The last few weeks of March and first week of April are the most beautiful time of the year for me! The trees are getting all the attention but the flowers are coming out and it is starting to feel like Spring is really here!
April is the month when we begin to see Spring creep into the air! We start to see the grass growing again, flowers blooming and some people even have their first Spring/Summer outfit picked out! It’s also the month that I start to feel the urge to do more. I start to get back into my exercise routine, I start to plan my schedule again, I start to get my house organized again. I know that it’s not going to be perfect, but I feel like I can only get better. As we get closer to Summer, my Bullet Journal pages will be even brighter!
Here are some great theme ideas for the month of April.
Create a theme around earth day. Earth Day is about celebrating our home, our planet and how we can help it stay alive for generations to come. I personally love how nature helps us celebrate our world and appreciate the life around us. It’s a great time to reflect and give thanks for all the things that make our planet so awesome. In doing so, we are also learning and growing as people.
Earth day is a wonderful opportunity for us to clean up our environment and be good stewards of the planet. It is an event that encourages individuals, groups and businesses to get involved with recycling programs, renewable energy, composting, etc. I like the Earth day theme because it encourages you to take a look at your life and how you can change and be more environmentally friendly. I also like to think about what we do every day and how our actions affect the environment around us.
Spring time is all about rebirth. New life coming into the world and the renewal of growth. I think of the birds as being symbols of new beginnings. They also represent how we all have a part to play in the natural world. I always feel connected with the animals and birds, when I am journaling.
In the spring and summer months I really look forward to seeing all the little things that come into my life. I start with a blank slate and slowly fill the pages with images of nature. There is no limit to what you can include. If you have an interest in any sort of animal or bird then go out and get pictures. Even if you don’t know anything about them, the more you learn, the more you will appreciate. It is also helpful to find other people’s pictures of birds you don’t know. When I do a bird themed bujo I usually work in pencil so I can easily make corrections. My style is pretty loose and free, but I like to keep it relatively simple.
Rabbits are very cute, adorable and very cuddly. They look at you with big wide eyes. As you look back at them they seem to look right back at you. Rabbits are fast moving and quick. You don’t want to get too close to them though because they are afraid of loud noises.
I think of rabbits as a positive symbol, a symbol of hope and spring. For my bunny themed bujo, I try to make it as colorful as possible. I like my bunnies to be happy, playful, cute and bouncy.
I love how insects can be found everywhere, even indoors. They are in everything from the air, to the ground, to the trees. They are so small, so graceful, and so fascinating. There are so many colors and textures in them.
If you want to do a bug themed bujo, you can have them running through your bujo with a bit of a bug-a-bility. If you are like me and can’t stand bugs, try having them as an undercurrent in your bujo. Maybe just a few little ants or maybe even a couple bugs crawling along. I prefer to have them as an undercurrent. They don’t get in the way of my daily life, they just add a layer of complexity and wonder to the process. If you are more of a traditionalist, you can always go with the tried and true classic bug themed page. You can even make some pretty cool and colorful drawings of bugs if you have some artistic talent.
Frogs and Ponds
April is National Frog Month. Spring is such a lovely time of year. Flowers blooming, birds singing and frogs popping out of ponds. I especially like this theme because it reminds me of how our world is connected. We humans may be the most dominant species on the planet but there is always something else out there that we have not even noticed.
Some of us are lucky enough to live near a pond or stream where we can see these animals in their natural habitats. Others are lucky enough to visit these places and share in the experience. I really enjoy the peacefulness of this bujo theme. I don’t feel rushed to fill the entire page with everything I need to do. I can take my time and savor the moment.
I love the farm life. From the animals to the produce that is grown there. Harvest time always brings with it an air of happiness. It is an exciting time, as the hard work begins to reap its rewards.
The idea behind this theme is to take the simplicity of a farm and apply it to your bujo. This is a fairly common theme but there are lots of variations. My ideal farm layout would be one that includes hay bales, straw bales, tractors, animals, a barn, a chicken coop, a tractor tire swing, a well, a hay baler, a tractor bed, a tractor feed bucket, etc. I like to use natural earthy tones such as tan, brown, yellow, orange, gold and green. You can also add images of animals, vegetables and fruits to your bujo to create a more vibrant and colorful experience.
Squirrels are such cute animals! They are always busy doing something! In the spring, there are all kinds of different activities that squirrels get involved in. They are always out there searching for nuts and acorns. In the warmer months, they go from tree to tree searching for food. There is a certain excitement when you see them coming up from the tree with an acorn. Then they drop it and they start to run away. It’s like watching a little movie. They love to steal nuts from your trees and even from your bird feeder. For this playful theme I use different shades of brown with hints of blue and green to capture the beauty of a woodland setting.
When I think of the beautiful cherry blossoms and how they bloom in the springtime, it makes me think of sweet dreams and beauty. It is one of the most beautiful sights to see. They are such an exuberant and colorful display. Cherry blossom themed bujos make for some very pretty pages. I really like the idea of using a red and pink color scheme for a cherry blossom themed bujo. You can also add greenery and spring flowers to help set the mood.
Books and Library
The National Libray week is usually in early April. Books and libraries are such great places to be! There is something about being surrounded by books that makes me feel calm, centered, and peaceful. I don’t have a ton of paper books but I do have a few. I love the feel of having a book in my hands. If you are looking for a simple minimalist theme with a hint of classic books and old world charm you can have a simple book themed bujo.
April 11th is National Pet Day. Pets are loving and affectionate. They are always curious and excited to see what new thing you are doing or working on. I am sure there are many people out there who love their pets more than anything in the world. If you are that person then you might enjoy a pets themed bujo. When I do a pet themed bujo, I like to use bright, bold and playful colors.