Printing Post-it notes

Currently working with a large team with a large number of tasks logged in TFS, and represented on the board as by Post-It notes. Rather than rely on the legibility of our handwriting I wanted to print our tasks on a Laser printer, thus the “Printed Post-It Notes” project was born. There are several blog posts out there that describe the process, so I won’t go into the details. I have however attached the templates I used for the standard 76mm x 76mm and 127mm x 76mm 3M sizes for your own use. The actual conversion from TFS work items to a printable page was done with Word 2013 Mail Merge.

The prepared post it note sheets before printing looked like this:

…and the printed Post-It™ notes look like this:

POST-IT NOTES GOTCHAS

There were a couple of snags that you need to be aware of before embarking on your own project:

  • Not all printers feed paper in the same way, do a test on your printer by printing the blanks and then running them through the printer a second time so that you can be 100% sure you have the paper the right way up.
  • The wide post it notes tend to cause the paper to bend, the only way round this is to be really careful to attach the Post-It notes to the paper on a completely flat surface. If you don’t do this the rollers will cause creases in the page.
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