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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28/28 of the #BetterLetteringCourse InstaChallenge / Challenge complete!! Wrapping things up the way I kicked them off! When I came up with the idea for this challenge, I had no way of knowing if anyone would want to participate. Only 200 or so photos had been uploaded from the course students prior to issuing the challenge, and I felt like that was pretty good. I couldn’t have imagined that one short month later, 200 would grow to almost 2,400 posts of people around the world practicing their art and sharing it with the world. In the world of being a creative, an entrepreneur, a maker, we never have any guarantees about how our work will be received, but we create anyway. We just see what happens. That's part of the gig - you're scared, you have doubt, you contemplate the unknown, but you send your thing out anyway. Thank you to everyone that participated in the challenge and everyone that followed along. I’ve seen improvements in my own work, and I look forward to stretching that progress even further beginning tomorrow with #MeetYourselfMarch! I’ll be announcing the three winners of the lettering prize packs on Monday, so stay tuned for that! Happy Saturday from San Diego! #letters #lettering #handlettering #learnlettering #inspiration #creating #creative #handletteredtype #dailychallenge
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ckelso : πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ how could I forget the celebratory emojis?!!!!
erinjonesturner : Woohoo!! πŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ‰
printspiring : Really lovely lettering!
krzt321 : πŸ™Œβ­οΈπŸ‘Šβ­οΈπŸ‘β­οΈ
thekatesykes : Your lettering is gorgeous, & although i didn't upload a single photo I really, really, really loved the course!!
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Spotted this fun book at my favorite store in #sandiego @shoppigment. Love those striped shadows! #color #colorinspiration #lettering
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27/28 of the #BetterLetteringCourse InstaChallenge / Today was a long travel day hopping over to the West Coast, so I came prepared with my pens and Crayola markers knowing the only time to do my daily lettering piece was on the plane. It wasn't easy by any means given the middle seat I was in with the sleeping stranger on my left encroaching on my space, but it inspired this thought: create where you are. That applies not just to your physical location, but also to where you are with your skills in your journey. Don't wait for your work to be perfect or masterful or where you see others' skills, just begin where you are now. I think you'll be glad you did. / ps just one more day in the February challenge! So excited for #MeetYourselfMarch to begin! #letters #lettering #handlettering #handletteredtype #learnletters #learnlettering
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drewhimel : Was this before or after open mouth snooze?
crystalmoody : You go! That's a tough one...I get stage fright trying to draw around other people like that. Working on it.
sincerelychandra : I don't know why, but I absolutely LOVE that you carry around crayola markers. So fun and playful!
innercompassdesigns : Love
kim__deyoung : @tish_dafish check this out
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
26/28 of the #BetterLetteringCourse InstaChallenge / How do you tackle things on your to-do list when you’re overwhelmed and it’s a mile long? By crossing them off, one by one. How do you gain subscribers to grow your list from 2 to 2,000? By putting out great content and resonating with people, one by one. How do you acquire new members of your tribe when you’re building a creative business? By winning them over with your voice, your mission and your passion, one by one. How do you answer those 100 flagged emails? By sitting in the chair and knocking them out, one by one. How do you make sure you follow-through on a daily lettering challenge when it feels like you have a thousand other things to do. By carving out the time and making the commitment, one by one. How do you change the world when you’re just one person? By sharing your joy with every person you meet, one by one. // :) Off to San Diego tomorrow for a short trip and trying to live this mantra as I cross things off my list before I start packing. How do you overcome your fear of flying? By downing each glass of chardonnay, one by one. Just kidding. (Sort of.) Good night! Next time I see you, I’ll be West Coast bound! #letters #lettering #handlettering #inspiration #creating #creative #handletteredtype #dailychallenge
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erkdonovan : When I have to answer a ton of emails at work I go sit on the couch and answer every single one, one by one. Once I'm done, I go back to my desk. It's so much easier when I'm comfortable.
dorisfullgrabe : Lol... Not really with you til the wine bit, but you got me in the end! #sauvblanc #haveasafetrip
partiqal : Cool!
erinjonesturner : Love this one! πŸ’™
paperandash : Great words. I love this!
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
When you're feeling overwhelmed, find something to remind yourself of your WHY. Was just sitting here freaking out a little bit looking at my to-do list before we head out to San Diego for a week and came across this GORGEOUS photo by @myfriendcourt that brought me back to my why: why do I promise my clients the moon? Why do spend hours responding to every newsletter reader email I can? Why do I help friends with their businesses? Why do I come up with Instagram challenges, probably creating more work for myself? Well, because I lovvvve to create. It lights me up more than anything. And because I love to slap a coat of metaphorical bright paint on everything I come into contact with. And because I think I was put on this planet to help others live a little brighter. If you're feeling overwhelmed right now, take a deep breath with me, sit back, and let's just pretend we're putting on our painting smocks to create the heck outta some stuff. Keep on keepin, my friends! #regram #creativeentrepreneur #creativebiz #creativeprocess #overwhelmed
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iwonakonarski : Ha! Pretty funny! I just posted a quick wisdom of the day: Create Daily πŸ˜‰ Great minds think alike ;) XO
aggelos610 : so needed this!
myfriendcourt : πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ˜˜ thannnnnkkk you!
myfriendcourt : @nawalieface thank you dear! πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
ckelso : @myfriendcourt of course! Love your account!
_littlecreative : Dude! This pic! These colors! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
_littlecreative : Also, when are you moving to sd?
lindykweim : Love this @ckelso! It's just what I needed to hear and it reminded me that I owe you an email response. That will be coming your way very soon : )
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
The awesome @krzt321 requested a quick reference to the #MeetYourselfMarch prompts so here it is! Save it to your phone for an easy way to stay on track with the March #BetterLetteringCourse challenge. If you're interested in more info on the challenge, check out! / tag a friend below who might enjoy 31 days of lettering practice and self discovery!
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bscheetz : @missstaci check this out!! ☺️
vickyim : @paperboundlove you might be interested to try this out! :)
paperboundlove : Aww thanks @vickyim! I might just try that! I need to be really disciplined thou!
megan.mckinstry : So excited! I bought the course about a week ago!
meredithreamey : @kendeleelyse check this out!!! Show off your hand letteringgg
heatleyhay : @sophiaclaire
sophiaclaire : @heatleyhay what a cool idea!
paintcolorcutandglue : @tobielee77 sounds like fun. I'm game to try!
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
25/28 of the #BetterLetteringCourse InstaChallenge / Had a great conversation tonight with @meredith_go and @chappyco_ for an upcoming podcast episode and Meredith asked me a great question that got me thinking. She’s been following along with this February challenge and just saw my latest post about the #MeetYourselfMarch challenge. She asked something to the effect of, “How do you stay energized about consistent projects,” specifically referring to the fact that I could have just stopped with February and called it a day rather than renew it for March. I wrote about this idea in my e-guide, Connecting With Your Core, but I truly believe that when you’re doing work that is aligned with who you are, you find yourself energized and constantly renewed by doing something that brings you joy. These daily challenges touch on so many things that light me up: art, positivity, writing, teaching others, helping connect people with one other, personal progress... all of that juicy stuff is MY JAM. So it doesn’t even occur to me that I need to keep my energy and enthusiasm up with it; it just happens naturally. That might be something helpful when evaluating whatever you’re doing right now. Does it energize you or does it drain you? If it drains you, is it really something that you want to be doing or could your creative energy be spent more effectively somewhere else. Food for thought on a Wednesday night! Thank you to Chappy & Meredith for a thought-provoking convo! #letters #lettering #handlettering #inspiration #creating #creative #creativeentrepreneur #girlboss #creativebiz
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adventures_in_mind : Another great post. What you're offering is really resonating. Thank you!
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susmakessupper : Well said.
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laurenhardage : @ckelso Ahhh the primpts for March give me nervous butterflies!
mylamorales : I love your work! Your passion and dedication are contagious. Now, I'm preparing myself for the March challenge. I'm looking forward to the better learning course!
aetletteringshop : Love this!! πŸ’•
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ckelso - Caroline | Made Vibrant
Details are up on the blog for the March #BetterLetteringCourse Instagram challenge! I'm dubbing it #MeetYourselfMarch and challenging all you soulful creatives to not only practice your lettering, but to uncover small truths about yourself each day. Each daily lettering prompt is crafted to help you take time to get to know yourself better. Check out the blog for full details: >> << Three more lettering prize packs will be up for grabs with some changes in the rules: you do NOT have to complete all 31 days to be eligible but you get one entry per day that you practice, so the more days you complete, the greater your chances to win! I'm really excited to combine two of my favorite loves all month long: #lettering and #personalgrowth. Check out the blog post and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions! Can't wait for March 1st!
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ckelso : @lisies_pieces that's so awesome! So pumped to have you joining us and really proud of you for finally deciding to DO ITπŸ˜‰!!
ckelso : @darrylanng soooo excited that you're excited! πŸŽ‰
ckelso : @julib2 Yess! Glad you're in! And allll of you guys inspire me so thank YOU!
ckelso : @coachmelann yes! There's a whole lesson on tools! But honestly, my reco is to start off simple (#2 pencil, any ink pen, printer paper or notebook from target is actually what I use) and that will get you going. Then you can "level up" with more advanced tools to experiment with!
ckelso : @erinjonesturner thank you! Hope you'll keep going with the challenge! I love your work!
castoutmaui : @ckelso This sounds great. Having just signed up for your course over the weekend (and LOVING it), I'm so looking forward to starting the March challenge soon. Love your work.
amdav : I'm just getting the hang of Instagram and I will attempt to do the challenge! I just have to stop worrying about trying for perfection when I am still learning.
jklmreloza : I started a photo a day challenge for February and now looking for a doodle or lettering challenge for March. I believe I found my challenge. I'm so excited! Thank you.
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24/28 of the #BetterLetteringCourse InstaChallenge / It's no secret that I love #handlettering, but if there's one thing I love more, it's helping people live as the fullest expression of who they're meant to be. That's what #lifemadevibrant is all about to me, and it starts first by looking within and understanding who that person truly is. That's why I've schemed up another daily lettering challenge for the month of March, but this time it's not just to see growth in your lettering - it's to see growth in your life too. I'll post details on the blog tomorrow, but this time around it's not just for #BetterLetteringCourse students, it's for everyone! I'm super excited to keep the awesome energy of this community rolling! More to come soon! #lettering #handlettering #handletteredtype #learnletters #knowthyself #personalgrowth
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shannabetic : @jsinclair7712 @foottravelonly There's another one for March!
krzt321 : Yay!! So excited to hear since I was sad to realize we're only 4 days away from this challenge ending.
adoorable_life : πŸ’— this so much!!!
innercompassdesigns : Fantastic xx
shivaka : @northbypacificnorthwest a march challenge is coming
resrie_loves_china : @laura_shearin lettering challenge for march. I think you'll like it.
laura_shearin : Ohhhhhhh pretty
northbypacificnorthwest : @shivaka :) oooooo!
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Out with the old, in with the new. (The toe hole was the final straw.) I have a habit of running things into the ground before I buy a newer version (no pun intended.) #freshkicks #lifemadevibrant
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mhnutrition : 😍😍 they're beautiful!
howdodonna : Hey, there are no freshly warn socks in them. Do you think they will get cold ?
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