Amazon's blog Omnivoracious  is a great read to keep up with not only what is happening at Amazon, but also generally in the publishing world, complete with reviews of reviews, author interviews, and other literary minded topics. Today's post  was exceptionally astonishing and beautiful. Profiled is Chicago based artist, Brian Dettmer , who sculpts old books into amazing works of art. Check out both the blog entry and his website to see the images. I don't want to generally advocate cutting up books, but his end result is truly extraordinary.
The library also has books on altered books  - projects and ideas on how to take an old used book and turn it into something functional and beautiful.
Might some used books on your bookshelf or from the Friends of the Library book sale  be the source of your next inspiration?