Hello! I love to scrapbook! That is when I am not at work, studying, or chasing around my 2 year old or 8 month old. Whew!
When I first started scrapbooking, I got a few of those 'memory makers' magazines, they sell them at craft stores where they sell scrapbooking supplies. You get tons of good info in there as well as page layout ideas, although some of the things they do in the magazine are a bit extravagant for my taste. There are also tons of sites on the internet with tips, how-to's, page layouts, my favorite being www.twopeasinabucket.com.
As for photo mounting tips, it depends on the layout, sometimes I use a glue stick (usually when i am mounting the pic on another piece of paper first) and sometimes i use those photo corners like shellybellyrn said. it depends on the look you're going for! albums are the same way. i personally like the post-bound albums with the top loading pages. i have a hard time finding albums i like in a store, i usually find what i like online.
wow, my message got long...hope i gave you some hints to get started. pm me if you want some more info!