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Community US Stamp Album Pages

Community US Stamp Album 2001 Stamp Album Reissue

With me finishing the tweak to the Community US Stamp Album layout in my 2007 supplement, I now have to go back and edit all the previous supplements to make them match 2007. So, what’s different:

  1. The year will appear on the top of each page
  2. Stamps will appear in release order, layout permitting
  3. I will no longer break up stamps into commemorative, special and definitive.
  4. Definitives with similar designs will have differentiating text (perforation, color, etc.) above the stamp box

Redoing this supplement was a huge PITA. USPS issues a LOT of definitives, and collecting all the variation information was really a long process.

Then I spent a good chunk of today redoing the pages. I printed them out, only learn I forgot to include a sheet.

So, I needed to add the page and print them again.

Then my printer jammed.

Then for some reason all the odd pages printed doble sided.

Finally the pages were ready and I began to move stamps. Last page of stamps and every single mount split and I had to cut new mounts.

So, here we are, it’s 12:30 AM on Sunday morning and the sheets are done and I have remounted the stamps.

Here’s a pic of one of the new pages:

Pages can be found on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973?usp=sharing

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Still Patiently Waiting for My Ukrainian Stamps to Arrive

Shipped on January 6th. Left Ukraine on January 8th. Then tracking goes dead. The seller asked me to wait a few more weeks. It’s been 2 weeks since then. I think it’s time to assume they have lost it in transit.

The supplement is done. Just need to test fit stamps in mounts before I can put it up for general consumption.

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Mystic Heirloom Stamp Album

Mystic Heirloom 2021 Supplement

Even though I am pretty committed to the Community US Stamp album I still buy the Mystic supplements to see how they’re laid out. My 2021 supplement arrived in the mail today, and I only see 2 pages that need hacking. Page 1594, an updated page for the 2020 supplement, and page 1602, the flowers booklet both have broken up se-tenants. Seems like a pretty easy hack, so I think I’ll take some time and see if I can put this together real quick.

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How I Am Setting Up My Albums

I thought people might be interested in how I am setting up my albums now.

For binders, I am using the Avery Frame View Heavy Duty Binder:

I buy binders with 1″ binder rings because I find them easier to deal with.

I print all my pages double sided and put them in Staples Heavyweight Sheet Protectors.

https://www.staples.com/Staples-Heavyweight-Presentation-Sheet-Protectors-200-Pack/product_612997

Staples Heavyweight Sheet Protectors, Clear, 200/Box (34846) | Staples

Though I have used different paper in the past, I am currently using HP 40 lb Project Paper.

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-40-lb-heavyweight-project-paper-250-sht-letter-85-x-11-in

Amazon.com : HP Heavyweight Project Paper | Matte Inkjet & Laser | 8.5x11 |  250 Sheets : Office Products

I’m printing my pages out on my Epson EcoTank ET-2750 printer. I also have a Brother HL-3170CDW color laser printer, which I love. But when you print on thicker paper in the laser printer, you need to tell the driver that you’re using thicker paper, which cranks up the heat on the drum. This really causes the paper to curl.

I always thought the laser printer produced crisper and clearer output than the inkjet, but the Inkjet pages were nice and flat. Then I discovered Colorlock paper. The HP 40 lb paper gives me output just as crisp and clean and the laser printer.

I’ll try to post some pictures of the actual album I have put together after Christmas is over.

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2002 Reissue

Sometimes you make a stamp album supplement without actually having the stamps. Then, years later you get the stamps and you realize they don’t fit in the stamp boxes you made.

Well, that’s what happened with the 2002 supplement. Most of the stamp boxes were too small. When I enlarged them, I could not quite get them to fit the way they were before, so this supplement is one page longer than the old one.

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

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ?resourcekey=0-3eyZIovFL3Z5GX4toYyquQ&usp=sharing

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2020 Supplement Reissue

Two supplements in one day!

Now I give you the updated Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2020 Supplement Reissue.

When I released the 2020 supplement earlier this year, I had a warning that MICHEL stopped numbering Ukrainian stamps pretty early in 2020, and my numbers were a “best guess.” I assume this was pandemic related.

Well, my “best guess” wasn’t good enough.

So, today I cleaned it up and reposted it.

All MICHEL numbers have been fixed, and the last 5 pages have been re-arranged so that all stamps are in proper MICHEL catalog order number.

I simply overwrote the old file. You can find it on my Google Drive here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ?resourcekey=0-3eyZIovFL3Z5GX4toYyquQ

And, I am having issues with email updates. If you missed the email, my Community US Stamp Album 2007 supplement is out.

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Community US Stamp Album Pages

Introducing the Community US Stamp Album 2007 Supplement!

This one took longer than expected. Had to get stamps. Had to get mounts. Had to deal with definitives. But, it’s finally done. Here is a sample page:

I still don’t have a license to use Scott catalog numbers on my pages, so the PDFs in this 7-zip file don’t have them.

This time around I included an “ink-saver” PDF. Same exact pages, but no stamp images.

As usual, files are on my Google Drive here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973?usp=sharing

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WordPress Stay of Execution

Due to a great Black Friday deal on web hosting at my existing provider, I upgraded my plan to allow greater resource utilization. WordPress, you get a break until I can find the time to redesign the site.

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WordPress on the Chopping Block Again

Despite my various attempts to optimize my site, I am unable to get resource utilization down to an acceptable level for my web hosting provider.

So, I have 48 hours to do something about it, or my site will be taken down. I’ve eliminated everything except the high I/O usage, which happens once or twice a day for only a minute or so. Problem is, I can’t get good detailed logs to figure out exactly what’s going on.

So, stand by to see what happens.

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Mystic Heirloom Stamp Album

Old File Moves to Google Drive Part 2

OK, I took the last of the Mystic Heirloom hacks and moved them to my shared Google Drive.

The following pages can now be found there:

  • Page 131
  • Page 395
  • Page 445
  • Page 557
  • Page 607
  • Page 609
  • Page 631
  • Page 667
  • Page 779
  • Page 886