As cute as writing with Sharpies is, I'd like to print the findings from some user interviews onto sticky notes for affinity mapping. My reasoning is that printed characters are more reliably readable than handwriting. And if we've already typed our insights, I want to leverage them! So, are there any known ways to use a laser printer or similar to print onto sticky notes?
You can get A4 sized printable label sheets. Those you can print on using any standard printer. Just feed this special sheet into the tray.
You need to download a word table template with the right spacing & cell sizes.
Avery is a popular brand. Don't know the official name but I always thought of those as printable label sheets.
Since I have had glue from sticky notes and envelopes melt in my laser printer before, I would advise a different approach. (This is also helps with the fact that most larger laser printers I have seen won't print on anything smaller than 8.5 x 5.5 inches (half letter, approx A5 european size).
Print whatever it is you want to print, cut it out, and apply Removable Restickable Glue to one edge of the back of each cut piece. (That link is to 3M "Scotch" brand, but there are several other brands and you can find it at most office supply stores.)
This has an added benefit that you can vary the size and even the shape of the notes that you have if you desire to do that.
Years later, I came across a solution: Printing onto clear labels 2.75" x 2.75". I mail merged to the template from Excel. My team and I used this method to create 2,000 sticky notes.
As epic as it was, I wouldn't repeat it. I'd use a tool like MURAL that involve much less physical labor.
Make a blank Excel sheet, and use the border tool to put borders around all the cells. Then, adjust the cell height and width so that they are exactly the height and width of Post-It notes. This will likely take some trial and error. Once you have it, print the sheet. You should end up with a piece of paper that had a blank grid on it.
Next, type in each cell what you want to appear on the Post-It notes. Carefully stick your Post-It notes on the paper, lining them up with the grid lines. Load that sheet into your printer and when you print the Excel file, you'll have beautiful printed Post-It notes.
Please note that this will only work on an ink jet printer. DO NOT try this with a laser printer.
One useful tool I use is this ipad app called Post it capture notes
It allows me to take a photograph of the post it notes,categorize and then convert into a format for easy consumption.
Using this tool you can easily print it or share it any format used.