i have found that with glue sticks, sometimes the stick evaporates or something and my pictures go sliding around after a few months. my favorite adhesives are the zigzag runner or something like that. can't exactly remember the name. it's about $3 at walmart with $2 refills. i also like glue dots. but with the dots, they are super sticky and you can't remove them w/o ruining something on your page. my favorite adhesive ever would have to be the xyrons. i only have the 150, which is good for little embellishments. it's about $8, with the refills around $4. if you are considering getting really into scrapbooking, i would recommend looking at the bigger xyrons, but they are quite expensive. living on a college bidget, i find that all the stuff i mentioned that i have works wonderfully.
i highly second visiting dollar stores. the dollar general in my town has really cute things for a dollar, when at specialty stores they would be $3 or $4. also, if there is a big lots in your area, go there. they have a random assortment of items, but they are cheap. i got a linen covered window 12x12 album for $5, which is a huge steal. they also have the 'name brand' scrapbooks designer items, such as fiskars and laura ashley.some wal-marts will discount newer items. my walmart just got a new brand of stickers and they were all on sale for 94 cents. and usually their plain stickers are under a dollar as well. and don't forget that a lot of the embellishments that you can buy in stores, you can adapt at home for cheaper. such as the colored brads. they can run up to $6 around here. i went to the local drugstore, got a pack of 50 for 79 cents and just painted the tops with acrilic paint i had laying around. ooh, one last thing, try to get your hands on the oriental trading scrapbooking catalog. they have really cute trendy things for not that expensive either.
i assume that you are using a digital camera. my advice would be that if you are serious about photography, get a film camera. my s.o.'s into photography and he loves his canon k2 rebel. not only do photos in print allow you to critique yourself better, but you can experiment with film (b/w, high definition, etc) and shutter speeds. there are special lenses that allow you to zoom in really close (which seems to interest you some) and let you pick up on the intricate details. i think that your photos are good, but like others have said, they lack focus and some feeling. but i think that perspective is everything. you can take a picture of the most ordinary thing, but if you take it from a different angle, or zoom way in, it can look like a completly different subject. it also pays to get to know the people at your developing center (if film is what your interested in) they usually have some neat tips on how to take your pictures so the machines develop the film best, or may even cut you a deal!
elmers makes this foam-board/poster board stuff. it's about 1/4-inch thick and works wonderfully for collages. i prefer it for anything bigger than a sheet of paper or if i want to to be really sturdy. mod podge works well too. you can buy the glossy coat kind and use it to glue your pictures down and as a gloss.
there have been a few topics that i have been following recently and one of the just got locked. i believe it was because of non-topic related discussion. which was caused by certain posts being deleted. this topic was based on a rather political craft that cause some interesting debate. in my own opinion, i thought it was related to the craft, since it was what sparked all the conversation in the first place. now i am not trying to say anything bad about the mods who oversee boards at all, in fact i appreciate all that you do. but in this particular situation, they said posts were deleted because they were ones asking why posts were deleted, and taking up space that wasn't related to the main topic. well, it seems to me that after this was posted 2 or 3 times, they were taking up as much off-topic space as the others. so i just wondered, when a post is deleted, could the poster be like pm'd as to why their post was deleted? this way it saves topic space on all the posts asking why things were deleted and the posts explaining why things were deleted. seeing as i'm not a moderator, i don't know if this is possible or not, but it seems like it would work in my head. that way (hopefully) topics creating good discussion can stay on topic and not get locked. once again, this wasn't meant to say that anyone had bad judgement as to what was posted or if it should be deleted or not, i just thought this might save room and allow for discussion sparked from crafts.
i guess i'm just a little confused. how do you attach a slat to the rest of them, but still manage to not glue it so it can be slid up and down?? i would love to make quite a few, but i just don't get that little step.