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I (Katie) was so excited to finally get these pages scrapped a few weeks ago. This is a memory from 2007 and I was pretty proud of myself for completing this 2 page spread. Can you believe how tall Shawn Bradley is? He’s definitely the tallest person I’ve ever met. He is 7 feet 6 inches tall. Wow!


Layouts by Katie. Credits: Template by Get It Scrapped. Bookworm kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. Font is Times New Roman.


I posted these layouts on my personal blog and didn’t think much else about them. A few days later, one of my readers left a comment that had me a bit confused. She said “I’m sorry, but all I can see when I look at this page is I Hate Chaz.” She asked me if I noticed my mistake?  I got the comment via email so I went back to the blog post to look, and sure enough – there were the words “I Hate Chaz”! Do you see them now? I can’t believe I didn’t notice it before! The letters on the alphabet paper on the 2nd layout spell out that strange sentence across the bottom of the page. It’s just a matter of how I placed the paper and it certainly wasn’t anything intentional by me or by the paper designer. Just a weird little fluke!

It was hard for me to see the error because I had looked at the page for quite awhile and was thinking about things like what photos to use, where to place the embellishments, and journaling a big story. It might seem obvious to you at first glance, but I assure you that I didn’t see it at all until I received that comment. I was so glad to get that comment before I sent the layout to be printed! Because I still had my layered psd file on hand, it was super easy to fix! This is one of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking, mistakes are SO easy to fix!

I just opened up my layered file and moved the paper around a little bit. I actually duplicated the paper layer so I could keep the top of the page looking the same, and then I just moved the duplicate paper around on the bottom of the layout until I liked how it looked.



That’s SO much better! I’m much happier with it, and I bet Chaz is too! LOL!

It helps to have another set of eyes look over your pages. It’s easy to miss a typo on a page, and I’ve even put the wrong date on a layout before because I was thinking about the current year. If you don’t want to have someone else do some “proofreading” for you, at least take a break from looking at the page for awhile and come back later on with a fresh set of eyes.

Oh, and it helps to hang on to those original layered files!