What to get a friend for their 50th birthday

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birthday 50 gift magazine jilster

Phillipe was faced with a problem. His friend’s 50th birthday was coming up and he had no idea what to get him. During his search he discovered Jilster and decided to make a magazine. This is the story of how that magazine came to be!

Finding a special gift

Phillipe’s friend was turning 50 soon. He knew he had to think of something big to give him. Something special. He turned to the internet for help. Searching online he came across Jilster and decided to create an account. ‘What a great idea’, he thought, ‘a personalised magazine, that’s what I’ll give him!’

So Phillipe got started on a magazine for his friend. He gathered stories from friends and family, added texts and photos from years ago, as well as more recent ones. He finished the magazine with some time to spare, so he decided to order it early, and it’s a good thing he did.

When in doubt, contact customer service!

The day arrived when the magazine was delivered to his home. He opened the package and was pleased with his work and the quality of the magazine. Very pleased indeed! However, his gift for his friend wasn’t quite ready yet… one of the pages had a tiny red smear. He contacted customer service to find out what could be done.

A birthday magazine with an imperfection simply cannot do. So we wasted no time reprinting and shipping the magazine for his friend, free of charge. The magazine arrived on time, and this time, it was perfect.

A magazine just for Morty

At the party Phillipe gave his friend his very own birthday magazine. The ‘MORTY’ birthday magazine. Everyone loved the magazine, and Morty? He may have shed a tear or two at the sight of it. ‘A whole magazine featuring me… imagine that’, he thought, happily. He was touched by the wonderful gesture from his friend. He couldn’t imagine a better gift for this milestone, his 50th birthday.

Phillipe let us know he recommends making a magazine for any birthday and told us he would be back soon. He was pleased with the customer service as well as the high quality of his magazine.

Get started on your own 50th birthday magazine!

5 Tips from a graphic designer

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Our Intern Elseline made a magazine for her mother’s 50th birthday. Lucky for us, she is studying Graphic Design and has a few choice tips for us to use in our own magazines!

Elseline has been spending her free time working on her mother’s magazine. Her mother had no idea, which made it extra exciting! Elseline: “My mother was incredibly moved by the gift. She had no clue that she would be getting her own magazine. Some photographs made her laugh, but I could tell she was really touched as well.”

De magazine was filled with personal stories, photographs and quotes. Elseline even got her grandmother, grandfather, dad, brothers and aunt to contribute with a few anecdotes and photographs of her mother. Elseline: “I got to hear stories about my mom I didn’t even know about! I really enjoyed working on this project together with my family. It’s a really great way to show someone how much you care about them.”

Verjaardag Elseline cover

Since she’s a graphic designer, Elseline has graciously decided to share some valuable tips with us. Tips we can use in our own magazines!

1. Font and font size

“I used a maximum of 3 to 4 fonts in my magazine. I also used a different font for page titles than I did for regular text. For regular text I used font size 10. This is a size that is legible in the printed magazine.”

2. Color

“I chose a few colors that I used consistently throughout the magazine, in images and paragraph titles, to make the whole magazine cohesive.”

3. Quotes

“I added some quotes to my magazine too. Quotes I knew my mother would enjoy. These quotes were spread throughout the magazine. Here too, I made sure to pay attention to the colors I was using. I found a lot of the quotes on pinterest. As a graphic designer, I sometimes get my inspiration from the internet.”

4. Spread

“The online editor enables you to create a spread too, just like the magazines sold in stores have! Next time you’re browsing a magazine, pay attention to the layout of the different pages. The content will often be spread across two pages. You can create your own spread in the editor with a nice family photo or a quote you like, as in the example above.”

5. Uploading video’s to your magazine

“Have you ever heard of a QR-code? By using this code you can add your own video to your magazine. In my magazine, I uploaded a video of me as a baby. My mom can use a special app to scan the code in the magazine, and it will send her to the video. So she can easily enjoy my first steps into the world all over again. You can create a QR-code by using a QR-website.

A QR-code allows you to turn the code into an image. This image (square) can be placed on a page in your magazine.”

 

My best friend’s wedding magazine

best friend wedding magazine jilster

best friend wedding magazine jilster

What do you get your best friend on her wedding day? 40-Year-old Renate had a plan. She rustled up all of their friends and together they made a magazine featuring her best friend Melissa, who was getting married to the love of her life.

Friends for life

Renate moved in next to Melissa when she was only 3 years old. Now, 37 years later, they’re still good friends. Renate: “We’ve had our fair share of good times together. One of my favorites still has to be when we found out we were both pregnant with our first children at the same time! And last year we both got married, and so we both got to be each other’s bridesmaid. Truly a crowning year for our friendship!”.

Renate wanted to find a gift suited for Melissa. A gift worthy of their friendship. Renate: “Not just any gift. I was looking for something special you couldn’t just go and buy from a store. SOmething unique and personal.” Together with Melissa’s other friends she started work on a newspaper.

The benefits of a magazine

While they were working on the newspaper however, they ran into some problems. One of them was that they had too many text and photographs. Marieke, another one of Melissa’s friends, suggested they make a magazine. This format would enable them to fit all the text and photographs.

They shopped around for a magazine editing program, but quickly came to the decision to use Jilster. It was easier to use and cheaper than the alternatives. Renate: “We prefered Jilster because we could easily add our texts and images to the pages. We thought the editor looked cleaner too.”

Once they had discovered Jilster they dove into the project with gusto. According to Renate they may have been a bit too excited: “If we had taken a bit more time to get to know the editor, we probably would have done some things differently. I think we would have used the templates more, so the magazine would have looked a bit more put-together.”

Diversity

Everyone contributed to the magazine. Melissa’s family members wrote stories and added photographs from her youth. Melissa’s friends then combined everything in the editor. Renate: “Because we let everyone contribute freely, it turned into a very diverse magazine, with no two pages alike.”

Her friends added some other pages too, like one filled with facebook comments, another with a crossword puzzle, and a horoscope page with predictions about Melissa and her husband’s marriage.

After the wedding, they gave the magazine to the newlyweds. Everyone was ecstatic. Renate: “Even handing over the magazine to Melissa was a great moment. Emotional too. It’s such a special thing to have all of our memories combined into a magazine and being able to leaf through them together while we enjoy some wine.”

 

The best gift for mom’s 80th: her own personalized magazine

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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.”

Using an online magazine editor for photography

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Rie Neuchs is a Danish Photographer that uses Jilster to showcase her photography. “You were exactly what I was looking for. I made a test magazine at first and the quality was stunning.” Creating a magazine for business is easy with the online magazine editor.

make your own magazine for photography business rie neuchsThe purpose of the magazine

“As a professional photographer, I need to have some top quality materials of some of my work. My thoughts with the magazine was to catch new potential clients’ interest. In a world where everything is online it’s more than nice to get a real piece in your hands, I think. A piece in top quality – which jilster successfully makes :-)”

Reactions

“Very positive! Both new and old clients complimented the magazine – and yes – it already opened new doors :-). Also my friends and family like it.”

Tips from Rie

“Take your time when you are doing creative work… Sometimes new things and ideas will come up when you take your time in a creative process. At first I thought my magazine would be 10 pages.. It ended up being 32 and with much more stuff than what I was originally thinking.”

Will you make more magazines?

“Yes I will. It’s easy to work with jilster, you have your magazine online – best of all – the quality is fantastic! The staff at jilster is also very helpful if you have any questions”

Be sure to visit Photographer Rie Neuchs’ website at www.rieneuchs.dk, and take a look at her magazine below.

Beatrice San Francisco Fashion Magazine

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make a magazine for business fashion catalogDjamila made a magazine for Beatrice San Francisco, a clothing line she distributes in Ibiza, Spain. She was looking for a way to create her own business promotion. Now, she’s sharing her message with the world. She has created a magazine that showcases her company’s products.

A multi-purpose tool for every kind of magazine

This is the second time she’s made a fashion catalog for BSF; Beatrice San Francisco. We love the magazine, the fashion, and Ibiza, so we couldn’t resist reaching out to Djamila to find out more.

She says when they found Jilster they immediately liked it. They’ve made magazines to promote their collections, but they make magazines for personal purposes as well.

“We want to show our new BSF collection for 2015 and send them to our shops! Actually we also use Jilster to make private magazines as a present. People are always happy about a special, creative gift.”

As for the reaction to their magazines: “The reaction was very good with the last magazine we did for 2014 and the new one didn’t arrive yet. But we know the reaction will be good!”

Recommended for Business

“We recommend Jilster because its easy to use, professional, good quality, good price and fun to make it. We will go on with Jilster. Soon we will do our BSF men magazine! ”

We look forward to seeing the BSF men’s collection magazine.

A magazine gift for family: “One sister cried she loved it so much”

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A few weeks ago we came across a very special magazine. We decided to approach the editor of the magazine to ask them some questions. The result is a beautiful story of family, love and togetherness.

We’d like to thank Erin Kiniry for sharing her Jilster story with us and hope all our members enjoy this wonderful tale as much as we do!

How did you find out about Jilster?

“I found out about Jilster one sunny afternoon in California while I was drinking my morning cup of coffee outside, admiring my flower garden. A thought came into my mind regarding how neat it would be to start a personal family magazine because my family is rather large (6 sisters + Mom and Dad) and we are always doing crazy things-both on our own and together-and I realized I needed to document these moments. So, I wandered into my office, sat down, and Googled “online magazine creator,” crossing my fingers and hoping that something legit would pop up. And it did! There I found Jilster. Nervous, because I had no idea if it was real or not, I snooped around the site a bit, and eventually determined it was real, and really cute! I decided to take a chance with this new thing I came across, and WOW AM I GLAD I DID!”

Who/What is the magazine for?

“I created this magazine as a Christmas morning gift to my family- one copy for each sister (6) and one for both my wonderful Mother and generous Father.”

make a magazine christmas family giftWhat were the reactions of others to your magazine?

“One sister cried she loved it so much, and slowly as everyone sat down comfortably to read, the room fell silent with patient eyes and happy hearts as they remembered the adventures of the current years days. All that I could hear was the crackling fire log, oh, and the sniffles from the youngest sister as she read the bit about how much I love her. Needless to say, it was a hit. A gift that will truly give for a lifetime. It waits on your shelf, just waiting to be opened if one is in need of a happy memory.”

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with our other users?

“I would start early. Give yourself a lot of time to really make it what you dreamed of originally. I gave myself about 3-4 months and worked on it a little bit everyday. Not only was it a great gift, but it gave me something fun and creative to do everyday when I felt like working on it. I had such a blast actually designing it and gathering my content! It was a fun project, and now after seeing everyone’s reactions, well…it’s even more fun.”

Will you continue to use Jilster in the future, and why?

“YES. I plan on making this my Christmas morning tradition, that way, in the far future, I will have several different magazines in chronological order highlighting all the wonderful memories that me and my family create. It is a unique and creative way to store those treasured memories and adventures, or little moments, that we don’t want to forget as human beings.”

“I would like to add that the customer services was marvelous as well. I had a few questions and it wasn’t long until I had a proper email with proper help. Oh, and my magazines arrived nicely with no tears or rips or other problems. Thank you for putting together a software program that allows people of the WORLD to use (I noticed you work with lots of different languages), not just those of your own country. That is very cool. I’m impressed! Thanks Jilster!”

Make your own magazine: a beautiful gift for any occasion.

Tre and Kerry’s In-Flight Wedding Magazine

make a wedding magazine customer review tre and kerry magazine

Tre Martin and the former Kerry Pugh got engaged on January 1st, 2013 and really started planning their wedding in the Fall of 2013. This is their story.

Wedding Inspiration

“I came across a Martha Stewart magazine that had an article about “wedding newspapers” for guests that I thought was pretty cool. The only thing was that I thought people would throw away newspapers, since that’s what people do with newspapers.

So then I did a search for making your own wedding magazine and I came across Jilster. It totally fit the theme of our wedding since we were doing a “Pan Am Airline” themed celebration and we wanted to make a “In-flight Magazine” for our guests.

It was a total hit and everyone loved it! Matter of fact — my parents want me to print more so they can give them to all our friends! So what I will do is add about eight more pages to our magazine and create a “post-honeymoon edition.” Jilster is amazing!

make a wedding magazine customer review tre and kerry magazine

In-Flight Wedding Magazine

The title of their magazine is Tre and Kerry In-Flight Magazine, and they made it together. The magazine was given to their guests at their wedding on June 21st, 2014.

Tre, when asked about the best page of the magazine: Easily the front page! It looks so professional! Everyone thought we had it made by professionals! It was a total attention-getter!

They’ve got some tips for future magazine makers. They wanted their magazine to be perfect and they want yours to be too! “Start early and edit often — let another outside party edit your magazine because you won’t see all of your mistakes and misspellings!”

This isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from the Martins: “Once we complete the “post-honeymoon edition” of the Tre and Kerry In-Flight Magazine, we will order it and send you back a picture of us receiving it!”

A magazine for grandmother: “I got to bond with my family, and it was so easy to do!”

magazine gift for grandmother make a magazine

Working together is one of the best parts of making a magazine. The Mankowski family did just that. Together, they made a magazine for their grandmother. The entire family spent time together to create a beautiful gift for this important person in the family.

magazine gift for grandmother make a magazineA gift for Grandmother

The title of the magazine is MANKOZINE; a play on their family name; Mankowski. Julie told us the magazine was made as a special gift for her grandmother. A thank you for all that she has done for their massive family. Together with her 20 cousins, she started work on a very special magazine.

Family Bonding

She says her experience making the magazine was fantastic. “Got to bond with my family while making it, and it was so easy to do! My personal favorite page was a two-page spread titled “Dear Grandma” that had thought bubbles from all of her grandchildren with messages to her. The pages had pretty pink roses in the background and a ‘camera film reel’ of miscellaneous pictures of us with her.”

Julie (and her big family) are happy with the result: “EVERYONE was super supportive and thrilled with the idea. Many family members have ordered copies of their own and cannot believe how great it turned out. Jilster offers an INCREDIBLE product that is SO easy to do! I got to make my entire vision for my grandma come to life so easily! I’m so grateful!”

Julie’s Tip: Order a Sample Copy

Julie has one tip for fellow magazine makers: “Order a sample and ask your friends and family to read through it for mistakes! After staring at it so much for so long, I grew immune to finding mistakes!“ Read more on sample magazine pricing.

Senior project magazine for high school

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One of our customers made a magazine for a year long independent high school project know as ‘Senior Project’. The magazine is for her school community, teachers, and close family and friends.

senior project make a magazine jilster high school educationHow she found Jilster

“I was searching online for a website that would allow me to create and then publish a magazine. I liked that I didn’t have to pay up front to use the site. I signed up and played around on multiple sites and decided I liked Jilster the best.”

How people reacted to her magazine

“The reactions to my magazine were so positive. I had both friends and professional magazine editors give me feedback. One friend told me to go work for Conde Nast right now. From professionals I was told that the consistency of my design really completes the magazine. Everyone was really impressed.”

Tips

“I found the help videos, help articles, and example magazines to be very helpful. One thing I think the site would benefit from is a spelling/ grammar check in the editing room.

I definitely will continue to use jilster in the future because my experience was positive. I’m really excited about what I was able to create. I created a travel magazine and would like to make a magazine after every trip I go on.

I have recommended Jilster to friends already because I tried multiple sites and found this the easiest to use. I also know that the product ends up looking really amazing.”