It’s the simple things in life that make things more… simple, right? Here’s a quick little hack that will change your world - how to print on sticky notes (aka Post-It Notes).
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What are sticky notes?
Sticky notes are like Post-It Notes. They’re pieces of paper with a sticky backing, and they come as a little notepad. Some pads have adhesive on the top part of the back of the paper, and some have an entirely adhesive back.
Some pads come as blank sheets, while others have lined paper. You can also find them in many different sizes, from little strips to full-size sheets.
Depending on how much “sticky” and space you need to write on, you’ll have a few options to choose from.
Where can you buy sticky notes?
You can find sticky notes at any office supply store like Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, or stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco.
SECRET: You can find them at the Dollar Tree for $1! That’s where I like to get mine, because they have the basic kinds as well as some cute ones with unicorns, flamingos and cactus designs. Every Dollar Tree will have different stock available, and they won’t all have them in-store.
I have also found some in Daiso stores, so if you have one nearby, check out their stash.
Why you should print on sticky notes.
Why wouldn’t you?
I write on sticky notes ALL THE TIME. I have all these thoughts that I need to organize, and sticky notes help me sort it all out.
When I’m studying, I like to write it down on a sticky note first before putting it onto my main notes. That way, I don’t have a bunch of scribbles all over the place.
Printing on sticky notes helps make everything a lot neater. Since it’s not final (or doesn’t have to be final), you have the freedom to put a bunch of things down on paper before putting them in your final notes. Plus, typing it out helps with being able to decipher what it was that you were thinking at the time.
Reminiscing about those times where you’re going through your pile of stickies and not knowing what the heck you wrote down in the heat of the moment… yup. Me.
How to Print on Sticky Notes
Open up a word processing document (MS Word, Pages, etc.) and set your page settings. I set mine to Letter size (8.5” x 11”), portrait orientation with narrow margins.
Use the shape tool and draw a rectangle, and resize it to the size of your sticky notes. For normal size square sticky notes, it’ll be 3”x3”.
I like to make sure that my rectangle’s lines are a soft gray (to avoid wasting ink), with no effects like shadows or bevels.
Copy and paste your shape as many times as you need to. A normal 3x3 sticky note will fit 6 times on a regular letter size paper.
Print out this sheet, and this will serve as your template.
Next, you’ll want to stick your notes onto the rectangles you printed out and insert into your printer.
Make sure you check your printer and insert the paper in the right direction.
On your word document, you’ll need to create a text box within the rectangles you made and enter the text you want to print onto the sticky notes.
DO NOT CHANGE THE PLACEMENT OF THE RECTANGLES.
Once you are finished entering the text, print it out.
You should have a nice set of freshly printed notes, to-do lists, or whatever you want on sticky notes.