I have never worked up the courage to actually do a project with a book. I would want to pick a title worth showing off, something that says something about something (ha, at least I know what I mean), and has aesthetic appeal. Of course, a book with these two qualifications--significance and aesthetics--is too pretty to cut up. What if it didn't work out and I ruined a perfectly good volume of a beloved book?
However, letting someone else do the cutting and producing may solve this problem...
Create Your Own Vintage Book Journal by TheFancyLamb on Etsy
TheFancyLamb offers a selection of titles for you, then creates a journal out of one for you. I could see myself loving a journal like this too much to use.
So I guess the problem would not so much be solved, but deferred. :) Laugh at me now, get it over with.