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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

 

 


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December Kickoff

 

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December 1, 2016 and the countdown begins! I just love this time of year, don’t you? Celebrating the season with friends and family and enjoying every moment is worth documenting in whatever way works for you. We hope you will have fun playing with Wonderland this month. As always we do not provide a themed holiday kit as the monthly kit in December for a number of reasons, but instead offer some beautiful limited edition holiday add ons and kits for those wishing to purchase themed product. This year our Clique into the Holidays Kit sold out lightning fast. We do, however, still have some remaining Clique Cards: Holiday Edition 2016 and lots of add ons to choose from including some unique stamps-like this exclusive Honey Bee Stamps set that was updated and re-released based on our collaboration for the holiday card kit last year. It was so popular we had so many requests for more!

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To kickoff a month of celebrating with our subscribers, friends, and followers Clique Kits is planning to reveal a new little advent treat for each day of December leading up to Christmas! Here is today’s gift- this beautiful set of 2016 holiday printables is FREE today!  So head over to the Store and put this FREE exclusive printable set in your shopping cart right now! While you are there, check out some of the latest markdowns in the Last Call Big Savings section of the shop- new items are constantly added as our inventory dwindles down.

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Just for the month of giving, Clique Kits is also offering for a limited time a pre-paid 3 month subscription suitable for gifting! If you know someone who would love to subscribe to receive our monthly kits but hasn’t been able to budget this little luxury- make sure they know they can ask a spouse, sibling, parent, or other person who has them on their Christmas giving list to purchase one for them right now! Select your location from the drop down menu- the best Santas know what the paper-crafters on their list crave. 🙂

Another exciting announcement- Clique Kits has put together some amazing deals for your own treat your self with a little self- gifting, or to give (or receive) this year. Check out these holiday gift set ideas now available in the shop.

The Clique Kits Trendy Sampler Gift Set

This bundle of goodies contains some of our most popular, fun exclusive items perfect for sampling the Clique Kits exclusive style. Stamps, journaling cards, fun embellishments like die cut ephemera and stickers only found right here! Price $20 (retail value $40 )

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The Smile You Are Loved Embellishment Kit

This mini kit is very limited in number and is now on sale so don’t miss out! It contains high quality puffy stickers and glittered stickers  from the UK stationery brand Meri Meri, plus enamel dots from a small business we love- Lora Bailora, Midori bow paper clips, and shimmery washi tape. Pictures really don’t do these adorable embellishments justice. Packaged totally ready for gifting. Price $14.99 (retail value 24.99)

 

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 The Fancy Pants + Plan to Plan Gift Set

This one takes the cake on value- such a beautiful bright, cheerful color palette in the Attwell collection from our friends at Fancy Pants Designs- this gift set is perfect for the planner in your life (even if that planner is you!) It includes the 6 x 6 pad, the floral pattern zipper pouch to stash little things for on the go, the 3 pen set, coordinating sticky notes, and two sets of planner stickers. The Plan to Plan Sticker Co. stickers include the very versatile tab stickers to label anything, and the social media tracker set. The social media tracker is a little checklist to keep track of your posts on each of the most common social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Whether you are a blogger, design team member, participant in challenges, or just like to build up your following- these planner stickers keep you organized and remind you to post. Check out the other planner stickers in the shop also! Price $12 (retail value $27)

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The Adventurer Mini Album Gift Set

This gift set includes a 12 x 12 Paper Pack, a black and kraft Simple Stories 4×6 album (that has 4×4 pockets inside) adventure themed puffy stickers, a cut apart gold highlighted 12 x 12 acetate sheet, and fun dimensional camper stickers from Little B. As a bonus- a full roll of glittering gold washi tape and the complete travel stamp by Meli Melo. Everything needed to create a gift album, or give the set as a gift to a fellow DIYer. Price $20 (retail value $40)

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Stay tuned every day in December for lots of freebies to come and as always amazing inspiration from the Clique Kits Design Team using the December Kit: Wonderland

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-xoGia


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Thankful for You

Gobble Gobble Y’all! It’s November Kickoff! I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to you-all of our amazing subscribers, fans, and followers. You are the ones we are so grateful for this month and every month. For this month’s kickoff post I want to share some of your Instagram posts. We do check our tags often and love to see you sharing your layouts, cards, and other projects using your Clique Kits. As 2016 holidays draw near and we begin to count our blessings we are sending out tons of love!

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First up I have this beautiful layout  by Ulrike Dold (@thinkpinkandmint)  using the exclusive Clique Kits autumn wreath cut file. Everything about it from the photograph to the soft tone on tone look to the lovely leaves on the bottom is scraplift worthy! Guess what! This gorgeous cut file is a freebie! You can download it right here! Please feel free to tell your scrappy friends to grab it and and any other cut files in our digital shop! We add more files every month!

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Julie Otte (@JulieOtte5) tagged us when she posted this adorable layout because she used one of our Wildflower +Co stamps from the shop to create this super fun stamped background. The patterned paper collection on this page is available as part of our April Kit Origins and can also be found here.  Here is a picture of the stamp set she used which is for sale in the Clique Kits shop. Check out all of our unique indie small business stamp sets designed by talented artists while you are at it!

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This layout by 2014-2016 DT member Donna Epiritu, who we love and cannot praise enough for her talent and dedication to Clique Kits for two years, was featured in a blog hop team up with Just Nick cut files and Stuck Sketches. Donna used her September 2016 Clique Kit supplies to complete the layout and I just love how it came out. These kits are for sale in the shop and include t some exclusive Clique Kits own 12 x 12 paper designs.

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Another layout spotted on Instagram that I just had to feature by Sandy Gonzales, longstanding Clique subscriber, You Tuber, and friend of the Clique (not to mention talented scrapbooker)…also using the September kit Moon Child.

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Here’s one from Clique Member and popular Instagrammer Hannah Lemieux (@dandalion2002)-former fellow Hawaii resident- using one of my favorite exclusive Clique Kits die cut backgrounds. I just love how she used this crazy circle background and her photo is so sweet. Thanks for sharing this one Hannah!

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One of our hot new products for November is from Simple Stories by the Reset Girl. We are carrying some selections of her products that can be used for layouts as well as for planners and other projects. There is a paper pack which is versatile and contains the most easy to use and versatile of the patterned papers, There are the roller stamps with fun phrases and ephemera pieces with a modern vintage look that is very sassy.

And that’s a wrap of the November kickoff! I hope you will visit the shop. We have been hard at work organizing and adding categories to make shopping easier for you. You can now shop by season in addition to category and whether product is associated with a specific kit or limited edition kit.

Don’t forget that this month we have 30 days of gratitude prompts to follow along with the gratitude travelers notebook kit projects. There are some of these kits still available if you would like to pick one up !

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Don’t ever forget that you are important, you are valued, and most importantly you are loved! When I count my blessings, I count you twice! The Clique Kits leadership team is always here for you and wants to know how to make your experience with your kits better-so do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us. Have a blessed day!