Collecting rare and beautiful stamps is one of the most enjoyable and popular hobbies in the world. There are more than 20 million stamp collectors in America alone, and many more across the world. The biggest advantage of pursuing this hobby is that there are no fixed rules about it. You can follow your whim and collect stamps as per your own convenience. The stamps are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and they are considered valuable for their cultural, historical, and geographic value. Some of the stamps often contain valuable illustrations of the time's culture, politics, and people.
Stamp collecting is a hobby that has exhausted since the 1800s. The collectors love to collect stamps from different countries and different time periods, and compile them into books that are known as stamp albums. This is the best method to display the collection and preserve them from outside elements. If you are thinking of making your own stamp album then this article will help you.
There are several types of stamp albums available in the market. When choosing one for your stamp collection, buy the one that perfectly suits your requirements. There are some collectors who prefer to start with a commercial album which contains specifically allotted space to paste the stamps. Some of these books include spaces to include the important and useful information such as the historical notes and catalog numbers.
If you wish to create your own stamp album and decorate it as per your wish then you may start with a stock book. These books usually have pockets in each page to keep the stamps securely. However, the only drawback is that these stock books have no space to include the additional information. If you wish to make a stamp album using plain pages then you may use the archival papers that can be designed and decorated as you like.
In order to make your own stamp album, you would require a few tools such as hinges or mounts to fix the stamps to the pages, and a pair of tongs to delicately hold the stamps without damaging them in any way. You may also need glassine envelopes to organize the unattached stamps, and a storage box for them.
You can use the specialized tools such as a perforation gauge, a watermark detector, and a magnifying glass to identify and categorize the stamps properly. You may start to acquire the stamps depending on your selected category. You may use a catalog to choose the stamps that you would want to have in your collection. You can easily find the catalogs in your local library.
When transferring your stamps into the album or book, you should do it carefully to ensure that the stamps do not get damaged in any way. Take them off the envelopes using lukewarm water and when they start loosing up, use a pair of tongs to gently pull out the stamp from envelope and paste them on your stamp album.