1. Install Serif Page Plus 8.0 POF Edition from our OVO. Launch the application and select 'Start from Scratch'. Specify your paper size, then hit Finish. From the menu, select Gallery, Backgrounds. Scroll through the designs and drag-a'nd-drop your chosen background on to the Master slide.
2. To add more pages to your newsletter, click Insert, Page. Tick the box for 'Copy objects from page', then repeat the process as necessary. Next, we'll give our newsletter a title ('A year in the life of the Smiths') and date. Select the Standard Frame tool from the tools menu. Drag the cursor to create a text frame on the page.
3. Type some text into the frame, then right-click it and select Text Format, Character to change the font, size and colour of your text. When you're happy, press ok and drag the text frame to its correct position. Watch out for a telltale X at the end of the frame - this indicates you've got too much text to fit in the box.
4. We'll need two more text frames for this page: one for the main story and another for its headline. Select the Standard Frame tool and drag the cursor to create two more text boxes. Right-click your text frame and select Frame Setup. Specify the number of columns, gutter size and page margins, then press ok.
5. You can insert text by typing directly on to the page, but you may prefer to run it past a word processor's spellchecker first. To import text directly from Word, go to Insert, Text File and browse to the document. Tick the box for 'Text Will Wrap' in the Frame Setup menu to prevent Serif hyphenating words at the end of each line.
6. Adding some images will liven up your newsletter. Select the Import Picture icon and browse to the image you wish to insert. The cursor will transform into a box with a '+' symbol. Drag the cursor on the page to drop in the image. Drag the cursor further to increase the size of the image.
7. Once you're happy with the size of your image, you'll need to wrap the .text around it. Right-click the image and select
Wrap Settings. Select the way you want text to wrap around the image, then hit ok. You'll also ne.ed to alter the size of your text frame to ensure all the copy can be seen.
8. To lighten the tone, consider adding spoof adverts, invites to U forthcoming events or even a calendar of birthdays to your newsletter. These will look better in a different colour box to your main stories. Right-click a text frame and choose Fill, then select a solid colour or gradient (a graduated tint) from the menu.
9. Once you've selected the type of Fill you want, you'll be offered a palette of colours; choose one and press ok. All that's left is to add some text and images to your advert. Be careful when selecting the colour of your text - if it's too close to the box colour, it won't be easy to read.
10. You're almost ready to print your newsletter. Check that all the elements are where you want them, and that there's no left-over text. It's also worth giving the text one last scan with the spellchecker. Finally, preview your document and select File, Print or File, Publish as PDF.