How to preserve concert tickets?

Number one rule – DO NOT LAMINATE.

Concert tickets are normally printed on heat reactive paper that turns black when exposed with too much heat like lamination and photocopying.

I personally keep my concert ticket on photo frames. This way, the concert tickets are less exposed to heat, dust and acid which accelerates fading of concert tickets.



My Big Bang concert ticket already faded even before I put it in the frame but ever since I have put it in the frame, it ‘stopped’ fading based on my observation.

Just make sure that you put your frames are located in a well-ventilated place to prevent moisture formation.

There several other ways that I saw online but I haven’t tried them yet. One is using archival spray which is normally used to preserve paintings. I tried searching how much it would cost and I saw a can costs about Php 1,000.  I still have to confirm this with local hardware and I will update this if I found one. Another one is cold lamination, instead of using heat it uses adhesive films. Its is like covering your concert ticket with adhesive tape or contact paper. I have tried this in preserving receipts needed for reimbursement at our office, but there are still receipts that faded even if covered with adhesive tape. I am not sure if this would apply to concert tickets.

How about you? Do you keep your concert tickets? How? Tweet me @RoxyUnnie or leave a comment below. Happy to hear from you.


2 thoughts on “How to preserve concert tickets?

  1. I have a pin board filled with them. Every time I attend a new show, I add it to it. Which is easier than your method, but your tickets will last longer and definitely looks neater.

    Messy and wonderful

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    I saw a post about someone photocopying their tickets and making a collage, knowing then that it definitely wouldn’t fade. Other people I know just keep the stubs in a bowl or a box. I quite like them on display.


    1. hi shameez. I actually have a pin board too but for my flight tickets! I really wanted to preserve my tickets as much as I could that’s why even its easier to pin them i chose to frame them.

      Pin it up #travelgoals #traveltheworld #travel

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      photocopying it on the other hand gives you a ‘copy’ of the ticket that wont proabably fade but the it defeats my idea of preserving the original ticket. im quite sentimental hahahaha and I want them also on display so i had to find a way to display and preserve it at the same time. But thank you for your comment! I appreciate it. 🙂

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