

Begin collecting orders: Ask for names and contact details for everyone ordering a yearbook (and keep a good list!). Also start collecting deposits of £5-10 – people will join the book to see what’s on offer!

Posters around the school: Download our poster design from the Help & Support link at the bottom of your online yearbook page – or have fun making designs of your own 🙂

Use Facebook, Twitter, or the social network of your choice: A Facebook group is particularly useful, to update and chase everyone – members can also login through Facebook and pull pictures straight over into the yearbook.

Make your yearbook exciting: Title your collages for events or fun themes to get everyone talking and remembering, run online awards, add a “Friends’ comments” profile question for members to make suggestions to each other – make making the yearbook fun for everyone!

More ways for your members to contribute: Why not run a cover design competition, or offer custom pages that everyone can bid for with their ideas and designs for news articles, stories, artwork, poetry…

Awards Page Design

Awards are great for really bringing your book to life 🙂 Personal to you, they are fun, humorous and a great way to remember your time at school. Whether you hold your awards voting online or offline, you can use our system to create some fantastic pages to add to your book. We expect to launch our awards page design tools in early 2015, you can get the ball rolling in the meantime with our favourite awards suggestions.

Editors: To create your awards, simply click the Votes & awards button in the Design & manage tab. You’ll notice as you add in each of your awards categories that it will default to using all members as nominees. If you’d prefer to choose only specific members click the custom nominees option, pop your nominees into the box and click save 🙂

To vote on awards you’ll need to click into the votes tab and cast your votes for each category using the drop down menus. Remember to click the green cast votes button when you are finished to register and complete your voting!

How long to print and deliver my yearbooks?

Our production and delivery time varies depending which type of book you choose and we’ve reduced our times right down this year to give you the quickest turnarounds possible. When you choose a delivery date you will be given a print deadline as well, so do make sure that both of these dates work for you!

Missing your print deadline will mean that your planned delivery date is no longer possible, and you’ll be moved to the next free slot (which may not be the following day). In previous years there has been a bit of wiggle room, though this year your order needs to be fully approved and ready to send to print by 3pm on the date you are given.

We’d suggest setting a deadline of around a week before your print date, and closing the book down to all members then. That will give you (and your staff proofreader) time to read over the book thoroughly and make any necessary changes. Please bear in mind we cannot send your order to print without full approval from both of you.

Budget paperbacks & Standard laminated hardbacks: 2 weeks from print to delivery
Premium hardbacks (leatherette or laminated): 3 weeks from print to delivery