Carissa and turning a new leaf

Turning a passion into a business

Carissa has been in business for three years having trained as a screen print designer.

Her passion for her product is summed up in her own words, “I Love Print, I love craft materials – I want to make this my business”.

Having begun her business in a back room at home as a hobby,  Carissa soon decided that there was a real possibility of turning her love for print into a profitable business.


With some research and inspiration, she decided to create the beautiful tactile notebooks seen on her website.

With hard work and not letting a full time job, and nurturing a young family hinder her, Carissa created Lovely Notebooks. Her aspiration is to have a factory, employing a team of people producing a variety of products using her textiles and designs.

Her achievements so far include pitching to Liberty buyers, meeting with the Shadow Business Minister, Chuka Umunna, winning the Black British Initiative Award 2011 and being nominated for Start-Up Business of the Year Precious Award 2012. She has been featured in The Stylist Magazine, Pride Magazine and The Voice Newspaper.

Working with Fredericks, Carissa plans to use the funding received for further marketing, networking and exhibiting at trade shows and developing her website 

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