What are the best pens for scrapbooking? This is not a simple answer, as it highly depends on your personal preferences. The pen that is just right for one scrapbooker may not work for another.
In this post I’ll share a selection of the pens I use most often for scrapbook layouts, why they are favorites, and how they compare against one another.
American Crafts Precision Pen 01 (0.25mm) | Buy
This popular pen is a great all-purpose tool that I always have handy. It writes very smooth, though I find the barrel thicker than many pens. The ink isn’t quite as dark as others. I find the tips wear down too quickly, which is why I prefer a rolling ball pen to a felt-tipped.
Pilot G-TEC-C4 (0.4mm) | Buy
This is my favorite pen for scrapbook journaling, the one I order in bulk so there are always plenty around. It requires a little warming up to get the ink flowing, but then writes crisp and smooth. The barrel is fairly narrow, which I find offers great control.
Pilot HI-TEC-C (0.3mm) | Buy
This was my first introduction to Pilot’s ultra fine point pens. It creates an almost-wispy line that’s great for cursive journaling, but I found it can be more difficult to photograph. They’re also more difficult to find. I switched to the 0.4mm because of these issues.
Pilot Frixion 05 (0.45mm) | Buy
This erasable pen writes very smoothly but isn’t very dark. I also have concerns that the heat sensitive ink won’t survive multiple decades. I’m currently using it for more personal projects where legacy isn’t as much of a concern.
Sakura Pigma Micron 01 (o.25mm) | Buy
Like the Precision Pen, this has a felt tip and thus writes more like a marker. I enjoy using it for drawing thin but strong black lines, such as borders and doodles. I might use it on a layout if I needed a thicker point.
What do you think is the best pen for scrapbooking? Share your favorite scrapbooking pen in the comments.