I began making fabric lined journals years ago when the shop was downtown. You can cover the paper ma-che book with your favorite fabric swatches or remnants since it doesn't take a large amount of fabric. You will need the paper ma-che book to begin. I found a couple of resources available on the Internet.
paper mache journal supplier no. 1
paper ma-che journal supplier no. 2
Lining and binding the journal is quite easy, but I have found practice makes perfect.
You will need... Journal, 2, 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of white card stock glue, I use Elmer's, case knife, 2 pair of scissors, one for cutting fabric and one for cutting paper.
Lay journal on fabric. Cut around allowing a little extra to wrap around front and back binding. Cut two pieces of card stock the same size as front inside and back inside. These will be used to cover uneven fabric pieces. Spread a generous amount of glue to front, back and sides of journal making sure you apply glue to all. With your hands carefully fold fabric over front and back pressing as you make sure there are no bubbles and the fabric is taught. Continue to make small cuts here and there to adjust the fabric to completely cover the journal. Pour a small amount of glue in between binding and with your case knife poke fabric down into binding until secure. Take one of your card stock pieces and apply a generous amount of glue to the back making sure to spread it evenly. Apply card stock over uneven fabric trim and press with your hands making sure no bubble appear. Repeat this process with the back cover. Sandwich your journal between heavy books and allow to dry completely. Make sure there is no glue on fabric or your journal will stick to the books!
A fabric lined journal makes a lovely gift! I must warn you... You won't be able to make just one!
Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.
Jill 00 (two hugs are better than one)