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Posted 10/09/2017   10:20 am  Show Profile Check Ricky93's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Ricky93 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

I am having another struggle with my BRD (West-German) stamp collection.
I have sorted them all out on catalogue number, and I am wanting to put them in my album now.

But I have only a plain stockbook to put them in to.
I would love to put them in a pretty DAVO album, but I don't have the money to buy them...

Isn't it nicer to make my own album with some grid paper and stamp mounts??
So that I print my own texts and add them on to the paper.

Can you'll give me some pictures, and ideas of how to start making a stamp album?
Thanks for all the fantastic help!

Greetings, Ricky93
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Posted 10/09/2017   10:36 am  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Ricky. I hae been printing my own albums for quite some time now and find it very attractive. Not because of the savings ( I do have a couple of DAVO albums ), but mostly because of the freedom it allows.
I use AlbumEasy, a free program that is available at http://thestampweb.com and on the site you can find several examples.

Peter
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Posted 10/09/2017   12:31 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You can make up printed pages, or you can simply use quadrille and write or stick on your own descriptions. I use this type of paper

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Dauwalders...4634.c0.m322

Or, if you look here under "albums d'Europe", you'll find free German pages to print (this site can be a little awkward since its revamp)

http://www.album.france-timbres.net
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Posted 10/12/2017   11:15 am  Show Profile Check Ricky93's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Ricky93 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks both for the replies.

AlbumEasy doesn't look very easy to understand, but I will give it a try.

Under "albums d'Europe" I can only find French written pages for my German album...
Is there any site on the www which has English or German pages for my BRD (West-German) album??
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Posted 10/13/2017   12:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clivel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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AlbumEasy doesn't look very easy to understand, but I will give it a try.

Hi Ricky.
If you have any questions getting started with AlbumEasy, please feel free to contact me, either via the form on the AlbumEasy web site or via this forum.
Regards,
Clive
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Posted 10/22/2017   02:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You can print your own album pages on notebook sized blank paper by paying a small subscription fee to Stamp Albums [dot]com. You can even have these pages printed for you fairly inexpensively by using one of the printers listed under "Need Already Printed Pages" on this same website.

If you print them yourself, I suggest using heavier weight paper around 50-60 "pounds" in weight. If you have them print the pages for you, they will print on 8.5 x 11" paper (like A4 paper) or on Minkus or Scott sized paper used often in the U.S. The pages will look very nice.

If you want to use blank or quadrille pages, since your'e in the Netherlands, it would be very easy to purchase some high quality blank album pages fairly easily. Davo makes nice but expensive albums and even their blank pages are fairly expensive. The same for Lighthouse which makes very high quality, but very expensive albums and blank pages. One publisher though does sell blank and quadrille pages fairly inexpensively, I've found, and that is Schaubek. While other publishers' pages sell for between 0.50 to 1.00 Euros a page (!), Schaubek pages are generally only 0.30 Euros a page. That's a big savings. You will need to use Schaubek binders to hold them, though.  Those cost about 35.00 Euros each. You may be able to buy some used binders at a stamp shop or on eBay.

Or you can use blank albums sold by Prinz Publications in Britain or from Dauwalders Stamp Shop, also in Britain. Both have good websites. They will each sell you a fairly inexpensive binder (often with a slipcase) and including good quality blank or quadrille pages to put in it. Cost would be "about" 30-40 Euros for the whole album.

As for how to make the album, I'd follow a stamp catalogue and mount the stamps in that order. If you don't have a catalogue buy a used on (again at a stamp shop or on eBay). For you, probably Michel catalogues would be best -- or Stanley Gibbons, Yvert and Tellier, or Ceres. Even a U.S. Scott catalogue would be fine. Be sure you get a catalogue that covers the countries you're interested in collecting. A used catalogue is fine for now. I buy used catalogues, myself.

Mount the stamps in chronological order, following the catalogue. You can either put them into stamp mounts, but these are fairly expensive or use stamp hingers to mount the stamps.
Write the name of the country at the top of the blank pages, and perhaps write a brief identifying description above each group of stamps. There's no "right" way to do it. Whatever you like is best.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 10/22/2017   08:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BKing to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I make my own album pages mainly because I have never found an album that completely suits my needs. I tried Album Easy but like Ricky I found it too difficult to learn, so I began using the Print Shop 20 program. I use the older version because I can import and resize images easier. With Print Shop I can make the pages as simple or elaborate as I desire. A few examples below:






The B&W page was downloaded from the Philosateleian website. I edited it adding the stamp images and puting the se-tenants together.
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Posted 10/22/2017   08:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldtriguy1960 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BKing,

Was it difficult to edit the Philosatelian album pages?
I use some of those pages to augment my collection.
Can you describe how you edit them?

The Philsatelian USA pages are free on his site and I highly recommend them!

Dave N.
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Posted 10/22/2017   11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BKing to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
oldtriguy - I purchased an upgrade from Adobe that allows me to easily edit PDF pages. I forget what it was called, it cost about $35. With the new program I merely copy the PDF page, open it & right click anywhere on the page to select "edit". Inserting images is simple, just copy & paste. The biggest problem I have is sizing the images and centering them in the boxes. It's time consuming, but not difficult.

Edit: I just checked my saved mail, the program is called PDF Complete Office Edition.
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Posted 10/22/2017   11:42 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Adobe LiveCycle Designer is the application that comes with the full version (not free) of Adobe Acrobat Professional. This is the best app to use to edit any PDF.

This is also the app that should also be used to make real, interactive PDF forms. Any club or organization that is asking users to fill out PDF forms should be using this to develop them. This method allows user to type in the field of the forms. It does not not force them to print out the form, fill it by hand, and then scan or mail the hand written form. (This is 2017, not 1997.)
Don
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Posted 10/25/2017   02:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bill Steiner's pages are all in US Letter format. If you're in the Netherlands, I assume you're using A4 paper. PostmasterGS has a solution here that uses LibreOffice and Scribus that I use to do my album pages. It's a little bit of work, but it works well for me.

If you want something with a GUI, you can try this app:

http://stamppagetor.sourceforge.net/
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Free Ukrainian Stamp Album and modified Mystic Stamp Album Pages - http://www.stamphacks.com


Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society Member #1212: http://www.upns.org
Eire Philatelic Association Member #2869: http://www.eirephilatelicassoc.org/
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Posted 10/25/2017   6:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ricky93,
You have got lots of good suggestions already. Just like you I have stored my collection in stockbooks, but started to make DIY pages to get a bit more decent looking pages (only for virtual presentation tough). I've been doing this for a few years and I have played with a few different methods, and I've ended up with simply using Powerpoint (Microsoft) - an excellent tool with all sorts of options for graphics. I prefer storage in Vario albums, but by making DIY pages, I can custom make pages for a somewhat more classic presentation.

e.g - here is how my stamps for France, series issued 1853-60 actually is stored in my Vario album:




These specialized pages with shades, varieties etc can easily get a bit 'heavy for the eyes' - and in order to present only the basic stamps in a 'lighter' version, I use Powerpoint for making a 'simplified' page like this:



Such a page is made in matter of minutes when you get into the game.

With Powerpoint it is self explanatory to play with background images etc - and you can make the page exactly how you want it to be and include whatever info you need. Personally I have preferred my pages in black and white in order not to 'steal color' from the stamps themselves - but that is only personal preference. I'm sharing some pages below for inspiration, different techniques etc used for the different pages.

Good luck - don't be shy to share your results with us once you get going!








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Posted 10/25/2017   7:18 pm  Show Profile Check chris2015's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chris2015 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Blaamand,

Nice pages! I have often used PowerPoint to make pages, actually I use it to modify Steiner pages, but same concept. Question, are you printing your pages on blank Scot Speciality pages? If so, do you have a large-format printer?

Chris
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Posted 10/25/2017   7:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are ALL great pages. Thanks for showing them!
Hal
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Posted 10/25/2017   7:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Chris. Yes, I have seen samples of your 'modified Steiner' pages, nice work to!

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Question, are you printing your pages on blank Scot Speciality pages?

Unlike most of you I do not actually print my pages at all. I am storing my entire collection on Vario sheets in Lighthouse Classic binders, due to flexibility, no need for hinges and ease of use. I only create the pages in a digital format for getting an 'alternative' presentation, and then populate these virtual pages with images of my own stamps. The stamps themselves remains safely stored on the vario sheets...
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Posted 10/25/2017   7:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the nice words Hal.

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Thanks for showing them!

Yes, showing images is a must for this forum. I believe most of us like looking at others work and pages - and in order to have something to look at, someone must offer those images of their stuff on this site. I find it very inspiring to see others stuff - learn from what others are doing etc - so I am gladly and willingly sharing images of my own stuff in the hope that others will share more of their own stuff too. We should all share more images . Most of us rarely have someone in our own 'office' to look - and we equally seldom have the opportunity to see in other collectors albums. Still our hobby is a virtual one - and its difficult to actually see what other collectors are doing and how they are arranging their stuff etc unless we are willing to share images. Keep sharing everybody
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