Creating a Page Plan

Creating a Page Plan

Using Microsoft Word

You can simply type out your page plan as a list in Word. Each line should represent a page or spread (two facing pages) in the yearbook. Put the page number first, then what goes on that page.
If there is more than one article on a page, include how much of the page the article takes up, ie half page/quarter page, etc.
Page plan in WordEach line is a page or spread

You could also create a table to represent the spreads in your yearbook. The first page is a single page (page 1) that appears on the right-hand side opposite the inside front cover, the first full spread is comprised of pages 2 and 3, and so on, up until the last page, which must be an even number, and appears on the left opposite the inside back cover.
Type inside each cell the page number and article/s name. You can also include brief notes or instructions to the designer if you are on a 'Designed by YOLO' yearbook plan.

Page plan in WordUsing a table in Word to represent yearbook spreads

Using Microsoft Excel

Create a new Excel document. At the top of the document include your school's name and year.
Set up the columns that you wish to use, this can be as simple or as complicated as you wish.

In its most basic form, include the following columns: Page number; Article name; Number of pages.
You could also add: Article Word Count & Number of Photos

You may wish to include columns that help you to keep track of progress, such as Author/contributor name; Editing completed; Due date; Sent to YOLO, etc.
If your yearbook has subject or topic sections, you could have a separate tab for each section.

The name of the article should match up with the corresponding folder in your file directory.

Page plan in ExcelPage plan example in Excel

Page plan in ExcelExample using columns and tabs in Excel

YOLO page plan template

You may prefer to use the page plan template provided by YOLO. This uses Microsoft Word.
Open the page plan template in Word. Save a copy and name it with the name of your school and the year.
Click on the appropriate box and fill in your name, your mobile number, the school name and the number of pages that the yearbook is going to contain.
Fill in any notes/details for each of the cover pages. Carry on through all the page boxes, filling in the article/s names and size if less than a full page, and the approximate number
of photos that you will supply for each article.
Save the Word file. Your content directory should match what is in the page plan.

Hard copy page plan

If you prefer, you can create your page plan template using any of the methods above, print out a blank copy and fill it in manually by writing the article name, the number of photos, etc, in pen.
Write as clearly as you can, in order to avoid any confusion if there are similarly named articles.

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