Honeybee Journals Make a Great Gift for Beekeepers

Honeybee Handmade Journal made by Ruth Bleakley with Laser Engraving - 2

You can buy this bee journal in my online shop
166 pages, unlined, lays flat when opened

I created this journal in honor of one of our most important pollinators – bees! Did you know more than $15 billion a year in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees, including apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and almonds. There are thousands of bee species that are not honeybees, too! I think by now we all have heard about massive bee colony collapse – so disheartening, you might think “what could I possibly do?”

Here’s a tip: try googling your state (or country) and “native flowers” and you’ll find a list of flowers that will do REALLY WELL in your garden with minimal maintenance and will attract the local bees and butterflies. Plant flowers in clumps so that bees can see a large patch of one color. It’s really important that you DON’T SPRAY PESTICIDES on the flowers though. Bees are insects so Pesticides AKA Insect Killers will kill bees! Please BEE careful, if you have a flower that’s just attracting pests and isn’t doing well, pull it out and replace it with something low-maintenance and bee-friendly.

Onto the bookbinding! As you might know, this year I finally received my glowforge laser cutter after doing a pre-order about 2.5 years ago…but talk about worth the wait! This machine is amazing, and it can cut and engrave book board using a laser! Here’s a time lapse of engraving the covers – time elapsed, about 30 minutes:

Not pictured: I applied a satin sealer so that the soot won’t smudge on the covers, and lightly sanded the edges of the book.

I created this cool coptic stitch journal using the same bee illustration that you may have seen on my honeybee watercolor laser books – but this time instead of watercolor paper I used 100% recycled unlined smooth text-weight paper paper to create a book that’s perfect to use as a gardening journal or a beekeeping notebook.

The pretty and decorative braided-spine binding, called “coptic stitch” allows the book to lie completely flat when it’s opened, so it’s easy to write or sketch in.  The paper is thicker than normal printer paper, so there is no bleed-through if you use a fountain pen. These handmade books make great gifts for nature lovers who want a handmade field journal, or beekeepers!


Honeybee Handmade Journals by Book Artist Ruth Bleakley


Honeybee Journal with laser engraved coverHoneybee Handmade Journal made by Ruth Bleakley with Laser Engraving - gifts for beekeepers

Honeybee Handmade Journals by Book Artist Ruth Bleakley

When I was posting this book to my bookbinding Instagram page, two of my IG followers, one in California, and one in Australia, bought their very own honeybee journals! Yay! In fact, often my  limited edition journals are snapped up by my insta-followers so if you are interested in keeping up with my latest creations, follow me there, too!

Another tip for attracting bees to your garden is when you’re shopping for plants, simply look for the flowers with the most bees on them and buy those! I bought this low-growing drought-tolerant flowering plant called “Mexican Heather” because all the bees love it.

Beekeeper Gift - Unlined Honeybee Journal handmade by Ruth BleakleyHoneybee Handmade Journal made by Ruth Bleakley with Laser Engraving - beehive gift

Ready to ship - Journals by Book Artist Ruth Bleakley

Visit my online shop to purchase this honeybee journal
166 pages, unlined, lays flat when opened,

100% recycled covers and 32lb smooth filler paper, biodegradable waxed linen sewing thread

Also, no, I haven’t been stung by any of the bees in my garden, in case you’re wondering. The secret is to be calm, assertive, and show NO FEAR as you walk through the valley of the shadow of bees that you have created in your yard. Ok just kidding, you’ll be fine!

Honeybee Watercolor Sketchbook handmade by Ruth Bleakley with laser engraved cover - beekeeper gifts

Also available as a Honeybee Watercolor Sketchbook
48 pages, canson watercolor paper, lays flat when opened

Do you want to learn more about bookbinding? I recommend 5 books for beginners in this post: 5 Great How-to Books about Bookbinding

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