Party, party, party! You can always find an excuse for a good party, but you do have to hang up the garlands yourself. But maybe not always, someone might throw a surprise party for you! Or throw a surprise party yourself for someone! We’ll share a few tips right away. And as a bonus, a great gift idea! Do we have your attention?

Organising a surprise party

How do you make it a surprising and unforgettable party? Here are a few inspiring tips… And eh, keep quiet, it is a surprise party after all.


  1. The goal;

What is the goal of the party? Is it related to a birthday or is there a different occasion. Keep in mind that a surprise party leave a big impression on the surprisee, as you can probably imagine. Think about what the goal is, so you can communicate this in the invitation.


  1. Location;

An important question to ask yourself is what the location of the party will be, in what area do most friends and family live? Can the party be thrown at the receivers house or should it be thrown at an external location? Is the location easy to reach and decorate or could this be a challenge? Make sure to go through this list when organising a surprise party before handing out invitations to guests.


  1. Date & time;

Finding a date where everyone or most guests are free to attend requires quite a bit of puzzling! The larger the group, the harder it gets. In any case something you should do is keeping in mind the schedule of the receiver. Would be nice to have him/her attend the party, right!? Take as many schedules into account as you can, but eventually you will have to make a decision. Also think about an appropriate time, depending on the time you can decide what kind of snacks and drinks you need, and when people need to go home.


  1. Friends & family;

Tough one, who will you invite? Well, most of all the people who he/she spends a lot of time with. Take a look at his/her social media accounts and if you happen to share some contacts, ask them directly. This way you can figure out how to reach multiple contacts together.


  1. Theme;

Feel like organising a theme party? Figure this out beforehand, so you can mention the theme in the invitation and carry it over while decorating. The possibilities are endless, from black and white to Texas, a princess party, the 60’s or Marvel.


  1. Back-up plan;

Make sure to have a plan B in case the surprisee makes a proposal for the same date. If the receiver happens to come over during the preparations, be sure to be able to create a distraction.


  1. Invitation;

Write a fun and compelling text to inform the guests about your surprise party. Highlight the importance of the secrecy and share the back-up plan so the guests are up to date. Keep track of the amount of people who will show up and if you might need to account for anything further. Check, check, double check!


  1. Reminder;

Send a reminder with the location, date and time, and the confidentiality (possibly the back-up plan) just to be sure. Emphasize the importance of being on time to ensure the surprise element. Everyone needs to be present at X time, so you can give everyone instructions.


  1. Shopping list & decoration;

Do you have a guestlist and the time? Then you can create your shopping list around the amount of guests and the time of the party. Choose your snacks and don’t forget the cake or muffins. Depending on the theme you can decorate the living room or your other location. Make sure nothing shows from the outside, else the surprise element will be ruined.


  1. Collective gift;

Last but not least… The gift! It’s fun to give a present on behalf of all guests that you all created together. How about a magazine full of pictures and stories from the old days? With Jilster you can easily design a magazine and order it to print in different versions.


Another option is to create a magazine after the party. You can do this together or by yourself. With the pictures from the party and input from all the guests, your magazine will be a beautiful tangible memory to look back on.


See also: The guestlist reimagined [het gastenboek in een ander jasje]

Nowadays, children no longer like reading. A nice film or series, on the other hand, often still has a good taste. A nice idea is to watch a film with the class and to have the pupils make a poster in groups afterwards. You can also let the students choose a film that they can watch at home as a homework assignment. The poster can then be individually created and presented for the class. For more inspiring lesson ideas, read the entire article.


Making a poster, students learn how to convey a message in a short, concise and visual way and what is needed for it. It is also a creative assignment and with the online program from Jilster they have a lot of options.The students only make the cover (front page) with text and photos.

For more information, go to: how to make your own poster

The pupils will not only be concerned with the text, but also with the design of the poster. Consider: the layout of images, use of color, the alternation between fonts and font sizes, and so on. The poster must be able to tell at a glance what the film is about. That is still quite a challenge.


Movie posters of large blockbusters all have a number of things in common. The title in large capital letters, the names of the actors and the so-called ‘billing block letters’, at the bottom of the poster. Also often the date of when the film is premiered is mentioned. And do not forget, a catchy image that covers the background. The face of the hero in close-up, the female lead character who’s looking badass over her shoulder, or a face that consists of different objects or photographs.


It turns out that film posters often look very similar. Consider the arrangement of the main characters, the use of color or the objects that were used to achieve a certain effect with the general public. These are also called ‘movie poster clichés’. It may be interesting to discuss this with the class.

Look for examples also on: All film poster clichés


Do you want the most beautiful film posters on paper, so that you can hang them up in class? Order the desired number and size and have the posters printed with us. You can choose between A0, A1, A2 or A3 format. Would you rather have the poster printed elsewhere? It is also possible to order a 300 dpi pdf from your page. Then you can arrange the printing of the poster yourself.

And last but not least, a couple of inspiring tips:

  • Let students modernize an old poster or poster, for example J. Howards “We Can Do It” poster from 1943.
  • View a cult movie with the whole class and let them make a poster about it. This can be done in groups or individually. The students can present their own poster in front of the class. Also they can decide together which one is the best.
  • Have the students redesign an existing movie poster of a well-known commercial film, for example a poster of the Harry Potter film series.
  • Have the students copy an existing movie poster. The students crawl into the skin of the main characters that are depicted on the poster. They are photographed in the same way as can be seen on the photo, wear the same type of clothing, and so on. (This assignment can, for example, be performed during dramalessons).
  • Before and after: First let the students see the trailer of an (unknown) film, let them make a poster based on that and then watch the entire film together.

‘I love you’ are the perfect words to express your feelings to your partner. However, using them too often will cause the words to lose their meaning. In which other way can you show your partner how special he or she is to you?

Show it with a magazine

Valentine’s day is around the corner: We have an idea for an extraordinary gift. Go the extra mile to show your partner how much your relationship means to you! How? Create a personalized magazine with pictures, good memories you share together and funny stories.

What to put in your magazine

Why is he or she your Valentine? Make a list of all the reasons why you love your partner, write about the day you two met and the places you always go together, gather pictures both of you look good in and think of things you’d love to do together in the future. You could also write a romantic love letter and include it in the magazine. Alternatively, the internet can help you find existing poems or love songs.

A unique and personal gift

With Jilster your design opportunities are endless. Our online page editor enables you to create a magazine from scratch – or use our free templates and personalize them. Add your own images and texts and choose from a wide range of available clip-arts and backgrounds. Create a unique magazine that your partner will love!


halloween party ideas

halloween party ideas

With Halloween around the corner the pressure is on to give the spookiest Halloween party ever. While everyone’s go to party items are scary decorations and snacks, we’ve got a few other Halloween party ideas that are sure to delight your guests.

Halloween party themes

Halloween party themes, like scary movies, can vary from humorous, to magical, to down right nightmare inducing. Whatever theme you choose, our tip is to involve your party guests and make it personal. How? By making posters of party guests.

Edit just the cover of a magazine and order a high quality PDF file that you can have printed as a poster at a print shop.

Use photos of your party guests to create posters that are sure to be a hit at your Halloween party. One example is to create a Wanted (dead or alive) poster featuring your party guests that you can hang up on the walls at the party venue. Imagine their surprise when they take a closer look and see that it’s them on the poster!

Halloween party games

Halloween party games, like a costume contest especially, is a great idea for a Halloween party. It just makes sense. Everyone likes dressing up and some people invest a lot of time and money into creating a costume they are proud of. Having a contest to decide the best costume is a great way to put those people in the spotlight, and makes for a great main event at your party.

A poster for a costume contest is a good way to get everyone at the party involved. Create a poster with the contest rules and hang it up on a wall at your Halloween party venue. Place it above a table with some pens, pieces of paper, and a bowl or a box to collect ballots. Have people write down their top 3 costumes and then count the votes at the end of the night for an exciting outcome! Consider having a contest for different customer categories as well.

A few examples: best couple costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, and best pop cultural reference costume.

Halloween posters

Halloween party ideas for adults only

No adult Halloween party is complete without creative drinks and cocktails (Zombini anyone?). Create a poster with a drink menu and their ingredients. Don’t forget to add a few without alcohol. Get creative with the descriptions and add different elements to the poster so it fits the Halloween party theme.

Scary Halloween party ideas

If you really want to scare your party guests but don’t have time to create a whole haunted house, we have an easy idea that will give anyone the ‘heebeegeebees’.

Create posters dedicated to various urban legends, myths, and scary (true) stories.

Everyone knows the story of bloody mary. Say her name in front of a mirror and she will appear behind you. Create a poster with this urban legend’s rules and hang it up next to a mirror. Watch as your guests dare each other and find out who is brave enough to try!

Another creepy idea is to dedicate a few posters to stories about serial killers. Jack The Ripper is a name everyone is familiar with. Highlight a few of his more horrific crimes to creep your guests out!

Do some research. There are tons of stories out there about urban legends, myths, ghosts, and hauntings. There may even be some local scary stories you can use. Find the right ones for your party and use them to create a creepy atmosphere that nobody will dare to forget!

Make your own Halloween memory magazine!

A lot of creativity goes into a Halloween party. A such, it’s an event that is worth remembering. The decorations, scary stories, and costumes alone are memorable and are sure to be talked about for weeks and maybe months to come.

After the party is over, create a Halloween magazine that includes photographs and stories of everything that went on during the party. Share the magazine online with your guests or print a few hard copies to send as a memorable gift of this night(mare) to remember. 😉

Have fun and take lots of photos so you can add them to a magazine after the party is over!

how to write pop culture article for school magazine

how to write pop culture article for school magazine

Popular culture topics like music, movies, books, and art are a staple in any magazine, and work extremely well in a school magazine project. They may seem a bit difficult to write about, but that depends entirely on the specific items (or subjects) you choose. With Jilster, you’re making your own magazine the way you want. That goes for the topics too!

How to make a school magazine project


Step 1. Brainstorm

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Get together with your team or get somewhere where you can focus and brainstorm ideas for your school magazine project. What sort of project is it? What’s the theme? What subjects will you be writing about? Yourself or other topics? Write down a list of possible topics. Use this list for inspiration.

Step 2. Add content and edit

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Adding content can seem daunting. Where do you start? You start by brainstorming ideas. For a school magazine it stands to reason you either want to inform readers about yourself or about a certain kind of topic. While topics for a college magazine and high school magazine can be the same, the difference will be in the kind of language used. Ask yourself whether the topic can be discussed generally or if the article has to be very detailed. This is will guide what sort of information you will add to your topics. To help you get started writing your articles for your school or college magazine, we’ve compiled a list of pop culture and history articles for a school magazine and how to find information you can use to write about each of the topics (see list below).

Once you’ve researched and written something about each of the topics. You can add them to your magazine pages in Jilster. Simply add a text block to a page and add the text you’ve written by copying and pasting it. Highlight the text and choose a size and font. Edit the page by adding a background, images, and other clip art and theme images.

Step 3. Publish or order

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Once you’ve completed your magazine, you can publish the magazine online and share it wit a custom link. Send the link to your teachers, mentors, family members, or share it on social media. You can also order a professionally looking hard copy of the magazine you made. Show it off on your coffee table, in your bookcase, or on the go.

Before you can print and show off your hard copy magazine, you have to write the articles to go in it!

Write popular culture articles for a magazine project

Latest music

Look for the latest trends in music by going to Youtube trending music or taking a look at Spotify’s official trending chart. Are there any songs or artists that you recognize. List the songs you like and don’t like and then explain why. Is there a particular sound that these songs have in common? What could the reason be that these songs in particular are so popular?

A good contemporary example is this song ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga (this is a popular song as of this writing October 9th 2018). She’s a famous artist with a very strong fan base, and her music, and this song in particular, can be said to be powerful, regardless of if you enjoy listening to it. That would explain why this song is doing so well.

While writing about the latest music a good choice for your school magazine topic, you could also choose to write a personal piece on a favorite artist, song, or genre.

For region specific trends you can set your location on Youtube to your own home country. On Spotify, a bit of research into their playlist section will reveal a list of trending tracks per country. Not all countries are listed, but yours might be, so it’s worth taking a look.

Popular movies

A quick search of movies that are currently playing at your local movie theatre will show you the most popular movies. Action or family friendly movies will almost certainly be the current favorites.

In order to write about popular movies, it helps to pick a movie you are interested in. You can be as detailed as you like, starting with what types of movies interest you and why. Then compare your own interests to that of trending movies. Do you see a correlation? Or is the difference very large? Do you enjoy the widely known blockbuster hits or prefer the more obscure indie films? Neither answer is wrong. Writing about these topics will help you reflect on your own interests and provide some insight on popular movie trends that will interest readers that are interested in the movie industry.

Good books

Websites like Goodreads and Amazon can help you find good books to write about. Do some research by browsing popular book lists. Goodreads has a popular by date list that shows you the most popular books by month and year. Amazon has a variety of options you can use to find books depending what sort of list you’re looking for. There’s a Fall reading, Best books of the month list and Best books of the year so far, just to name a few. These lists can be found on the Books on amazon page on the left.

Choose a book list to start with and scan it carefully. Are there any authors you recognize? What do you know about their writing and their latest books? If you’re not much of a reader, you can focus on what seem to be the genres that are most popular in the list. Is there a recurring genre or type of story? Take some time to read through the summaries of a few of the first books and see if you can find similarities. Compare different lists as well. Is there a difference between the Goodreads list and the Amazon book list?

Next choose one to three books and think about what makes them good. What do they have in common? What are the differences? Read through their reviews and try to find out what people love about reading these books.

If you are an avid reader, you can choose to write about your favorite books or authors instead of researching the latest and trending books. Write about what makes this particular author or book your favorite. What themes are present in the book? What are the characters like? What is the overall story of the book and what does it mean to you?

Interesting art

Pay attention to your surroundings. It may sound cliche, but art is everywhere. Architecture, graffiti, and advertising are just a few of the various types of art you will come across as you make your way through the city, streets, and parks to your destination.

Parks and locations of note often have artworks, and if these don’t get your creative writing juices flowing you could always choose to visit a museum. Enjoyment of art or what constitutes art largely depends on your own taste. Don’t feel limited by what art is ‘supposed’ to be. Describing what art means to you and giving examples of these kinds of art and why they appeal to you is a great way to get the ball, or rather, the words rolling for an art article for a school magazine.


For each of the topics above, you could also choose to do an in-depth review about one of the songs, artists, movies or books you’ve come across. A review is done by analyzing whether or not the subject is any good, and why. Write down why you’ve chosen the work you’re reviewing and explain the criteria you’re using. A good way to do this is by contrasting the work with another work in the same vein. Also, always remember who your audience is and keep in mind why they should be interested in reading your review.


This speaks for itself. What music, movies, books, and art do you recommend? Simply take the ones you enjoyed the most yourself and make recommendations based on why you like them. Try to be persuasive in your writing to practice your written persuasion skills. Think about how your favorites make you feel and try to write in a way that will entice the reader to want to feel the same way by listening to a song, watching a movie, or reading your favorite recommended book.

You’re looking for the best birthday present and how to make it. You must be looking for something very special. Maybe this birthday signals an important milestone, or maybe it’s because the present is meant for someone very special to you. Either way, you’re looking for a different kind of birthday present; the best one. And you’re looking for ways you can make it yourself, to make it that much more extra special.

Well, we’re happy to inform you that your search has ended, here. And we’ll tell you why.

The new scrapbooking: magazine making

Making a magazine is sort of like scrapbooking. Only scrapbooking has become a bit dated in today’s digital landscape. Still, no one can argue that the idea is great for as a special birthday present. Even Huffington Post says a scrapbook is a gift that stands out (though their reasoning may differ from ours).

Combine a collection of photos, images, memories, text, stories, and creativity to create a book representative of all the things you think, feel, and remember about a person. This makes a great gift, because it shows how special you think they are.

Just imagine the look on their face when they realize it’s a magazine about them.

But who has time to print all those digital photos we have nowadays? Who has time to cut everything to perfection, buy all the materials needed, and then paste everything in the right place? Not to mention that there’s no room for error. There’s no ‘undo’ button in real life.

Make time to get a birthday present

Scrapbooking takes a lot of time. Still, this gift needs to be special. You still want to put in some time to make it. Not making time to get someone special a birthday gift is not a good look after all.

So how do you balance putting in enough time to make the present special, but not letting it get so time consuming and difficult that you end up not making the birthday present at all?

The answer Make a personalized birthday magazine together with friends and family.

Make the best birthday present

Jilster allows you to do it all digitally. Upload photos, copy and paste text, design the pages easily, or use pre-made templates, it’s all up to you. You can even invite friends and family to add one or more pages. When you’re finished, simply order the magazine (or book) in the format you’d like and voila! We print and ship it right to your doorstep.

You need an account to get started. Creating one takes no more than 5 minutes.

Don’t need Jilster now but think it’s a cool idea for a gift coming up later in the year? Save Jilster for later (bookmark) with Cmd+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (Windows). See you soon!

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spotlight student life jilster school magazine featured

spotlight student life jilster school magazine featured

We’ve compiled a list of spotlight interview and student life articles for a school magazine and instructions on how to write them:

Spotlight interview article

spotlight article jilster school magazine Interview a student or a group and write an article about them.

The best place to start for your spotlight interview is by first choosing a student, group, or other person to interview. If anything significant has happened at your school recently, it can be a good idea to contact the people or group involved. You can then interview them to shine some light on the recent events. Keep in mind that the topic may influence how your article is received. Some things may be controversial and will therefore receive a varying and unpredictable responses from certain groups of people.

If nothing of not has happened recently, you may choose to interview popular students, interesting teachers or faculty, or people you know that have outspoken opinions on certain topics. The important thing is to choose people that will have a lot to say when you ask them questions, so you will have enough information to write about.

Student life articles

The topics below mostly speak for themselves, but we’d like to give you some extra inspiration with a few tips on how to get started or keep writing when you’re stuck.

Sports teams

The most popular or best loved teams may be your go to for this article, but consider the lesser known teams as well. These may make for interesting articles because not many people know about the sport or have gotten to know the teams yet.

If you’re having trouble getting enough information to write about, consider asking questions like the ones below to get the players talking:

  • When did you start practicing the sport and why?
  • What is your favorite part about the sport your practice?
  • Do you have any advice or tips for people that are interested in getting started?
  • Do you have any heroes that practice the same sport? And if not, do you have any other heroes (not related to the sport) that inspire you? If so, what makes them your hero?

Consider your school’s lesser known teams.

School clubs

While the chess club, mathletes and AV club (any stranger things fans?) may be the first clubs that pop into people’s minds when they think of school clubs, in reality there are many more. That’s why we recommend first doing some research before you settle on a club to write about. Look into what clubs are available at your school. You may even consider writing about some clubs that have few or no members. This may bring the clubs to the attention of students that are interested and breathe new life into otherwise ‘slow’ clubs. The best person to ask about this is usually the organizer of the club. In some cases it can also be a good idea to ask a member of the club, because people who are passionate about their hobby have the most to say and will provide a lot of information for you to write about.

Consider writing about clubs with few or no members.


teachers article jilster school magazine Teachers can be valuable sources of information for a variety of topics. In this case you’ll want to look for information that students may find useful. Below you will find a few ideas that you can use as a starting point.

  • Real life skills (a math teacher may give an example of when you would need math in ‘real life’, a gym teacher may help shed some light on the importance of this knowledge when you get older)
  • Exams, papers, and due dates are unavoidable, but maybe there are a few teachers that are willing to share some extra tips, advice, or other information that may come in handy when the time comes.
  • An education is a wonderful time for a young person, but it’s also very short. It may not feel that way when you’re smack dab in the middle of it though, so ask a teacher to share their own experiences going to school. What are some things they miss and/or would have done differently? Writing about these things may help some students improve their own experience at school and make the very best of it.


Writing about administrators can be tough, since their jobs usually entail things that don’t generally interest students. A good way to tackle this is by explaining what their job means for students. What would be missing from a student’s life if a particular administrator wasn’t around to do their tasks? Who schedules the subjects, manages the teachers, handles applications, and finances all the tuitions, field trips and events? Without schedules, the right teachers, new students, or budgets for activities, a school wouldn’t be able to function. The alternative? Students wouldn’t be students at all, but would probably be stuck at home doing chores or working full-time in the family business. This would considerably lower their prospect to ever become independent and lead their own lives.

What does an administrator’s job mean to a student?

School changes

While school changes seem like an easy addition to a school magazine, it’s still worth thinking about how to present them. Depending on what the changes are, you could show them as:

  • a timeline for construction work,
  • graphs for changing student demographics,
  • or spotlight introduction for new students or teachers.

Cafeteria staff

Apart from teachers and administrators, cafeteria staff is also an important part of student life. The people that feed you are often underrated. Get to know them and write a feature piece on each of the staff members. Have them share some memorable experiences from their own time at school. Another nice idea may be to ask them what their day looks like for a ‘day in the life’ piece.

A day in the life article is a fun way to introduce staff members to students.

Cafeteria food

Apart from sharing the menu and nutritional value of all the foods that can be found in the cafeteria, a fun idea may be to create and share a poll. If possible, have students use it to vote for foods they’d like to see on the menu. Make sure you’ll be able to make the changes go through if enough votes go in though!

Extra curricular activities

Many students choose to do extra curricular activities in order to get into good colleges. These types of activities also look good on resumes and can help a student make up for low grades. Not all students know about these reasons to do extra curricular activities. There may also be more reasons to do them. Writing about them is a great way to inform students about their benefits, as well as what kind of activities are available at your school.

Write about why extra curricular activities should matter to students.

Field trips

Depending on how your school organizes field trips, you could create a poll for field trips, similar to our suggestion for cafeteria food. Instead of just choosing a field trip for the students and writing a description, you could also ask for a few available options from the organizers and let the students choose their own field trip.

Upcoming events and activities

events article jilster school magazineA schedule is a good straightforward way to communicate upcoming events and activities in a school magazine. However, thinking outside the box may also yield some creative ways to share these dates. Below are a few options to start.

  • A monthly calendar grid
  • A linear timeline
  • A circular schedule

School Magazine Page Examples

Get started on your school magazine! Log in to (or create) your free account, start your magazine, and click on ‘edit’ on any page. Add a text block to your page (or use a template) and use the tips above to start writing your student article. Invite classmates to edit their own pages and watch as your very own school magazine takes shape!

step by step guide writing magazine jilster

step by step guide writing magazine jilster

We’ve noticed for many of our users that adding text to magazine pages can be quite a daunting task. Today we aim to show you that anyone can write text for their magazine. Our main goal here, after all, is to enable users, regardless of experience or know-how, to create their very own magazine.

We’d like to help you by providing a step-by-step guide on how to write your own article for your magazine.

Text is about The Reader

A good thing to keep in mind is that an article doesn’t have to be extremely long to be a good addition to a magazine page. In fact, if you take a look at your favorite magazines, we’re sure you can find examples of articles written as well as of pages with minimal text. It’s all about how you format the pages and place text.

Text is more than just the word count. Outlining, font, and size also all come into play to create a text that compliments a page. The most important thing to keep in mind however, is whether the article is useful and makes sense to the reader.

Step-by-step article writing

1. Find a topic

Brainstorm and write everything down. You may need to think of a topic yourself, or maybe you’ve received a topic you need to write about.

To find a topic, think about the context it needs to be written in. In other words, what kind of magazine is the article going to be placed in? Is it a wedding, birthday, or school magazine? What is the target audience? What do you want to communicate? What information needs to be in the article? Write it all down so you can keep track of your progress as you continue working on the article. You can do this directly inside Jilster. Is it a wedding, birthday, or school magazine? These questions will help you find a suitable topic for your article. (see also 40 topics and ideas for school magazine)

2. Outline the article

Start by writing down a headline and subheadings pertaining to the questions that need to be answered in this article. This outline, along with the questions you’ ve asked yourself in step 1, will help guide you as you work on your article. If you feel overwhelmed at any point during the process you can come back to this outline and regroup.

3. Research the topic

How you execute this step largely depends on what kind of topic you’ve chosen. A lot of information can be found on the internet, but people are a good source as well. Do you need information about a couple for a wedding magazine? Ask friends and family about their relationship. Do you need information on someone’s childhood for a birthday magazine? Try asking their childhood friends or try getting your hands on photo albums. Do you need information on a specific topic for a school magazine? Try researching on the internet (make sure the source is reliable!) or ask your teachers.

4. Write down everything

This part is important. At this stage it’s important to just get as many words as possible down. Don’t worry about spelling or whether or not the article makes sense, you’ll organize everything you wrote down in the next step.

5. Edit what you’ve written

Get rid of any excess information and organize the writing in a way that makes sense for the reader. That’s it!

Good luck!

Please let us know in the comments if you thought this article was useful. If you have any questions you want answered or if there are other topics you’d like to see us write about let us know!

how to make your own word search puzzle

Games with words are trending. Open any newspaper or magazine and chances are there will be at least one word search in there. They’re a tried and true crowd pleaser, and a great addition to your own magazine too!

Find a custom word search creator

Use an online word puzzle generator like this one on, to create your own word search puzzle. There are many custom word search creators and makers available on the internet. Do a quick search on ‘custom word search’ and pick the one you like best!

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Use a custom word search in Jilster

For use in Jilster, make sure you can save the word search you created as an image (png, jpeg/jpg) or PDF file to your computer. Once you’ve created your wordsearch, save the image file to your computer and then upload it to your images in Jilster. Then, add it to you page. Make sure the puzzle is legible by checking that it has at least two stars. Two stars or more means the image is high quality enough to be printed well.

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Word search tips

If you’re working on a school magazine, you can use words related to your school. Make a list of school colors, themes, classes, subjects, clubs, sports and more. Are you working on a wedding or birthday magazine? Then you can use words related to the couple getting married or person whose birthday it is. Make a list of things they like, hobbies, words that describe them, names, favorite foods, countries visited and more.

A word search is a word puzzle wherein you try to find the words hidden among all the letters. Words can be found horizontally and vertically, but occasionally also diagonally. When it comes to a word search you make for your own magazine you can decide for yourself how words can be found.

how to format text in your magazine jilster

First impressions are important. We all know that. All it takes is two seconds for us to get an impression of someone, and based on that we make decisions on whether or not someone, or something, is worth our time. So, in order to make sure your story is heard, or in the case of a magazine, read, spending some time on the way it looks is important.

“Please do judge a magazine on it’s cover!”

The right way to format and layout magazine content

Take a look at the two examples below. Which of the two would you rather spend time reading? Why is that, do you think? The only difference is the format and layout of the different elements on the page. De text on the white background is much more legible because the contrast is greater and there is no background noise. It’s also easier to read because it has been divided into columns. The photo looks better too because it hasn’t been stretched out over the page and there is no text overlay.

By choosing a simple background for the text and using columns, you can improve the legibility of your content.

More ways you can improve your text legibility:

1. Use a simple font

A simple font, like Times New Roman, Garamond, or Georgia is great for legibility of the body text. Highlight your paragraph headlines by making these a different font, or by making them bold, cursive, or a different color.

2. Divide your story up into paragraphs with paragraph titles

Divide the text into paragraphs and enter some spaces in between the paragraphs. This makes the text easier on the eyes and looks better on the page. Make sure to avoid long winded sentences. If sentences are too complicated to understand or get through, the reader may give up.

3. Use font size to your advantage

Did you know the best font size for text in Jilster is 10? Keep this in mind if you want your content to look just like the content in a real magazine. Varying font sizes for titles, subtitles, paragraph titles, and quotes keeps the text interesting for readers.

4. Use text borders or other text elements

Isolating some text in a border or another elements gives you the option to highlight some key information from your text. It’s a great way to showcase, for example, facts and figures. The use of a border keeps your text clean and makes important information easy to spot. It’s also a great way to change things up on your page, which keeps the reader entertained and interested.

Don’t forget; less is more! It may sound cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Less really is more.