jilster at hello beautiful bridal event with randy fenoli january 2018

jilster at hello beautiful bridal event with randy fenoli january 2018

Next week we’ll be at the Hello Beautiful Event in Amsterdam, featuring none other than the incomparable Randy Fenoli!

Hello Beautiful!

Hello Beautiful – Amsterdam Bridal Event (previously known as ‘Say Yes to the Dress Event’) is a two day event based on Randy Fenoli, the face of the ever popular TV-show Say Yes to the Dress. If you happen to be in Amsterdam and are getting married soon, you cannot miss this event.

Bring your bridesmaids, maid of honor, mother (in-law), and your friends and enjoy a beautiful day out. Already married but still a Randy fan? You’re more than welcome to come!

We’re happy to be a part of this extra special bridal event. On January 13th and 14th we’ll be there from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM spreading wedding cheer and bridal inspiration.

A gift worthy of a wedding

A wedding is a special day, a milestone in the lives of two people. Many weddings take months, sometimes even years, to plan. So much work goes into getting everything just right. A great way to showcase the wedding and everything that went into creating this perfect day, is by documenting it all in a beautiful magazine, just like the bridal magazines you see in stores. Only this time, the magazine will be personalized.

So, bridesmaids, maids of honor, mothers(in-law), and friends, take note, because this is the only wedding gift that will do. It’s the only wedding gift that can showcase the day the bride has been dreaming of for so long, and the only gift that she can keep enjoying for years to come.

Say yes to the dress, and say yes to your own wedding magazine!

Have you always been into magazines and wondered how they are made? While we can’t speak to the mass production of magazines, we can give you a glimpse into our production process here at Jilster.

We’ll show you what happens from the moment you’ve completed your magazine in the editor and placed your order, up to the moment your magazine arrives.

How are magazines printed

The moment has finally arrived. After all the hours you spent creating the perfect pages, your magazine is finally ready to be printed. Once you start the order process, the first order of business is selecting what format you’d like your magazine to be printed in. Do you want the regular magazine with matte or glossy cover? Binding stapled or glued? Or maybe you’d prefer a book. The choice is yours.

Tip: If you want to order more than one format, shoot us an e-mail at customerservice@jilster.com, we’re happy to help accommodate your wishes!

Once you’ve selected your desired format, the order process goes on to information like address and payment, and then you’re done!

As soon as you place your order, the high quality file of your magazine is processed (this takes some time, which is why you can’t edit your magazine immediately after ordering) and sent to the printer. The printer then processes your magazine file and, depending on the chosen format, produces your personalized magazine.

Printing process used to print magazines

The magazine printing process: Your high quality magazine file gets sent to a large iGen printer where the pages get printed, in the right order, and then get moved to the next step in the printing process. The cutting, stapling, gluing and laminating is all done manually. A person moves your unbound pages from machine to machine until the desired format is achieved. It is then packaged by hand and gets picked up by the shipping company.

A note on formats with adhesive bindings: These require drying time. This is why a glossy magazine with adhesive binding has a longer production time than the stapled format.

Stapled magazine with matte cover

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper (including the cover)
  2. Pages are cut along the cutting lines (not in the middle)
  3. Pages are stapled in the middle
  4. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 1 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Stapled magazine with glossy cover

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 250 grams paper and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Pages are cut along the cutting lines (not in the middle)
  4. Pages are stapled in the middle
  5. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 2 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Glossy magazine with adhesive binding

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 250 grams paper and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Inside pages are cut along the cutting lines (including the middle)
  4. The loose middle pages are glued to the middle of the cover
  5. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 2 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Hardcover book

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 450 grams material and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Inside pages are cut along the cutting lines (including) the middle
  4. The loose middle pages are glued to the middle of the cover (drying time required)
  5. The spine gets folds pressed in, which makes it possible to open and leaf through the book
  6. Book is packaged and shipped

Production time: 4 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Ready for shipping

When your order is ready for shipping it’s moved to the packaging section at the printer. This is where the barcode on the back of your magazine is scanned and your address is added to the packaging. The shipping method used to ship your order depends on which shipping order you selected during the order process. If you’ve chosen for a method with track and trace, you will automatically receive an email on the day that your order is shipped.

Tip: Want to know when you can expect your order to arrive? Calculate it here.

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Tijdschrift verjaardag Loes birthday gift magazine grandmother everything

Tijdschrift verjaardag Loes birthday gift magazine grandmother everything Lisanne Bos (21) spent quite some time thinking about what to get her grandmother for her 75th birthday. She ended up getting the entire family involved to create a personalized magazine that turned out to be the perfect gift for her grandmother’s 75th birthday.

Sentimental gift idea for grandma

It all started in February of 2017 when Cora (51) and Irene (48) (Lisanne’s mother and aunt) came upon the idea to make a magazine for their mother’s 75th birthday. They started by reaching out to the entire family and setting up a date to meet up and discuss the birthday magazine.

Birthday gift for grandma from granddaughter

Lisanne: “It took all of 10 minutes to fill a whole page with ideas and topics for the magazine. We had a lot of fun thinking of anecdotes and repeatedly had to stop ourselves from laughing so much as we told each other stories. Once these ideas, topics and stories were in the magazine, thinking of things to fill the remaining pages was a bit harder. We ended up adding things like a coupon page, a horoscope and an article about art.”

Online magazine editor: A personalized birthday gift for grandma

The editor has plenty of pre-made templates to choose from, a fact Lisanne appreciated very much. “We used one style for the magazine, to keep it coherent.”

Lisanne’s tip: “Save the page you’re working on frequently. This prevents losing any changes made.”

Rave reviews for grandma’s birthday gift

Lisanne: “Everyone that’s seen the magazine thinks it absolutely beautiful. They say it looks professionally made, like a real magazine. And grandma? She read through the magazine with tears in her eyes. She must have read it 75 times by now.”

It’s been quite the year. From launching a new website and participating (for the first time!) in events like the the Libelle Summer expo 2017 and Margriet Winter Fair 2017 to hiring new colleagues and interns, we’ve been busy. And so have you!


From existing customers finding new ways to use Jilster for a wide range of projects, to new users discovering the possibilities of Jilster, we’ve loved seeing you all create beautiful magazines. This year we produced and delivered more than 60.000 magazines worldwide, but we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re proud that we’re able to provide you with a means to get creative and make something special for any occasion.


This past year, most of the magazines you made were for birthdays. Wedding magazines came in close second. We’ve also noticed the number of magazines for educational purposes go up. You guys never cease to amaze us with your new ideas! Most of the educational magazines are being made by students as assignments or as a farewell gift for kids leaving elementary school.

NEW IN 2017

You may have noticed that we launched a new website over the summer. We’re happy with this new updated version of Jilster. What do you think? Next on the list is a new updated version of the editor. The editor will have more options and an updated look. You’ll be able to crop images, select multiple elements at the same time (grouping) and be able to choose from a wider variety of fonts and clip art. We can’t wait for launch!

This year we also made the move to a new printer. This has allowed us to print your magazines daily instead of three times a week, meaning delivery time has sped up quite a bit!


It’s been a busy year full of changes and progress, and this year won’t be any different. We’re not slowing down and we hope you won’t either. We’re looking forward to continue bringing you the best experience in magazine making we can, and seeing all the beautiful magazines and new projects you create!


How to interview someone about their life make your own magazine jilster

how to interview someone about their life make your own magazine jilster

You may not always realize it, but we all interview each other constantly in order to get to know one another. We ask questions about work, hobbies, opinions and so much more. It’s the quickest and easiest way to find out more about a person or topic. It’s especially useful when the goal is to put it in print!

So, how to interview someone about their life? In its simplest form, an interview is two people having a conversation, wherein one person asks questions and the other person answers them. The people, questions, and answers depend on the goal of the interview. Thankfully, interviews are forgiving in that you can personalize them (much like a magazine), and create the right interview for your situation. You can even change them a bit as you’re conducting the interview, in order to get the best information for the purpose of your interview.

An interview about someone’s life makes for a great spread (or two, or three!) in your magazine. Whether you’re your own birthday magazine, a wedding magazine as a gift or a magazine for school, no matter what the occasion is, odds are you have some questions that need answering. Below you’ll find some example questions and tips you can use to conduct and create an interview in your magazine.

Birthday magazine interview

If you’re working on a magazine for your spouse, a good place to start with interviews is, of course, the parents. They’ll know everything there is to know about your significant other, and they’ll be able to provide valuable information that will make the magazine even more unique and heartfelt. However, it’s a good idea to interview more family members, close friends, and colleagues. This will give you the full picture of someone’s life.

Bonus tip: Add some more interview pages by sitting down with your children (if you have them), your partners siblings, friends and even colleagues. Invite them out to dinner or coffee and get them all together to talk about this special person you all have in common.

Example questions birthday magazine

  • How do you know the person that’s celebrating their birthday?
  • What is one thing that is typically them?
  • What is the one thing the birthday person cannot live without?
  • What is something they dislike?
  • What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of them?
  • What message would you like to give them on this special day?
  • If you had to tell a story about the person, what story would you tell? (This can be a memory or a story they heard from someone else)

Wedding magazine interview

So if you’re making a magazine for a wedding or an anniversary, you can of course interview the couple that’s getting married or celebrating the anniversary. If you want to keep the magazine gift a surprise, that might not be the best way to go. In order to keep it a mystery, you can interview close friends, family members and even colleagues.

Bonus tip: If you have it, bring a photo you’d like more information about. This allows the person you’re interviewing to tell a fun anecdote that you can add to a page, alongside the photo!

Example questions wedding magazine

  • What is the secret to their successful relationship/marriage?
  • What do they love doing together?
  • Is there anything you’ve learned from their relationship/marriage?
  • What are some things they have in common?
  • Are they alike at all, or is their relationship a case of ‘opposites attract? Why?
  • Describe their relationship in your own words

School magazine interview

Let’s say you want to interview a student or a group about their lives and write an article about them. The questions will largely depend on the student or group, but there are some general questions you can ask to get the ball rolling during the interview.

Example questions school magazine interview

  • Who are you?
  • What does a typical day or week look like for you?
  • What’s your most memorable experience at the school so far?
  • What is your favorite thing at school?
  • What is your least favorite thing?
  • If you were principal for a day, what would you do?
  • What are their thoughts on some current local or international events?

Bonus tip: How to make a magazine for a school project

How to format the interview

How to interview someone about their life make your own magazine jilster

Once you’ve got all the answers, it’s time to add them to a page and create a nice looking format. You can choose one of the many pre-made interview templates available in the editor, or start from scratch and create your own.

Bonus tip: Use a simple or transparent background. This ensures that the words will be legible. A background that is too busy or too dark may make the text difficult to read. Alternatively you can place a contrasting color block over the background and adjust the transparency accordingly.