Pens and Markers: Scrapbooking and Journaling

                Many scrappers like to incorporate journaling into their experience, adding depth and detail to their scrapbook story. You may want to journal or add stamps that enhance the memory, allowing family and friends to glimpse the emotion and importance behind the memory. Through journaling, you can retain the details that made the memory so special. You are essentially narrating your scrapbook for anyone in the future who will be looking at it. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family members generations away will be able to know your personal thoughts and feelings, as well as how the moment and memory had great value and importance in your life and heart. When it comes to writing in your scrapbook, you need a special ink that’s permanent, acid free and odorless to avoid causing damage to the pages. The best ones for this are Copic markers from Singapore, in my opinion.

Copic Markers and Scrapbooking

                Copics are amazing, and can be used for a ton of different things. You can get them as markers or pens. They are commonly used by scrappers, stampers, manga artists and a wide range of other artists. They are typically expensive, however I have an in to get them for $5-$8 less than what they typically cost. These special markers are designed uniquely. They are refillable with replaceable tips, which are called nibs and come in a wide range of sizes, so you can actually customize your marker to suit your needs. They come in 350 different colors, and the company is constantly adding new hues. The markers have labels embossed on the side. The ink is alcohol-based, allowing you to blend shades together and mix up new colors of your own creation. The colors are made the same way every time, allowing consistent coloring and smooth application. Your markers can last 3 years, even if they were just sitting on the shelf. There are four types, and two of those styles can be used for airbrushing if you have the system.

The Magic of Copic Markers

                One of the reasons that Copics have risen to such popularity is the blending capabilities. Blending is a ton of fun, and it can add a lot of depth to your scrapbook. These markers are typically used for coloring, while the pens are designed for writing. When it comes to blending, you can use the techniques to add shade to areas that need it. They even provide a neat blending too, called the blender pen, to make it easier for you to push the colors around and mix them better. Meanwhile, there is a lot to consider about the Copic pens, which many prefer to use for journaling in their scrapbook.

Copic Writing Pens

                Copic has a ton of pens to choose from. There’s the Multiliners, the Multiliner SP and the drawing pen. Each of these has a number of different pens within the categories that offer unique capabilities. I prefer the drawing pens. Part of this is because they simply look so cool, but there’s more to it than simply that. There are two drawing pens: the F01 and the F02. The downside is that the drawing pen isn’t refillable. They’re disposable pens that mimic the feel of fountain pens. You can use the nib to create a wide range of lines, offering some great capabilities for writing and calligraphy.

                These pens are great for writing on smooth paper without having to worry about clogging the pen’s nib. You can create different effects using these pens as you write, making for a great look and feel for your scrapbook page. The ink dries quickly, evaporating the alcohol and leaving behind permanent, toxic-free and acid-free lines that won’t cause your paper to yellow over time. It is comparable to other types of pens, such as water-based, in that it is honestly the most beautiful ink I have ever seen put against paper. It’s my go to pen for literally anything I do, including scrapbooking. They don’t leave behind any mess, and they work with the markers perfectly.

                The Multiliner pens are alright. They are pretty high quality and offer a great feel. The ink is waterproof and resistant to fading. It is pigment-based, archival ink that comes in 8 colors and black. You can use these for outlining and writing, allowing you some flexibility and creativity for how you work on your pages. Many who use these for journaling have found that it offers a fantastic look for their writing.

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