If you plan to write in your book--for example, a guest book, yearbook or coloring book--you'll want to consider the paper type as well as the pen you use. Below is some info that may help you decide.
*We recommend you order a swatch kit and write on each paper type yourself with a variety of pens. That way you can test them out firsthand.*
Pens: to minimize smudging and show-through, some Blurb customers recommend a pen like the fine point Sharpie or an archival ballpoint pen.
Uncoated papers have a slightly textured feeling with no coating, so it's easier to write on them with a variety of pens, pencils, or even crayons.
- All of our Trade Book papers are uncoated.
- If you're making a Photo Book we have two uncoated papers: ProLine Uncoated and Standard Layflat.
Coated papers have a silk, matte or semigloss coating depending on the paper type.
- You can write on coated papers but ink may be more likely to smudge before it dries due to the coating.
- All of our Photo Book papers, as well as our Magazine papers, are coated, with the exception of ProLine Uncoated and Standard Layflat.
We recommend you order a paper swatch kit and test out different pens to see what works best for you.