Using a clipping mask is an easy and creative way to change the look of photo!
Layer Styles are used to add fun or interesting effects to elements on your page. Installing Layer Styles into Photoshop Elements is easy
Load Brushes into Photoshop Elements temporarily, or install them for access whenever you need them.
Otherwise uninteresting photos can gain new life by changing them to black and white and then selectively re-coloring some areas.
How to customize the PSE workspace to better suit your personal preferences
Vicki Robinson Designs walks you through installing both color style (.asl) and color swatch (.aco) files into Photoshop Elements and explains how they are different.