I gotta say that's real skill, i see things like this and wonder how the hell they do it, I know the workings of photo shop but i don't think I'll ever come any where close to something like this. Tutorials would help but there aren't many detailed ones left or no more than the basics. I can try to make things like this but I just end up hitting a dead end..
To create this, I just used stock photos of torn paper and old books. There's also some wood and dirt textures I used. I pretty much just came up with the concept, then cut out areas of the textures I wanted to use; it's mainly just a bunch of photo manipulaton.
I love this design. It was actually shown as an example when the Art Institute came to present at my high school to the various classes involved in Web, Graphic and Game design. I got to see it in action as a fully working interface, and it was really amazing. The man giving the presentation told us that someone had actually thought that one of the insects was on the screen once. It was one of my favorites from all of the presentations I've seen, and I'm very excited to have found it here on DeviantArt.
I actually saw this portfolio in action the other day. A women from the Art Institute came to my school and was telling us about the differen't things about the college, and she showed us this portfolio as an example.
I have to say, the finish product kicks ass. With the bugs crawling around and stuff, I love it.