As strange as this will sound, "Go to six movies in a movie theater" was my 2019 New Year's Resolution.
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:
BULLET JOURNAL MOVIE TRACKER PAGE
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.
TICKET MINI ALBUM
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.
PRE-MADE TICKET BOOKS
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!).
A TICKET CONTAINER
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.
CONTAIN IDEAS & TIPS
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.
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!
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.