“An Altered Book is when we take an old, unloved, discarded book and ‘alter’ with embellishments or additions to return it to that state of being special and unreplaceable.”
This is about the nicest thing I have ever heard about Altered Books or Mixed Media as it really captures what we are all about, recycling bits & pieces with our own personality to create something uniquely ‘you’.
There are lots of good instructional manuals on how to alter old recycled books for you too chose from. Many techniques used in Altered Books can easily be transferred to your scrapbooking pages, stamping, embossing, windows, pockets, collage and fold up flaps. Scrapbookers often use the similar process in creating Altered Books from newly purchased books or board books.
Links to where you can find out more about Altered Books include
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alteredbooks/ This Yahoo group has 7,500 members around the world who contribute to a huge reference section and gallery. It is rated as an adult content site.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABAlteredBooks/ a smaller Yahoo group that hosts monthly challenges