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Geek Lab: Kesi Art Dies


Hey everyone!  Erica here with you today sharing a layout made with the September 2016 kit Moon Child!

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This kit is so full of beautiful products from Kesi Art, Fancy Pants Designs, Dear Lizzy Pretty Little Studio, Color Cast Designs and of coarse Clique Kit exclusives!  Today I wanted to use one of the exclusive pieces in the kit that was designed by our Creative Director Gia Lau!  Gia is usually behind the scenes and even if you do not see much of her she is always busy working, designing and brainstorming!  You may not know this but Gia has designed a great amount of CK exclusives!  Gia brings her sketches and vision to our graphic designers and they get them ready for the kit!  This month she designed the exclusive 8×8 vellum paper included in the kit!  I used this vellum along with one of the September Kit add ons from Kesi Art!


I pulled out my big shot and used these Kesi Art dies to cut out the CK exclusive vellum and I just love how it turned out!

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Once I had enough pieces cut out I pullled out a white piece of cardstock and began cutting into the beautiful papers in the kit!


I glued the papers down and ruffled up the edges a bit before I started to glue down the vellum flowers!  I then pulled out my photo and a few other things from the September kit to add a few finishing touches to my layout!


The photo I am scrapbooking is of our son Grant and our Pitbull Lola on a walk.  I just love this photo and love these two so very much!  Even if this is a “boy” photo I just love the texture the vellum flowers bring to the layout and I love the final layout!  Who says you cant use flowers with a masculine photo!

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I backed my with a few layers including a paper from the kit, some white cardstock and a vellum bag from the kit!  I added a few embellishments on the vellum flowers using the Pretty Little Studio stickers that are in the kit and also some die cut butterflies!  I also pulled out the beautiful acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs that is also in the September kit!

Here is a look at my final layout and I just love how it turned out!


The September kit is available in the shop now and you can also pick up the Kesi Art dies HERE!  This kit is going fast so grab it today before they are gone!  Don’t forget to use one of the design teams 10% off codes to help save a little money on your order!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing how everyone uses the exclusive CK vellum designed by Gia!



Now on sale in the Clique Kits Shop our Clique Cards Holiday Edition and Clique into the Holidays kit!

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Leadership Team Meet & Greet

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Welcome back to part two of today’s April Kickoff post and the first of our Meet and Greet Series. The April Kit Origins celebrates our Anniversary and some of you may know that Clique Kits was founded by and is operated by a team of girl bosses. We call our headquarters the leadership team and we span four different states, two countries, and have two major oceans between us!

Not only do we run the Clique, we are in the Clique, which is why we really want you to get to know us personally. A while back as part of our Designer in the Spotlight series we introduced you to our Graphic Design team, Lacey Gasper and Inna Moreva, and you know and love our amazing Varsity Design Team. Today, and over the next two months, we will give you a closer look at the rest of the leadership team



Gia Lau, Creative Director

Hi, I’m Gia! This is me at CHA at the Maggie Holmes booth. I am the Clique Kits Creative Director. Wait…WTF is that?  I am the person whose job it is to ask the question, “WTF?” all day in our leadership chat. Ha Ha! April Fools!


As the Creative Director (CD) I like to say I am always in the lead, but never in the spotlight. I do have another day job, and a crazy hectic life as a mom to six kids still at home. But my creative credentials probably derive from my undergraduate years at Brown University with its sister art program at Rhode Island School of Design. I loved to take not only studio classes, but art history classes covering modern art, design, and fashion. I live in Hawaii now, but I grew up in New York, and my mother had an eye for interior design and fashion after doing some fashion modeling and dancing. She had even traveled to Europe on tour before she got married to my Dad. My Dad became a dentist to support all of us, but his real love was drawing/illustration. He also learned carpentry from his father. You might say design, arts, and crafts are in blood and are my passion. Reading about, obsessing about, and playing creatively are how I spend my down time, and my “me time.” Like many creatives, even though I am comfortable with close friends to let my hair down so to speak, I am a TOTAL introvert. So being CD is the perfect fit for me.

What is My Role?

As the CD, my main job is bring together the overarching vision, brand, and design strategy for the company. While allowing us to grow and maintain flexibility, I make sure we are always true to our mission. I live, breathe, and dream about planning your kits. You might be wondering what this looks like day to day. Here are just a few things I do!

  • Trend Prediction: I am like the meteorologist of scrapbooking trends. The hardest part is taking them back to the team, where my job is to sell them. I have to be like a bad tele-evangelist sometimes. Or on a good day, I am like Don Draper on Mad Men. Minus the alcoholism. And womanizing. I could tell you about the time I tried to tell my team that we should include a paper with pineapples on it with one our kits. Mind you, this was probably about 12 months before the pineapple craze hit. Or the time I tried explaining that kawaii stationery was making a comeback and people were going to use all kinds of cute stickers and stuff to decorate their planners. I was literally laughed out of the (chat) room. (Did I mention that one of my job qualifications is having a very thick skin?)



  • Team building: Like a movie director or a stage choreographer, the designers, like the actors or dancers get all the credit when everything goes well! And when it doesn’t work out, well yeah, blame me. I pride myself on my awesomeness for selecting the team members I surround myself with and work with. My mind is always thinking of ways to promote them and showcase their talents. I think that the trick is to develop jobs for people based on what their goals, talents, and desires are, not look for people who are a good fit for a certain job. Why not? That is essentially what we do at Clique Kits. If someone is a fantastic person to work with, we are more than happy to design a job around them and what they love to do, within reason of course. Breaking boundaries and thinking outside the box is what I do! I often post behind the scenes pics of my sketches, mood board ideas, and lots of other shenanigans on my Instagram feed @giaaloha. I hope you will follow me!



  • Curator and Purveyor of Kit Products: As CD I spend a lot of time thinking about planning kits. But as a mom and a girl boss, I also spend a lot of time thinking about leaving the world and planet a better place for my children, and breaking with conventional ways of doing business that no longer seem to work for us. Our company values and business practices are very important to me, and the messages we send by how we treat others has to resonate with the vision I have talked about.

I love to support small businesses, especially those started by women creatives like ourselves! I love family owned companies who value customer service and integrity over the almighty dollar. I love the concept of fair trade which has been developed for certain commodities such as coffee, and which is increasing in the arts and crafts markets to ensure that people, especially women supporting families in developing countries can earn a living wage for their work and not be exploited by greedy corporations. I love indie artists and makers who follow their dreams and commit to doing what they love, offering unique products that cannot be mass produced!

The past two years have truly been an incredible journey for us at Clique Kits. I truly want to hear from you, answer any questions you may have, and welcome you to the Clique!


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Happy Anniversary Clique Kits!


Happy April first everyone! This month is Clique Kits second anniversary and we are celebrating another full year of success by our definition in every sense of the word-a thriving community of subscribers, followers, and interactive members who share and support one another, continued growth despite an ever changing craft and hobby industry, and the opportunity to make new friends every single day!

We are also taking a moment to reflect on our cherished memories, which is why we decided to name this kit Origins. The founding leadership team at Clique Kits met each other through the Memory Works community, a now defunct company owned by the same family who now owns and operates Simple Stories. We just love the Crowell family, one of many small business vendors we are so proud to work with who provide invaluable customer service.

The Life in Color line from Simple Stories is fresh and trendy and yet carries on the style and user-friendliness Simple Stories is known for. Added to it are some sunny yellow enamel hearts from Bella’s new Illustrated Faith line and our exclusive designed camera laser cut from mirrored acrylic brought to you by Color Cast Designs. We know you will be crafting with this kit all month long!

We have had so many new subscribers to our kits and blog, and we welcome everyone! Please make sure you are following our Facebook fan page, and that you join our Facebook group The Clique. We are also active on Instagram and Youtube! Do you Pin to Pinterest? We have community boards and are happy to send invites to pin. You can follow our Clique Kit boards where you will find lots of inspiration from other pinners especially our amazing Varsity Design team.

I have heard a rumor that there will be Golden Tickets included randomly in some lucky kit subscribers this month. The recipients of the golden tickets will be awarded a really great PRIZE! Details are to follow in one of our email newsletters. Make sure that you are on the mailing list for our email  newsletters to find out more!

Here are some upcoming features and events for you to stay tuned for!

  • April Kits will be shipping out as we speak no later than April 10th
  • Meet and Greet your Leadership Team here on the blog- from now on every year around our anniversary we will round-up our leaders again so that anyone new to the Clique can learn about the Clique Kits leadership team and the roles of each team member! Coming soon- meet and greet Gia (me)*, Erica, and Nicole. A behind the scenes peek at Creative Director, Marketing and Customer Relations Director, and Design Team Leader Roles firsthand! We work for you and want you to get to know us better!
  • The Pep Rally Blog Share for Subscribers and the design team
  • Details headed your way for the National Scrapbooking Day Online event in May! It will be here before we know it!
  • Clique Cards 2016: Spring Edition Kits are shipping!

I’ll be back later with another post to share a little more about my role as Creative Director… ——>> (that’s me, AKA, Water Girl)