Stupid reasons we use Scribus

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Tell other users about the unusual things you do with Scribus -- only the sky is the limit :)

Here is a use case the developers probably never thought of...

Pinewood Derby Car

My son wanted to make a Pinewood Derby car for Cub Scouts that looks like the track. I had some sticker paper, so I made a sticker that looked like the track. I can't imagine how else I would have gotten layed out just the way I wanted it.

Oh, and another one, for my other son's birthday party, his party was at a Chocolate factory, so we made aprons...

Cookie Aprons

I have used Scribus to make birthday invitations for my daughter the last two years.


Each is two scribus pages, printed duplex. I scanned in her drawings and used some Open ClipArt on one of them. The hardest part was figuring out how to place the pieces so that the inside writing was on the inside right and right-side up. Scribus' guides and precise placement made it a snap to put together even with a bit of trial and error.

Making envelopes -- should be rather mundane and simple, but it's surprising how difficult it is to do with oowriter or abiword (to name two examples of my failures).

Scribus makes it quite easy; I don't bother to make a custom size page, I just use letter paper, put some grid lines to line up text boxes, fill in the contents, rotate the text box and that's it. So I don't forget how to use it, I add an instructional non-printing text frame that tells how to insert the envelope into the printer.

Example: for my Photosmart printer, it says, "This will print with the photosmart printer, which feeds to the right, face down, return address end of the envelope first."

After that, I just save the file, and reuse it, using Story Editor to alter the contents.

Paper CD wallets - lay 'em out, print 'em out, score with dead biro, cut 'em out, fold 'em, glue 'em - hey presto, beautiful and economical homemade CD wallets.