I saw this tip somewhere a few months ago and I have really used it a lot so I wanted to pass it on. When using a glue stick it often makes a mess on your work surface and then glue can get on your pictures, etc. Using an old magazine you are done reading, open the magazine and place your photo, chipboard etc., on the page while you apply the glue stick. When you are done with that item, turn the page and you will have another clean surface to use.