Community US Stamp Album Pages Scribus

How to make stamp pages for yourself that have catalog numbers, but remove them so you can give them to others.

So, I have recently begun work on an album of 21st Century US Stamps.  One of the things that’s insanely useful about properly laid out album pages, is the use of catalog numbers to you identify what you have and what you need.  You can design your own album pages and use catalog numbers, but distributing them to others can be a bit tricky.

From my personal experience, Scott will not give you a license to distribute their catalog numbers in album pages you make for others.  So what’s a guy to do?  USE STYLES!

Styles are a feature in Scribus that lets you set a certain font, size, color. spacing, justification, etc. and then apply those same settings to a text box.  You can then set the same style to multiple text boxes.  When you change the style, ALL the text boxes assigned to that style change also.

Here’s an example of a stamp with Scott catalog numbers on the bottom:

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And here is a part of a page with 3 different Scott numbers:



So, as you can see, you could not give this page to other people.  But, luckily I took the trouble to learn about Scribus style sheets and all the catalog numbers have the same style.

So, go to the menu up top and click on Edit and choose Styles:



You will then see a list of styles:



Choose the style for your Catalog numbers and click on Edit:



Click on the Character style tab.  Go down to Colors and click on the arrow.  Choose White off the list.  Click on Apply and then choose Done.

Once that’s done, close the Style window and you’ll see all the catalog numbers are gone:



Now all you need to do is make a PDF file for people.  Go to the File menu, choose Export and then choose PDF:



The PDF preflight checker will come up.  Just choose to Ignore errors:



The next dialog will prompt you to save the PDF file.



Click on Save and you’ll have a PDF without Catalog numbers!

Community US Stamp Album Pages

The Community 2001 Stamp Album Scanned Pages

I scanned in all the pages with stamps on them.

Community US Stamp Album Pages

The Community 2001 US Stamp Album Supplement errata…

So, once again I went and posted a supplement without my wife proof reading it.  And again there were mistakes.  So, here’s version 1.0.1 to fix some typos.  Details are included on page 3 of the supplement.

I am also finally releasing the Scribus files, so you can edit the pages yourself.

The pages use the open source typeface Adobe Sans Source Pro.  If you want to edit the files, you MUST download and install the font from here:

And now the files:

PDF File: usa_2001

ZIP File containing Scribus file and images, that you can edit yourself: usa_2001


Community US Stamp Album Pages

A New Project: The Community 21st Century Stamp Album!

So, I have decided that hacking the Mystic Heirloom past 2000 is too much work, and it’s easier to just make my own pages.

So, with the help of some friendly people on the  Internet, I have finished the 2001 supplement to this new project.,  Right now there is only a US Letter PDF available.  I should have Scribus source files up in a few days, along with scans of the pages with stamps on them.

But, in the meantime, enjoy the PDF file:  usa_2001

And here’s a picture of one of the pages:

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