Inspired by some hexagon stencils I recently purchased, I decided to do something completely different for this week’s spread – a bee / honeycomb theme.
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Before the Pen
I initially set up the spread like this:
But didn’t like the angle of the honeycombs so re-did the page like this:
After the Pen
The stencils I used had various hexagon sizes to choose from. I used the largest for the days of the week with one priority task for each day plus the * for a project. In this case, my ecourse (which is nearly finished!)
I used a small cluster hexagon template that was also on the stencil (which I think is meant for monthly habit tracking, a mood tracker or similar) and used half of it for a pomodoro tracker. I then used that same stencil to create the to do list.
It was looking a little bland with just black and white so I added some gold using a Zebra Mildliner. Simple and effective!
I never add doodles to my spreads as I can’t draw very well, but there was a bit of white space on the page so I decided to give it a try.
It turned out ok except for the honey pot. The Frixion erasable pens are fine if you erase once, but twice or more and it starts to leave some ink that doesn’t fully erase as you can see in the photo below near the honey pot. It’s not just the Frixion erasable pens that do this, I find this with every erasable pen.
I should’ve practiced on a piece of paper and then drawn it into the notebook. The pages are 160 GSM thick so you cannot trace an image but could do so in a notebook with thinner pages.
I normally would’ve used the bottom space on the right page for blog post planning but since I’ve dropped back to one post per week while I work on my ecourse, I just left this space blank for ecourse planning. You could add a notes box, or do a top 3 for the week, meal planning or anything else you like.
The pages are thick – 160GSM! There was only a bit of ghosting for the black part of the sunflower, otherwise no show through at all.
- Zebra Mildliner gold highlighters to shade the inside of the hexagons
- Zicoto hexagon stencil from this bundle
- Bubble Alpha stencil by P.A.
- Frixion erasable pen in black
- Pilot pop’lol 0.7 white pen (I cannot find the exact one on Amazon but this Pilot Juice pen is similar).
- Staedtler Norris Club 320 black marker
- ESC goods dot grid notebook
Would I use this spread again?
Possibly. This spread was quite different to my usual style and worked well when I didn’t have too many things happening. I have another idea for a bee themed spread I may try again in the future.
The paper in the Esc goods notebook is great – smooth to write on and really thick. This weeks spread was color heavy and there was almost no show through. I’d have no issues writing on the back side of the pages.
The honeycomb stencils I used in this spread would make a great habit tracker, mood tracker or savings log. The pomodoro tracker was very effective. I didn’t fill as many hexagons as I thought I would and realised I probably spend too long on some tasks. I think it’s a useful tool I should incorporate in more weekly spreads going forward.
If you wanted to try a layout like this, you could do bee washi tape instead of hand-drawing designs or sunflower washi tape.
Past weekly spreads
- Weekly spread with DIY stickers using the Poooliprint inkless pocket printer
- Minimalist black and blue weekly spread using DIY stencil
- Stencils weekly spread in the Archer & Olive
Planning tips & ideas
- My 7 favorite planner supplies for making lists
- 5 Pen brands that are similar but cheaper than the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 0.3mm
- 7 Color coding mistakes to avoid in your planner or bullet journal
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