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Bee Themed Weekly Bullet Journal Planner Spreads

One of my favorite environmental topics to learn about is saving the bees. I am just fascinated by the hierarchy levels that the colony follow and truly everything and anything that bees do. On my walk to work I was listened to Noah Wilson-Rich's TED Talk on "How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time". I have read many articles, watched many videos, and listed to many presentations on saving the bees, but for some reason this TED Talk Daily inspired me in a more creative and less educational way than past resources have done. I thought to myself, why not combine two of my favorite things, working to save the environment and bullet journaling and bring them together in a creative but educational way. SO what did I come up with, as you already know from the title, Bee Themed Weekly Bullet Journal Spreads. This bujo blog post is different from my others because I will also be including resources for how you can help save the bees and why you should do it. Keep reading to find out more.

I plan digitally, using an iPad and the application GoodNotes and Bargain Depot Stylus 2 Pack from Amazon. Currently I am still using GoodNotes 4. If you are curious to why I plan digitally you should check out my blog post Switching to a Digital Planner-Paperless Planning.

Weekly Spread #1

This first weekly spread is focused on the honeycomb of the bee hive and how the bees use it as a resource to stay safe from predators, store food, protect the queen bee and much more. This is the first time I have ever stepped out of my typical weekly spread layouts to try something new. Like all of my weekly spreads I included a daily food tracker. If you are someone who does not track your food you could instead track a different habit or switch it to be a daily to do list or appointment schedule. To make sure that this spread wasn't too geometrical I added bees flying around the honeycomb, this also shows the important relationship between the hive and the bees. 

Weekly Spread #2

This next spread also focuses on the honeycomb of the hive. This spread fits more of a minimalist planner style, but could also easily be transformed to match a whimsical planner style with the addition of flowers and delicate bees. For this particular spread I might keep the bees just black and white and not add the yellow and blue like I did to the bees in the above spread. You could also play around with prettier fonts in order to make it not seen so geometric. 

Weekly Spread #3

Like the last two this spread is also focused on the importance of hives for bees. Even though The Bees by Laline Paull is a fictionalized book, it still gives true information in regards to the way in which the bees use the hive to survive. I read and reviewed this amazing book last year and highly recommend it to anyone regardless of their level of interest in saving the bees. For this particular spread I kept the honeycomb quite small and just at the top of the spread, but if I were to recreate this spread I would add more at the top and incorporate it into the corners of each daily box. Like the other spreads you could also add more bees or flowers as well. 

Weekly Spread #4

As shared in Noah Wilson-Rich's TED Talk, the three main contributors to the death of the bee population is agricultural chemicals (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides), disease and habit loss. Finding pesticide free and disease free locations that can become a new habitat for a bee hive is the solution that Noah is proposing and has enacted in a number of different locations. The style of this spread is throwing it back to what my original planner spreads looked like, where I really only created a header or banner at the top. 

Weekly Spread #5

This next spread is all about the bees and the beautiful creatures that they are. Most people only associate bees with pollinating flowers, but in reality they pollinate plants and flowers that then produce some of the foods that humans and cattle eat. As explained in Noah's TED Talk, bees pollinate apple trees, almond trees, lemon trees and some many more fruits and vegetables. When the bees die this directly effects the production of the fruits, vegetables and nuts that are staples in our diets and livestocks diets. In a way this spread is simple because I mainly focused the design elements on the daily date section. Like any of the other spreads that I have shared you can easily personalize this spread to your planner style by incorporating more or less color or adding more elements that you find essential in a weekly planner spread.

Weekly Spread #6

For this spread I included sunflowers as the focal point and then drew bees flying away from them as though they had just pollinated the flowers. Some of the best writing descriptions that I have ever read were in The Bees by Laline Paull. Her descriptions of the bees locating and pollinating flowers was so fascinating and made you feel as though you were watching it with your own eyes. Those scenes are what inspired this weekly spread. Just like the other spreads that I have shared you can make this spread your own by using a different flower, plant or tree. Again it can be more simple or more detailed depending on your planner style. Make sure to check out my Instagram where I will be sharing this completed spread without the bees. 

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