A Note From Elizabeth
Once upon a time, if you bought a ticket for a sporting event or concert or college dinner/dance you'd receive a thoughtfully designed (or at least colorfully designed) ticket in return to hold in your hand. To me, tickets serve two purposes aside from the obvious: before the event, they represent anticipation; afterwards, it's all about the memory. I'm a ticket-saver—always have been. This has been shown here before, but I'm using it again to prove my point:
That's a big collection of dating memories I gave Matt for his birthday the year we got married. We've hung it proudly in every house we've lived in, because it tells a really good story.
Now, however, in an actual case of "the golden days were so much better" if you purchase tickets for an event, you're probably making the transaction online. If you have a printer, you'll probably be encouraged to print your e-tickets yourself. No design. No color. Just convenient function.
These are the Vendini e-tickets for tonight's performance of The Nutcracker my family is attending. Sorry Vendini, but you've given me neither anticipation nor memory in this home-printed gem. I tried to appreciate your clever use of the scissors icon, but even that attempt to inject these tickets—no, "tickets"— with a little Christmas spirit fell short.
materials digital papers (Crystal Wilkerson of Creativity by Crystal, Cosmo Cricket at www.jessicasprague.com) + fonts (Helvetica, Engravers, Snell Roundhand) + Pages for Mac
Here are four of the seven pretend tickets I made—I based them loosely on a Toad the Wet Sprocket ticket from a show at Miami University in 1993 (third row over, fifth ticket down). One quick design and a lovely selection of Crystal Wilkerson's and Cosmo Cricket's digital papers, a paper cutter, and look—
A special thank you to Crystal Wilkerson of Creativity by Crystal for her generous sponsorshop if our second annual WCS For the Holidays celebration!