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Mystic Heirloom Stamp Album

Mystic Heirloom Page 395 Hack

Who would want to take their beautiful Universal Postal Union Se-Tenant and break it up into individual stamps.  Well, now you don’t have to!

If you’re using your own paper, grab this PDF:  Mystic Page 395

If you’re using Mystic blank pages, grab this PDF: Mystic Page 395-Mystic Paper

If you want to modify the pages yourself, then grab this ZIP file containing the Scribus file and the images:  Mystic Page 395 Hack

This is what the page looks like:

I hope someone finds this useful.

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Custom Album Pages

I made some album pages for the Flags Of Our Nation Coil Stamps

I’ve given up on trying to find an album that makes me happy for stamps 2001-present.  So, I decided to start hacking something together myself.  Here is my first attempt.  I made pages for the Flags Of Our Nation Coil Stamps.  Hopefully someone will find them useful.

PDFs can be found here:  Flags Of Our Nation PDFs

Scribus Source Files With Images and Fonts can be found here:  Flags Of Our Nation

You can see a sample page here:

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Scribus

A script that’s going to make my life easier

So, I learned that the tool I use to crank out stamp pages, Scribus, is scriptable.

I decided to take advantage of this fact and write a script that can use some form of input (an XML file in my case) and use it to crank out a bunch of boxes on a page that have stamp images inside, a title over the top and a description on the bottom.  You still need to move these boxes around and lay them out, but that’s pretty easy to do with the built in align and distribute tools.  Getting everything lined up right for each individual stamp box was consuming a lot of my time.

So, I wrote about it on stampcommuinty.org and posted the script.  It’s crude, but it works. Check out my post here, if you want to give it a try:

http://www.stampcommunity.org/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=25697

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Mystic Heirloom Stamp Album Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Executive Decision Time

I’ve written a python script for Scribus that is going to make cranking out pages a LOT easier.  But, one tedious manual step still remains.  And that’s converting the images to black and white.

Since the Tryzub pages have color on the top, I think I still need to convert images to black and white.  For any other hacks going forward, the stamp images will be in color.  Most printer drivers have the option to print in black and white.  I see no reason to go through the effort of converting images to black and white, when your printer driver can do it for you.

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Custom Album Pages

Nice border if you’re making custom pages…

I came upon this border on a free vector graphics site and turned into a full page border.  Thought someone might find it useful.

And here is a scalable svg of the above graphic for your use.  You’ll need 7-zip to extract it: border

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

And the Tryzub 2000 Stamp Album Supplement is here!

This one was a pain.  The stamp volume is starting to creep up.

You can get a PDF of the 2000 supplement here: Ukraine-2000

And the Scribus 7-zip source file is here: 2000 Ukrainian Stamp Pages

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

New Pages! 1999 Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Supplement is done

I managed to crank through the 1999 supplement.  Ukraine is issuing way too many stamps.

A PDF of the supplement can be found here:  Ukraine-1999

And the 7-Zip file with images and Scribus files is here:  1999 Ukrainian Stamp Pages

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

And The 1998 Tryzub Stamp Album Redesign Is Done!

All the previous Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album supplements are done!  Now I can move on to 1999 and start doing new stuff!

The PDF for 1998 can be found here:  Ukraine-1998

And the 7-zip file with the Scribus source files and images is here:  1998 Ukrainian Stamps

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1997 Page Redesign Complete

1997 Stamp Pages are done!

You can get the PDF here:  Ukraine-1997

The 7ZIP file containing images and Scribus file is here:  1997 Ukrainian Postage Stamps

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Pages

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1996 Page Redesign

So, as I sit here bored out of mind waiting for my hip to heal from hip replacement surgery, I cranked out the redesign of 1996.

A PDF of the pages can be found here: Ukraine-1996

A 7-Zip archive with all images and Scribus files can be found here:  1996 Ukrainian Stamp Pages