Hi everybody, it’s Gia here and it has been a while since I stopped by here on the blog for a monthly kickoff post. This month is really special because on the 1st we introduced our new design team for the term with an incredible blog share-I hope you will take the time to hop if you haven’t already. These ladies did an outstanding job showing us their signature style while answering some “ice breaker” questions about themselves. I also saw some of the newest product from the Clique Kits shop including the latest American Crafts and Simple Stories summer and fall releases. These big manufacturers are always on our list of favorites from scrapbooking’s fast fashion design world. Names like Paige Evans, Amy Tangerine, and brands like Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, and Simple Stories are always in demand.
At Clique Kits, from our inception as a new company 3 years ago ( oh my goodness can you believe it has been that long?) it has been important to us that in addition to being part of the fandome of these major industry manufacturers, we show equal support to the small businesses, start-ups, indie artists and other resources for unique supplies to bring to our subscribers and followers. This decision which is largely ethics and values driven (take a look at our mission statement and you will see what I mean) led us to some of our now favorite companies like Pinkfresh Studios (featured in this month’s kit Sapphire) and Pretty Little Studios, Freckled Fawn and other small woman led small businesses whose products we love !
Handmade and indie artists are another group we love to support and showcase in our kits and shop. Some examples are things like handmade crocheted embellishments, and products made in small batches such as laser cut felt and acrylic pieces. Last but not least, we love products made from eco-friendly materials like recycled paper or reclaimed textiles. We once featured origami hearts made from recycled anime comic books from Japan, and 2 Octobers ago we had strips of torn recycled sari cloth from India.
For our holiday kits this year, Clique Kits is teaming up with an artist, designer, and small business boss named Alexandra Micchiardi, owner of Meli Melo Studio webstore and Etsy shop for complimentary stamp sets to use with our annual limited edition holiday kits.
Also in the shop right now is a travel stamp from Meli Melo that I had a wonderful time using with my Limited Edition “Wander” travel notebook kit on my recent trip to Thailand.
I hope that Fair Trade Month will raise your awareness of where your purchases come from, who you are supporting, and how every purchase makes a difference in the lives of women and mothers all around the globe!
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