Understanding your book structure
Memento Yearbook helps you organize your book into sections, where you can group thematic pages together.
When you start your book, create thematic sections, and then add pages inside of them. When new pages are added to your book, they appear as blank white pages. These pages may be opened for editing, where you can add layouts, templates or design your page from scratch.
When you first access the Edit Book area, you will find a single blank page at the top – the Cover.
Book covers are designed across a single large page. Design the page as if the book was opened flat on a table.
When the cover is first opened in the Editor, you will see a single blank white canvas.
The lines in the middle of the page indicate the placement of the book spine. Spine width increases as the number of pages in the book increases, to accommodate the book’s thickness.
The back cover is designed on the left side of the page, and the front cover is designed on the right side. When folded, the page wraps around your book.
Your book will usually start on a single right-side page, and end on a single left-side page. The first and last inside pages are flanked by the unprinted inside cover pages
The pages in-between the first and last page are made up of left-and-right facing pairs. Every left-side page needs a matching right-side.
(Note that some publishers may set your book up differently depending on their printing & binding method.)
In Memento Yearbook, the interior pages of your book start in the first section following the cover. The book manager will get you started with a first section named “Intro” when your book is created.
To get your book started, add sections to your book. Sections represent the different topics or themes covered in your book. Each section may contain as many pages as required, but we recommend 4-12 pages as a good range to help you break your book into manageable pieces.
Sections are usually created around a particular theme – such as sports, clubs, and activities – that require a particular style of layout. Each portrait group will have its own section, for instance, but you can choose to break up your portrait sections in any manner you want – a simple staff group and student group, or one section per grade, or even one section per homeroom. It’s your choice!
Why work in sections?
- Sections help you organize your project in a flexible manner. At a glance you can see the progress on each section and how the pages relate to each other thematically.
- Sections may be reordered in your book, and pages may be moved within or into a different section (excluding portrait pages which remain static).
- Create sections early in your yearbook season to help you plan out your yearbook. Consult past yearbooks and your school calendar to look for recurring and special events, then create matching sections in your yearbook.
- Entire sections may be assigned to team members, so you’ll know who is responsible for groups of pages.
- You’ll have less book management to do when your team is working on their pages – this is important because no one can work on pages when your book is checked out to manage its structure.