Hi…Beth here for some altered art fun! A few months ago Michelle and I created some Nature Sketchbooks for her Digital Workshop article in Somerset Memories. The Feb/Mar 2009 issue shares how Michelle creates a digital nature sketchbook, and the upcoming Apr/May 2009 issue will show her process of making an altered book using digital sketchbook pages and an old book (shown below). Can’t wait for this issue!
As a base for my sketchbook below, I used the cardboard envelopes you get your photos in from a photo lab (that would otherwise go in the recycle bin). Cheap! See our Sketchbook gallery for each page’s details and click on images below for enlarged views.
Below is my high level process for creating a sketchbook from digital pages using lots of our nature art and Nature’s Sketchbook series (Michelle’s Digital Workshop articles and our site’s tutorials go into detail about how to use an image editor to create digital pages). It really is a personal choice how to create hybrid projects and my techniques may or may not be ones you choose to follow, as you may have a favorite adhesive you always use or specialty papers, etc. Experiment, play, get dirty, and have fun!