(Closed) Bees Who Made Photo Guest Books …

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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.  

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