Saturday, October 29, 2016



I swapped slams for years (10+), then got overwhelmed with life and decided to quit a few years after I had my son and went back to school…


Well my penpal Cindy (who I met for the first time in June 2013 and for the second time in March 2014) sent me a couple of full slams recently, and that totally made me want to start doing slams again!


I posted this little ad on Facebook tonight, and I figured why not also share it here?!


Slam 1

Slam 2

Slam 3


I made a slam a few days ago, and I’m already itching to make more!

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8 Responses to “Slams!”

  1. Dear Julie,
    What is a slam?
    Unfortunately, I do not know.
    Can you please post an example or link?
    Thank you and a nice Sunday
    All the best
    Jana from Germany

  2. My dearest, I have no clue of what you are talking about. What is a slam? Enlighten us ignorant humble people, if you would be so kind. As I know you are. Oh colorful tights wearing beautifulness.
    Your humblest servant from the Netherlands.

  3. Hello Julie,
    Oh, that llama stationery is super cute! My little girl loves llamas and writing letters. May I ask if you would sell the llama stationery, pretty please with lots of rainbow sprinkles on top?
    Like Jana, I also would like to hear more about or see pictures of slams. Are these like the 80s slam books which kids passed around in school? They were fun!
    hugs from karen

  4. Karen, yes they’re slam books! I never saw them at my school in Canada when I was a kid, but I know they were popular in the 1980s in the US.

    I’m glad you like the llama stationery! It will be for sale through the Etsy shop soon:

    Jana and Marco, I tried looking for a clear explanation online and this is what I found:

    A slam is a booklet that has pages with questions for people to answer. The anatomy of a slam consists of the following:

    * a decorated cover that gives information on who the book is made for (name and at least an e-mail address, preferably a physical address) and who made it

    * a sign-in page where participants leave their address label so people know who has taken part

    * the subsequent pages, typically, have a question at the top that each person takes turns answering (i.e. “What was the last thing you ate?”)

    * a sign-out page at the end where each participant signs their name and the date on which they participated in the slam

    Slams are then passed along to other swappers until either the sign-in page is full or there is no more room for people to answer the questions on the other pages. When a slam is full, it needs to be sent back to the person it was made for.

  5. This makes me so happy! I am glad you are coming back to the slam world!:)

  6. Hey Julie, I’ve never done one before but if you have any you need to pass along I’d love to get one to check it out and give it a try.

  7. Dear Julie … I wish you all the best and i hope you can stay in Vermont.Greetings from Austria– Srecko.

  8. hey Julie, what a pity that I don’t swap them anymore either. I would have totally loved to swap with you (a small amount of quality booklets sounds perfect!).

    Oh and I am surprised that you have not met Cindy before 2013 and not more often – given that you lived in the same huge country… gosh, I feel so lucky because I think I have met her 4 times by now… or 5?!

    Anyway, good luck with your slam search – oh BTW, there is a slam meeting in Hamburg in April 2017. Cindy will be coming.. and mostly girls from Europe.
    You might want to join, too?! ;-) Cheers, sabine


My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
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I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

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