Community US Stamp Album Pages

Introducing the Community US Stamp Album 2006 Supplement

Changes Going Forward

This took longer than I wanted it to, but it’s finally done. This supplement has some changes in it, but this is the “final form” of the Community US Stamp album. All future supplements will use this layout. All previous supplements will be retrofitted and re-released when I find time.

First, I am no longer breaking up stamps into commemorative, definite, special and airmail stamps. Everything just goes in release order for the year.

Second, each stamp box has a smaller 20% gray box in it. This SHOULD BE the size of the mount. It’s there to help you center the stamp mount. 20% grey is light enough that it’s not noticeable if it sticks out from under the mount.

Third, for stamps with multiple Scott major numbers for the same design, the text explaining what’s different about each stamp will be above the stamp image and below the date.

I take all release dates from the US Postal Bulletin. If the Scott Catalog and the US Postal Bulletin are in conflict, I will always go for the US Postal Bulletin.

A Specific Note About This Supplement

2006 saw the release of the Wonders of America 40 stamp se-tenant sheet. One of my cardinal rules is to NEVER break up se-tenants. So, the page for this stamp has a 300 DPI image of the sheet, along with the name, date and description. The bottom of the page has a PDF form box that lets you type in the location of where the sheet is stored. For example, for my sheet, I typed in Full Sheet Album, Page 8.

Scott Numbers

Nothing has changed regarding Scott Numbers. I don’t have a license from Amos to use them, because they won’t grant me one. The entire supplement has Scott numbers in it, but before I release them, I make the Scott numbers white and then generate the PDF. If you want to use Scott numbers, you’ll need to learn a little Scribus and undo what I did.

And finally, here is a screenshot of the first page:

As usual, all files are on my Google Drive, which you can find here:

Community US Stamp Album Pages

A Note About The Community US Stamp Album Font

The Community US Stamp Album uses an open source font from Adobe called Source Sans Pro. Adobe renamed this font to Source Sans 3.

According to Adobe, this is a “breaking change,” meaning, if you have any documents that use Source Sans Pro, they will not automatically switch to Source Sans 3. You’ll get an error that the font is missing. If you’re using style sheets in your apps, you’ll just need to update the style sheets and your document will be fixed.

The change only really affects anyone who’s editing my Scribus files. I’m working on the 2006 supplement now, and needed to make the switch from Source Sans Pro to Source Sans 3.

The two fonts look IDENTICAL, since this is just a name change on Adobe’s part. Here’s hoping when version 4 of the font comes out, they don’t rename it to Source Sans 4.

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2001 Supplement Re-Release

Spent some time this weekend and mounting 2001 Ukrainian Stamps and found some problems. Here’s what’s new:

  1. Ran the stamp descriptions through my ProWritingAid grammar checker. That fixed a LOT of typos and cleaned up grammar mistakes. There is nothing new in the descriptions. They’re just worded far better.
  2. Stamps are laid out in strict MICHEL order number.
  3. Removed the 4th Definitve Issue Stamps (158 III, 156 VI and 158 IV) because those stamps are not in the 2020/2021 Osteuropa Catalog.
  4. Fixed a bunch of stamp box sizes.
  5. There are two pages for the Red Book Fauna stamps. The copy I ordered from eBay was a vertical se-tenant. Almost all the pictures I see are for horizontal se-tenant. So, I made both pages. Print the one you need.

I overwrote the old file. All downloads can be found here:

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2000 Supplement Re-Release

Fixed a lot of little things, including stamp box sizes, typos in the descriptions, and reordered the stamps the best I could in proper MICHEL catalog order number. I overwrote the old file.

You can find all the pages here:

Community US Stamp Album Pages

Introducing the Community US Stamp Album 2005 Supplement

Slowly trudging away on these supplements. Finished 2005 today. I spent way more time than I should have on this today. God bless my wife for putting up with me.

Here is a sample page:

As usual, I had to remove the Scott numbers, since Amos won’t license them to me. But there’s a way to get them back, if you poke around the Scribus file.

The 7zip file containing everything you need is on my Google Drive:

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1999 Supplement Re-Release

I redid the 1999 supplement after noticing some of the stamp boxes were too small to fit the stamp in the mount.

I also changed the order of the stamps on the pages to make them go in strict MICHEL catalog number, which made the supplement 2 pages longer.

Nothing else was changed. If you’re happy with what you have, just keep using it.

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1998 Supplement Reissue

Took a hard look at the 1998 Stamp Album Supplement and found some issues:

  1. Some of the stamp boxes were not the right size
  2. I completely missed 282C-285C, the Red Breasted Goose miniature sheet.

I have one cardinal rule when it comes to mounting stamps: never EVER break up a setenant or miniature sheet. The Red-Breasted Goose Miniature Sheet in longer than a US Letter piece of paper. So, there is no way to fit it in a piece of paper intact.

For this, and other stamp sheets larger than what can fit on a binder page, I purchased a 9×14 Itoya Art Portfolio and put those kinds of stamps in there. I then make a page with a full color scan of the stamp sheet, put it on the page, and make PDF form that has a blank box you can fill in where you are storing the sheet.

The sheet in this supplement looks like this:

The updated supplement is on Google Drive. I just overwrote the old file.

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1997 Supplement Re-Release

When I first began working on the Tryzub Ukrainian stamp album, I was trying to crank through supplements as quickly as possible. This caused me release supplements with best guesses to what the stamp box size should be.

The halfway through the process, I got a MICHEL license to use their catalog numbers, which made me have to redo a lot of old supplements very quickly.

In all that rushing, I never ordered stamps from 1997.

I corrected that 2 weeks ago, and I finally sat down to put stamps in mounts and get the mounts on pages. And I learned that the boxes on the pages were a hot mess. Some stamps fit inside the boxes, and others did not.

So I redid the whole supplement this afternoon. The only thing new is the size of the stamp boxes. MICHEL numbers and descriptions are the same. If you’re happy with the way things are mounted, then there is no reason to download this and remount.

I overwrote the original file on my Google Drive with the new one.


Dealing With Mounts

When you’re bored on Easter morning, then you go nuts on your blog.

Some tips on dealing with stamp mounts this morning…

Cutting stamp mounts with scissors is not a good idea. It’s almost impossible to get a good straight cut. Showgard sells a mount guillotine, which is expensive. You can use a hobby knife and a ruler to get a straight edge. But the most convenient thing I have found is to use a Fiskars SureCut Portable Trimmer with Recycled Cutline.

This is only $13.95 on Amazon, and has served me well for 5 years now.

Glueing mounts to pages is something else I have “hacked.” The back of the mount has a moisture activated glue that will stick to the page. This has 2 slight issues: the moisture used to activate the glue might get into the mount and get on the stamp, and the paper you’re mounting the stamp to might curl.

My local stamp store recommends people use an Uhu/Elmers glue stick to mount my stamps. They are 100% moisture free and have a very high pH, so they’re acid-free. And they won’t curl your page.

I used this method for years with outstanding success. But I wanted something easier to use. So, I discovered these: Tombow Mono Adhesive Dispenser.

You just flip up the tab on the bottom, run it along the length of the page, and then push your mount on the page.


Your Friend, The Hawid Glue Pen

If you’re a collector of non-mainstream countries, such as Ukraine, you may notice that stamp mounts are not available in every size you need. So, more often than not, you end up with a miniature sheet that’s rattling around in a mount that’s too big.

Well, this is where the Hawid Glue Pen comes to the rescue. It lets you take an oversized mount and make it smaller. You open the mount and run the Glue Pen along the length of the mount, close it, apply pressure and then trim the excess mount you don’t need. With some practice, you’ll be able to get a perfect mount every time.

One word of caution. You’re going to really manhandle your mounts. And mounts pick up oils off your fingers like crazy. So, I strongly suggest you wash your hands before you use the Hawid Glue Pen. I shortened two mounts this morning, and got fingerprints all over them, inside and out and spent another 10-15 minutes cleaning them with Windex and paper towels. You don’t want to go there, if you can avoid it.

You also want to get a mount that’s close to what you need in size. You’re shortening one side of the mount., so the split in the back will no longer be in the middle of the mount. If you use a mount that’s too big, then one flap could become tiny and not hold the stamp in securely.