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Creating personalised adverts is easy and makes for a great page in your magazine. A fun idea for a school magazine, birthday magazine or wedding magazine.

We often recommend checking out professionally made magazines for inspiration on what to add to your own magazine. Professionally made magazines have recurring elements like specific kinds of content (sections, features and columns), a certain text to image ratio, and ad pages, to name a few. Personalised adverts are one element you can add to you magazine easily, since they are highly customizable and allow you to get creative.

Let’s get started! What’s your goal?

First things first, let’s think about the goal of the ad page and the magazine you’re making. If you’re making an personalised advert for a personal magazine, like a birthday or wedding magazine, a fun idea would be to create an ad page for a favorite food or beverage. The ad can be funny or serious, that’s completely up to you.

Are you making a personalised advert for a business magazine? In that case it’s good to think about the goal of your business and why you’re advertising it. Do you want to inform readers, convince them, or simply increase the awareness for your products and services? Thinking about the goal of your ad page will help you create content that accomplishes that goal.

Communicating your message

Once you’re clear on the goal of the advert, it’s time to think of the message and communicate it as effectively as possible. Always keep the reader in mind. In the example below the message is communicated in an eye-catching way. The message is that Kelly likes Coffee. Coincidentally her partner is called Chris. Both start with the letter C, and this message has been communicated on the ad to create personalised adverts make your own magazine 1 coffee example


The best way to attract readers is by using an image that stands out or using an interesting headline. Choose a bold font, interesting colors and an eye-catching image. In the example below, the color pink was chosen due to the icing on the donut and its association with candy. The color is recurring on the page, appearing in the text cloud and accents on the page.

how to create personalised adverts make your own magazine 1 donut example

Did you know?

• Colors are associated with certain emotions
•Some colors attract more attention than others

Take a look at the apples below, which apple would you prefer and why?

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Get started on your own advertising page right away, log in now and get started. Good luck and have fun!

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mom's birthday personalised birthday magazine

Most birthday gifts for mothers consist of flowers or household appliances, but for true fashionista mothers celebrating a milestone, only a personalized magazine will do! Elles and her daughter did just that for her mother’s 80th birthday and you can too.

A true fashionista

“My mother was a true fashionista. Throughout the 60’s she worked as a seamstress at Fashion House Gerzon. This fashion house was famous for being a high profile female fashion store in The Hague.”

Audrey Hepburn, Gerzon, The Hague, 1950s-minSo famous in fact, that even film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn modelled at Gerzon (pictured right), which isn’t surprising, considering her close ties to the Netherlands (Born in Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands).

Elles’s mother’s passion for fashion wasn’t limited to the Netherlands: “During her pregnancy with me she attended various high profile fashion shows abroad too, and in 1962 she married my father in a church in Amsterdam, donned in a fabulous wedding dress. Sadly father passed away a few years ago, however, even though my mother and I have always been close, my father’s passing has brought us even closer.”

Mother and Daughter working together

mom's birthday personalised birthday magazine“I wanted to give my mother something special on her birthday. I happened upon Jilster on the internet and the idea to make my own magazine spoke to me immediately. I asked my daughter to create an account right away so we could get started.”

“It was easy to get family members and friends involved too. The editor has a built-in feature to send invitations to work on the magazine via e-mail. Everyone got their own page so they could fill it with their own photos and text. Another useful feature was being able to ‘leaf through’ the magazine as we were working on it, so we could see each other’s pages and get inspired. My daughter and I added the finishing touches at the end by filling the empty pages with stories, photos, and advertisements we made ourselves.”

Praise for ‘Hanny’

“The reactions to the magazine were full of praise! My mother got emotional seeing all the personal stories and photos throughout the years.

“I am so incredibly thankful I was able to do this for my mother, and even more so because I was able to do it together with my daughter.”

“When I started on this magazine a couple of months ago, I had no idea I would come across so many powerful memories. For example, I discovered that my mother lived through the harsh Dutch famine of 1944-45 (“Hunger winter”) and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Shocking events that have become world history today.”