I am a digital scrapbooker but I love to have my layouts printed and put them into scrapbook albums. I am currently preparing my Project 365 layouts from this year and 6 months of layouts to be printed.
Here is the list of things I check for each layout:
1. Spelling - This is an easy check for me because I use Photoshop CS5 and there is a Check Spelling feature in the Edit menu. Remember also to check the spelling of names and places.
2. Journaling – Checking the spelling alone is not enough. I read through my journaling slowly to make sure the grammar is correct and that the journaling makes sense. The spell checker knows that for, four and fore are spelled correctly but it doesn’t know which one I need in my sentence.
3. Alignment – I check the alignment of all elements and photos.
4. Date – Is the date on my layout? I include the date on all my layouts especially because I don’t scrapbook chronologically.
5. Drop Shadows – I spend most of my time fixing drop shadows on my layouts. I scrapbook using templates from a lot of different designers so drop shadows are something that I usually need to change. I like the consistency of the shadows between my different layouts.
6. Resolution – I make sure my image resolution is at 300 dpi. I have tried to upload layouts at 72 dpi and would have printed at that low resolution had the Persnickety Prints software told me that my image was too low a resolution to print at 12×12. (One of the many reasons I love to print at Persnickety Prints by the way!)
1/3/13 Update: I’m adding another item!
7. Bleed – This is the area around the edges of the layout that might be cut off in printing. Some printing companies print “full bleed” so you don’t have to worry about this but others like Shutterfly provide templates so that you will know what parts of the layout will not cut off. You can find the Shutterfly templates here. If you use the Shutterfly templates make sure you turn on your guides so you can see the visible area.
I also like to have someone else read through my layouts to catch things that I missed. What do you check on your layouts before you get them printed?