Printing your pages is a very gratifying thing to do. All that hard work in your hands ready to be shared with friends and family. I was almost giddy the first time I held a 12×12 page in my hand. I had printed a few 8×8 books and even an 8.5 x11 book of our 2009 Disney trip. It wasn’t until I got the 12×12 page in my hands that I was hooked. Now, my first set of printed pages came with some errors though. I am here to help you avoid my mistake and get awesome layouts. I have started printing 12×12 pages through Persnickety Prints. They are amazing and fast. They are also kind to newbies like myself and fixed my pages. When printing your pages you want to leave 1/8″ on all sides. I have started leaving 1/4″ to be safe…now this doesn’t mean you have push everything in to the middle. I still have flowers, papers and ribbons that go over the edges but I make sure the important stuff is safe like journaling, dates and photos!
Here is a page that I printed…the journaling is too close to the edge and it got cut off a touch.
I now have an action I created to put up guide lines for me when I create layouts. Also on my templates I make sure I put important stuff inside the lines for you. To put up your guides you can turn on the grid lines and make guides at 1/4″ all the way around. This is a layout I did using Magical Scraps Galore’s Wild, Wild Life kit and a retired template. Notice the teal guide lines? There are some flowers and even papers hanging past those but nothing that will affect the overall layout.
Here is a blurb from their blog on full bleed: Full Bleed = Edge to Edge printing For single page photographic prints: machines allow for a slight difference in print sizes and alignments by overlaying your image over the paper to avoid having a white border. The problem with this is you can lose a good portion of the edge of your layouts. If your layout has a thin border, the border can appear uneven or completely gone on one or more edge. Our goal at Persnickety is to print your image centered evenly with as little overlay as possible.
So my tip for you today is take a few minutes to put up those grids and PRINT! I buy print credits when they are on sale and print single pages to put in a big book. I do this so I don’t have to scrap in order. Here is a peek at my printed pages
Check out the details on this image and this is a photograph of a page in a page protector…I am in LOVE~!
This is my current book. I got it at Hobby Lobby on sale (always look for the coupons) and there is room to add more pages as I get them done.
It is also motivation for me to fill that book up! Have you printed a book or pages? Where have you printed? My first 3 books (Disney 2009 ended up being 2 books) were from Stampin’ Up. I was working for them at the time and was using their program. I NEVER thought I would make the switch to digital at that time. I have since printed several books from Shutterfly. I print books for my family for gifts. My mom and mother in law take our boys for a week or so in the summer and all I ask in return are pictures which I put into a scrapbook for them. I love my job!! Share with us where you have printed, I would love to hear your stories.