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Signature journal / What pen to use?

Hi Folks,

 I just completed my 1st book on blurb and it’s in process. I designed it for a couple who will be using it for a signature journal.

I should have asked this before doing the book, but my question is…

Are the pages thick enough to withstand people writing on the pages? Any recommendation on a type of pen. I was thinking of a ball point pen but I’m afraid if the pages are too thin, that it may crease or imprint many pages below it. Maybe a fine point marker style pen?

Anybody ever do this for a client? What did you use?

Thanks,

Lou

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Posted by
SDAP
Oct 15, 2007 12:24pm PDT
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SDAP
 

Yes, the paper is thick enough.  Use a Sharpie Fine Point for the best results. 

Posted by
200mph
Oct 15, 2007 12:40pm PDT
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200mph
 

Thanks for the quick reply!

Posted by
SDAP
Oct 15, 2007 1:16pm PDT
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SDAP
 

SDAP,

I wanted to refer you to this post also where a user recommends a pen with archival quality ink. I’ve tested a Sharpie and it writes well and doesn’t bleed through or cause indentations, but I can’t speak to how well it will stand the test of time. 

 gman 

Posted by
gman
Oct 15, 2007 4:55pm PDT
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gman
 

We made a guestbook for our wedding and used a "scrapbooking utility pen" from American Crafts.  It says "Photo Marker" on it and it is acid free, photo safe and smear proof.  We purchased it at a Michael’s craft store.

Posted by
gilenh20
Oct 24, 2007 3:51pm PDT
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gilenh20
 

American Crafts pens as well as pens from Foray "Permanent Marker" works well and will not breed. They come in various points.

Posted by
cordell
Oct 28, 2007 11:36am PDT
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cordell