I ordered the Mystic Heirloom 2018 stamp supplement, just to see how much hacking it would need. It appears there are only 2 pages that need modification, and those really are optional, and more for the way I collect stamps.
For the Hot Wheels stamps, I decided I wanted to keep the whole sheet together, even though there are two copies of every stamp, and technically none of them touch each other.
So here is what I came up with this morning:
All downloads for these pages and older ones are on my Google Drive.
Well, not really a fix. More an omission. Same trip to the stamp store, and the owner told me that the Hank Williams stamp had 2 major Scott catalog numbers with 2 different perforation: 10×10 and 11¼x11½.
Since I am collecting all Scott major numbers, I decided to modify the page to include Scott 2723A. The page now looks like this:
In my previous attempt to make sure whole sheet se-tenants are not broken up, I created a page that had a nice high resolution scan of the full sheet with a form fox that allow you to enter the location where you are keeping the sheet.
This is my solution going forward, so I did the same for the North American Wildlife sheet that came out in 1987.
Mystic’s pages 415-423 lets you mounts the 1976 full sheet se-tenant of US state flags as individual stamps. This is not the way I would do it, but it’s really the ONLY way to do it, if you want to put the stamps in your album.
I chose to go a different. I have a Itoya Art Portfolio that I store all my full sheet se-tenants in. Since I am NOT planning on breaking them up in order to mount them in the album, and since I don’t want to buy a whole other sheet to break it up into individual stamps, I did the following.
I took my flag sheet and I scanned it at 600dpi. I then made one page, with this picture on it. Underneath it is the caption “State Flags” and underneath that is a PDF text field you click in and enter the description of where you store this sheet. In my case, I typed “This stamp sheet can be found in Full Sheet Album on page 1.”
I then print that, and place is my album and remove pages 414-423 from the album.
A WARNING: The file is HUGE. It’s about 127 MB in size. That’s because of the 600 dpi image of the stamp sheet. But it looks REALLY nice when it prints out.
A NOTE: I should also hack pages 413-414 in order to clean up the descriptions on page 414. Right now the description starts talking about the stamp sheet and then lists the stamps that were on page 415. That’s “good enough” for me for now. I’ll revisit this hack when it’s not 10:00 PM at night on a Sunday.
The page was a bit of pain to hack, but I did the best I could with it. I wanted to keep the letter writing stamps as a complete vertical strip. This is what I came up with. Not 100% happy with it, but I like it more than what Mystic did. Feel free to use the Scribus file to hack some more.
The strip of Christmas stamps was incorrectly labeled as a self-adhesive booklet. It is, in fact, a self-adhesive coil. Page has been corrected and the old file has been overwritten. Same download link will get you the new file.