Hello!! 👋🤣 I’m back for good now, lucky you 😂. How are you guys keeping? 💕 For the rest of the year my posts are planned out which I’m VERY happy about because it’s the way forward in keeping up with things healthily and enjoying this alongside any free time I may get around my chronic pain which is not great at the moment (the weather ain’t helping 😅❄️). I did a lot of chatting about day to day stuff in my last post as a 21 year old so right now we’re going to jump into new and exciting things 👇In other words, let’s keep this entertaining 😂.
In an effort to get it out there before the month is over, today I’m sharing my November bullet journal spread!! It’s difficult to choose favourites between this and my October spread so I wanna hear what you like best! 🍂🗨️🐝. It took me a while to get around to dedicating time to this at the end of October but once I got started with sketching out plans it was probably the fastest one I’ve done so far despite looking the most intricate because I had fun with it (time goes fast when you’re enjoying yourself 🙌 I’d like to channel that into tough times too 😂). I feel proud of myself for it but I probably shouldn’t be saying that as the design could look rushed even though I felt like I took my time with it all 😅.
Okay so my theme is….😐😑😐….Let it Bee!! 🐝 (I tried not to give anything away with those faces 😂). I have wanted to go down the road of this design for ages so in the leadup to the month when I was wondering what to do I thought “it’s your birthmonth so you should make it an idea you’ve been saving” and here we are! 🎉😂
I was hugely inspired by Pinterest and guess what, I used PAINT!! 🎨 Originally I went on a hunt for some old crayola pens but I couldn’t find them so I’m not trying to say that paint was second best but it kinda was 😂 (I didn’t stay disapointed for long when the results showed up though!). From here on out I’ll reduce my moaning about wanting to paint on seasonal bucket lists but never getting round to it I swear…until lack of judgement gets the better of me 🤞😂.
I used some little paint pots I found in my room and I know back when I was raving about the idea I went on about watercolors but I will forever be waiting around if I plan on using them as I currently don’t have any. In a way I improvised by completely forgetting about them and instead getting excited about something else 😂. The pots must have been from an old paint by numbers that never got used and then went and lost itself (I take no responsibility for that). Yellow, grey, brown and cream shades were on offer and strangely enough they were all colours I’d seek out for a theme like this so none went to waste! (We like that 😏👍).
Oh and I used nail art brushes as they were great for filling in small areas and what colours weren’t available in the pots I’d use art pens from my stash instead and that made it all look very bold and neat. You really can use up old bits and bobs as you go along with journalling and I’m only just starting to learn that. Are you ready to see it? Actually, am I ready to show it to you? I could end the post right now but I suppose you could as well by clicking out so I better get on with it 😌😂. Here goes everything:
First up is the page that reminds me what month it is because I have a tendency to forget. I’ll admit I was unsure of what to do with this page but I’m happy with how it turned out! I had to put the honeycomb segments somewhere and even though I thought I’d be featuring a lot more of them throughout this spread (mainly because I wanted to draw those segments the most when I imagined this whole thing) I’ve realized that the fact I didn’t do that just makes this page special! As well as that I added a honey drip lining in an effort to make it look more pleasing on the eye and not as blocky (thought the paint would come out lighter but it’s more of a dark shade so let’s just pretend it highlights by outlining the rest of the page and isn’t 💩…😂🍯).
Then there’s the theme announcement! I’m still amazed by how the paint didn’t go through the pages, it’s all I thought about the whole time I did this. It opens up so many doors 🤣 and I’m just waiting for them to shut in my face 😂. The pages are quite thin but I ain’t gonna question something that exceeds my expectations 🙌. This was for sure a theme I thought out before I’d even considered a title so it’s a bit easygoing but we’re gonna let the art speak for itself and this beehive is cute amiright!? (Never thought I’d hear myself say that to be fair 😂 radom thought: I wonder if the beehive hairstyle will be on trend one day and everyone will want one?? That type of hairdo makes me think of that show that used to be on CITV – M.I. High and the episode about an evil lady with a robot bug hidden up there 😂. In this life I hold onto the information that I’m never gonna need 🤦).
Next up was a quote and I always enjoy thinking up this page each month the most! I gave a sneak peak of this over on Instagram a while back. Bee-lieve in yourself is something that can always be carried forward but it found its way into fitting in with my life even more this month. I’ve needed to hear it as an affirmation whilst trying to get loads of things done with a pacing attitude alongside not being too hard on myself when stuff has to be carried forward into the next day 😌. The simplest of thoughts that we indulge in really can make a difference when we’re able to be open to them. It’s not always possible and that just makes me take advantage of it when it is 😂✨. Also, I’m super pleased with myself with that honeypot drawing!! 😍 (And I never say super so I must be feeling good about it. We’ve got to acknowledge these things 😂).
Moving on we can’t forget gratitude 😇💫. I kept this the same as usual because you shouldn’t fix something if it isn’t broken. It genuinely feels like I’d forget about my bujo if it wasn’t for this page because it’s such a nice way to round of the day thinking about what I took notice of. I wonder if I’d have kept up my journal after April if I’d have had this page 🤔 We’ll never know so I’m just glad to be going for it now!
I almost forgot about the mood page when typing out this post and was going to move onto the page that comes after! 😐 That must mean something but let’s not look too deep 😂. For this I did flowers and to link that in you could pretend it’s where the pollen came from or something.
Like my gratitude page it’s something I kept fairly similar to previous months but instead of drawing lil faces on the flowers I’m instead numbering them by date and sticking to writing down + explaining feelings on the stem-like line beside each print. In that way I’ve found that I can bring something forward with me that I like to look back on and improve upon wherever possible. This page is a close second in importance when it comes to remembering to fill in my journal as I do find that I benefit from it because I like to recap on how a day has me feeling (even if it can get repetitive during these trying times 😂).
Last but by no means least (how many times do I say that when I draw things to a close? 🙈 I’m a woman of few words but I’ve got a lot to say 😂) it’s my blog schedule! Back when I drew this I hadn’t fully decided to take a break so I went ahead and added a schedule 🙄. It hasn’t gone to waste as I used it to plan for when I came back to blogging and it was so handy in getting all the posts you’re about to see in the next month ready! 👏 I love this bee with it’s delicate silky wings and how they’re painted in a murky shade (those pots worked a treat!). The art was a Pinterest find that I altered by way of emphasising a pencil shading and in other small ways like making it bigger to capture the attention of the page.
A not so fun fact is that I left out my monthly brain dump page because it didn’t get filled up in October despite looking aesthetically pleasing so I really didn’t see the point in having it again. I’m open to new ideas in order to replace it so if there’s any particular pages you guy’s find useful to have in a bujo I’d love it if you could throw them my way! ⚾⚡ I’ll try to duck in time…don’t want any repeats of the whacks to the head I wrote about lately. I’m on a good roll with avoiding them these last few days 🙌😂😅.
And there we have it! It was very much half looks, remainder productivity 😂. I’ll enjoy these last few days with the theme I waited so long for 🐝. Going to need a new bullet journal soon as these pages are filling up fast! I’ve been looking around at dotted notebooks so much they’re imprinted on my mind 😵.
I haven’t even made a start on my December spread yet but I do have some ideas! I’m so last minute with it that I don’t know if I’ll be painting again, would that be too risky? 🤔 I don’t know, we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve got my eye on a paint set in our spare room, don’t know who it belongs to be it’s metaphorically got my name on it 😏🤗. Anyway, what did you think of my first post as a 22 year old? If you also keep a journal be sure to let me know what your theme for the month is and also, I’m intrigued to know when do you get around to drawing it out? I’m so last minute and that snippet of stress helps me to get it done 😂. Thank you for checking out this post! There are loads more coming your way at my new schedule of every 4th day so I’ll see you soon! Have a lovely day and take care of yoself…I would say “and others” but they’re not reading this so let’s think about you 😂❤️.