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 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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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!

Ideas for Awards categories

Awards pages are a great part of your yearbook, you can set up serious ones, funny ones, or a mix of both, but do be careful you don’t include anything upsetting or offensive.

Here are some of our favourites (and a word cloud is a great way to display them!)

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– Most likely to become Prime Minister
– Most likely to be famous
– Most likely to become a millionaire
– Most likely to win a Nobel Prize
– Most likely to become a WAG * Most likely to win an Oscar
– Most likely to take over the world
– Most likely to marry for money
– Most likely to get married first
– Most likely To Become A Model
– Most likely To Become A Nun
– Most likely to appear on Jeremy Kyle
– Most likely to win an Olympic Medal
– Most likely to rule the World
– Most likely to win X Factor
– Most likely to cure cancer
– Most likely to become a teacher
– Most likely to break a world record
– Most likely to become a comedian
– Most likely to win the lottery but lose the ticket
– Most likely to get ID’d when they’re 30
– Couple most likely to get married

– Best dressed
– Best smile
– Best laugh
– Best couple
– Best hair
– Best looking female
– Best looking male
– Best Sportsman
– Best Sportswoman
– Best dancer
– Best bum
– Best musician
– Best legs
– Best teacher
– Best newcomer
– Best artist
– Best double act
– Best personality
– Best singer
– Best party
– Best Driver
– Best comedian
– Worst driver
– Worst attendance

– Most gullible
– Most sarcastic
– Most creative
– Most musical
– Most blonde
– Most hardworking
– Most artistic
– Most annoying laugh
– Most caring
– Most annoying but loved
– Most organised
– Most competitive

– Biggest Drama Queen
– Biggest flirt
– Biggest gossip
– Biggest party animal
– Biggest ego
– Biggest poser
– Biggest chav

– Class clown
– Funniest person
– Rear of the year
– Cutest couple
– Teachers pet
– Loudest
– Nicest person
– Party animal
– Funniest teacher
– Funniest laugh
– Nicest smile
– Favourite teacher
– Blondest
– Loudest person
– Quietest
– Prom queen
– Happiest person
– The [name of school] prize for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence

Bear in mind that something you meant as a joke might not be so funny to the person who wins it (or to their mum!). There has even been a case of a parent nearly suing a school when their child won the award for ‘most likely to go to prison’…not a great one to include!  If you’re not sure, do ask a teacher – each school will have their own rules as to what’s acceptable and what’s not, so it’s best to check.