For my up-cycle project, I plan on using old books as a form of decorative storage. When I was younger I used to have something called a book-safe that had the appearance of a book, but acted as a safe. It only had a couple of pages and the rest of it was a hollow plastic shell that I could put money or other valuables in. This inspired me to make actual books into places that I could store objects.
Figure 1: Example of a Book Safe – http://www.amazon.com/Trademark-Home-Dictionary-Diversion-Metal/dp/B003TOBM1K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453692977&sr=8-2&keywords=book+safes+for+kids
After searching the web for a great deal of time, I found countless versions of up-cycled books being used for storage. These included the likes of handbags, electronic device storage, safes, and laptop bags. In addition, they were made using various add-ons such as cloth, wood, clamps, and even elastic bands. For my project I hope to incorporate a couple of these and maybe even find a new method to utilize the space that the books can hold.