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Happy iNSD, beautiful Sweet Shoppers!! I hope you're having a wonderful day playing and shopping {oh my goodness! Didn't our designers knock it out of the park??!}.

I think it's amusing to look back at my early digital scrapbooking layouts. As I was going through trying to find my "oldest" layout, I found lots of things that I have improved on. Probably the biggest is shadowing! I found layouts that had elements that I'd forgotten to shadow!

My game is easy: Share with us your first layout {or the earliest one you can find}. In the same post, share your most recent layout using SSD products.

Also, please share what you think your biggest improvement is.

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I don't think this was my first layout, but it was the oldest I could find. It was created in January 2012.


And this is one of my most recent layouts

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Old 04-30-2021, 07:00 PM
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My first SSD layout (May 2012) (but not my first ever layout - not sure even how to find that one. Maybe on an old scrapping hard drive)


& my most recent SSD layout:


I think I have improved on my clustering!
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Old 04-30-2021, 08:31 PM
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This is the earliest I could find from 2012:



My Last SS LO:
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Old 04-30-2021, 08:32 PM
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My first SSD layout, though I'd been digi scrapping for over a year at that point.
The biggest difference is that, praise the Lord, I started using templates, lol. Plus I ditched the black & white photos.



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Old 04-30-2021, 08:50 PM
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My first LO:


My most recent:


Without a doubt it's my clustering and cluster shadows that I've improved the most on - and am continuing to learn by all the mad-talented-cluster-artists around here!
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Old 04-30-2021, 09:10 PM
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One of my earliest is quite a layout! LOL! I haven't scrapped much lately so this is one of my "recent" ones. I think the overal composition is much better.
[IMG]80s fun web by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/159312934@N08/][/IMG]
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:01 PM
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This is going way way back - one of my layouts for my 2007 family calendar. I remember being really proud of the beaded edge on these pictures - it was an advanced skill in my paint shop pro program =)



I think my skills have improved a lot - my shadows are much better and my clusters/design have progressed thanks to the template designers.

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Old 04-30-2021, 10:03 PM
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Here's one of my first layouts:


And here is one of my latest layouts:


My clusters and my shadows have definitely improved.
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Here is my first layout on SSD

and my latest one

I think I have improved on shadows and just cohesiveness of elements/blending styles
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:09 PM
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This is my earliest layout, from 2012. I think the background clusters are part of a quickpage, but I did the cutout of my son's photo:



And here is my most recent layout using SSD products:

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This is my first layour from March 2017


This is my most recent layout
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:10 PM
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Here's an early digi layout from me

and here's the same photo that I redid in February


The biggest things I have learnt is how to edit my shadows (and use different shadows for different items instead of the same shadow for everything) and that you can change a template up - flip, rotate, add or subtract items and have fun with it. Try new things - digi scrapping is very forgiving.
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:18 PM
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My first layout with my first SSD kit ever from Traci Reed "I'm with the Band" became the story of my life for many years....2015. Not my first layout but a very early one with digital for sure.

Most Current: My cousin had some photos of my family but I had never had pictures of my grandmother and grandfather so young. I went right to work on them last year. This speaks to me a little more about what's changed. My kid has taken center stage for quite awhile and now what interests me is photos of myself or my family members early now.
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Old 05-01-2021, 12:20 AM
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Here is my first ever layout from 2010:


And my latest SSD layout:


I think my cluster skills have definitely improved.
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Old 05-01-2021, 02:11 AM
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This was my first SSD layout but definitely not my first digi page.



This is my most recent upload and to be honest I don't think much has really changed. I still have layouts I love and those I'm not so mad about.

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Old 05-01-2021, 02:36 AM
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The earliest digi-scrap layout I could lay my hands on tonight was from 2009 (though not my earliest layout; I've been scrapping since 1995):


Apparently I didn't know drop shadows were a thing back then.

Here's my most recent layout:

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Old 05-01-2021, 03:24 AM
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The first layout I posted in the gallery:


And the last one (posted this week):


Biggest improvements is in the products used...
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Old 05-01-2021, 06:20 AM
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I had cleaned my gallery a while back and got rid of the ugly early ones...

Then



Now


My shadowing and clustering skills have improved so much! It used to be so flat now I can add lots of dimension.
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Old 05-01-2021, 06:59 AM
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My first digi page. I learned by following SSD tutorials, thank you.



My latest. I would say my clustering and attention to shadows have improved.

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Old 05-01-2021, 08:07 AM
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I will share my first layout I uploaded to the SSD gallery. I do know that this was pretty much one of the first layouts I have ever made back in the day.



and this is one of my latest layouts. Biggest improvement ?? My clustering skills, using shadows and also photo editing. I did none of these things in my first layout

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Old 05-01-2021, 08:27 AM
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I had older ones than this but they were lost on an external hard drive crash years ago. I started digi scrapping in 2007 (paper before that in 1998).


And a recent one:


I've definitely improved with clustering, shadowing and layout composition without the use of templates. And the products are so much better today!
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Probably my biggest improvement is on selecting which product(s) to use but shadowing is also a big one
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Old 05-01-2021, 11:23 AM
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Earliest Layout


Most Recent Layout


Biggest Improvement = Learning to Journal more about the photos instead of just showing pictures with basic labels.
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Old 05-01-2021, 11:29 AM
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This is my oldest from the gallery here:


And here is one of my most recent. I think I do a better job of making my photos pop while still using lots of fun elements.
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Oldest, from April 2012


Most recent, from today



I'd say that my clustering has improved, although I didn't really do much in my most recent page lol.
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I started out as a very minimalist scrapper and over the years came to love clustering and now fill my pages up quite a bit more than I used to.

My first back in 2014.

My latest one this year.
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Earliest from 2008


Most recent in 2021


Biggest change is my overall style and definitely shadow work....it was non existent when I started!
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I think my biggest improvement is continuing to work on my shadows. They really make or break a LO in my eyes and the more "realistic" they look, the nicer they look printed.
Earliest here at SSD:


Most recent here at SSD:
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This is one of my very early LOs, from 2010.


My latest SSD LO. This doesn't have much clustering, but I think I've improved on my clusters, and I'm always trying to work on my shadowing.
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Not my first ever layout, but the first posted here. Older layouts are probably lost forever on some old closed site.



And the most recent posted SSD page
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Oh my goodness! It’s so fun looking through all your posts!!
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I've only been digi scrapping for a little over a year so I'm still very much in the learning process. I learned very early on that templates are a great tool. Here's one of my earliest


and here's one of my latest
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my earliest:


most recent:


I think my biggest improvement is shadow work and clustering.
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My earliest galleries have all closed, I started digi in 2006, this is the earliest I could find in an existing gallery (from 2011):


and my most recent in the gallery:
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I posted my first SSD layout one year ago tomorrow! So fun...


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Here is the second page I posted in SSD (I posted my first one last celebration).



Here is a recent one done in the past day:


I have learned to use shadows better, making clusters and layers have improved and have found that in general - I love to show off my photos and put a lot of photos on a page.
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Oh this was a fun thread to look for.
It's funny I just redid my first ever SSD layout for the April Passport
First.


My most recent - as part of the iNSD The Nifty Pixel release as a Nifty Gal - I have COME VERY FAR!! Shadows and clusters were like a foreign language last year LOL
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I have some older than this in my albums, but this is the earliest here at SSD


and most recent
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the oldest I could find, from 2007


and one of the last


I think itís safe to say Iíve improved on clusters and shadows
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Earliest:


Most Recent (for the moment):
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This is my oldest layouts (it was a 2 pager) at SSD though I had been creating for a bit before that:


And my newest:

I mean, it's a 13-year difference, so lots changed! lol
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My biggest improvement is focus. I used to spin my wheels and get nothing scrapped. Now I am organized and more efficient.


First one posted at SSD:

Last one posted at SSD:
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Well, this is embarrassing! My very first layout was done in March of 2004. Digiscrapping has come a very long way since then, and combining that with my status as a total newbie...ready to laugh?



At least the baby was cute! Hard to believe he's now the anti-photo 17 year old in the layout below, which I did last week:

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September 2009 (with my now almost 17 year old )


page I just finished today
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my first


my latest (ironically same kid just 13 years later)
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I think my overall design has gotten stronger: shadows, clusters, style, etc. 11 years and lots of pages definitely makes a difference.

May 10, 2010


May 2, 2021

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My oldest page here at SSD (from April 30, 2011)


My most recent page here at SSD:


I think my colour choices to match photos has improved.
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Thank you Tammy for this fun game!

Here's my oldest layout here's:


And one of my latest:


I'm super happy to see how much I improve all my scrapping skills, my shadows, clusters, layers but I need to learn a lot more too!
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I couldn't find my earliest layouts on my computer but here is a layout I did about starting digiscrapping in 2009 and it shows my first four layouts:



And here is a recent page I did for our 2021 calendar:

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