Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Am I The Only One That's Slammin'?

So I am admittedly more nostalgic than most of my friends. I love talking about "The Good Ole Days" (which in my case is the late 70's to early 90's :P): toys and cartoons, clothes and hair, movies and music, etc and so forth. My friends typically humor me until their eyes glaze over and they turn the car radio up louder until I stop talking but it's cool. I've come to realize that I may be the only one to remember half the things I talk about which leads me to wonder, "Am I the only one?" (Wow, a questioning wonderment...how very Carrie Bradshaw of me)

Anyhoo, case in point: slam books. These little beauties were something we did in junior high. We took a notebook and wrote one question on each page (What's you favorite band/color/movie, etc and the best one: Who do you have a crush on? hee hee). You sign your name on the first page and the number by your name is the line you write your answer on for the rest of the pages. We passed it around during classes and then when you got it back you had all of these entries from different people.

So when I got the "Hot for Teacher" kit from Gauche Alchemy, it screamed "Slam Book" to me. Instead of using a spiral notebook however, I decided to make a mini paper bag album. I also added some tags and these were fun to make. I decided to create the tags (and the album) as a tween might do it, drawing on people's yearbook pictures and things like that. :P Making this little book reminded me of years past and how simple crafting can be when you're young, full of stickers, glitter and Sharpies. :D















It's not the fanciest thing I've ever made but I like it. It also made me wonder, what else is there that escapes the memory of everyone but me???

The Great Space Coaster?



Pinwheel?



Hypercolor?

(P.S.-This may be TMI, but did any other gal out there have issues with Hypercolor...uh..."hypercoloring" along the chestular region of their shirt?)



*sigh* Must just be me...

21 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

Great post and thank you for your comment.x

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I feel so uncool, but I've never heard of a slam book! My friends and I would have sooo loved it back in the day :-)

Callista said...

I will talk about the good ole days with you anytime girl!

Lisa said...

Oh Yes! And can I tell you...my 14 year old still does these slam books?! I loved them. Yours came out much better than mine ever looked!

Julie Ranae said...

I LOVE that you are a student of all things retro...me, my time of life loved most was the 70's...I was 10 in 1970, so I got to go thru it as it was and it was amazing....

Keep it all coming!

Jackie said...

I sooooo remember making these books! Thanks for a trip down memory lane!Awesome post as usual :)

Mo said...

i loooooove that you are always remembering the old times!!! and looooove the slam book! yes, i passed those suckers around but made sure mine never said anything mean...which got them banned later in most schools....loved remembering all this!! fun post maggi!!!

hugs,
mo

laterg8r said...

never had a slam book, just elaborately folded notes :D

hyper color shirts kill me LOL :D you must have been hot stuff ;D

Tracey said...

I love slam books,, my daughter even made one about 5 years ago.. they were great. I've never heard of the hypercolor thing...where was that and what era? You know.. it's Maxi skirts.. and peasant tops. The 70's really brought some unusual stuff!

daylily777 said...

When I in the 6th & 7th grades in the 60's we had slam books & everybody loved 'em. I hadn't thought about them in years. I like your slam book, very cool.
~Myrna

jacque4u2c said...

This is a totally rockin' Paper Bag Album!!!! I just love it!!!!!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I feel ripped off that I was born too early for slam books! How fun and yours is super fabulous and a feast for the eyes! Super fun Maggi!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

hehehehehehehe....U FORGOT the LA GEAR HIGH TOPS that CHANGED COLOR in the SUN!!!! *sigh* I was COOL enough for those!!! LOL! LOL! And what about those blown up cartoony thing-ys that U used as a punching bag??? U know the ones with the sand in the BOTTOM???? LOL!!! And oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ... or should i say....."oh oh oh oh oh oh Mr. Kotter!!!!" LOL LOL LOL!!! How can u forget HOT JOHN TRAVOLTA in Welcome Back Kotter!!!!!!! LOL! LOL! LOL!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeee the mini...and i sooooooooooooooooooo remember SLAM BOOKS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

That's Who I Am said...

Love the Slam book it is too cute! You need to get people to fill it out LOL!! That would be fun. I don't know any of these cartoons, but I do remember making slam books. We did it ALL the time in Middle school. So, much fun lol. Hope your having a great week.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh wow how fun would a slam book be, we just passed heavily folded notes around.

Loved your pages.
xxx

yyam said...

Your slam book is awesome Maggi! It is the way it should be...simple but fun!

Modern lifestyle moves at such a fast pace that sometimes we just long for things of the past that make us happy. You are definitely not alone in that wonderment my friend.

Keith said...

I'll talk to my buddies who are the same age about toys, tv shows, etc. from our youth. Most of them look at me like they have no clue what I'm talking about. Don't feel bad at all.

Jocelyn said...

Love talking about the good ole days and your book is awesome!!!! Have a great one!!! :-)

Carmen said...

See now theres me thinking slambooks were the ones you cut into three segments drawing a different person on each page but you could change their heads and bodies and legs by opening the segments - remember them? We had so much fun with those... what WERE they called?

Danielle said...

Those years are the same years I remember too well!! BUT, in a different way. I do not remember those shows. I was 10 in 1980. High School graduated in 1988. I was so "alterative" in the early
90's. But we all had slam books!! I remember when you made it with the GA kit! Loved it then, still do!!

Jessica Cangiano said...

You are not alone for a split second, in constantly thinking back to all manner of things from your past. While my fashion and decor tastes run towards vintage, countless other areas of my life are marked my a longstanding love affair with my 80s and 90s childhood (especially the toys I either had or longed to own but never did ;D).

Keep rockin' the retro awesomeness, hon!!!!

♥ Jessica