Carolyn MacLaren

Carolyn MacLaren. Based in Encinitas, CA, US.

  • 170 awards won
  • 916 comments made
  • 15800 votes cast
  • Minted on May 28 2011
  • http://www.minted.com/designer/carolynmaclaren

Awards

  • winner 37
  • 1st place winner 2
  • editor pick 131

About Carolyn MacLaren

I'm so lucky I get to spend my days filled with my two loves -- being a designer and a mom to 2 kids (and 1 dog). I am drawn to simple graphic patterns, unexpected color palettes, and fresh typography. My personal style ranges from simple and modern to warm and whimsical, and am constantly inspired from everyday life.

favorite designers

  • Oscar & Emma
  • Laura Hankins
  • kelli hall

comments

Playground Prints on May 09 2016
Playground Prints
  • Minted Nov 9, 2015
  • 9 Awards
  • 172 Comments made
  • 3442 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, thank you so much for the like! :)

Frooted Design on Apr 21 2016
Frooted Design
  • Minted Aug 4, 2009
  • 134 Awards
  • 885 Comments made
  • 15485 Votes cast

thanks so much for your helpful comments, carolyn!

Me Amelia on Feb 19 2016
Me Amelia
  • Minted Jan 21, 2012
  • 8 Awards
  • 804 Comments made
  • 38241 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like, Carolyn. Your work is so impressive. Best Wishes.

Monica Janes on Sep 21 2015
Monica Janes
  • Minted Nov 16, 2012
  • 7 Awards
  • 783 Comments made
  • 8442 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, thank you SO much for your like on my fabric, Confetti Dots. It's the FIRST fabric pattern I have done and am not the most adept in illustrator so thanks again! Your work is gorgeous!! Monica :)

Thuy Do on Sep 01 2015
Thuy Do
  • Minted Aug 2, 2015
  • 3 Awards
  • 109 Comments made
  • 471 Votes cast

Thank you for the 'LIKE' on my "The Shoreline" submission, Carolyn! Best of luck~!

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Aug 20 2015
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
  • 159 Awards
  • 2562 Comments made
  • 27488 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn! Just wanted to let you know that both Erica Krystek and I are planning to make the drive tomorrow to Venice for the L.A. meet-up. I've gone for the past 3 years, and it's really worth the hassle of getting up there. LMK if you'd like to hitch a ride. You can e-mail me at knipe@cox.net. Would love to meet you!

Lea Delaveris on May 16 2015
Lea Delaveris
  • Minted Jun 17, 2010
  • 38 Awards
  • 2239 Comments made
  • 40912 Votes cast

Hey Carolyn! Thank you so much for your comment on my newlywed design! I haven't had a chance to tinker around with it much more yet, but I definitely will!

Chris Griffith on Mar 07 2015
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 100 Awards
  • 4744 Comments made
  • 32505 Votes cast

Carolyn, big congrats! Your baby entries were awesome.

Ave Estudio on Feb 23 2015
Ave Estudio
  • Minted Aug 19, 2014
  • 1 Award
  • 48 Comments made
  • 285 Votes cast

Loved the pencils illustration! It´s so simple and beautiful!

Monica Cheng on Jan 06 2015
Monica Cheng
  • Minted Feb 24, 2014
  • 8 Awards
  • 68 Comments made
  • 2554 Votes cast

Thanks for the "like!" Happy new year to you!

Kelsey Cashman on Jan 02 2015
Kelsey Cashman
  • Minted Nov 11, 2014
  • 9 Awards
  • 160 Comments made
  • 1375 Votes cast

Thanks so much for the likes, Carolyn! I'm a huge fan of all your work and I wish you the best of luck in the challenges! :)

Georgia Bateman on Dec 14 2014
Georgia Bateman
  • Minted Jun 24, 2013
  • 3 Awards
  • 90 Comments made
  • 6824 Votes cast

thank you for the like on my art submission!! love your graphic designs. i have done several custom invitation and announcement designs for friends, so i'm always appreciative of good designs of such pieces by others!

Olive and Me Studios on Dec 12 2014
Olive and Me Studios
  • Minted Jun 22, 2014
  • 13 Awards
  • 263 Comments made
  • 8794 Votes cast

Your welcome! Love your style as well. :) Congrats again on your Valentine's wins!

Chris Griffith on Dec 10 2014
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 100 Awards
  • 4744 Comments made
  • 32505 Votes cast

Congrats Carolyn on all your many Valentine's wins. Such great entries.

Alison Jerry Designs on Dec 09 2014
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 26 Awards
  • 1176 Comments made
  • 1365 Votes cast

Thank you for your like on my new work! Alison

lena barakat on Dec 08 2014
lena barakat
  • Minted Jun 29, 2010
  • 58 Awards
  • 1147 Comments made
  • 15750 Votes cast

Your wedding submissions this challenge are stunning Carolyn! Beautiful work!!!

Hooray Creative on Dec 07 2014
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
  • 378 Awards
  • 2011 Comments made
  • 19399 Votes cast

Thanks for your lovely comments, Carolyn! You're wedding submissions are wonderful too!! :)

Nazia Hyder on Nov 18 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
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  • 7741 Votes cast

I'm so sorry Carolyn,I didn't mean to bother you with a query or anything of that sort,it's just things weren't working at that particular moment in time & I was just fretting since I really wanted that design to work out. Thankfully it does & I've made the changes as you suggested. Thanks for your sweet words on my Tropical design & sorry once again :)

Nazia Hyder on Nov 18 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 23 Awards
  • 4839 Comments made
  • 7741 Votes cast

Thankyou Carolyn for your prompt feedback,I'm obsessing over this design,trying all these lay outs.I've been trying these options in AI & it's not letting me. For some reason AI thinks that the floral pattern is too heavy for a clipping mask & might & that the document might fail...

Monica Janes on Nov 06 2014
Monica Janes
  • Minted Nov 16, 2012
  • 7 Awards
  • 783 Comments made
  • 8442 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, thank you for liking my design Red Hot Heart! I totally love your design work and your fabrics are gorgeous!

Nazia Hyder on Oct 26 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 23 Awards
  • 4839 Comments made
  • 7741 Votes cast

Thankyou Carolyn for your super sweet remark on my Foxy Cute design :)

Dreaming Inspirations on Oct 16 2014
Dreaming Inspirations
  • Minted Feb 13, 2011
  • 15 Awards
  • 876 Comments made
  • 75998 Votes cast

your so welcome! It will get a pick I know it!!

Up Up Creative on Oct 15 2014
Up Up Creative
  • Minted Jan 24, 2010
  • 129 Awards
  • 1900 Comments made
  • 58157 Votes cast

Carolyn - your digital invite designs are AWESOME. I don't think I've ever given a designer all fives in a challenge before. Crazy good stuff!

Laura Bolter Design on Sep 23 2014
Laura Bolter Design
  • Minted Oct 11, 2011
  • 107 Awards
  • 1292 Comments made
  • 41348 Votes cast

Good morning Carolyn! Thanks so much for your comment on my save the date—made my day! I so love and admire your design skill—your fabrics are ahhhmazing! Thank you!

Lea Delaveris on Sep 10 2014
Lea Delaveris
  • Minted Jun 17, 2010
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  • 40912 Votes cast

If I'm thinking like you, I'm in pretty good shape! :) I hadn't gotten to the names yet - just the date on the photo in the same configuration.

Phrosne Ras on Aug 04 2014
Phrosne Ras
  • Minted Jul 11, 2012
  • 274 Awards
  • 5223 Comments made
  • 14401 Votes cast

oh, it's a pleasure! I really do always love all of your work, not just the ones I comment on :)

Frooted Design on May 23 2014
Frooted Design
  • Minted Aug 4, 2009
  • 134 Awards
  • 885 Comments made
  • 15485 Votes cast

your holiday designs are all so WONDERFUL!! i'm so bummed i didn't get to meet you at NSS, but heard from someone that you're maybe moving down south? :)

chocomocacino on May 16 2014
chocomocacino
  • Minted Feb 23, 2010
  • 192 Awards
  • 2662 Comments made
  • 30160 Votes cast

Always been a fan of ur submissions.. Your holidays designs are beautiful.. =) Good luck!

Lauren Chism on May 12 2014
Lauren Chism
  • Minted Sep 2, 2009
  • 224 Awards
  • 988 Comments made
  • 31780 Votes cast

Thanks for always helping me out on my polls - really appreciate it! I value your opinion a lot! xoxo good luck - your designs are awesome

Susan Brown on May 06 2014
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
  • 142 Awards
  • 2049 Comments made
  • 93806 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, Thanks for the good advice. When you have a minute will you take a look poll showing photos without moving flakes around. May be weird. Hope to see at NSS?

Ashley Hegarty on May 05 2014
Ashley Hegarty
  • Minted Jan 18, 2012
  • 27 Awards
  • 442 Comments made
  • 12601 Votes cast

Thank you for the sweet comment, it ALMOST cured my case of the Mondays ;)

Phrosne Ras on May 03 2014
Phrosne Ras
  • Minted Jul 11, 2012
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  • 14401 Votes cast

thanks so much Carolyn! cant believe i missed that - im such a perfectionist re. kerning!! **jaw drops**

Leslie Ann Jones on Apr 23 2014
Leslie Ann Jones
  • Minted Jun 9, 2010
  • 24 Awards
  • 669 Comments made
  • 14330 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn! Thank you so much for your feedback on my Greetings of Glory. I've made some MAJOR changes. Do you mind taking a look again? I'd love to have your take on it: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/170247 Thanks!

Carol Fazio on Mar 31 2014
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 32 Awards
  • 6256 Comments made
  • 25114 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, thanks for stopping by my when holly met jolly design. I think that was a good call. Check it out when you have a chance and congrats! see you at nss this year! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/160513

Oma N. Ramkhelawan on Mar 17 2014
Oma N. Ramkhelawan
  • Minted Mar 26, 2011
  • 146 Awards
  • 4380 Comments made
  • 38656 Votes cast

CONGRATS!!! Well deserved!

Nazia Hyder on Feb 07 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 23 Awards
  • 4839 Comments made
  • 7741 Votes cast

Thankyou Carolyn for your feedback on my "Modern Classic" design. :)

Phrosne Ras on Nov 21 2013
Phrosne Ras
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  • 14401 Votes cast

Thanks so much, Carolyn Im so flattered. :)x

Chryssi Tsoupanarias on Sep 22 2013
Chryssi Tsoupanarias
  • Minted Aug 30, 2012
  • 64 Awards
  • 1037 Comments made
  • 27200 Votes cast

Thanks so much Carolyn! And huge congrats on your gorgeous first place win and editor's pick - your work is always so amazing!

Anupama on Sep 21 2013
Anupama
  • Minted Jan 26, 2012
  • 74 Awards
  • 2752 Comments made
  • 15678 Votes cast

Congrats on your first place win... :)

Erica Krystek on Sep 20 2013
Erica Krystek
  • Minted Mar 14, 2013
  • 206 Awards
  • 2085 Comments made
  • 19613 Votes cast

Congrats on 1st place in the calendar challenge! Beautiful work!!

Laura Bolter Design on Sep 14 2013
Laura Bolter Design
  • Minted Oct 11, 2011
  • 107 Awards
  • 1292 Comments made
  • 41348 Votes cast

Awww! Thanks so much for the comments on my poll, Carolyn! Coming from a designer with so much talent whose work I admire, makes your comments even more meaningful!

Chris Griffith on Sep 07 2013
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 100 Awards
  • 4744 Comments made
  • 32505 Votes cast

Thanks Carolyn! You were spot on about the vertical. I fixed it and gave it a little more room. I appreciate your help. Chris http://www.minted.com/design-rating/106807

Aspacia Kusulas on Aug 28 2013
Aspacia Kusulas
  • Minted Mar 22, 2010
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  • 32982 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn! thanks for your lovely comment on "petite chambre" :)

Chris Griffith on Aug 23 2013
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
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  • 32505 Votes cast

Congrats Carolyn on your wonderful minibook win. I always love your work. Chris

Stacey Meacham on Aug 02 2013
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
  • 230 Awards
  • 4343 Comments made
  • 51953 Votes cast

Thanks Carolyn, right back at cha! Big congrats on all yours too,.

Chris Griffith on Aug 01 2013
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
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  • 32505 Votes cast

Congrats Carolyn on your win!

Giselle Zimmerman on Jul 04 2013
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
  • 17 Awards
  • 1865 Comments made
  • 17114 Votes cast

Congrats on your win and editor pick Carolyn! Love your work!

Angela Marzuki on Jun 18 2013
Angela Marzuki
  • Minted May 24, 2011
  • 71 Awards
  • 1142 Comments made
  • 22005 Votes cast

Carolyn, your holiday entries are superb! I'm a big fan, good luck!

Lauren Chism on Jun 17 2013
Lauren Chism
  • Minted Sep 2, 2009
  • 224 Awards
  • 988 Comments made
  • 31780 Votes cast

Love your holiday submissions Carolyn! xoxo

Phrosne Ras on Jun 08 2013
Phrosne Ras
  • Minted Jul 11, 2012
  • 274 Awards
  • 5223 Comments made
  • 14401 Votes cast

thank you!

Chris Griffith on May 07 2013
Chris Griffith
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  • 32505 Votes cast

Congrats Carolyn on the nice win!

Stacey Meacham on May 07 2013
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
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  • 51953 Votes cast

I know I tell you this all the time but you're one of my favs. So happy to see your wins. Congrats.

Giselle Zimmerman on May 06 2013
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
  • 17 Awards
  • 1865 Comments made
  • 17114 Votes cast

Congrats on your wins ! I'm in LOVE with " regata race " !

Monica Schafer on Apr 14 2013
Monica Schafer
  • Minted Oct 25, 2010
  • 53 Awards
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  • 25107 Votes cast

Thank you Carolyn! Definitely needed someone else to look at it :)

Monica Schafer on Apr 14 2013
Monica Schafer
  • Minted Oct 25, 2010
  • 53 Awards
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  • 25107 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn, Thx so much for your comment on my pup design. I worked on the type some and wondering if you think it looks better now... only if you have time. I know I'm cutting it close :) http://www.minted.com/design-rating/87954

Chris Griffith on Apr 04 2013
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 100 Awards
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  • 32505 Votes cast

Carolyn, congrats on your greeting card wins! Your designs are terrific! Chris

Ann Gardner on Apr 03 2013
Ann Gardner
  • Minted Feb 22, 2010
  • 153 Awards
  • 1900 Comments made
  • 136138 Votes cast

Carolyn, no worries! I think our designs are different enough. Good luck!

Chris Griffith on Mar 31 2013
Chris Griffith
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Thanks Carolyn for taking the time to look at my design. I love your idea and will try it. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback! Chris

Susan Asbill on Mar 23 2013
Susan Asbill
  • Minted Jun 6, 2011
  • 93 Awards
  • 2687 Comments made
  • 111897 Votes cast

Hi Carolyn! Thanks for your suggestion on my design. If you have time, do you like it with the initials? http://www.minted.com/design-rating/85488?filter=all&sort=createat

Giselle Zimmerman on Mar 22 2013
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
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  • 1865 Comments made
  • 17114 Votes cast

Thanks Carolyn ! You're awesome !

Giselle Zimmerman on Mar 22 2013
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
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  • 17114 Votes cast

I was just about to do some changes and your tip came in at the perfect time ! I've made some changes, and I like it better now. I can stare the whole day at a design without knowing what to do or what to change, but when I submit it, suddenly I see everything ;) Thank you so much !

Heather Francisco on Mar 15 2013
Heather Francisco
  • Minted Sep 6, 2011
  • 42 Awards
  • 1155 Comments made
  • 63697 Votes cast

awe no such luck on "tribal garden" :) it was super fun to draw so flattered you liked it :D

Heather Francisco on Mar 13 2013
Heather Francisco
  • Minted Sep 6, 2011
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  • 63697 Votes cast

you submissions lately are so gorgeous!

Giselle Zimmerman on Mar 05 2013
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
  • 17 Awards
  • 1865 Comments made
  • 17114 Votes cast

Congrats on your wins Carolyn ! Your work is so beautiful !

Jennifer Wick on Feb 27 2013
Jennifer Wick
  • Minted Sep 2, 2010
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  • 19344 Votes cast

I really appreciate your comment about my Mother's day card - thank you! Writing is not my strong suite, so I really value your sweet comment : )

Jennifer Wick on Feb 09 2013
Jennifer Wick
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Carolyn, thanks so much for reassuring me that my one design isn't way out there! Please submit whatever you are working on, so mine won't be alone ; ) And as I'm looking at your designs for sale, I love the variety of styles you can do - your works are so lovely!

Heather Francisco on Feb 01 2013
Heather Francisco
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Thanks! yes a little birdy inspired me ;)

Sandra Picco Design on Jan 07 2013
Sandra Picco Design
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Carolyn - nice job on the birth announcement challenge! You've entered some beautiful designs.

Phrosne Ras on Dec 17 2012
Phrosne Ras
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Hi Carolyn! Thanks so much for your input on this design http://www.minted.com/design-rating/78068! Phrosné

Stacey Meacham on Dec 03 2012
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
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Hey Carolyn, Thanks so much for your input. I made the change. Can you take a look and let me know what you think? I also added a second version with deming as the be mine font, i'd love your thoughts.

Phrosne Ras on Oct 20 2012
Phrosne Ras
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Well done on your party decor! Lovely stuff! Phrosné

Susan Brown on Jun 23 2012
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
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  • 93806 Votes cast

Carolyn, You have a batch of great designs. Wow. Nice job.

Lauren Chism on Jun 21 2012
Lauren Chism
  • Minted Sep 2, 2009
  • 224 Awards
  • 988 Comments made
  • 31780 Votes cast

Hey Carolyn - I sort by designer and just finished rating your designs - and I just wanted to tell you how much I love them all!

Sarah Curry on Nov 01 2011
Sarah Curry
  • Minted Oct 12, 2011
  • 80 Awards
  • 2028 Comments made
  • 17139 Votes cast

You're in Capitola! I'm in Santa Cruz! I think you're the closest Mintie to me that I've found so far! :) You have some really great designs—I especially love the Sweet Treat tags.

Melanie Severin on Sep 24 2011
Melanie Severin
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Congrats on your Special Editor's pick for Best Newbie design, Carolyn!!!

Stacey Meacham on Sep 24 2011
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
  • 230 Awards
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  • 51953 Votes cast

Congrats on your sending cheer newbie award. Such a great pic and honor to be chosen. Great job!!!

campbell and co. on May 31 2011
campbell and co.
  • Minted Feb 14, 2011
  • 4 Awards
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  • 2174 Votes cast

thx so much carolyn for your comment on noel baby! your submissions are adorable! esp love modern green trees & happy healthy holiday!

Inkblot Paper on May 31 2011
Inkblot Paper
  • Minted May 11, 2010
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  • 18543 Votes cast

Thanks for the lovely comment! love your Joyful Modern Wreath Design.