IN Elements 2--not photo album.I couldn't tell, Karen, which program you wanted tips for, because both make album pages, I think APSE2 does it better and this is the way I do it.
CREATING AN ALBUM PAGE
1)Create new doc that will become the album page. Make it 8.0 X 10.5, set res to 240 a reasonable one for optimal printer dpi
2)Add photos to it (as many as you wish) Use your file>browse feature, or open>File, to select your pictures. While the first photo is active, click and drag its background layer from the layers palette onto the doent window of the new doc where you want to place the image. Close the picture, repeat for additonal pictures, dragging each over to the new doc
3)Arrange, Crop and Size each photo on the new doc(album page) Use Move tool to arrange photos approximately where you want them, turn them, etc. To make it easy to see, use view>Fit on screen to maximize your viewable area. Drag your images up or down through the layers palette to bring to front or send to back any of them or overlap them attractively. (If a pic is too large you can Image>Transform>Freetransform, and hold the shift key to constrain.) Use Enter key to commit. If you need to crop one of the images, move it to top of layers palette and work the marquee tool to cut. (separate technique) Now you can resize or place the cropped photo exactly where you want it.
4) Add Drop Shadows etc to each (or none) of the images toggling through your layers...recommend saving at this step
5) Flatten Image now, and add text--multiple places on the page by several different text layers moved and positioned around your images.
Tip. Your album page is more interesting and prettier if you start with a textured background, so try that too. The technique I've described probably is actually collaging or montaging if you are looking for more skills. This is a fun way to make a scrapbook page where you have complete control over your display. Hope this helps.