Post # 1
What permament marker did you use? I want a black, permanent, non-smear, quick-dry marker. I did my photo guest book at Adoramapix (if that makes a difference for the type of paper).
I’ve searched online and was surprised to see these two recommended, moreso than Sharpies: Bic America Grip Permanent Marker and Bic “Mark It.”
What did you have success with? What marker/pen should I avoid?
Post # 3
I’m doing a photo guest book and researched this a bit – Sharpies seem to get an overwhelming thumbs down. I was told to look for a permanent marker that is acid free and specifically for photos. I just found mine at Michael’s for about $3 per marker.
Post # 4
@Ree723: Is there a specific brand you used? I’ve been wondering this as well. I just finished putting together my Adorama book, and I’ll probably order it sometime this week! The only thing I was worried about was which pen to have guests sign it with…
Also, what type of paper do the Adorama have? I want to be able to test out the pen before it’s used on the guestbook!
Post # 5
Adorama uses actual photo paper in their books, so you should be able to test out the pen on any matte print photo, I think. Buy a photo from Adorama if you want to be sure it’s the exact same paper.
Post # 6
I got our photo guestbook made through our photographer. She told me that I should use Ultra Fine tip Sharpies and that they wouldn’t smear because of the type of paper that’s used in the book. I think it depends on your paper. I heard that they have smearless Sharpies now, too.
Post # 7
Great post. I’ve been wondering this as well. We just got our photo guest book done through picaboo and I’ve been on the look out for pens. It’s kind of a gamble because there really is no way to test them.
Post # 8
I had a AdoramaPix photo guestbook and we just used a Sharpie and it worked great! Wrote really well and no smearing at all.
Post # 9
@krobbie: I’ve actually got two different kinds – one is an American Crafts Photo Marker, I’m not sure if this one is from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. The ones I know are from Michael’s are at my mom’s house so I can’t check the brand right now. I do know they were fairly easy to find at Michael’s though.