cherish bound giveaway.

Sometimes I just love what I do. I’ve been a fan of the local Timpanogos Storytelling Festival for years. My mom was one of the original brains behind the idea, so it’s near and dear to my heart. A few months ago I was invited to attend a *mini* storytelling festival event sponsored by Cherish Bound, a company dedicated to helping you create and publish your own stories.

Sometimes I just love what I do. I’ve been a fan of the local Timpanogos Storytelling Festival for years. My mom was one of the original brains behind the idea, so it’s near and dear to my heart. A few months ago I was invited to attend a *mini* storytelling festival event sponsored by Cherish Bound, a company dedicated to helping you create and publish your own stories. A natural fit as a sponsor of the Storytelling festival don’t you think?

For a busy mom who loved to scrapbook in a previous life, Cherish Bound is a dream come true. You use story starters to help you get an idea of what you want to write about {they’re really helpful}, and then you just let it flow. Are you burning to write a book about your crazy uncle {fill-in-the blank}, your college years, wedding story, baby’s first year of life?

I love books, I love stories, and I love scrapbooking so Cherish Bound is pretty awesome for me as a combination of all three. I love the idea of a hard backed copy of the stories that make up my life, and the life of my family members. The books are fun to make, and even more fun to look at when you’re done. You know you want to try it.

Cherish Bound is giving away three gift certificates for you to make your own book. $100, $75, $50, woot!

Giveaway Details:

1. To enter the Cherish Bound giveaway, tell me what story you have a burning desire to print and leave a comment here.
2. Leave ONE comment on this post between today and August 27th Midnight, MST.
A winner will be announced Friday August 28th.
3. Link to this post on your own blog (include the url in your comment) and receive an extra entry

4. Twitter about this giveaway with a link to this post for
another entry.
5. Anonymous entries will be ignored, so please include email with comment.
6. If selected to win, you have 7 days to claim the prize or it will be forfeited.

Good luck!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Melissa :

    How cool! I'd love to write our daughter's adoption story.

  2. Amy :

    Three of my son's grandparents have passed on and it is so important to pass on their stories to him so that he can cherish them even though he never got the chance to meet them.

    (Crafting by Candlelight)

  3. Stacia :

    I think my childhood was a pretty magical place and it needs more documentation!

  4. stacey :

    This would be great for me. I've really been trying get my story down on paper.

    I'm also going to Twitter this but my feed is private. I'm also blogging it and my blog is public.

  5. newmom8404 :

    Well the say write what you know, so a simple life story would be great

  6. anninja :

    I have always wanted to put all my short stories together in one place, why not make a book out of them?

  7. Anonymous :

    WOW,a story of my years of teaching

  8. Sharon Harmon :

    I would love to create a story about my dad-in-law's life. He experienced so much in his life, and unfortunately he passed away last year; so I think this would be a great way to honor his life and I could give it to my mom-in-law! Thank you for the contest!

  9. Cammee :

    My brother passed on this year. I would love to make a book about him to give to his 6 year old daughter.

  10. likeschocolate :

    This would be wonderful I have always wanted to make one of these books.

  11. tarahsfoodreviews :

    I'd love to write my husband and my love story – how we met, when we fell in love and our wedding. To pass along to our children.


  12. mogrill :

    I would write one about my daughters birth. She was 3 months early and it was quite an adventure. Thanks for the chance.

  13. jennem :

    I would like to document my daughter's adoption story.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  14. Bea :

    I'd love to write about my last year: my husband and I moved to a new city, got our first jobs out of professional school, got pregnant and had a beautiful girl. It was quite a year, and I want something to memorialize it for all three of us.

  15. butterflyny :

    I would love to tell my daughter the story of how i met her dad!

  16. Jessica's Junk :

    I would write about my adolescence, the things that made me who I am.
    (my challenges, my best friend who passed, my accomplishments, and my travels!)
    thanks for the awesome giveaway

  17. Motherboard :

    I'm Jonesing to write all of my embarrassing moments up so that when my kids are embarrassed I can show them what it REALLY means to be embarrassed.

    (was that the longest run-on sentence ever?)

  18. Qwill :

    I would love to tell the story of when my husband and I first met.

  19. Diana :

    I'd write a story about how my husband and I met and the evolution of our relationship.

  20. Kimberly :

    I would like to write a story about how I met my boyfriend and how our relationship has progressed. We are planning getting married and having kids very soon, so it would be a great thing for them to look at in the future. :)

  21. paula michele :

    I would like to do the story "Falling In Love".


  22. StarLight :

    I would print a personal stories book. what a great thing to have for your kids and family!

  23. wendy :

    I would love to print the story of how I and my boyfriend met as a special gift for him!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  24. CC :

    I love doing these books about our year. So I'd save it to the end of the year and then do "2009"

    speechforme gmail

  25. Kristine :

    I want to write about the last year while I have been receiving treatments for cancer. I have shared some of it on my blog but I would like to be able to write about some of the miracles, challenges, and spiritual experiences I have had to share with my children.
    my blog is
    P.S I love timpanogos Storytelling festival!
    Thanks for the opportunity, Kris

  26. Deborah :

    Well, I actually am working on getting my frist novel published, so we'll see how that goes. But if I won this giveaway, I think I'd like to write an adoption story.

  27. Shauna Evans :

    Alison, I love the kid safety tips potsted on your blog. As far as a story, I want to document the first stamp in my passport–my trip to Japan in 1992. I'm obsessed over traveling and seeing the world like Sandra Bullock in "while You Were Sleeping."

  28. Smooshy :

    i'd love to write about my trip to Italia!

  29. ellie :

    My mother passed away 2 years ago. She was a remarkable woman who traveled to Texas as a 3 year old in a covered wagon. I'd love to have her story printed to pass on to my grandchildren. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  30. Kelly F :

    I'd love to make a book about me and my four siblings. We are all close and it would be great to document our lives together!

    wordsmoveme at gmail dot com

  31. degood :

    I would want to write a story for my youngest daughter about how much her big sister loves her.

  32. Arielle Petersen :

    This is a really cool idea!

    I'd love to write about my siblings and growing up with them.

  33. Christina :

    Christina – – I'd love to write about Kalina, a red Lory parrot I had for 11 years who passed away this year!

  34. dhunt :


  35. FDP 4 Life :

    i would love to write about the loss of our first child

  36. ~*~lilshuga2001~*~ :

    I am dying to do the story about my brother surviving cancer!

    He just got into remission as of Jan of this year! :)

  37. Girly Remix :

    My first year at college!!! :)

  38. Gianna :

    My life I guess.. it's been a roller coaster for sure.

  39. Laura :

    I love doing scrapbooks and would do one about my mom's life for her 60th birthday!

  40. masonsgranny59 :

    my daughter's wedding

  41. kngmckellar :

    I would love this to give to my daughter. She has been writing a story and won't tell me what it's about. This would be great for her!

  42. Angie :

    I'd love to write my kids a story of how my dh and I met!

  43. Kristen :

    Well, recently we had some family videos stolen in a home burglary. These were videos of our first two children from birth to about 5 years old. We are all so sad that these precious things are gone. It would be nice to try to recreate our memories by writing stories for the girls.