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Unwanted Journals as Gifts

My mother-in-law is incredibly sweet. She loves my passion for journaling. The journal in my last entry was a gift from her. She did really well choosing it. But now?

She is also very Christian. And the last three journals she has gifted to me are those very wide-ruled, filled with scripture-type journals.

These are not my cup of tea. But I don't want to hurt her feelings. But there is a fast-growing pile of journals I don't see myself using. I hurt her feelings if I don't use them, or if I tell her I don't really like them. *sigh*

I should just be grateful for them, I know. But I really don't like these journals. *sigh* Ilk deal with it somehow. :-/

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nicolettenexxt
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Do you ever do any art journaling? If so, you can collage over the pages and that way you can't see the wide rules or the scriptures...
midnightisclose
Jun. 6th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
That was my first thought, too! If I was gifted religious journals it's what I would do.

Even if you aren't an art journaler, perhaps this is a good time to try it out? :)
sadeyedartist
Jun. 5th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
I did another journal swap with a member of this community; it went very well. If you don't want them, perhaps we can arrange a trade?
seaivy
Jun. 5th, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
you could donate them to a local church and tell your Mother-in-law you found someone who needed them more than you do.
This probably won't work if she is local with you.
But donating them if you don't want them is good idea - thrift shops would probably be happy to have them.
The idea is that her gift, for which you are grateful but were not using, filled someone else's need.
savannahjan
Jun. 5th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
She is very local. Lives with us local. So she sees the journals I use.
pinska
Jun. 10th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest just using a different book and that how would she know, but I guess this answered that.

I would just sub in another one and if she asks, say that you have this one in-line.

Does she journal? You might offer one to her and ask her to join you in writing. I journaled with a friend of mine when we roomed together in college and really liked the experience.
malice_n_wonder
Jun. 5th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
Just a suggestion, but join a group like www.paperbackswap.com. You'll be able to trade the unwanted journals for books, graphic novels, etc. you do want, and some churchy lady will get the journal of her dreams.
kindmemory
Jun. 5th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe keep a couple & put photos of family in it?

roadnotes
Jun. 6th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Explain to her that you appreciate the journals, but you prefer to put your own choices of scripture quotes on the pages as you go, rather than have someone else's choices on certain days.
piratebar
Jun. 6th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
i have notebooks/journals that are gifted to me that i don't particularly like either. what i do is use them as a 'dream journal' or a writing notebook, or even a 'junk' journal (where i put random things i dont' want to throw away but also don't want to put in my regular journal). How about using it for a purpose other than an every day one? Or even using it to make lists for groceries, etc.
luna30s
Jun. 9th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
maybe use them as book journal or recipes/cooking journal....?
sarahrose
Jun. 10th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
I am with you. I get journals from people all the time I know I won't use because they're just not in line with how I work. I've recently started telling those close to me that I appreciate it, but I can't have others choose my journals for me. It makes me sad that I have so many nice books that I won't use. I need to find someone who will! I do use a few here and there for dream journals and other things, though.

Edited at 2014-06-10 05:55 pm (UTC)
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