I did start to think though if my albums do share any common elements. So I sat down and looked at them with fresh eyes. I couldn't really see any common techniques that I use alot except for stamping. And the only reason I use stamping more than anything else is because it's a really economical way to do a tittle. Do other scrapbookers have favourite techniques?.... and why?
For your own design growth I highly recommend looking at your work history. Just open them up (chronologically -in order of first finished to last done) and look at the techniques you've used. Which ones work... Which ones don't.... Which ones make your photo's POP! What layouts do you love and which ones aren't you happy with and WHY? If you can train yourself to be able to identify what is wrong with the layouts you don't like you'll be able to produce more layouts you love first time around.
Try to avoid making a list of things you'll go back to redo... lol. This exercise is just to help you identify good and bad design elements. I'm sure you'll notice how your style has changed. This is one reason alot of people say you shouldn't go back and retouch any old layouts. So you can see how your style and design eye have altered.
I'm from the camp do whatever you like. I personally will go back and retouch my layouts (whenever I get time) to make each page as good as I possibly can... That way my decendants will get beautiful keepsakes from me.......
In fact I did this with the cards I finished today. I looked at them for a while and suddenly added something to one of them that just makes it POP! So I'm definitely o.k. with retouching your work.