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September Kickoff: Your gateway to the holiday season!

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Hey there!

It’s Gia with your monthly kickoff post.  I love the fact that from September through December every month brings the joy of ushering in the change of seasons and my favorite holidays.

First and foremost, isn’t the September kit stunning? It was absolutely perfect for all of my photos this month. I have been looking forward to sharing some of the ways I used both kits together this month! I hope you too have been able to get in on both the main and traveler’s notebook kit subscriptions!

 

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I just love how this dreamy Fancy Pants Designs paper captures the essence of a road trip exploring the countryside, and these wildflowers on the 1Canoe2 Creekside paper were just calling to be fussy cut and layered!

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Plaid is all the rage right now and I loved using it to document the newest love of my life-our new adopted dog Kira.

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I didn’t even come close to killing my Sundance main kit before moving on to some TN layouts with a mixture of main kit scraps and the September TN kit! Ashley Horton always knocks it out of the park with her fun trendy collections and I had to break into the TN kit for some llama action! Here’s another peek at it in case you missed it.

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I can’t wait to see what you all have made with both of the beautiful September kits.

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Here is your official invite to the Clique Kits World Card Making Day online event.  We never require you to purchase a kit to participate in our online community and hope whether you pre-order a card kit or holiday kit or just BYOS you will be there to create with us! We will have sketches to inspire you, challenges to rock, and prizes to be won! This year we are focusing on getting those holiday cards made ahead but you can always use the ideas to create any occasion cards!

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Traditional red and green do it for me when it comes to Christmas papers, how about you? I am drooling over this kit just filled to the brim with Simple Stories products because of its fresh take on everything classic! We hope to begin shipping the Clique Cards kit right after the September Kits go out. Please let us know if you order and plan to participate in the World Card Making Day event to be sure we get it to you in time!

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Next up you can just feel the vibe of this year’s Clique into the Holidays MEGA limited edition kit, can’t you? Everything you need for everything December is in this phenomenal kit!

Both of our limited edition holiday kits are only here for a short time, while supplies last. They have an unbelievable retail value for the price, and those who have been in on them before will tell you there is no bigger or better value for the holidays. Get all the details in the Clique Kits shop! All of our card and general holiday kits mix and match with those of previous years to extend your stash even further. There are also add ons and digital items designed to coordinate with them perfectly. Check out the Clique Kits Limited edition holiday kits section of the shop for loads of great products!

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Don’t worry, we haven’t forgot those other two holidays between summer and Christmas…namely Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Clique Kits has you covered there with new seasonal embellishments and workshops. You can sign up now for either October Bucket List or Documenting Gratitude workshops with kits included! The October Bucket List project will feature exclusive printable embellishments in addition to everything you need to follow along and make 7-8 lush traveler notebook layouts!  For more ideas and inspiration, check out the Clique Project sheets section of the website. IMG_1107

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You may also like to pick up one of these NEW traveler notebook cover sets! These are available by pre-order now and are perfect for doing a gratitude journal or for transitioning your latest traveler notebook inserts from a summer to a fall cover!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Click. Connect. Create.

-xoGia


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August Kick Off: Let’s Go to Malibu!

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Hi everybody! It’s me, Gia. I know-long time no blog post. That’s why I am thrilled to be back today to celebrate my favorite kit of the year, on a day that just so happens to be my birthday!

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Yay! How cute is that flair by Maryam Perez! I love all of the talent and collaboration that go into the design of every single Clique Kit. How about those perfectly coordinated resin scallop shells? And the sequins in this months kit- Erica did an unbelievable job putting that sequin mash together. I am so excited for you ALL to get your kit- whether it is the 12 x 12 paper based main kit or the delightful on-the-go version-the Traveler’s Notebook Kit- this month we are taking you to one of the hippest places. Anywhere in the world is gonna feel like Malibu!

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I have just two words right now that sum up this month’s fun twist! Holographic and Neon! It’s a little bit hard to capture the gorgeous holographic highlights in the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection in the photos- you will see what I mean when you get to hold it your hands!  When I first opened my box, I just wanted to eat it all up. Not to mention the TN Kit contains not one or two, but a WHOLE PACK of Neon gel pens from Kaisercraft. I kid you not this is like a birthday and Christmas all rolled up in one box!

 

Inspired by the Mood Board!

So the mood board by Lacey Gasper this month kind of jump started my mojo this month. I took one look at that giant scallop shell pool float and I thought to myself- I have to use that “look” on a layout. Take a look!

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Yes we have seen a lot of tropical motifs this past year- between flamingoes and palm trees and pineapples (and I am crazy about them all), but this scallop shell in luscious iridescent pinkish-lavender captured my attention as something refreshingly different!

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I searched up “seashell” in the Silhouette Design store and loved this one by Totally Jamie

I backed the cut with different papers from the 6×6 paper in the TN kit and stitched around the edges for some texture, finishing it off with some sequins for embellishment! Here are some close ups.

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But the next best thing was seeing all of the fun mermaid stuff in the August spotlight collection to scrapbook photos of my darling daughter in her mermaid tail.

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This idea for this scalloped cut file was one of those Aha moments between Lacey and I to work with this month’s kits and I fell hard for  this GORGEOUS final design Lacey created! I know I will be cutting it again and again, but for this 8 1/2 x 11 layout I wanted the subtle white on white effect for the texture with bits and pieces of ephemera giving it the feel of water’s waves around an underwater mermaid’s lair.  (Don’t you adore that holographic seahorse?) Grab some puffy mermaid stickers right here while supplies last!

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Thanks for being here as part of this community! I can’t wait to see what you create!

-xoxo

Gia


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Mood Board: June 2017

Happy Sunday everyone! This year is just scooting on by. Can you believe we are sharing the June Mood Board and kit already? For me, June is the start of summer, lake season and warm weather. Living in a northern climate where it is cold majority of the year, I bask in the 3 months that we really “celebrate” summer. I love the sunshine during the day and the birds chirping, I love the evening when you can celebrate with friends on an outdoor patio or bon fire in the back yard or at the lake. I love weekends hanging out with friends and family, going on boat rides, playing yard games and grilling. What are your favorite parts of a warm climate?

We have titled the June Kit: Aquarelle. This kit reminds me of a garden party, floral crowns, and evenings under the stars. What is your favorite part of this mood board?

Of course I can’t leave without sharing some SNEAK PEEKS of both our Main Kit and our Travelers Notebook Kit.

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Now how about a few sneak peeks of our Travelers Notebook Kit?

  

There you have it. Keep your eyes on our social media for more sneak peeks!! Like last month I will be doing a LIVE Facebook video sharing the kit contents on Wednesday, May 17, June Reveal Day. This month you will not only see the June Main Kit, but I’ll also be sharing the June Travelers Notebook Kit!! Check out our Facebook Page for details on when we will go live (if you miss the live airing, you can always check out the video on our page.)

Also, don’t forget to check out our May Pep Rally on Instagram, Wednesday, May 17.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


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April Kickoff: Traveler’s Notebook Kit Subscriptions now open!

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Well, you can officially start stalking your mail person this coming week as the April Kits will begin shipping Monday! April is not only the month of Easter this year, but it is also Clique Kits birthday month- we are celebrating our third year as a kit club this month! And of course as always the treat’s for you! (Seriously, not an April fool’s joke there is a teeny sweet treat coming in your box just for you 🙂 Thanks for being a subscriber and a special part of our community!

To kickoff April I am sharing layouts from my son John’s graduation album. In less than 2 months he will be a high school graduate, and I am finally putting together his collection of layouts since he was a baby in to an album that chronicles highlights of his first 18 years. I barely use 1/10th of the potential of each kit- if only I had time to cut the beautiful cut file designs, and print more printables- there is just so much potential- hopefully someday. But I love that I can open my box and whip off a few layouts without having to think about coordinating products. One of the many pleasures of kit club membership!

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This layout shows my son helping to set up my new Macbook pro laptop for me when it first arrived. His college plans are to study IT and hopefully learn even more than he already knows about computers. I always tell my kids that if they do what they love, they will never work a day in their life! (Advice my father gave me when I went to college-so true!!) Here is a close up.

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I love the bright, happy colors and painterly designs by Bella Blvd in this kit. I sometimes worried about using my kits to complete a teenage boy album- as the feminine qualities of the collections always call out to me- but honestly- it has been easy as pie to put together layouts from any of the monthly kits that are all boy!

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I don’t know where the past 5 years have gone- but this layout shows my son playing guitar at Vacation Bible School in 8th grade! He takes after his older brother and sister in being another really good musician in the family! I love the resin butterfly -such a sweet finishing touch!

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The patterned cardstock from the Make Your Mark collection with the gold foiling are just simply gorgeous!

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Last but not least I have this layout of my son and one of his closest friends. I call him one of my kids because it seems like he lives at my house. And what can I say- we have the same Italian name (I am Gia and he is Gio) This layout actually has a couple other CK products in it- the title cut from one of the March kit papers and the black and white handwriting card from Pretty Little Studios Summer Vibes collection that was in the CK store. The Yess! flair was in the most recent limited edition traveler’s notebook kit!

Did I say traveler’s notebook ? I know many of you have been patiently awaiting this day- as Clique Kits introduces a new subscription kit now available on a monthly, delivered-to- your-doorstep basis!

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Here is a little sneak peek at the first official monthly TN kit. Subscribe now through April 30th to get your May kit! Depending on demand, we are hoping to increase availability of slots starting in July, so hurry to not miss out (and if you do- don’t worry, we will grow as fast as we can!)

If you are considering being a TN kit subscriber, you might also be interested in pre-ordering a Traveler Notebook cover. We are taking pre-orders now and will be shipping them this summer as soon as they are available! (They are made in China, and will take approximately 8-12 weeks from ordering to receive them)

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Learn more about our TN kits right here!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful April!

-xo Gia


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Meet the New 2017 Designers Blog Share

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Hello everybody. Please welcome the 2017 Clique Kits Design Team! We are so excited to have these creative ladies join us this term! It was not an easy process narrowing down the applications to just 15 designers! We went through every application and picked a team with a variety of experience and styles to inspire each level of scrappers out there. Today, we are giving you a glimpse of these designer’s work and along the way, you will get to know them a little better!

2017 Design Team

Maryam Perez

Melissa Elsner

Vincenza (Enza) Gudor

Caroli Schulz

Nathalie DeSousa

Candace Perkins

Audrey Yeager

Stephanie Gold

Nicole Martel

Donna Espiritu

Reka Turoczi

Hannah Lemieux

Victoria Calvin

Taina “Evi” Cortes

Sheryl Banares

We would like to say thank you and good-bye to two ladies from our 2016 Design Team. Magali and Dani, we appreciate everything you’ve done for us. You both rock! We can’t wait to see your beautiful faces again. You all will have other opportunities in the scrapbooking industry because you both are amazing artists.

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Please do not forget to leave a comment on each of the designer’s blogs to give them a warm welcome!  One lucky commenter will receive a $10 gift card to the Clique Kits shop. To be eligible, you must like and follow us on Facebook, the Clique Kit’s blog and Instagram page and comment along the way. The designers will be sharing a layout that best represents their style/specialty. And so you can get to know them a little better, they will be sharing some fun facts about themselves on their blog posts. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to be inspired! Your next stop is Maryam Perez.

Thank you for joining us!

Nicole


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Clique Kits February Kickoff

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All the February news and a Layout: Life is Lovely!

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February is here and for the past two weeks we have been absolutely drooling in anticipation of the beautiful Bee You kit featuring the Hazelwood collection from 1Canoe2 and many gorgeous accompanying exclusives! Here are some highlights of what is in store for you when the postman delivers your box! (Not a subscriber yet? Click here and please hurry- there are a limited number of slots left before subscriptions will be sold out-at least temporarily!)

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Here is a layout I did using the February Kit, add ons, and the We R Memory Keepers CMYK inks available in the shop right here.

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Here are some close-ups.

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If you are interested in how I used the inks and a Clique Kits stamp, I made a short video you can find here. The fun stamp I used was still available when I planned this post but has since sold out 😦

As a newbie to the You Tube world, I have only started to post videos, and am still on the learning curve for making and editing them. It is truly amazing though how much you can learn on You Tube!

Did you know that many of the Design Team Members and my own partner in crime, Erica Thompson (Erica Rose Creates) have their own You Tube Channels? They also try to upload their videos with tutorials, unboxings, and fun process videos to the Clique Kits channel. Don’t miss out on all this great, FREE content for your inspiration by subscribing to ALL of these great channels. One of our goals for this Spring is to increase our You Tube presence by providing frequent, quality content for our subscribers and fans to enrich their experience as a papercrafter. If you have a scrapbooking or other crafty You Tube channel we would love for you to share it with us in the comments.

New Product on the way

This is also an exciting time of year since the 2017 Creativation Trade Show just took place and we are anxiously awaiting new releases for you guys to take advantage of being able to add on to your kit boxes.

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Here are just some of the brands and collections we fell in love with and hope to have arriving in the warehouse in February and March! Of course, we don’t want to be a spoiler and show you the beautiful products planned for upcoming kits since it would ruin the surprise, but we promise they will be amazing!

New Design Team Additions Announced Soon!

Other news…Clique Kits recently had a design team call to fill some spots being vacated on our design team when this term ends, starting with our April reveal. We are getting ready for the big announcement and reveal of the extremely talented and special ladies who will be joining us soon! Stay tuned and don’t go away…

Traveler Notebooks Shipping Soon!

Those of you lucky enough to get a pre-order in before they were sold out- the latest installment in our series of limited edition traveler notebook kits are getting packed to be shipped as we speak. As promised- they should be shipping in early February!

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Traveler’s notebooks have been around in certain circles, but for the first time they have take the mainstream scrapbooking world by storm! We love this particular genre of documenting and memory keeping because it is so freeing. Go ahead and unleash your creativity whether it is mainly journaling, sketching, painting, mixed media, or using it as a daily layout or memory mini book!  There are no specific rules. Make it as clean and simple or as messy as you want. Many people are organizing different types of travelers notebooks for different uses and streamlining a multitude of projects in this manner. You will see Traveler notebook inserts listed as add-ons for future Clique Kits very often! We love how they easily accommodate the same products in the main kit, and even help to use up scraps as well as experiment with tools like stamps and inks, paints, and more. A great way to make sure you kill your kit. We will continue to offer some product suited to those of you who decorate your planners or document and store photos in your planners too. If you are a planner gal, don’t forget to check out the Planner Shop section of the Clique Kits store for some unique goodies.

USPS Raising Prices Again

Clique Kits, like most small businesses relying on the post office to deliver the happy mail, will be negatively affected by the latest price hikes. We are in the process of crunching the numbers to work out any upcoming changes to our shipping costs. We are reluctant to have to adjust subscriptions causing inconvenience for everyone, but may have no choice. Changes may unfortunately also affect the prices for shipping product from the shop, whether as add ons or regular orders. We will be completely transparent about these changes, if and when they happen. If our shipping prices change, we will send an email notification. Please subscribe to the newsletter/blog in order to make sure you are on the mailing list for all news and updates.

Introducing a New Clique Kits Event

Starting in February 2017 (yes, this month) Clique Kits will begin publishing a semi-annual online magazine and Look Book. You have probably seen a fashion look book. It is something like a catalog with photographs showing products as they may be used and presented in a way that inspires. Every 6 months our graphic design team will be working closely with designers to present projects and inspiration to help you get the most from kits during your term as a subscriber. We will feature not only kits, but store products and exclusives. There are many ways for YOU, our subscribers and followers to get involved in The Clique community, and the Look Book will be one more way. Stay tuned for the first ever call for submissions to our next Look Book to be published in August of 2017. The details will soon follow, but this publication will be available to the public and submissions from subscribers and other customers if published will be awarded  product credit and other prizes!

All in all, February is going to be quite a full month. And I didn’t even mention Groundhog Day or Valentine’s Day!  We love seeing all of your layouts with the January Kit and the January add on Valentine’s Day kit. More cute Valentine’s Day products can be found here.

No matter who you are, what color your skin is, what religion you practice, what state or country you live in, please remember that you are now and always will be welcome here. The Clique Kits community will always be welcoming and will promote love, kindness, and understanding. Life is Lovely!

-xoGia


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January 2017 Kickoff

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I am not gonna lie- I am sorry-not-sorry to see 2016 finally end. Many people I care about  have been bruised by losses of many different kinds this year. In order to get into more of a celebratory mood for Auld Lang Syne I decided to go through my pictures from the past year and reflect on the good times with my family. While doing this, I also took some time to clean out and organize my Photo files on my Mac Book.  I think that the most common theme of welcoming a brand new year is starting fresh, getting organized, and of course determining some resolutions. So with that introduction, my focus in our January kickoff post is to share an idea for a multi-photo Year in Review Layout and also talk a little about getting organized for a fantastic 2017!

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I love that the built in photo software from Apple is so intuitive and easy to sort your photos by dates, events, people, places, and customized albums. I find that it helps to be more efficient when I am looking for a photo to scrapbook to have all of the bloopers and bad shots already removed so that I can choose from mostly scrap-worthy snapshots. Of course your digital archives constitute the majority of memory keeping nowadays, and our layouts are the tip of the iceberg thanks to the wonders of digital photography. So one of my New Years resolutions is to take care of my digital photo files with the same care and organization that I put into organizing my supplies. After all, photos are the most important supply.

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Rarely, if ever do we a see multiple photo layouts, let alone a layout with 12 photos-yes I said TWELVE! As I went through my photos I decided to pick one memory for each month of the year. It was difficult to narrow them down to one- but another parameter I wanted was to be able to include every one of my children in at least one of the photos-especially if the month included a special day for one of them-like a birthday. This helped me to eliminate photos by having to narrow it down by month AND whether I had already chosen a better photo of one particular child. Once I selected my photos, I printed them in 2.5″ squares on my Canon Selphy and all in black and white for a uniform look and color palette. I cut strips from one of the Hey, Sugar! kit papers to make a frame and then hand stamped a background design of Monstera leaves. I love the color combination of black and white and green. The Thickers alphabet in the kit really made the simple title pop. Finally, I printed a caption for each month’s photo and did some layering of the captions as well as some punched vellum scraps that were laying around from another project.

Last but not least, I had fun creating my own unique embellishment out of resin. I had this random smooshed toy flamingo in my junk drawer. I thought about using it as an embellishment, but then remembered I had some resin I had wanted to play with and if I could make a casting of it, instead of just one embellishment, I would be able to multiply its use by making more resin flamingos whenever I needed one! After creating a silicone mold from the original flamingo, which sets in about 20 minutes, I colored my resin with a few drops of  alcohol ink and poured it into the mold. After setting overnight, it was ready to adhere to my page. I loved the way it came out perfectly imperfect, and flatter than the original toy which made it easier to adhere and less bulky on my page.

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Pantone announced their 2017 color of the year and it’s called “Greenery.” One of the trends we are sure to see in scrapbooking like in other design genres this year is the ongoing love of living things-especially tropical and woodland scenery and wildlife. From palms to ferns to succulents, you can’t go wrong with green! The latest pre-CHA new releases are starting to post and behind the scenes Clique Kits is planning upcoming kits and putting together orders for new shop inventory! We know that our 2017 kits are going to continue everything you know and love about Clique Kits, while adding more frequent Traveler’s Notebook add on kits.

If you have not already tried the traveler’s notebook as a way of documenting-and it doesn’t have to be used on a trip- although they are perfect for traveling- please get your pre-order in now for the latest limited edition TN kit.

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This kit is coming out with perfect timing-whether for a holiday break from winter weather or if you live in the Southern hemisphere or the tropics already like here in Hawaii where Christmas is always green and bright- this kit is going to be perfect for using as an on the go smash book type album, an album  to document a special trip, or just as a daily documenter that is relaxed and smaller scale than large layouts. Be on the lookout as we add more TN product bundles to the school store, as well as inserts, and accessories!

Clique Kits has already been experimenting with the idea of hosting pre-orders for our subscribers and followers for hot new products -and many of these will be bundled to provide even deeper discounts for pre-ordering. However, once we close out ordering for shipment with the following month kit, these items, or whatever is left of them, will be transitioned to a la carte items, and priced accordingly. Just wanted to make sure that we keep everyone in the loop about how we adjust based on the crafting and buying patterns of our community!

Thank you so much for being part of The Clique- we love the diversity and varied talents of our community and value each individual member as a personal friend. And on that note…

 

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet for Auld Lang Syne!

-x Gia