Time to get busy writing stamp descriptions.
The Scribus Development Team released Scribus 1.6.1. This is the first new. stable release in a LONG time ( the 1.5.x series were all development builds)
Best part for me is that Scribus 1.6.1 finally has an Apple Silicon build!
Well, it’s been a while since I posted anything. There’s a work project that has actually kept me busy for the last 4 years. Plus, we had this pandemic happen. Both my kids graduated from college. My wife retired. Life is busier than that I thought it would be.
So, over the last month, I finished up the Community US Stamp Album 2008 Supplement. Thanks to my wife for proofreading everything and for putting up with the time suck that is stamp page design.
So, here is a screenshot of a sample page:
And, as always, you can download the file from my Google Drive, though that may change soon.
Please let me know if I screwed anything up royally.
I sent MICHEL’s editor an email about the second self-stamp, along with scans that Ukrposhta provided me. They assigned it a catalog number and will publish it their next issue of their Rundschau magazine.
So, expect an update to the 2022 supplement soon.
I just figured out that I messed up the definitive stamps. That’s the only page that has changed:
Files are on my Google Drive:
The Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2022 is ready with some minor caveats.
This supplement is PARTIALLY INCOMPLETE because of the following:
- The second Self-Stamp, released on November 18, 2022 does not have a MICHEL catalog number assigned yet
- The Bakhmut and Kremenchuk 2022 definitives also do not have a MICHEL catalog number. But since these stamps are a previous design with just the year microprint changed, I
have a really good guess as to what the number is going to be, so I inserted my best-guess number.
As usual, there are US Letter and A4 sized pages. But this year, I have been experimenting with Scott Nation size paper, which is 10″x11½”. With these pages I completely changed the layout and the fonts. This is more a “technical preview” than anything else.
If you do choose to print these out, you will need to use 10″x11½” paper. If you try to “shrink to fit” in your print dialog box, the boxes will be the wrong wise and the stamps will not fit.
The regular page looks like this:
The Scott size pages look like this:
The Scott-sized pages are obviously bigger, so they fit more stamps.
As usual the 7-zip file with all the stuff you need to print or hack the pages can be found on my Google Drive:
I am working on the supplement as we speak. The big holdup for me is that Ukrposhta released two self-stamps in 2022. MICHEL assigned a catalog number for the first stamp released on July 5, 2022.
But the second self-stamp, released on November 18, 2022 does not have a MICHEL number.
Since MICHEL skipped right past it in their numbering system, I can’t even guess what the MICHEL number will be.
For now, it’s going in without a catalog number, and I will release an updated page when this gets an official catalog number.
I sent an email to the editor of the MICHEL catalog a few weeks ago, but have not gotten a reply yet.
I recently bought a new printer and wanted to get some cream colored paper to print stamp pages on it. Well, cream colored paper was in pretty short supply.
I tracked down a local printer and asked them about getting cream colored paper. The guy told me all the paper mills are only cranking out white paper now, and have been for the last 2 years. The only cream colored paper is what’s in the supply chain. Soon as that runs out, wholesalers and retailers can’t get any more right now.
If you use some kind of color paper to print stamp pages, I recommend you track some down and buy an extra ream or two to get you “over the hump” until companies start cranking out colored paper again.
I got my 2022 stamps in from BeeUkrainian on eBay. I put most of them in mounts this evening and tried to write down stamp names and MICHEL numbers.
And, the mess begins…
- Ukraine withdrew all stamps for sale that had a V or Z on it due to the war.
- There are stamps that were supposed to come out in February, and never got released, for obvious reasons.
- MICHEL still has not issued stamp numbers for all the 2022 releases.
- There are stamps in my year set that MICHEL has not assigned a number to, and I can’t find them on Colnect. The stamp obviously exists, since I’m holding them in my hands now. But I have no idea when they came out.
- Ukrposhta has completely changed their postal mini-market. I can no longer see every stamp they issued along with the release date. Now I can only see what they have in stock for sale, and I can’t see release dates.
So, even thought I really want to get these pages done, I have a LOT of homework to do here.
Here is a simple border I hacked together that I hope people can use for their stamp pages:
At the link below you can download the Scribus file, a PDF, an SVG and a JPG file.
I designed the page US Letter with 15 mm borders on all sides.
This border DOES NOT scale well. If you need to rescale it, I STRONGLY SUGGEST you open the Scribus file, ungroup the border and resize each of the 3 boxes that make up the border to the size you need. That will give you the best results.
If you want to recreate the border on your own, here is what I did:
- The outer box has a 0.1 mm line width
- The middle box is 2mm smaller on each side than the outer box. Its line width is 0.75 mm and is 50% grey
- The inner box has a 0.1mm line width and is 2mm smaller on all sides than the middle box.