Sandra, I assume you mean the Ctrl-Y command (for repeat). Ctrl-Z is the undo command! Yes, the presets are so convenient, although, after a while, those settings would become automatic. With time, you will find out when a preset can be used as is, versus when they might need a tweak depending on the element in question and the effect you want to give. The shadows on the flowers are quite consistent. As for the reverse shadow, it is more when you feel like the overlapping of two elements are just “flat”. It will depend on the texture, the colors, etc. There is no way to know ahead of time. Look at the edges and ask whether it looks ok or not. If not, try a reversed shadow.
Ann, beautiful layout. That will maybe be one layout in a coming album?
Cathy, isn’t that a nice way to showcase photos and stories instead of the “boring” traditional displays for genealogy? It certainly makes me want to read more when I see a beautiful page like that!