traverser number twelve

TRAVERSER: french for — to pass, to cross, to traverse, to span.

This traverser is dedicated to a couple blogs that I have been loving lately. With this year of editing, I’ve been trying to re-focus on reading blogs that are really putting out content that is helpful, applicable, and inspiring to my personal journey. I don’t want to be sorting through posts that are so-so, and each of these lovely ladies are anything but.

ONE — Made Vibrant: I met Caroline briefly while visiting Jacksonville two falls ago, and then we both attended Alt Summit that following January. We didn’t even see each other during the conference, but serendipitously had the same flight home and that’s where I got her business card and social media links. I’d been following along her journey from advertising to freelance design since, and her mission to find happiness in her life. I could totally relate! She’s just launched a whole new blog that is dedicated to making life vibrant, and guys, it’s killer. She has such a way with her words, and I feel like every time I stop by I’m having some new revelation about my own life through her thoughts. Read one post and try not to get hooked!

TWO — Studio 404Angel is the queen of blog love, and after getting acquainted through her comments here, I started following her blog on a regular basis. *note to bloggers trying to gain readership: reach out and be positive!!* She has such a passion for design and the blogging community that you can truly feel through her online space. She spends time to reach out to others, to share content that helps designers and bloggers, and is letting us in to her personal goals and dreams at the same time. In reaching out to others, she opens her blog to different perspectives on topics, and does a great job at tackling a lot of that design research for you. You’ll learn more than you ever expected by simply stopping by, promise! She recently opened a new paper shop, and I’m so proud of her for going after her dreams, she’s an all-around inspiring lady. 

THREE — HIBRIDCourtney is brand new to the blogging world, and I wanted to let you all in on this hidden gem. We met in grad school, and while on tracks that kept our studies pretty segmented from each other while in Savannah, we have reconnected lately through our passion for blogging and hand-lettering. I had never seen Courtney hand-letter while in school, but post graduation her instagram has been full of such a fun style she has been diligently working on. It’s incredible. She has bundles of talent, and you can just see how passionate she is about design, lettering, and getting her work out into the world through all that she does. If you didn’t know about her already, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of Courtney and her work in the future!

Now, in the spirit of sharing new blogs, do you have any that you think I should add to my own bloglovin? While I’m trying to edit in general, I’m not above sprinkling in a few new quality blogs. What blogs do you keep coming back to that you leave feeling more informed and inspired? Happy blog reading, friends!


    • @ Lorette — hey lady! So glad you will be adding them to your feed! I did a little alt summit recap here: I went not this past January, but the year before to do research for my thesis. I feel like I did get a lot out of it in the sense that I made so many new connections, and I got to see first-hand how to make some of my blog dreams a reality. I still feel like you can learn and connect in similar ways outside of Alt, so it’s definitely not necessary. But it’s sure fun! :)

  1. I’m now in love with Courtney and Caroline’s blogs so thank you so so much for sharing them here with me. Thank you for your sweet words! I really am as obnoxiously nice with people I meet in person and applying that positivity while being honest via blogging has been fantastic. I’ve met so many fantastic ladies and have been inspired by so many people like you!

    • @ Carla — Well I’m glad that this could help you out! If you follow on bloglovin’ there is a whole section dedicated to design blogs. That would be worth a look through if you’re looking to add more to your list :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. These ladies are all fantastic. And I love your reminder to reach out and be positive, it does wonders for yourself and others! These kinds of posts and the community it inspires is why I love blogging :)

    • @ Kerry Rose — exactly! I can always tell when I get too insulated and forget to reach out and just connect with people. It’s definitely more inspiring and positive to be a cheerleader and to connect with new and positive people!

  3. Thanks for including Made Vibrant, Kelsey! I’ve admired your work for over a year now and am constantly impressed with your skills and your sincerity, so I’m honored to be on the list! I appreciate the kind words!

    • @ Caroline — I’ve been wanting to do a post about your blog since the redesign, it’s seriously fantastic! I’m so inspired by YOUR skills and sincerity!! Your blog is so honest and to-the-point, I can’t get enough :)

  4. Hello Kelsey! I’m a new reader and stumbled upon your amazing ‘Love’ lettering on Pinterest. Type’s my thing as I am a lettering artist and calligrapher myself. Thanks for this feature, I’ll check these blogs out! We all need constant inspiration. :)

    xo Pauline


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