You've spent hours collecting stamps. Now you want a place to keep them nice and to show them off to friends and fellow collectors. It is time to make a homemade stamp album. While many handsome volumes can be bought in stores, designing and creating your own homemade stamp album brings a touch of the unique and original to your stamp collection.
Your homemade stamp album should have quality, acid-free stock pages. These are pages specifically designed to house stamps for display. You've spent a lot of time building your stamp collection. Don't let it get messed up by keeping it in inferior stock pages. You should put your stamps into the stock pages with tweezers or tongs designed for stamps so that you do not get any dirt, grease or acid on your stamp collection. Buy as many stock pages as you think your collection will need, then buy a few more.
Just about any three- or five-ring binder will work for your homemade stamp album. Look for albums that will accommodate large portions of your collection. Think in terms of theme. Maybe you'd like to keep all the stamps that you have from a single year in one binder, or maybe you'd rather sort by the country the stamps are from. Whatever your method of sorting, make sure that you have a large enough binder to house volumes of your stamps.
Sticker labels are available at any office supply store. You can print them out on any word processing program using a template. Or you could write on each sticker by hand, including small designs for a personalised touch. At the bare minimum your labels should include the date the stamp was issued and the country of origin.
Decorating the binder will personalise the presentation of your stamp collection. You can make a collage on the cover of the binder, or you can paint or draw on it with markers. You can aim for something artistic and eye-catching, or just design a handsome, professional-looking cover for your homemade stamp album. The important thing to remember is to not decorate your binder while the stamps are inside. This runs the risk of getting your decorating materials on your stamps.