I don’t know if I ever told you guys, but I tend to be overly sentimental. Which is why although I have a penchant for clean lines and fully support Marie Kondo’s mentality on “stuff” and the huge growth in “minimalism,” I tend to hold on to things I should proooobably should get rid of. One thing I have tended to collect since my school years are tickets – I literally have drawers full of old movie stubs, concert tickets, and stubs from museums and other tourist sites. Now I can’t gaurantee that I’m going to throw all of my ticket collection away, but I think I have found a way to keep my sentimentality from creating future clutter: I have now taken to photographing my tickets at museums and attractions. It is a great way to have a digital collection of all of the places I have been and I love the fact that the location can be seen in the photo as well.

ticket stubs from Paris - lovefromberlin.net

ticket stubs from Paris - lovefromberlin.net

ticket stubs from Paris - lovefromberlin.net

ticket stubs from Paris - lovefromberlin.net

ticket stubs from Paris - lovefromberlin.net

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Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • i gotta admit i haven’t think of this before! i always try to take photo of my stubs after i got home and now they’re all scattered everywhere in my room. i’ll make mental note then. this is genius. my fave is the sainte chapelle stub! so pretty! what’s the m,o stands for? it’s colorful *-*

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

    • rae

      Thanks so much, glad you like the idea, Tannya! And M O is for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris!

  • I’m totally with you on this one! I have so many movie tickets, plane tickets, admission tickets to certain things from traveling and I don’t want to throw any of them away but at the same time I’ve never looked at them again. This is a great idea and I love how the photos turned out! Will totally give this a try

    Jacqui | Jaqventures

    • rae

      That is the thing – it’s not as if we really go through and look at them later. I think unless you take something out on a regular basis, or have it displayed in a way that means you will look at it on a regular basis and remember all the good times (like in a collage or something) it is probably best gotten rid of! Glad you like the idea, Jacqui!

  • This is so cool! That’s the best idea, actually. I should start taking pictures like these just because my tickets just kind of get lost and I don’t want to forget where I’ve been to and what I did there. This is pretty cool for journals, too.

    Hugs, Hannie | Missing Wanderer

    • rae

      Thanks Hannie! So glad you like the idea and yes, def. go for it and share with me your results! Hashtag #theCLmovement and I can share them here!

    • rae

      Thanks Gemma!

  • Georgia Christakis

    Love this idea. The photos turn out so nice :)

    • rae

      Thanks Georgia!

  • That is actually a genius idea! I save all mine from my travels too… I’m sentimental as well! But I try to throw things away ASAP nowadays before I can get too attached haha.

    Jane / deluminators

    • rae

      So glad you like the idea, Jane! And actually that is a good idea – getting rid of stuff before you can even develop feelings about it, haha!

  • Awww I love this photo series. I get sentimental attachment to things like that too. I should do this next time!!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • rae

      So glad you like it! And yes, do it and show me the results! Hashtag #theCLmovement and I can share them here!

  • I love this idea! I keep ticket stubs in place of buying souvenirs when I travel, so I’ve started keeping them all in large mason jars around my room, but I can see how it would eventually lead to too much clutter!

    Kate | girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

    • rae

      So glad you like this idea, Kate! Yours also sounds lovely, and if you are cutting down on souvenirs and just keeping ticket stubs I think that is a more than fair compromise! It’s, funny, when I was younger I was really hell-bent on collecting souvenirs and now as an adult, unless if is something VERY special, I just shudder at the thought of it becoming clutter in my home and stressing me out.

  • meg

    This is such a fantastic idea. Like you, I have way too many tickets and stubs laying about…so I may start to do something like this!

    Meg | Elmpetra

    • rae

      So glad you like the idea, Meg, and if you do start doing it, def. share the end-result with me and hashtag #theCLmovement so I can share them here on LFB!

  • I am so sentimental as well! To the point that I sometimes find a bunch of completely useless train tickets, just because ‘I went there with these people..’. Lately, I’ve started to make a scrapbook of them with a little note next to them, which I can check years later and remember all of it :)


    • rae

      You sound exactly like me, haha! And yes, making a scrapbook is also an incredible idea. I used to keep an all-around journal with me where I would just tape in tons of random stuff and notes and it was a great way to remember all of life’s special little moments. Thinking of bringing that idea back – haven’t done it since Uni. It was different than a traditional journal in that it wasn’t full of deep thoughts and long texts, but was more like a small insight into my mind.

      • That is a great idea as well! I have a notebook at home for that, but then I always think about stuff on the go so my phones ‘notes’ section is full of little remarks :D

  • Beautiful. I need to do something like this…I used to make scrapbooks and now I chuck it all in ‘memory boxes’ but it all builds up too fast.

    • rae

      That is the thing. I love the idea of scrapbooks and journals and want to start journaling again, but over time, they just end up on a shelf, unlooked at and unloved.

      • Oh, not unloved! I love looking at my scrapbooks, although it isn’t often that I look at them. I don’t really look through the boxes though. They are a waste of space.

  • I keep my stubs as well but I’m a lot less organised haha — I tend to use stubs as bookmarks and later find them in books I re-read later on.. it’s kind of nice to be reminded of something I went to or saw and enjoyed a few years later :-)

    • rae

      I like the idea of using them as bookmarks and organically re-discovering them later on actually. It’s like the same feeling you get when you reach into a pant or coat pocket and find 5 dollars. lol.

  • It’s good to know that I’m not the only person who’s being sentimental here! I used to collect movie tickets, passes and receipts. But now, I don’t collect them as much as I have used to before. But what I still have with me are letters and notes from my loved ones <3 Anyhow, I hope you could check out my two recent challenge and outfit posts. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

    • rae

      I think that humans are actually naturally very sentimental creatures! And sure will do!

  • Bivisyani Q.

    Girl, I totally feel you. I have a huge box full of ticket stubs, postcards and brochures from all the places I’ve ever visited with my friends. Sometimes I look through them when I’m feeling particularly lonely or sad, and it makes me feel even sadder but comfortable. They always remind me of better, happier days :)

    Alive as Always

    • rae

      I think the idea that you actually look back at them – then I think it’s entirely acceptable to keep them as they still have a purpose. I am sorry that it makes you feel even sadder but if it brings you some kind of comfort, that is a positive thing.

  • When it’s just a ticket to something local I generally don’t keep the ticket, but I’ve always found myself keeping them for gigs, and definitely when I travel I keep everything! When I’m travelling I keep a journal though so I just stick every little thing in there so it has somewhere safe to live. But for all the general “stuff” that collects itself I decided a while ago to keep specific nostalgia boxes so that it’s at least somewhat organised. So I have one for music, one for travel, one for general life stuff and probably one or two more. Nothing in any of those boxes is of any real use or value, but it’s nice to have and to look through every now and then. But taking photos of your tickets is an even better, more minimalist way of doing it.


    • rae

      I think keeping boxes like that is absolutely great if you go back and look at them as then the things inside of them are not clutter and are still serving some kind of purpose. I had a journal that I used in a very similar way back in college – i just taped in random stuff – ticket stubs, coasters, business cards, and added my own small short hand and notes. That was back when The Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn was this huge thing, although looking on their site now, it looks as though they have had quite the revival. In those days though, it was the “put a bird on it, The Royal Tenenbaums, slouchy thrifted boots” kind of indie.

  • Genius idea! I always come back from trips with a ton of paper tickets to places I visited. I love your idea of taking a photo of the ticket while at the place you are visiting =o) Thanks for sharing!


  • Aw this is beautiful! I do the same thing, I’m too sentimental. But my tickets are nowhere near as pretty as yours. I love the idea of the photos. I think it’s a prettier and more creative ‘I was here’ photo series, so cool! <3 -Dems | Electrick Cities

  • Sophie Lee

    Other idea for travel photos <3

    xoxo, Cool style for men