Quotes & Flowers Composition Book

June 21, 2015

By Judi Kauffman

Album 1

Thank you for inviting me back as today’s guest designer. My project is an inexpensive, quick and easy embellished composition book I’ve dubbed “Quotes & Flowers.” I think it’s the perfect place for jotting down favorite quotes, as well as for notes and quick sketches. This is a decorative book meant to be kept on a table or desk rather than tucked into a tote bag.

It’s so easy to customize! Because the background layers are neutral black and tan with a tad of white, the flowers – made with black outline peel-offs and Shimmer Sheetz – could be purple or yellow or orange or whatever you prefer. And if you’re not into flowers, simply substitute butterflies or dragonflies, ladybugs or leaves (or a combination).

If you happen to want a more durable book, seal the cover with a couple of coats of acrylic medium and then add the flowers. Back the flowers with double-sided adhesive sheet so they are flat instead of dimensional.


  1. Cover all but a quarter-inch of the spine of the composition book with patterned washi tape. Add a strip of border peel-off along the tape.
  1. Glue black textured paper to the front cover, leaving a quarter-inch of the black and white pattern on the composition book showing. Optional: Repeat for the back cover.
  1. Die cut bricks background from tan cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut the bricks in half lengthwise. Position one half on the upper left side of the cover, the other half centered on the right side. (Refer to project photo above.)
  1. Add quote blocks, angled as shown. Optional: Use photos, recycled card fronts, or other paper ephemera instead of quote blocks.
  1. Place five black outline Crystal Flowers peel-offs, 3 small and 2 large, onto Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Cut around the flowers staying close to the outline.

Album 2

  1. Embellish each flower with LOTS of Glitter Dots peel-offs in Red/Gold and Pink/Silver. Bend petals upward for dimension.
  1. Arrange the flowers on the cover using Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to hold them in place.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1027 Bricks die

2579 Crystal Flowers peel-offs in Black

7018 Glitter Dots in Red/Gold and Pink/Silver

1241 Borders Leaves peel-offs in Black

0226 Shimmer Sheetz in Red Iridescent

Other –

Graphic 45 – Kraft Reflections Collection 12” x 12” #4500474 “Quote…Unquote”

Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs

Tan cardstock

Heavyweight black textured paper

Patterned washi tape (Little B)

Die cutting machine, cutting plates

Sharp point scissors

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  • Reply Mary Prasad June 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    The cover looks great! I LOVE what you did with the Crystal Flowers!

  • Reply Judi Kauffman June 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Testing to see if I can leave a comment – was told by a friend that she could not.

  • Reply Bibi, Rubber Dance Stamps June 21, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    The red flowers make such a nice contrast to the black background and I really like how they look with all those glitter dots. Lovely quotes!

  • Reply Frances Byrne June 21, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    love the look of the bricks and the crystal flowers on this

  • Reply Kimberly O. June 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm


  • Reply Raquel Mason June 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Love the dimension in the Crystal Flower!

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