Eggcellent Easter Competition!

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We’re feeling super eggcited here in Garlanna in the build up to our second favourite season – Easter! What’s not to love, daffodils, tulips, cute little chicks, a very generous Easter bunny and most importantly lots of yummy chocolate!

To celebrate, we’ve hatched a little competition for all of our lovely fans. Can you guess how many little eggs and chicks we’ve squeezed into the jar? Head on over to our Facebook page and tell us in the comments. The winner will be selected randomly from the correct answers! The prize is a cracking goody bag of our lovely cards and some little surprises. Winner announced on Holy Thursday. A little like and a friendly share would be very nice 🙂

Happy Easter!

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Va Va Voom on Valentine’s Day!

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Want to make an impression this Valentine’s Day? Then do something a little different!

Think outside the big red box – instead of spending a fortune on fancy pancy presents, try buying something nice and small but do something BIG! Once you have the perfect Valentine’s day card and a token present like a nice bunch of blooms or yummy chocolates, you’ve ticked all the boxes and anything else you do will be a big surprise and earn extra brownie points! If you haven’t already picked up the perfect card – don’t worry our cards are in SuperValu, Centra, Spar stores and more all around Ireland, so you can get one right up until the last minute!

Make an impression and maybe….

  1. Go on a fun date – something you never usually do, try climbing a mountain together or visit a museum, take yourself out of your comfort zone!
  2. Instead of making breakfast in bed, maybe make a cute little packed lunch with a love note tucked inside!
  3. Write a poem or a funny song dedicated to that special someone in your life, get the creative juices flowing and stretch your fingers – put pen to paper and pour your little heart out! Writing something by hand means so much more than sending a text or message!
  4. Leave a little list on the fridge where your loved one will see it about all of the things you think are great about them – everyone loves to hear nice things!
  5. A good old foot rub! Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year so if you’re significant other has been working hard at home or away all day then offer to give them a lovely and relaxing massage, you never know you might get one in return!

…and remember, Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, spread the love by doing something nice for friends and family too – make Valentine’s day into a love fest for everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day xxx

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Are you a creative superhero?

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If so, we need you! We’ve decided to take over the greeting card world and need more creative hands on deck to help us!

Our design studio is expanding and we have two new openings for a Graphic Designer and a Graphic/Web Designer.

Paper is our passion here in Garlanna, and we are looking for candidates who are paper and card mad just like us. If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you.

Graphic Designer
The role of the Graphic Designer will involve a mix of creating greeting card designs from scratch – from concept through to production and also amending and updating existing designs.

We’re looking for someone who has their finger on the design pulse, and can spot emerging trends, popular palettes and create unique and innovative designs. A love of colour, pattern and typography is of huge importance. Excellent Mac skills and proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are a must. The candidate we are looking for will also have strong writing skills and pay close attention to details both big and small! Practical knowledge of print production, paper and boards, finishing techniques and proofing are all required.

We are looking for a designer with 3 years + experience. Salary will depend on your experience. Applications via e-mail only, to laura@garlanna.com, with CV and a link to your portfolio or attach a PDF. This is a full time role in our head office in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.

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Graphic/Web Designer.
We have a lovely website that we are very proud of and we would like to keep it in tip top shape – if you think you can help us out then please do get in touch!

This role will focus on our web presence and will involve maintaining our website, updating content, creating graphics for both the website and social media, uploading products, improving SEO and helping to increase our visibility online. The candidate will also maintain and update our trade website. Although this role focuses on web design, it involves working within our design team so knowledge and a love of design for print is a necessity.

Excellent Mac skills and proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are required. Strong knowledge of WordPress and web development skills are a must for this role.

We are looking for a designer with 3 years + experience. Salary will depend on your experience. Applications via e-mail only, to laura@garlanna.com, with CV and a link to your portfolio or send sample links. This role is full time and based in our head office in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.

We’re looking forward to hearing from all of the creative geniuses out there!

 

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Selling hugs in an envelope!

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Wahoo, we’re famous! Did you see the article featuring Garlanna in the Sunday Independent this weekend?!

We had the pleasure of meeting Sean Gallagher recently when he paid us a visit to find out all about Garlanna. We gave him the grand tour of our head office, warehouse and our design studio. By the time his visit was ending, Sean was very well versed in the wonderful world of greeting cards.

If you missed the article, you can read all about Selling hugs in an envelope here. Enjoy!

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Are you super creative?

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We’re a creative bunch here in Garlanna and we love anything to do with paper and pretty things! If you share our passion for print and design, pattern and doodles then read on…

We currently have an opportunity for a Junior Designer to join the team in our studio in Rathnew.

The ideal candidate will have strong illustration skills and excellent knowledge and proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. The role will involve a mix of creating designs, illustrations and patterns from concept through to production and also amending and updating existing designs. The candidate we are looking for must have strong writing skills and pay close attention to detail. Knowledge of print production, finishing techniques and web design an advantage – WordPress in particular. We are looking for a designer with 1-2 years experience.

Salary will depend on your experience. Applications via e-mail only, to laura@garlanna.com, with CV and a link to your portfolio or attach a PDF. 

Love cards? Work with us!

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Merchandiser Role

We are looking for a professional, enthusiastic Merchandiser to join our team and look after one of our key stores.

Key Responsibilities
• Main responsibilities will be checking deliveries, tidying and the replenishment of our everyday and seasonal greeting card displays for our store in Virginia.

• Ensure our customer’s display is maintained to the highest standard and liaise with management on a regular basis.

Hours of Work
Merchandising will be two days a week 1.5 hours a day (3hrs a week).

Experience and Skills
• Good interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills are essential
• Self confident with the ability to work on own initiative
• Own transport essential

Salary
€10.00 an hour

How to apply
Please send a cover letter and your CV to carol@garlanna.com

Work with Garlanna

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Sales, Merchandising & Customer Relationship Support

This role holds responsibility for the smooth, cost & time effective operation between Garlanna, new and existing customers, and our merchandising and sales teams. The key function of this role is to develop consistency and coherence in the day-to-day operation and communication between Garlanna and our customers and team, thus enabling our merchandisers and sales reps to focus on their roles in the field.

Key Responsibilities
• This role is an evolving one and the candidate must be flexible and grow with the role
• Initially to set up and design a strategy to manage each area of responsibility
• Ensure all new processes, policies and procedures are properly documented, accessible and understood by all team members
• Lead both the in-house and contract merchandising and sales teams whilst encouraging best practice within the teams
• Suggest and implement improvements within the teams
• Manage all communication with new and existing customers once the initial contact has been made
• Document all interaction with customers – knowledge of CRM an advantage
• Encourage communication between all departments

Experience and Skills
• Good interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills are essential
• The individual will be passionate, energetic and enthusiastic about delivering new systems & processes
• Experience in designing and managing processes
• Strong administration skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Business planning experience
• Project management experience
• Team management experience
• Flexibility and the ability to work cross functions, balancing priorities
• Strong knowledge of the Irish retail space
• Self-Confident with the ability to work on own initiative

Salary
Negotiable based on experience

How to apply
Please send a cover letter and your CV to carol@garlanna.com

What to do on Valentine’s Day?

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So you’ve got the Valentine’s card and box of chocs – sorted right?! (If you haven’t don’t worry – you still have time, our cards are available to buy in SuperValu, Centra, Spar stores and more nationwide right up until Valentine’s Day!)

Yes but if you want to make Valentine’s Day super extra special this year why not try these tips to woo your sweetheart and earn lots of…. ahem, brownie points!

1. Start early, get up just that little bit before the alarm clock starts shouting at you and make breakfast, this doesn’t mean that you have to make a huge fry up, even a bowl of cereal prepared by someone else is a treat!

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2. Valentine’s day doesn’t have to cost a fortune, once you’ve got your card and a small gift, you can do the rest yourself. You could start by leaving little love notes around the house or in the car. Post it’s are perfect for this!

3. Seeing as Valentine’s day is on a Sunday this year, you could have a lovely relaxing day with your loved one. Plan something that they love to do, it could be a walk on the beach, a lazy pj day with lots of movies to watch and goodies to nibble, spend some quality time just the two of you!

4. Sometimes if life is a bit hectic we can forget to connect with our nearest and dearest one to one, in the hustle and bustle of life, hugs and kisses can be the last thing on your mind but they are so important, and it’s been proven that are are good for your health! So take as many opportunities to give a little cuddle here and there and keep it going all year long!

5. If you still have any energy left after all of that, you could plan a nice dinner & dessert, again keep it simple and stress free, you should be enjoying yourself too! Maybe it’s take-away and a tub of ice-cream or a home cooked feast, either way you’ll be in the good books!

Job done! Happy Valentine’s Day xxx

PS: If you happen to find yourself in solitary splendour on Valentine’s Day – do all the above for yourself!

 

An easy New Year’s Resolution to keep

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2016 is well underway, and many of you will have made your New Year’s Resolutions already. Maybe you have even fallen off the wagon and broken them, and are trying to hop back on and give them another go…

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that we make way too many of them and they can be really difficult to achieve.

“I’m going to eat really healthily and exercise for an hour EVERY day without fail.”

“I’m going to lose ten stone.”

“I’m never going to drink, eat chocolate, or anything fatty EVER again!”

“I’m going to be a much better person.”

These are all great goals but they are a little too extreme and difficult to stick to.

This year why not try making one small change? Just reach out and connect more with the world.

Say hello to your Neighbour in the morning on your way to work. Thank the bus driver before hopping off. Make chit chat with a stranger and most importantly keep in touch with your nearest and dearest.

Don’t just rely on technology, really make an effort and put pen to paper. Tell them how much they mean to you and send a card just to say hello. Smiles are contagious and we can all make the world just that little bit happier, one hello at a time.

Whatever your resolutions we wish you good luck and hope that 2016 is a great year!

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Christmas all wrapped up – top 5 tips to speed up your gift wrapping

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As Christmas fast approaches and time is running out to finish getting all the bits and pieces you need to make Christmas extra special, why not take the hassle out of wrapping all your Christmas presents and gifts with our top tips!

1. Bag them up! Instead of having to cut wrapping paper and battle with sellotape, you could take the easy option and pop your presents into a gift bag – nice and simple!

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2. Take the confusion out of gift wrapping. Make it easy to know which present belongs to who by using gift tags, no fighting on Christmas morning!

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3. Go curly! Make your presents look extra special by adding some curly ribbon, here’s how…

4. A tissue! The simplest way of jazzing up your presents is to stuff some tissue paper into your gift bag or around the gift before wrapping it, easy peasy!

5. If you really want to wrap your presents with paper – see if you can do it in 12 seconds!