Clique Kits

Click. Connect. Create.


Designer in the Spotlight – Sheryl Banares

Hello everyone!!  I am super excited to introduce you to our  Designer in the Spotlight!  She has been a member of the Clique for sometime now and recently became one of our newest members on our Graphic Design team!  This month she designed the June journal cards that are included in your June Kit and even some of the exclusive cut files!

Our Designer in the Spotlight  has taken some time to answer our fun Q&A to share with all of you today!  Please say hello to Sheryl Banares!



1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process. I love creating where I feel comfortable at that moment, it can in the kitchen or in the living room even on in bed sometimes (when I’m super lazy). I don’t force myself to think of how to make a layout. I just sit down and start scrapping whenever I feel like it.

2. Where and when are you most creative? I don’t like scrapbooking at night because my lighting is terrible so I mostly scrapbook on daylight. My layouts are often inspired from pinterest, that’s where I like to search for random stuff when Im bored.

3. What are some of your must have supplies? scissors, zig glue pen and double sided tape.

4. Who are some of your influences? I’m a graphic designer so I meet a lot of creative and interesting people that are inspiring me everyday and let’s not forget the amazing scrapbook community we have on Facebook and youtube, there are lots of talented woman that truly inspire me.

5. 3 things people probably do not know about you. – I love korean dramas! (be aware! super addicting once you start) – I’m learning russian, since my fiancee’s family speak mostly russian. – I play the guitar, ukulele and keyboards.

6. Favorite: !

Book- It ends with us by Colleen Hoover !

Movie- Phantom of the opera (2004) and Titanic ! Candy- Coconut chips !

Drink- Coffee!! !

Music- anything 90’s 🙂 !

Color- light blue !

TV Show- anything with action and suspense- NCIS, Criminal minds.

7. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump? I love taking a walk, listening to music and riding my bike.

8. How long have you been design and what inspired you to get started. I’ve been scrapbooking for 4 years now. I started scrapbooking when I accidentally saw a process video of someone on Youtube and ever since my world became colourful and scrapbooky (I think I just invented a word)

9. How would you describe your style? My style is very much colourful and heavy embellished, I love taking my time when I’m creating the layouts. I add sometimes mix media and some stitching.

10. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, Instagram and website. Blog- Instagram-

11. What are your predictions for the new trends? I think we’ll be seeing more colors that we usually don’t see in scrapbook collection like purple, neon colors and some gold rose foiling, maybe even metallic colors with abstract designs.

Sheryl thank you so much for being our Designer in the Spotlight!!  I am sure our readers are looking forward to more beautiful designs from you!

Thank you for stopping by our blog today!  To get your hands on some of Sheryl designs you can grab a June Clique Kit HERE in the shop or head on over to our Digital Shop and purchase some of her cut files!  Have a wonderful day!


December Designer in the Spotlight- Inna Moreva

Blog Image_Prom Committee

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed the December Pep rally and had a chance to check out our January 2016 kits!  If you missed the blog share yesterday CLICK HERE to check it out and have a chance to win a December kit!  Today I am excited to introduce our December Designer in the Spotlight Inna Moreva.


Inna is an amazing graphic designer who Gia discovered while shopping on Etsy!  Gia instantly fell in love with Inna’s designs and invited Inna to be part of the Clique Kits Leadership team!  We are thrilled to have Inna join us and we can not wait for you to see her designs in our Limited Edition Valentine kit called XOXO!  You are going to love it!

Everyone please say hello to our December Designer in the Spotlight and the newest member to the Clique Kits team Inna Moreva!


  1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

My creative process starts with a search for an inspiration.  Usually, I browse Pinterest. Then I open my sketchbook and the brainstorm begins. I just write down or sketch the ideas that pop into my  head. Next step is the choice of color scheme.  Then I continue the work in Adobe Illustrator.  It is very helpful to take a break from time to time. When I get distracted, I get interesting ideas and get  back to work with even more enthusiasm.

2. Where and when are you most creative?

Sometimes it seems the further I am from my desk, the more creative I am.  For instance, while traveling, I get a crazy desire to capture all the beauty around me in patterns.

3.  What are some of your must have supplies?

Sketchbook, pencil, my Mac and Wacom tablet.

4.  Who are some of your influences?

I find people who enjoy what they do incredibly inspiring.  Especially if they managed to turn their hobby into a small (or maybe not so small) profitable business.

5.  3 things people probably do not know about you.

  • I think, people basically don’t know what I do.  After all, according to my Instagram, I only travel and knit.  HaHa!  But the truth is, I work everyday and late into the night.
  • I got my very first job as a graphic designer in Greece.  I had to draw an illustration for Acropolis Museum dinner coasters collection.  Last summer I saw those dinner coasters in a Souvenir store in Crete, they are still being sold, 6 years later!
  • A couple months ago it appeared to me: “would be cool to make designs for scrapbooking”  Then I opened a store at Etsy, where I started selling digital scrapbooking supplies.  After a couple of days I was already a part of the Clique Kits team!  Just like that!  I am still astounded with how quickly my thoughts materialized.

6.  Favorite:

  • Book-I don’t have a favorite book, but the last one I’ve read was quite interesting-“Reality Transurfing” Vadim Zeland
  • Movie-So many! From the latest ones – “Interstellar”
  • Candy-Marshmallow
  • Music-Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, Moby
  • Color-Pastel colors, teal
  • TV Show-House M.D.

7.  Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump?

I just take a break.  Go for a walk, cook, knit, take a bath – anything to get distracted and clear my mind.  Traveling and changing the setting, of coarse, helps the best, but don’t have that possibility all the time.

8.  How long have you been designing and what inspired you to get started?

I have been working as a graphic designer for more than 6 years.  Ever since my childhood I liked to draw.  When I got my first computer, I chose MS Paint over games, later on I discovered Photoshop and web design classes.  To start studying graphic design was just a logical move, I didn’t see myself as any other profession.

9.  How would you describe your style?

Laconic.  I don’t like to pile up the design with an overwhelming amount of details.  I believe that less is more.

10.  Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you?

11.  What are your predictions for the new trends to hit in 2016?

Aspiration for minimalism, use of simple geometric shapes.  Rich and bold colors from 80’s and 90’s.  My beloved typography and handwritten fonts will also stay in trend.

12.  If you could go anywhere in the world and take one person with you, where would you go and who would you bring along?

I would take my husband and go on a trip around the world!


We thank Inna for sharing a little bit about herself with us today and we hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Our Limited Edition Valentine kit will be available for pre-order soon!  You are not going to want to miss this kit so please sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all upcoming sales, events and pre-orders!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a beautiful day!




Designer in the Spotlight – Lindsey McLaughlin


Happy Thursday everyone!  Erica back with a special Designer in the Spotlight post!  This month we are excited to share two Designer in the Spotlight posts with you!  We are so excited about our Clique into Color kit we just had to invite both Stephanie Smokovich and Lindsey McLaughlin to be in the spotlight!  The #Selfie collection designed by Lindsey is colorful, fun and perfect for everyday documenting!

SW6202_Journaling_Cards SW6203_Cameras SW6204_Words SW6201_Selfie_Sticker_F-01Looking at this collection instantly makes you smile and I think it goes so well with the Bella Blvd Just Add Color collection!  Lindsey took some time to answer some questions for us all today!  Please say hello to Lindsey!

View More:

Q. Tell us a little bit about your creative process.                                                                                                                                    I’m always looking at everything around me for inspiration. Nature, pinterest, instagram, etc. Then I take it a step further and look for colors and then i start either sketching in my notebook or on the computer depending on the style I want to go with. I have a main file where I let out everything whether it’s good or bad and then tweak the designs from there. 

Q.  Where and when are you most creative?
I’m most creative in my office when my desk is clean of course. Then my mind isn’t wandering around thinking I should clean up the mess. I love to be creative in other ways than just designing on my computer. I love to make things with fabric and paper of course. I’m always up for trying new materials and crafts.
Q. What are some of your must have supplies?
My must have supplies would have to be my Wacom tablet, Silhouette CAMEO, and nice pen and sketchbook.
Q. Who are some of your influences?
I have so many influences and it changes by the day. I have always loved Anna Bond’s work and style. Elise Cripe is amazingly creative and always thinks outside of the box. I love seeing the different projects she has going on.
Q. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
This one is a hard one! I don’t really keep things from people.
     1. I have 2 older sisters that I am super close with. When we get together we love to make things together. It’s getting a little harder                now that we have kids.
     2. My close friend, Ashley, set me up with her brother and now we are sister-in-laws.
     3. I have two toes that are webbed. One on each foot. Still get teased about them to this day! 🙂
Q. Favorite:
    Book: Gosh, I haven’t read a book in forever. But I can sure get through a Nicholas Sparks’ book. Cheesy, but definitely better than the       movies.
    Movie: Love Sandra Bullock’s movies. The Proposal is one of my all time favorites. ( How can you not love Ryan Reynolds!)
    Candy: Carmello yummmm
    Drink: Diet Coke but have been off soda since the first of July!
    Music: Indie -Helps inspire me and get me in the groove
    Color: If you know me, I can never pick just one. Right now it would be Mint.
    TV Show: Gilmore Girls running in the background at least twice a year. Can never get sick of it.
Q. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump?
Sometimes I just have to walk away from the computer for a few days and not touch it. I also like to take walks and get inspired that way. I also like to ask my husband’s opinion sometimes. He has some good answers!
Q. We are loving the #Selfie mini collection from Echo Park!  Can you tell us what inspired you when creating this collection?
As I mentioned already, I can never just pick a few colors. I love to go all out! Especially bright colors. That called for this collection immediately! I got inspired from a few photos on instagram. I’ve always wanted to do a watercolor and painted phrases and this was just the collection to do it in.
Q. Have you always had a love for design?
Growing up I always loved art in elementary! I was always coloring, painting, or drawing. As I got older I thought I wanted to study business management in school. My mom said “you should go into graphic design.” And of course I thought why didn’t I think of that first. Design has always been a huge deal to me. I may critique things a little too much.
Q.  What are some hot new trends you are loving?
I am digging all the DIY party decorating everyone is doing! I love seeing the different ways to use scrapbook paper instead of just for a scrapbook. I’m all about multi-purposing materials. It’s super clever and satisfying.
Lindsey thank you so much for joining us today and being one of our July Designers in the Spotlight!  We look forward to more amazing collections from you and we hope you enjoy seeing projects from our Clique into Color kit!


Designer in the Spotlight – Lacey Gasper


Good morning everyone!  Erica here with you today to bring you our June Designer in the spotlight!  I am so excited about this months designer and when I asked her I think she was a little surprised!  Some of you may already know this beautiful lady but for those of you who do not please say hello to Lacey Gasper!

Hi, I’m Lacey Gasper. I’m honored to be the Spotlight Designer this month for Clique Kits. Some of you may know, I am the Director of Graphic Design for Clique Kits. I help coordinate and design the digital files, as well as our exclusive journal cards, flair and other Clique Kits brand elements in our kit. 
Beyond Clique Kits, I am a freelance designer and graphic design student entering my final year at Academy of Art University. I am pursuing my 2nd BFA with a focus in identity and print design.
By day I’m an office manager for a commercial roofing company. I also volunteer at my husband’s dance studio and for his ballet company. We live in Fargo, ND with our sweet and adorable puppy, Spock; who is often the subject of my layouts.



When Erica asked me to be Designer in the Spotlight I was quite shocked (and honored). Being with Clique Kits since we opened and launched has been such an AWESOME experience and I’m on the journey with two (plus two more) amazing woman. I love how we complement each other, support each other not only in business but as friends, and have a crazy wicked time (from afar).

Q. Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

A. The first step of my creative process is one of my favorite parts of the process, which  is researching. I love scouring Pinterest, design magazines, home & garden and fashion magazines for inspiration on patterns, designs, colors, etc. During this process (and after) I like to sketch out ideas. I do have a bunch of sketch journals I doodle in often though, so sometimes I pull ideas from past sketches. Then, I take those ideas to the computer.

Q. Where and when are you most creative?

A. When is an easy one to answer. I’m most create between 10am – 2pm. Specific, I know. Currently when I’m designing for graphic design elements, I sit in my living room at a TV tray (not the most comfortable, but my dog will bug me non-stop if I’m not there with him). For scrapbooking, I have a stand up desk in a SUPER messy scrapbook room and I love that everything is in reach. I really love creating in that space (though I WISH it were more clean.)

Q. What are some of your must have supplies?

A. Everything! Totally kidding. Lately the items I’ve been grabbing are color related items, such as Peerless watercolors, ink pads, and Gelatos. This makes me really excited for the color kit Clique Kits has developed releasing in July.

Q. Who are some of your influences?

A. My Mom. She has always been the creative one and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her influence and encouragement. Even though I may not be great at sewing (one of her many strengths), I found a craft and art that I love. She always had me trying different craft projects she dreamed up or found in books (no Pinterest in the 80s and the 90s, my mom was Pinterest). I loved our trips to the craft store to find a new project!

Q. 3 things people probably do not know about you.

A. (1) Out of college I decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in fashion. I worked at a designers bridal shop where we offered wedding, bridesmaid and award show gowns in various styles. The client could customize the gowns choosing various fabric types, colors and accessories.
(2) My husband and I dated 9 years and 10 months before we tied the knot. He proposed to me on his birthday on our front door step where we shared our first kiss.
(3) At one point in my late 20s I could shoulder shrug 220 lbs. That was almost double my weight at the time. I had other limits I accomplished at the time, but none that I can quote off the top of my head.

Q. Favorite:

  • Book: I like different styles/genres. I’m into fantasy styled books in the YA department and romance novels. I am also a sucker for graphic design books and magazines. They line my shelves in my “creative room.”
  • Movie: As a teenager, Dirty Dancing. As an adult, I have several favorites including Pitch Perfect, She’s Out of my League, Avengers, Iron Man, and Shrek.
  • Candy: Gummy candies. I love sour patch kids and sour worms. I’m not a chocolate fan.
  • Drink: Specialty coffee drinks (I spend way too much money at Caribou Coffee and Starbucks), Mojito’s, tea, fruit infused water.
  • Music: Depends on my mood. Currently my favorite Spotify playlist is Mello Morning. I played at a craft weekend not too long ago and it was a fan favorite.
  • Color: This changes too with the season, my mood and trends. Currently Navy, Pink and Gold.
  • TV Show: Guilty pleasure, The Bachelor / The Bachelorette. True Blood (when it was on), Phineas and Ferb (I still love Disney cartoons), true story crime shows, and shows on HGTV.

Q. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump?

A. Actually creating. I was in a slump earlier this year and decided to carve out 10 – 30 minutes an evening to create for ME. Whether that was a graphic on the computer or a scrapbook page or card, I spent time creating for myself and not worried what it may look like or what others may think. It actually really helped get me out of my slump and create things I was truly happy with.

Q. What is a typical weekend like in the Gasper household?

A. Most of the year my husband works 7 days a week at his dance studio, so I typically don’t spend time with him, rather I spend time creating, on homework and playing with my pup. Though this summer he took Friday – Sunday off to spend with his family (me and our pup). In the summer, it is a weekend at the lake, visiting my family in the Twin Cities, hanging out with friends in town and making trips to the hardware store.

Q. Have you always had a love for design?

A. Yes! I’ve always been creative (I wasn’t the math and science kid). My mom started me on crafts at a young age and I loved crafting as a child. I also was into fashion design and architectural design. I would often practice designing either clothing or house floor plans as a kid. My first BA is in Theatre (and fashion) and I was really drawn to the design aspect of it towards the end. I always loved being on stage, but something about creating posters, programs, set designs, costume designs really grabbed me. I currently am finishing up my 2nd degree in Graphic Design. So design has definitely always been a part of my life.

Q. Besides graphic design and scrapbooking can you share some of your other passions with us!

A. I really enjoy dancing. It is how I met my husband and it’s a BIG part of my life. Fitness is also something I am passionate about, but have not made time for it in the last year. I have to remind myself it is as important as carving out 10 – 30 minutes of creative time.

Q. How would you describe your style?

A. Artsy. I like to explore with different mediums, techniques, tools, ideas, etc. I approach it as an art project and experiment. Yes, I like to document my photos and the story. But most the time there isn’t any lengthy story and it’s just an adorable picture I took of my puppy or my puppy and my husband or a selfie of myself. So I’m documenting the picture I love surrounded by my artsy elements


Lacey thank you so much for being our June Designer in the Spotlight and sharing a little bit about yourself with our readers!  Make sure you check out the Clique Kits shop for exclusive flair and cut files designed by the one and only Lacey Gasper!  Thanks so much for stopping today and we hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Click. Connect.Create.

ck_varsityteam_erica (1)