on April 16, 2021

Whether you're creating an interactive Chatbook for Father's Day or designing a photo book to use as the guest book at your wedding, neither would be complete without special, personalized notes and drawings! Help your kids and guests add the finishing touches to your Chatbook by filling in the blank pages. If you're looking for the perfect writing utensils for smudge-proof messages that won't bleed through the page, check out our review of the best pens, pencils and markers to use in your Chatbook...

1. Pilot G-2 Gel Ink Rollerball Pen

These pens are super smooth and come in a variety of colors.

If you're looking for a nicer, thicker pen that comes in a variety of colors and isn't super expensive to use for the guest book at your wedding, this pen fits the bill.

Smearing: Lots!
Bleed-through: Little to none
Vibrance: ✓
Kid-proof: The high smearing factor makes these difficult for writing if you touch while the ink's still wet
Color variety: ✓
4/5

2. Crayola Twistables Crayons:

The Crayola Twistables work well for adults and kids alike! These were our favorite choice.

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: None
Vibrance: 
Kid-proof:  ✓
Color Variety: ✓
5/5

3. Papermate Marker Pen:

Awesome option for vibrance, just make sure to let the ink dry before touching it. We definitely liked these!

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: Little
Vibrance: 
Kid-proof:  ✓
Color Variety:
5/5

4. Crayola Crayons:

Your basic crayon works pretty well. Be gentle when you brush away the crayon flakes though so you don’t smear your drawing.

Smearing: None, but some flaking
Bleed-through: Little to none
Vibrance:
Kid-proof:
Color Variety:
4/5

5. Crayola Washable Markers:

Great vibrance, just wait for the ink to dry and avoid coloring too hard!

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: None, just be careful about pressing too hard!
Vibrance:
Kid-proof:
Color Variety:
4/5

6. Sharpie Neon Permanent Marker:

Great for a pop of color if you’re comfortable with permanent markers.

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: None
Vibrance:
Kid-proof: No; permanent markers can be tricky with kids
Color Variety: Low
3/5

7. Crayola Colored Pencils:

Colored pencils are hard to see and tend to flake.

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: None
Vibrance: Low
Kid proof:
Color variety:
3/5

8. Gel Pens:

Even if you’re patient and blot your work, gel pens still smear. 

Smearing: Lots!
Bleed-through: Little to none
Vibrance: ✓
Kid-proof: The high smearing factor makes these difficult for kids (and adults too)
Color variety: ✓
2/5

Now get started on personalizing your fill-in-the-blank Father’s Day Photo Book or wedding guest book!

*All of these products are found on Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, office supply stores, etc.*