Pre-compose to a larger comp and use that.
Mylenium, I've tried that option but the limits are still there. Can you tell me if i'm missing something?
You did not move all attributes to the new composition before you apply shatter. To make this easier select the Shatter effect in the Effects Control Panel and cut it with by pressing Ctrl/Cmnd + x. After you pre-compose moving all attributes apply shatter to the pre-comp.
Read up on pre-composing by tying pre-comose in the search help field at the top right corner of AE and check out the community resources. That's your fastest path to help and understanding.
Thank you for the help Rick...it is now working as planned.