Caroline | Made Vibrant

Helping soulful creatives become their most vibrant selves. Designer, illustrator, happiness hunter. Lover of bright colors and even brighter people.
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#BetterLetteringCourse August Challenge 3/31 [ r u l e s ] Adapting one of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes for today’s piece. (If you haven’t heard the clip, search “Steve Jobs Secrets of Life” on YouTube.) In the original, he says: “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” When I heard this, I never thought about “the rules” the same way again. Whatever we perceive to be the rules by which our world, or business, or blogging, or art, or whatever, is governed, those boundaries were created by people just like us. No better. So then, logic would tell us that we have the power to create our own rules. We have the power to expand our world, or expand the definition of business, or blogging, or art, or whatever we want. Food for thought. πŸ˜‰ And let it be known I had to hold myself back from going with “No rules. Just right.” Thanks, Outback Steakhouse. #handlettering #lettering #dailyart #letteringchallenge #sharpie #color #handletteredtype #rules
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shalaghhogan : Absolutely wonderful. Every one of Steve's words but especially ever one of yours. I love the feeling of ease dropping on someone's process. Thank you,. You make it look a little easier than it feels at times and I love that.
susanbada : @ckelso love very true. Take the road less traveled.
jessicatrice822 : Does my account have to be public for you to see my entries? Maybe that's a silly question. :-)
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
Pardon the second selfie of the day (do legs count?) but it's embarrassing how excited I am - my new leggings came in the mail! Talk about #madevibrant. 😜 I rewarded myself with two colorful pairs for completing my self-imposed challenge to take 20 @daileymethodrbp classes in 30 days. And now I'm 6 days in to a new challenge and hoping to do it again. I feel stronger, more confident and it gives me a way to relieve stress on a daily basis. When I started, I was struggling to go once a week. Now I go four or five times. We're capable of so much more than we know! Here's to another fit month! (And getting a pedicure at some point! 😱) #fitness #thedaileymethod #tdm #barre
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erinlbs : Where, oh where did you get these?!
genevievemales : They are so joyful! I love them!!
amelielamont : @erinlbs They're from @onzie. :)
haynesha : Those. Are. Amazing.
sarahbeenc : Very cool leggings!
kayladawnwrites : Those are pretty damn amazing! πŸ‘–
marlasarris : ❀️ Dailey method!
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
Happy Monday! Working from the porch this morning - writing my newsletter and getting caught up on emails. After my hiatus last week, I forgot to mention I went blonde! (Well, more "bronde" I guess? Wasn't ready to go full California yet! 😜) it might sound silly, but whenever I'm in a creative downslope, I try changing up my look. It makes me feel different which sometimes is all the spark I need to get back to creating. It was for sure this time! Ps. If you want to get in on this week's newsletter, sign up here: This week I'm talking about the flip side of flaws!
ckelso : @almahoffmann so glad, alma! Thank you for reading! And now you know why maybe this change came at the right time! πŸ˜‰
almahoffmann : :-) it looks great!
trueselfliving : I get you! I went from (almost) long to the hair ➑️ to a pixie haircut!!! (pic on my wall). Catching up with new versions require #radicalspiritualcongruency We're enjoying your blog so much. Thanks gor the inspiration. Looking forward to hang out with @jasondoesstuff & you soon. Evelyn ✨
kiladelight : This is so interesting! I recently talked about creative blocks with a creative blogger and business consultant and she said that whenever in creative block, you should do something differently like walk the other side of th
kiladelight : Sorry, the other side of the usual street, or brushing teeth with left hand. (If you usually use right). Sounds very similar to what you experience :) I haven't tried it yet, but I definitely will!
scritwhit : Gorg 😘
jwatsoncreative : Hey hey! You're welcome. Getting ready for another adventure come fall. Stay tuned πŸ˜πŸ˜‰
geekgirlweb : 😍
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#BetterLetteringCourse August Challenge 2/31 [ w o u n d ] We all have wounds, big and small. Our wounds could be past personal trauma or the family turmoil of our childhood or body issues from an earlier phase of our lives. Or they could just be a whole bunch of tiny disappointments that added up to one big story we keep telling ourselves: We’re not good enough. We’re not worthy. We’ll never feel true happiness. Wounds are painful and powerful, and, if left unattended, they can fester, rearing their ugly heads at the most inopportune times… When we fall in love. When we reach for that big goal. When we challenge ourselves past our mental limits. So, how do we heal these wounds? How do we make sure we honor the memory of past pain while not letting it rule our decisions in the present? A wise friend of mine, @margaretannk, said this to me a few weeks ago. She said, “I think wounds need air in order to heal.” They need fresh exposure. They need light, not darkness. Because, if left covered up and smothered, they’ll only fester and worsen. But with exposure -- with awareness -- our hearts can actually start repairing the damage that was once done. This was such a beautiful metaphor to me because in my experience it’s so true. The more you try to forget or repress or ignore what’s paining you, the longer it lingers, unhealed. But once you speak it out loud — once you give it air — you bring it into your consciousness where you can actually do the work to move past it. Anyway, just some food for thought this evening. Maybe ask yourself if an old wound has been left unhealed for too long. It could be the thing that’s holding you back from where you want to go. And if so, find someone you trust and who loves you and share with them what’s wounding you. Give air and light to that pain and maybe that acknowledgement will finally allow you to heal. In my opinion, it’s not time that heals all wounds; it’s acknowledgement. #handlettering #lettering #dailyart #letteringchallenge #sharpie #color #handletteredtype #healing
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positivelypresent : Love this!!! πŸ’•
weetsiewoolens : Very beautifully stated.
this_unscripted_life : I love this - so true!
mooc.h : Agreeeeed!
anawolowl : Love this. So true
miamar : Love this. Thx for sharing!
adventures_in_mind : Thank you for the reminder wise friend. I'm so happy I've found you - you continue to tell me what I need to hear - your creativity inspires me and your actions empower me. Thanks a million times over again πŸ˜˜πŸ’žπŸŒŸ
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
#BetterLetteringCourse August Challenge 1/31 [ e n l i g h t e n ] What is it they say? Absence makes the heart grow fonder? πŸ˜‰ I’ve been taking the past week or so “off” from social media to rest and reconnect with my inner artist. Sometimes I feel if I’m creating consistently for long enough, things start to feel rote and automated and little breaks help me get back to the raw joy of art and of creating. Now that I’ve been away, I’m excited to get back into daily practice and gear up for another great month of daily lettering. Decided to keep going with the “Sharpie frames” and see where they take me this month. The colors and contrast feel close to my heart, so I hope you guys enjoy! Today’s word, enlighten, is one of my all time favorites because it feels like in one way or another, I’m always aiming to become more enlightened. The word conjures up for me a sense of elevation, of more fully realizing one’s potential. The meaning, quite simply to “shed light on” or “to give spiritual or intellectual light to” feels just brimming with possibility. So, while this particular phrase is probably mostly heard in a snarky context, I mean it in its most sincere form. "Dear world, enlighten me. Please, do. I’ve still got so much to learn." πŸ˜„πŸ™Œ #handlettering #lettering #dailyart #letteringchallenge #sharpie #color #handletteredtype
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lindsaygoldner : Do you take lots of breaks while doing these? I love me some sharpies but the smell... 😷
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Will you be joining us for the #BetterLetteringCourse August challenge? I've been taking a little break the past few days but it just has me more excited for August to begin! Here's the prompt list for the month and feel free to check out all the details on the blog here➑️ #handletteredtype #handlettering #lettering #learnlettering
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sschulz09 : Yes!!! :)
mooc.h : Can't waaait!
dubecafe : Yes!
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velmasgirl : @tanyalcook. I think you should do this! @velmasgirl
chochibigoach : @audreeeeeey up for another challenge this month??
aedrian.op : Follow me up guys @aedrian.op thank you
kittyyykattttt : Is it too late to start? I still have to sign up for the class but I just wanted to see if I'm still able to take part in the challenge.
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Feeling refreshed after my "timeout" this weekend and holy cow I can't believe it's already August! The big #BetterLetteringCourse prize pack seemed to be a big hit this month so I'll be giving away one more for the August challenge! For full details and rules (including prompt list) check out: ➑️ or simply visit the Made Vibrant blog! List of goodies: 🎨 1. Whatever You Are Be A Good One (book of hand-lettered quotes) by Lisa Congdon - $11 🎨2. Hand-Lettering Ledger: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles by Mary Kate McDevitt - $15 🎨 3. Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory - $13 🎨 4. Mystery item from my favorite local paper shop! - $20 🎨 5. Fw Fluorescent Acrylic Ink Neon 6 Set - $20 🎨 6. Pentel Aqua Water Brush Assorted Tips, 3 pack - $16 🎨 7. Loew Cornell Simply Art Watercolor Cakes $4 🎨 8. Creative Letterer Watercolor and Beyond Brush Set - $8 🎨 9. Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack - $22 🎨 10. Pentel Slicci Metallic 0.8 mm Gel Pen, Assorted Metallic 3 Pack - $10 🎨 11. Sakura 6-Piece Micron Ink Pen Set, Black - $9 #handlettering #lettering #handletteredtype
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bugaboobeardesigns : This is awesome!!
crystemp16 : I have the second and third books. They are great! looking up thee first now
jjjiefu2002 : Awesome!
kcthrow : Holy cow that is some give away!
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rainbowlovegreetings : nice! β˜€ 🌺 ✌
katcof : @ckelso Did you announce the July winner yet?
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
Sorry I've been MIA the past few days, especially to my #BetterLetteringCourse friends who look forward to the daily pieces. Weeks of pushing it to the limit have finally caught up with me and I've taken the past few days to catch my breath after the #BetterBrandingCourse launch, recalibrate my pace and reconnect with my values. I've discovered this about myself: I operate in pendulum swings from time to time. I vacillate between control and chaos, stimulation and stillness, striving forth and finding stride. And instead of fighting this, I've come to embrace it. I've come to trust that my intuition will tell me what I need and when I need it. And today? Right now? Today I need sunshine and summer and joy and rest. In other words, I'm calling a timeout. I'll be back online first thing Monday. Have a glorious and restful weekend! β˜€οΈπŸŠπŸ“”
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catherineruddell : I think we all just need to call more timeouts! Enjoy it @ckelso
mmdavis82 : @ckelso Enjoy your timeout!! πŸ‘β˜€
laurieblondon : @mmdavis82 I think we all need a timeout every so often. πŸ‘ Hope you're getting recharged, Caroline!
genaphyr : @britknea our floats we need to check lodi
bugaboobeardesigns : I know the feeling! Enjoy!
shalaghhogan : Good on you!
plan2inspire : That is exactly how I function too. I need to work on embracing it also πŸ˜† miss seeing your pieces though!!
crystalfoth : Enjoy! See your pretty art soon!
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
Some people have been emailing in asking what exactly is included in the #BetterBrandingCourse and how in depth it goes. There are four modules, 45 videos (!!), 15 worksheets, plus an active Slack community with direct feedback from me on your course work. And when it's all said and done, you walk away with a complete brand identity (logo, colors, fonts, graphic elements) that YOU created. If you want your business to appear professional AND feel unmistakably you, this course is your ticket! Course is only available until tomorrow at 10am PDT! I would loooove to see you inside the course! For more info: ➑️ #branding #course #ecourse #creativeentrepreneur
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#BetterLetteringCourse July Challenge 20/31 [ a b u n d a n t ] Some of you might remember my post a while back about the book I’m reading, The Art of Possibility. The book talks a lot about moving from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance, and in doing so, recognizing that possibilities will appear as limitations fade away. I’ve already experienced the difference that this mental shift can make, and I’m using today’s prompt not only to acknowledge that good things happen when you come from a place of abundance, but also to remind myself to focus on what that feels like and consciously come back to it — even when I naturally slip into that scarcity mindset (as we often do.) Wishing you abundance and possibilities on this Monday evening! #handlettering #lettering #dailyart #letteringchallenge #sharpie #color #handletteredtype #art
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greens.axioms : Nice!!!
harumoni11 : Thank you! πŸ™πŸΌβœ¨ I have been trying to practice this. So nice to hear you re-affirm it.
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lmelden : Color & border & abundance!!! 😍
ckelso : @lmelden glad you like it's one of my favesies!
sararaehughes : Caroline, I am absolutely LOVING these sharpie lettering art. #feelinginspired
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