Now THAT'S the ticket! Ideas for story telling with ticket stubs

As strange as this will sound, "Go to six movies in a movie theater" was my 2019 New Year's Resolution.

Today on Studio 5, I share ideas for memory keeping using ticket stubs.


To help me meet my movie-going goal, I had the idea of creating a movie tracker in my bullet journal. I created a two-page spread with spots for 12 ticket stubs. If I managed to fill at least one of the two pages, I'd celebrate a goal well met--six flicks! Filling the additional six slots... An optimistic plan, but it sure would be the butter atop my movie corn. ;) From my NY resolution, this idea was born:



A bullet journal is the perfect spot to track your flicks. It also makes an interesting little everyday look at your life at this point in time. It's something to document beyond the big highlight reel of events (holidays, birthdays, etc.), and it doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming.

Tips & tricks that make this project my feature presentation:

  • Washi tape makes it easy to adhere tickets to pages while also creating a lifting element. Lift the ticket off the page and discover a spot for notes or images or other details to be added.

  • Movie tickets are a basic rectangle, making this page design super easy. This doesn't have to be a high-budget project to be a box office hit.

  • Using a small notebook that easily fits in your handbag or car console makes keeping the journal up to date a breeze. as shows are seen. Simply include a pen and some decorative tape and you can add your ticket stub to your notebook before your movie seat is even cold.

TICKET TIP: Even if you buy your tickets online, you can still get printed copies for keepsakes purposes. Simply take your QR code to the box office before the show and ask for a printed copy. Another option: Look for discarded tickets on the ground. (Thanks, Litterbugs!) After all, you know what they say about trash and treasure.



Turn pieces of cardstock into ticket-shaped pages of a mini album. It's easy. Simply notch the corners using a circle punch. You then have a fast and fun place to add more detail to your movie-going script. If, like me, you enjoy snapping pics when you see flicks, this is a great and low-maintenance way to get those images off your camera roll and onto your shelf for further enjoyment.

A few tips & ideas to try:

  • A clean popcorn bag is a fun way to add to your theme while also protecting your album. Use it as a sleeve and cut your ticket pages to fit.

  • You don't have to turn this into a photo album. It would also work as a place to tell stories of movies that have made impressions on you over the years. So many movie-going experiences leave permanent impressions. Those are worth telling.

  • Looking for a gift idea? This same concept could easily be turned into a ticket book of redeemable offers for someone special.



If you love this concept but don't have the time to take the DIY route, this is for you. You can buy pre-made ticket books on Amazon to hold your tickets in chronological order. Some are unique to movies stubs, others work with all sorts of stubs (amusement parks, zoos, museums, and more!).

You’ll find the movie-stub album here.

You’ll find the ticket album here.


Turn your stubs into a time capsule and a completely unique home decor piece. All you need is a container of some sort. Whether it's a jar or a slotted shadow box or something more creative, having an easy catch-all for the family to add their stubs to is a fun idea that is unique to all of you.



  1. If you have a group adding tickets to a single container, ask each member to sign the back of their stub before adding it in. It will make it all the more personal, especially if all of you aren't doing/seeing the same things.

  2. Introduce a new container each year to make this a more time-capsule approach. Just think of how cool it would be to go back through your parents' or your grandparents' jars from their childhood!

  3. Many memory keepers relate to the inevitable hoarding that comes with the hobby. We want to document the stories behind things, so we keep the things. Alas, we don't always have the time to do the memory keeping. A container like this at least gives you a home for those loose odds 'n ends that feels more purposeful. And it creates less to shuffle around and find places for. I know many won't relate to this problem, but many will. I hope this benefit strikes a chord with you.


Today on Studio 5, I’m sharing easy ideas for making your own travelers notebook. I also share my favorite store-bought options (Hello, Freckled Fawn!) and insert choices in case you love the idea but don’t want to invest in the DIY aspect. Either way, I hope you’ll tune in at 11 a.m. (online and on TV [channel 5]) to learn more about these sweet creative journals/scrapbooks/sketchbooks/happiness!


Thanks for having me, Studio 5. Love you guys!



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I love getting out in the SLC and sharing some creativity with friends. I have some great classes in the works that will be happening soon, including classes on DIY travelers notebooks (creative journals and faux leather journal covers).

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DIY Traveler's Notebook and Inserts

Hello! Thanks for makng this a stop on your web travels today. (See what I did there? ;) ) Let’s take a look at my latest paper obsession: DIY travler’s notebook covers.


I created this project for Echo Park Paper Co., using the very delightful new Summer Adventure collection.


You can read more about my process and tips for this project on the Echo Park blog.


You can also see a video of the action right here OR on my YouTube channel.

I was inspired to create this project by this video on YouTube by LiveLoveScrap.



Step 1: Cut a piece of patterned paper to 9”x8.5” and gently fold that sheet in half (no hard creasing) so it measures 4.5”x8.5”. Open the paper back up so it's flat but with the center lightly creased/identified by your fold.

Step 2 (optional): Die cut words from your cover. (I used the Explore Outdoors Die Set by Echo Park Paper Co. to cut my outdoor phrases.)

Step 3: Pierce holes along your center fold, approximately 1/4” down from the top of the page and 1/4” up from the bottom, followed by two holes on either side of each of these holes, 1/4” over. Finally, pierce one hole approximately in the middle of the center fold line. (This should leave you with seven pierced holes (three on the top, three on the bottom, and one in the middle..)

Step 4: Score lines running parallel to your center fold, connecting your pierced holes. Fold your paper along those lines to give you your notebook shape.

Step 5: Flatten the cover back out and place it in a laminating sheet; laminate. "
NOTE: If you do not have a laminater, you can use self-laminating pouches for this step.

Step 6: Trim away any excess laminating film, re-fold your book along the scored lines to give you your cover shape, and re-pierce your holes.

Step 7: Thread elastic cording following the steps below.
NOTE: It helps to have a needle with a large eye for this, as elastic cording can be tricky to thread.


A. Starting on the lower right hole, coming from the front of the cover inside, thread elastic cording, leaving approximately 6” of a tail.
NOTE: Pull your cording fairly tight, leaving only enough room to tuck a notebook insert between it and your notebook cover.

B. Thread your cording through the hole directly above the hole you just threaded. (This should have your needle now back on the outside of your cover.)

C. Thread your cording through the center hole, just to the left of the hole you came out of. Thread your needle through the center hole on the bottom of the cover. (Your needle should now, again, be on the outside of your book.)

D. Thread back in, this time using the far left hole on the bottom, followed by the far left on the top. (You should now have three bands of elastic cording running along the inside spine of your notebook cover.)

E. Your needle should now be on the outside of your notebook, at the top. Thread it back through the top, center hole. Leave approximately a 6” tail and trim the rest of your cording away from the packaging. Remove your needle.

F. Thread your first 6” tail through the needle and bring that piece of cording back through the bottom center hole. You should now have two 6” pieces of cording on the inside of your notebook cover. Meet them in the middle, tie them in a double knot, and trim away any excess. This will leave you with a total of four elastic bands running along the inside of your notebook spine.

G. Trim a new piece of elastic cording that is long enough to wrap around the center of your book one and a half times. Fold that piece in half, thread the folded side through your needle, and thread that needle through the center hole of your notebook, coming from the inside of the cover out.
NOTE: Be careful not to pull the cording all the way through the hole.

H. Leave just enough cording to wrap around your notebook as a closure, and tie a double knot to prevent the rest of the cording from pulling through the hole. Trim away any excess cording. This will leave you with a center elastic closure that will hold your notebook shut.

With your notebook cover made, you can now add DIY paper inserts.



Creating DIY notebooks to go inside your traveler’s notebook cover is easy and fun. Simply follow these quick steps:


Step 1: Bundle several sheets of patterned paper and fold them in half, making sure they’re cut to measure smaller than your notebook cover when folded.

Step 2: Keep your folded sheets bundled together and pierce three holes along the center fold.

Step 3: Thread a needle with baker’s twine or embroidery floss (roughly 48” in length); thread your needle through the center hole, going from the inside of the paper bundle, out.
NOTE: Leave a tail (approximately 4”) here.

Step 4: Thread your needle through the bottom hole, coming from the outside of the bundle in. Thread back through the center hole again, going from the inside out. Thread through the top hole (outside, in). Your needle should now, again, be on the inside of your paper bundle.

Step 5: Thread your needle under the lower binding loop that’s in place and tie then tie what’s left of your thread to the original 4” tail you left in place. Tie using a double knot. Trim away any excess twin you have. Your book should now be completely bound.


Don’t let my lengthy list of steps fool you. These techniques really are easy to do. I just wanted to break it down to make it easier to follow for those of you reading the instructions to complete your project (vs. watching the videos). I hope I haven’t left you confused at any point in the process. If so, leave me a comment or send me an email, and I will happily answer any questions you have.


I can say from my own experience and that of students I’ve taught this to—once you create these, you won’t want to stop. You’ll find yourself making books for your family and friends, too. It’s such a happy process and end results. I hope you enjoy this technique and idea.

Happy travels!

Printer Review: Which Photo Printer Is Right For You? (Plus, WIN a Canon!)

If there’s one thing I’m super passionate about, it’s printing your photos. Well… It’s near the top of my list! It’s why I taught my online course, From App to Archive, on CreativeLive (on sale right now for just $34! Woot!). Worse than the shoeboxes of yesteryear, images today are getting lost in cloudy devices and on social sites that don’t even belong to us. It’s tragic when you think about it. And it’s why I’m all for you investing in a home photo printer. It doesn’t have to be anything big and fancy. In fact, some of my favorite personal printers are bitty. And so cute! LOL


Not sure what to buy? I’m sharing a roundup today on my favorite TV show, Studio 5. You’ll find more details on each listed here. Take a look at their bells and whistles and decide which one is your perfect printer in crime.

PRINTER #1: The Epson PictureMate-400

WHY I LOVE IT: While this printer isn't technically a portable printer, it can easily be transported. It folds up nice and compact, is light weight, and works wirelessly with a wifi connection. Ink and photo paper are affordable, and the ink lasts a long time. 



  • Price: $200

  • Best print quality of the options I have.

  • Prints 4x6 and 5x7 images. 

  • Requires ink refills. An ink cartridge costs around $30 and includes all colors, including black, in a single cartridge.

  • Works best with Epson photo paper. A pack of 100 sheets can be as low as $5 on amazon. 

  • Works wirelessly or with a connection. You can also insert a memory card directly in the printer.

  • Can print directly from a smart device if both it and the device are connected to WiFi.

PRINTER #2: Fuji Instax Share

WHY I LOVE IT: This printer is my buddy. I've had it for YEARS (since 2010) and it's still going strong. I love its retro vibe and portable element. 



  • Price: $99-$140 (depending on package)

  • Prints on Polaroid-inspired film--shake it like a Polaroid picture! ;) 

  • Prints are washed out. Tip: Print darker images than you normally would.

  • Newer model available. Print quality improved with the newer model, so don't be fooled by my oldie-but-goodie.

  • Works on batteries or you can plug it in. Batteries are those short, fat, pricey fellas, so a plug-in is a cost-effective way to go.

  • Requires no ink. Ink is in the film.

  • Film averages about $0.50-$1 per print.

  • Uses the same film as the well-known Instax Mini cameras. 

  • Can buy white film or go with fun, colorful and patterned options. (speciality options tend to cost a bit more.)

  • Fun to craft with because the print has the border at the base, which is great for stamping or adding washi tape to.

  • To connect to your phone and print, the Instax will establish its own wifi connection, which you'll want to select in the settings on your device before printing. 

  • Works with a free app that you add to your device. 

  • App includes limited editing capability, including cropping and filters. 

PRINTER #3: Canon Ivy

WHY I LOVE IT: This is the newest printer to join my family. She's also the smallest/lightest weight. I love that this one comes in pink and teal options. I'm also a fan of the film, which is both a picture and a sticker!



  • Price: Starts at $99

  • Uses ZINC (zero-ink) technology, meaning you don't have to buy ink refills. Instead, the ink is in the film.

  • Film averages $25 for 50 sheets. 

  • Film has a peel-and-stick back, giving you instant stickers (should you want them). 

  • Doesn't print true to color, but the prints aren't bad quality.

  • Works with a free app that you add to your device. 

  • App includes limited editing capability, including cropping, frames, stickers, and filters. 

  • Prints by establishing a bluetooth connection, so you'll want to make sure your bluetooth is enabled.

  • Works via a plug or its rechargeable battery. Note: The battery doesn't hold its charge very long, so you’ll want to keep the charger near. 

  • You can buy a carrying case for it and the film, which is a nice extra for crafting on the go. 

PRINTER #4: The LifePrint

WHY I LOVE IT: It’s like a magic trick! You print a pic with it and then hold your phone over the printed image using your smart device and the LifePrint app. Abbra cadabra! It shows you a movie of what was happening when the pic was taken. VERY COOL!

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  • Uses the same ZINC photo paper you use with the Ivy.

  • Photos must be shot in LIVE mode to get the video component.


Great news! I have a Canon Ivy to give away to one lucky person!! Check my instagram account for details and your chance to win. Contest closes at 8:00 AM MST on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Good luck!