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Meet the 2016-2017 Clique Kits Design Team Blog Share

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Hello everybody. Please welcome the 2016-2017 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 10 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. Also, we invited Caroli, Maryam and Candace to stay for another term! We just couldn’t let them go. 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!



2016-2017 Design Team

Maryam Perez-Chile

Audrey Yeager-New York

Caroli Schulz-Chile

Candace Perkins– Arizona

Nathalie DeSousa-Canada

Melissa Elsner-Washington

Magali Le Luc-Canada

Dani Brown-California

Enza Gudor-Washington

Steph Gold-Arizona

Nicole Martel -Maryland

We would like to say thank you and good-bye to our 2015-2016 Design Team. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us. You all rock! We can’t wait to see your beautiful faces again. You all will have other opportunities in the scrapbooking industry because you are all so talented.


Please do not forget to leave a comment on each of the designer’s blogs to give them a warm welcome! Most of the products used on the projects can be found in the Clique Kits shop! One lucky commenter will receive a $10 gift card to the Clique Kits shop. 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!




2016-2017 DT Announcement


Happy Thursday everyone! I have some very exciting new to share with you all. First, let me start off by saying THANK YOU to everyone who applied for the 2016-2017 Design Team call. We received several beautiful entries and it was so hard to narrow down the team to just 10 girls! Seriously, you all rock and I wish we could have taken you all. For those of you who didn’t make it this time, don’t give up; there’s always next time!

Like I said, It was a tough decision to make, but in the end, we were very pleased with out selections. There is so much talent out there. As we were looking through our selected DT’s application, we got giddy because they are so GOOD! Their work puts a smile on my face and makes me think, “damn, I can’t scrap like that! What inspired them to do what they did on their layouts? Wow!” So, after reviewing these submissions, we thought, well, if they make us feel this way, what will our subscribers and readers think?! We think you’ll love them!

Please welcome our 2016-2017 Design Team! They will begin sharing their projects beginning September 22nd. Also, please mark your calendar for October 1st because we will be hosting a Blog Hop to introduce our new team one-by-one so you get to know them better and see more of their work!

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In addition to our new Design Team, we also have 9 Design Team Contributors. Each of these  Contributors (guest designers) will be highlighted on our blog for a month during the 2016-2017 term sharing their work using our kits and limited edition kits. We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity and give more designers the chance to share their love for this craft with you.

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You will start seeing more of these designers in October 2016. Until then, make sure you check out our current amazing design team and the projects they share using our kits, limited edition kits and store products. Thank you for joining us today!



Leadership Team Meet and Greet

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Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Martel and I am the Design Team Leader for Clique Kits. Many of you probably recognize me, but since we have had several new subscribers in the last few months, I thought it would be a great idea to re-introduce myself; share a little about myself, what I do for Clique Kits and why I enjoy being a part of Clique Kits!

I live in Maryland with my husband of 12 years. We’ve been together for almost 17 years! We have a six-year-old son named Edward, our one and only miracle child. According to Edward, we have 3 pets, 2 Betas and a 1 and a half  year old Potbelly pig. Does fish count as pets? Haha. I work for a credit union five days a week and have been there for 8 years. Prior to working for a credit union, I worked in the mortgage industry for over 10 years. In July 2010, shortly after giving birth to my son, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

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Last year, in April, Clique Kits posted a call to fill in the Design Team Leader position. I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to apply. I literally thought about it for a week straight, listing pros and cons on why I should or shouldn’t do it and I couldn’t think of a reason not to. I WANTED to be a part of Clique Kits. And this wasn’t an opportunity to pass up. How often do you see a Design Team Leader position opening? Not often. I thought it would be cool to help CK grow. And it is such a rewarding experience. I do not regret it one bit. I even got to meet the CK girls at CHA 2016, my very first time going and it was such a great experience! We really are a fun group of girls.

I hope Gia, Lacey and Erica know how much I like them… I totally freaked out about flying solo to California. I’ve only flown solo once and that was years ago and ended up being a bad experience… So I was freaking out that I wouldn’t make it there or something would happen. Well, something did happen, I got really sick in the shuttle on the way to the hotel (I get motion sickness) so when I showed up at the hotel room, I am sure I looked like hell. LOL. They should feel special, that is all I’ve got to say. 🙂 oh, and if given the chance, I’d do it all over again.


It took a little bit of time for me to manage the Design Team smoothly. I had to learn Clique Kit’s process, dates when things needed to be done, where to post, what to do. It was a lot to take in at first. I was a little nervous, I didn’t think I would ever get the hang of it, and I tried to quit because I just didn’t think I’d be cut out for the job and Gia threatened to kick my ass, but I am a fighter and I refuse to give up. And after about five months, I got it. LOL. Everything clicked together. A year and a half later, I am still here, managing the team and looking forward to many more years with these girls.

I have been scrapbooking for over 15 years. Yes, I know how to design gorgeous scrapbook pages and I am very organized, but leading a team is a little challenging because not everyone plans ahead and works the same way. Some designers work better at the last-minute, some do better getting projects done early and some need a bit of nudging (if you know what I mean). Even though managing the team can be a challenge, I enjoy it. I enjoy leading the team, challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and pushing them to submit those gorgeous projects to different Scrapbook Magazines for possible publications! I am a team player at home and work and that is how I’ve managed to successfully lead this year’s team. At least, I think so.

I do my best to treat the team with respect and common courtesy. We are all human and we all make mistakes and I understand that things happen with our families etc. I want my designers to be proud of designing for Clique Kits and I want them to have a good, positive experience with their leader——-that’s me! 

Although, it might not look like I do a lot for Clique Kits, I do a lot behind the scenes with the design team and I help plan the kits. Every day, I use my planner to keep me organized! It’s literally, my bible. I create the blog schedules, check blog posts, create the Pep Rally events and blog posts. Other things that I do is create the Pinterest Boards each month and pin the layouts to those boards. When we get new products for the shop, I pin those to the CK Store board to help drive in more traffic to the store.


Not only do I have a planner with stuff filled in, I also have a small binder where I keep other stuff in. I admit, I may be a little OCD, but that’s how I get shit done… I cannot function without a list/planner. How do you like my new MAMBI planner? I LOVE IT SO MUCH. 🙂


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During the week, I am checking to make sure the girls are sharing sneaks of the current CK Kit on their social media, juggling last-minute schedule changes and emergencies. Messaging the girls where their blog posts are. Some of them like to drive me crazy by waiting until the last-minute to post when all I want to do is review the post so I can go to bed.  I am not a night owl. I like to sleep, right Gia?!

And that is really what I do for Clique Kits. Most days, I am a busy girl, but I love being busy and I love being a part of this fabulous leadership team. For those of you who would like to follow me so you are up-to-date on Clique Kits inspiration, giveaways and exclusive kits, please see the following links:







 Come back at noon to hear some exciting news that will be posted to the blog! You do not want to miss it!


Thank you Gia, Erica and Lacey for having faith in me… I love you all.