Ok, a really simple question.

When creating a hipster do you print on both sides? NTP

Syndicate content

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Two faced?

I'm still in the experimental phase of hipster implementation, myself. When I go freeform (no templates) I always use both sides. The blank white Oxford cards I picked up for printing templates seem to be the worst quality index cards I've used yet (no problem with the Oxford ruled assorted colour cards, but I'm not happy with the visual confusion the extra lines make). I printed the blank cards up using both sides, but the 'back' side feathers terribly with my fountain pen (and I'm even using Noodlers ink and a Sailor fine nib, about as anti-feathering a combo as I've found yet). I'd like to use the templates on both sides, but I'll have to get some better blank cards. Suggestions?

I know lots of people use full sized card stock and a cutter, but I haven't seen any card stock around these parts. Which brands are people using, and where are you getting it?


Fine gel pens work much

Fine gel pens work much better on index cards. You can fit more information,and they are less likely to bleed. Fountain pens are beautiful, but i'd save them for papers, letters and notebooks like moleskines. A lot of stores carry card stock including walmart. You might be able to get some ordered in from any number of sources and it is probably more economical,and faster. I've tried both and the print quality is much better on the card stock. I'm not sure if that is of any help. (:

Hipsters and pens

Ah, but then I'm adjusting to the tool (hipster), not using the DIY ethic to adjust the tool to me! :)

I use fountain pens because I like them better than other pens. Most of the pens I've got are nicely designed but simple and utilitarian, and these days I write with them almost exclusively.

As for getting more text on the card: with this funky little Sailor I just picked up, about the only pen I can write smaller legibly with is a Pilot Hi-Tec-C .3mm, and that pen always feels like it's going to jab through the page or snap off.

I stopped using fountain pens for a couple of years because the paper in my Daytimer bled. The Hi-Tec-C .4mm was my gel pen of choice and though I had a dozen or so pens in cool colours kicking around, I was never really satisfied.

Now I'm back to fountain pens, and I'm trying to adapt my productivity tools to my desire to use fountain pens everywhere, not the other way around.

RevNomad: Sorry for hijacking the thread! :)


oops sorry i didn't see the

oops sorry i didn't see the first post. yes i always print on both sides. I'd feel very wasteful otherwise.

Drifting if you are set on a fountain pen why not try a variety of papers out first to find the one that works for fountain pen ink. I'm not sure if that's much help, but it's what i'd do.

I envy you my writing is far to awful to be legible with a fountain pen. But maybe i haven't tried the right one and need more practice.

one more thought: perhaps

one more thought: perhaps the hipster doesn't have to be on index cards or cards. It may not be how Merlin envisioned it but you could pick good paper for your ink, and fit more "pages" in your stack. If you had a good backing, or cover (maybe a few cards glued together with contact cement or some other sturdy/creative cover) it should be quite easy to write on. more like a regular notepad. it might make sorting/filing a bit more difficult and paper cuts more likely. Then again I think somebody mentioned printing on post-its (four stuck on a sheet of paper might be a possibility) which would be a great way to have cards to shuffle around on a wall... and they could be filed on larger sheets.

just a crazy suggestion. Maybe someone has a better one, or if you have time to experiment you will come up with something far better to suit your needs.

I'm not up on all the cardstock available so maybe there is something out there. Maybe a paper shop would let you test a few samples before you buy from them...

good luck! :)

Card stock

Most of the index card stocks I've tried haven't done (what I consider to be) an exception job in double-siding, due to bleeding. It seems that few manufacturers assume a coating is needed on the flip side. If anybody has had some success in this regard, please chime in here with the brands and product numbers.

That being said, my Canon i350 printer doesn't really take too well to index cards (ugly margins) so I do the 4-up on card stock myself, then cut with a guillotine. Here at the Wal*Mart is Georgia-Pacific Card Stock, white, 110 weight, 150 sheets. The only number I can find on the product is 994803. It's about $4.50 USD (per current exchange rates), and so gives me about 600 double-sided cards. There are very few little problems with printer ink bleed since one side is very well coated and the other is fairly well coated. There is no bleed whatsoever with a Pilot G2.

Hope that helps!

all my best,

Printing on both sides

For the record, I almost always print on both sides, since it saves card stock and makes my deck a lot smaller, e.g., I have 4 action lists on two cards. Some designs are even meant for double-siding, such as the landscape "flip" monthly card. (*sigh* Gotta come up with better names for some of these.) Some of the more free-form ones, like story ideas, I generally leave the back blank for jotting notes or doing sketches.

all my best,

Thanks for the responses

I'm considering moving from Classic to Hipster. However neither printer will handle index cards. The Sharp Digital Imager handles postcards fine.

I asked about both sides, in part, because getting the two sided layout to work well with the Imager is a pain. The Imager always prints one side upside down.

I'll keep experimenting.


this may be a silly

this may be a silly question, but is it printing both sides at once? i've never heard of a printer that could do that... if it isn't you would just need to turn the paper around before it went through the second time. (-:

Well not at once but close

I was being lazy.

The Sharp (which is a copier/printer/scanner) feeds the paper through then reverses it's self to print the second side. I've discovered thorugh experimentation that if the page is not oriented as the hardware expects it will print one side upside down. The machine lacks the software, possibly firmware, to adapt to differing orientations.

I've confessed the sin of sloth and started feeding the paper through twice by hand.


printing on both sides

Sorry if this sounds a bit like an advert. It's not, it's just that this printer is ideal for GTD. The Canon Pixma IP3000 prints on both sides. It turns the paper around and prints faultlessly. It also prints 2 sides to a page and booklets. Plus great photos and 3x5 cards. And it's about £70. I have a much more expensive HP printer and it's not as versatile or as good.

printers are getting more

printers are getting more and more amazing all the time! technology is not all bad. :-)

four up still saves time though!

I do print on both sides. I

I do print on both sides. I think it is conventional and probably economic. Other than those reasons, I don't see any justification for my doings.