The Mother Lode (75+) of Tools, How-Tos, Worksheets and Resources for Building Business, Blogging and Creative Entrepreneurs

I am on a mission….a creativity crusade…to be the best, most creative version of myself that I can be. Every. Single. Day.


The Olive Shoe, my little dream that just keeps turning into my #inreallife and online reality a little bit more every day, is the living, constantly evolving, hobby turned tiny small business that embodies my crusade.

The Olive Shoe exists to encourage creativity in everyday life by and for everyone, celebrating milestones and little moments, and by offering inspiration, lists, life hacks, DIY tips, How-Tos, recipes, resources and tools to enable any Joe or Joe-ette, any business person, Mom, home manager, teacher, or any other person to infuse just a little more creativity into their day.

Here are some resources I am using and have used to do just that:




Online Tools and Generators:

  • CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer
  • – Free Fonts, easy to search and download.
  • Dropbox – Easy, free online storage with affordable options to upgrade to more space depending on your need. An easy way to store and share information, photos, files, and more!
  • MyFonts – Download great webfonts and desktop fonts, both classics and popular new fonts.
  • Namech_k – Use Namchk to see if your desired username or vanity url is still available at dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites
  • Color Scheme Creator – The Color Scheme Creator applies an algorithm to adjust your base color and displays a variety of tints, shades & transitions.

Organizations and Societies:

Worksheets and Workbooks:

Pinterest Boards for Blog and Business Planning:

Inspiration, Posters, and Free Printables:




I’ll be adding to this as I stumble across more of the amazing resources out there, but until then…do you have anything I should add? If so, please comment below!

Happy Learning and Growing!


The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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  1. This is a fantastic resource list. Thanks for including me FREE 2016 Blog Planner. I can’t wait to dig into some more of these articles. I really need to take better advantage of the Headline Analyzer and new fonts to change up my blog design.


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