Thanks to everyone for this discussion so far. I just received this notebook as a gift and at first also had trouble getting the smart stickers to work. Happily, I just was able to troubleshoot this myself by adjusting the flash settings and making sure the notebook was on a dark/contrasting background. Once I turned off the flash and had the darker background, the camera was able to capture the smart stickers and the tags worked! Any folks going through the same thing might want to try adjusting the flash settings and the background of the notebook. Love this notebook, thanks!