Jackie I feel the same -- I have no special techniques I use and was at a loss and did not know what to contribute to this wonderful thread. So I posted my favorite heritage layout and just explained the basics of how I put it together, and hope that works.
But see you never know what someone else will get from what you have written - I got a great tip out of what you posted here!!! I NEVER thought of keeping the edges I tear when I am distressing edges and using those strips under photos -- I looked closely at your layout and thought, why did I never think of that????? GREAT tip!!! I love your layouts and style and I'm so glad you are here!!