Making a List, Checking it Twice…. My New Tool for Holiday Gift Planning

Holiday Gift Tracker | Making a list and checking it twice.... It's so helpful to have a chart to help you stay organized with gift brainstorming and budget planning around the holidays! Visit to learn how you get your hands on your own tracker!

I was feeling uncharacteristically relaxed about my holiday gifts this year.  We spent Thanksgiving with Mark's family this year, which means we're not doing Christmas gifts.  And my family is keeping it simple with small stocking-stuffer gifts.However, when I started to think of all the neighbors and co-workers and friends for whom we want to give a little something, I realized I needed to get my game face on and get focused.  Christmas is coming, people.  And apparently the goose is Read more

5 Ways to Boost Your Decorating Confidence

5 Ways to Boost Your Decorating Confidence | Because there's no good reason why we need to let intimidation hold us back any longer. It's time to make our houses homes! And here are some actionable ways you can enjoy the process of discovering your inner decorator! via

Can I be honest with y'all for a moment?Most days, I feel like a decorating dunce, haphazardly throwing together a few picture frames with outdated photos and random knick knacks atop a dusty surface, so that it looks like I tried.Tea candles are my safety blanket.  Mason jars are my cliche.  And admittedly, I couldn't pull together a Christmas house tour this year because the thought of getting even just our living room in decent enough shape to take photos just plain overwhelmed me. Read more

DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree & Silhouette Giveaway!

DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree | A do-able step-by-step tutorial for creating your own Rustic Christmas Tree out of pallet wood and embellished using your Silhouette machine. FREE cut file included!

Last week, I came to Mark with a glint in my eye, and an idea for a collaborative project.  As soon I showed him my sketch and told him it would be made out of pallet wood, he jumped on board to help me make this vision a reality.  And I cannot wait to share it with you.I give you: our Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree!Today, I'm going to give you the run-down for how Mark built the tree and how I embellished it using my handy dandy Silhouette machine.  Then at the end of this post, Read more

Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags

Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags | A simple way to add some rustic glam goodness to your brown paper packages this holiday season.  I just love how easy this tutorial is!

Brown paper packages tied up with string.... ...truly are some of my favorite things! The only way to improve upon them?  Combine them with some glittery kraft paper gift tags, and you have some gift wrap guaranteed to wow your recipient with their rustic glam goodness.The Inspiration Now, you've seen the gold-dipped table legs, right?And the glitter-dipped mugs?Well, I got to thinking, why couldn't create the same fabulous look with some Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags?!  And I turned Read more

Christmas Tree Gift Boxes: FREE Printable

Create your own Christmas Tree Gift Boxes out of paper! Perfect for stocking stuffers, co-worker gifts, jewelry, or even a gift at each place setting for Christmas dinner. Grab your FREE printable template at

What's better than teeny tiny thoughtful gifts for those you love this holiday?Well, wrapping them in teeny tiny adorable gift boxes you made out of scrapbook paper, of course!And this creative gift wrap idea works for everyone because today, I have a FREE cut file for the Silhouette users as well as a FREE printable for the scissorhands in the stick around!Now, some of you may be scratching your heads right now because these cutie Christmas Tree Gift Boxes are looking Read more

Epic Silhouette Holiday Sale & Parody Music Video!

"Cutting in a Crafting Wonderland" Parody Music Video by Lauren from The Thinking Closet | For lovers of their Silhouette well as those who have one on their wish list. Here's a lil entertainment for ya in honor of the EPIC Holiday Silhouette Sales running 11/27 - 12/8! via

Today is the very first day in the EPIC Holiday Sales over at *, and not only am I going to give you a full run-down of all the extra special deals, but I am going to offer you some in-flight entertainment as well.  (Would you expect any less?)My Silhouette Cameo is my absolute favorite crafting tool of all time.  I've created over 60 projects with my machine in just about 2 years, and the inspiration never ends.I get all amped up about Silhouette's annual holiday Read more

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway for 2 Winners!

Giveaway for 2 Silhouette Portrait Machines for 2 Winners | Nov 24 - 28 at | So excited for this opportunity to give away my all-time favorite crafting tool to not one, but two winners!

It's no secret in these parts that my absolute favorite crafting tool is my Silhouette machine.  I received mine as a Christmas gift back in 2012, and since then, I have made over 60 projects with this powerhouse of a digital craft-cutter.  She barely gets put away.I don't know what I love more: the versatility of how many types of materials it can cut (from paper to vinyl to fabric and beyond!) or its ability to enable an ordinary crafter like me to make some truly professional-quality Read more

The Most Surprising Thing about Writing an eBook (That No One Ever Told Me About)

The Most Surprising Thing About Writing an eBook (that no one ever told me about) | Personal insights from Lauren Lanker's self-publishing journey. She thought she had researched everything there was to know about launching an eBook...however, there was one BIG surprise that struck her along the way. One surprise that no one had addressed in all the podcasts, blog articles, and eBooks on eBooks.

This past Monday, I launched my very first eBook, Thinking Outside the Gift Box.  It was a project over a year in the making.  You see, I had never written a book before let alone launched a product.   And I desperately wanted to do right by my readers.  I wanted to create a killer eBook that would help bring more joy and deeper meaning to their gift-giving.  And I wanted its pages to be jam-packed with ten times more value than the price.So, I immersed myself in research: I listened to Read more

Gift-Giving Expert Interviews: Sneak Peeks!

The Expert Interviews - Sneak Peek!

What.  A.  Day!Yesterday was the launch of my first eBook, Thinking Outside the Gift Box, and it was one for the record books: full of encouraging texts, comments, a barrage of social shares, a few mini panic attacks when my sales page was acting glitchy, and over 60 sales (eek!).  Thanks to everyone who took the plunge and joined the #thinkingoutsidethegiftbox revolution!  It's an honor to have you along for the journey.I had been working pretty much around the clock in the days prior Read more

“Thinking Outside the Gift Box” is Officially Released!

Thinking Outside the Gift Box!

Am I dreaming?  Or did I just self-publish my first book?  {Shakes head, pinches self.}  Ack!  I most definitely did.It's true, it's true.  The virtual shelves are stacked with copies of Thinking Outside the Gift Box all ready to be shipped to your email inboxes and downloaded to your computer or favorite eReader.  Here's the sales page to prove it! Wait, what?!  You wrote a book? For those who may just now be tuning in, over a year ago was got inspired to channel my passions for writing Read more