[31days28] “Scrapbooking for Others: Should I Say No?”

by Lain Ehmann on July 29, 2013

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It’s wonderful when others appreciate our scrapbooking skills, but what do you do when everyone and their mother starts asking you to scrapbook for them? I’ve got some suggestions for dealing with pushy friends… one of which may even get your bathroom cleaned for you!

“How to Say NO When Others Ask You to Scrapbook”

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  • Heather Dubarry

    My favorite comeback when people ask me to scrap for them? “You couldn’t afford me.” ;)

  • Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Lain,
    I have really, really enjoyed this series…thank you so much!

    Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart, so I wanted to share my story:

    About 5 years ago, one of my co-workers asked me to scrapbook an album for her daughters’ upcoming “Sweet 16″ birthday. I didn’t mind, as I had the time to do it (even though it was a life-long album and they had traveled extensively), so I said yes. She had so many photos, that it turned out to be 2 huge albums, but all was fine, and even though a lot of people told me I was crazy, I knew that she appreciated it a lot.

    Well, 2 years later, her daughter was killed by a drunk driver…18 years old, and home on winter break during her first year of college! I can’t begin to tell you how much she appreciated having those albums to put on the coffee table at the funeral home…in fact, they were so tattered after being handled so much, that I offered to move the layouts into new albums, which she now has as a keepsake.

    Anyway, this was not meant to make anyone feel guilty, but if someone has the time, and follows your really great suggestions in today’s video, it could mean the world to the recipient. No one could have known that this beautiful sweet girl would die so young, and there would not have been enough time to put an album together under the circumstances.

    It was not my intention to make this post so long, so I apologize! Thank you again for this really wonderful series! I’ve watched every video and enjoyed them immensely!!!

  • McKenzie McGehee

    Fantastic advice Lain! I have to agree, based on the question her friend was being rude. On the flip side, I have a friend who travels all over, lives in New Orleans and has this awesome life and does NOTHING with her pictures. As a scrapper this kills me, I have “threatened” several times that I’m going to live vicariously and scrap her photos.

  • Libby Wiers

    Love that comment! Must remember that…

  • LainEhmann

    I think it’s totally different if you WANT to do it… or if your friend asks once and lets it drop. But the constant harassment… crazy!

  • LainEhmann

    Barb, I’m so glad that you were able to give such an amazing gift to your friend. I am completely in favor of scrapbooking for others if you want to and have the time. It is a huge gift we give to others. But like all gifts, it should be given freely. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • LainEhmann

    Good one!

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