Stop Shoulding On Your Scrapbooking (+ giveaway)


alpha by CD Muckosky, papers clipped to alpha by Sir Scrapalot

When I was in school (back in the day), I remember talking to one of my teachers and saying, “I should…” His response to me was, “The world would be a better place if people would stop shoulding on themselves.”  That phrase has always stuck with me and I actually use it a lot.  I have taken it to mean that we either need to decide to do something  or not do something, but not look back with guilt or regrets.  The word “should” often comes from a place of guilt…especially in scrapbooking.  If we change that SHOULD to WANT, it creates a whole new feeling.  Let’s take a look:

I should scrapbook more.
I want to scrapbook more.


I should use more embellishments on my layouts.
I want to use more embellishments on my layouts.


I should try using less stuff on my layouts.
I want to try using less stuff on my layouts. defines the word should as:
must; ought (used to indicate duty, propriety, or expediency)

The great thing about scrapbooking is that there aren’t any rules and there aren’t any SHOULDS!  As you move into the New Year, resolve to do what you WANT in your scrapbooking…what makes you happy…what is fulfilling to you! If you want to try something different or new….GREAT!! If you are happy where you are….AWESOME!!

Remember; there are no requirements, no rules, so stop shoulding on your scrapbooking!!



Today, we are offering a spot in Ali Edward’s popular class, “Yesterday, Today”. Here’s a little about it:

Join popular blogger and scrapbooker Ali Edwards,  along with a diverse group of memory keepers, as they learn to make meaningful connections to their past in order to live their life in a more thoughtful way. Projects are limited to one layout a week that address the questions listed below:

  • Where do you begin creating with photos from generations past?
  • What do you wish you knew about your parents when they were growing up? What life lessons do you want to pass on to your children?
  • How do you document the challenging times in your life?
  • How do you create layouts that tell special stories when you don’t have any photos?

Please leave a comment by midnight ET, Wednesday, telling us why you want to take this class.  A random winner will be chosen.

If you aren’t the person selected to receive this class for free, you can use this coupon code to get 10% off the cost of “Yesterday, Today”:

P.S. Tamara was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments on Laura’s post!  She won $10 in product from Laura! Congratulations Tamara!