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If you're making your own distribution, start with LFS. From there, you can make a live CD by going to www.linux-live.org
Trust me, it's VERY non-trivial putting your own distribution together, and making it installable too? Try looking at how Slackware does their installation. It's pretty minimal (no fancy gui), but it gets the job done. Big plus is that they use b/ash scripts to do it, so it's mere-mortal-readable.
Well, to start off, try making a toolchain and from that making an absolute MINIMUM X environment. Then, try coding up the prompts and boxes you're going to want for your install. After you're done with that, see how much space you'll need for this minimum install environment. After all this, it's pretty easy to create your CD. The main part is the toolchain.
The other PITA is coming up with how you're going to package your binaries, because you'll want something like that, especially if you want to share your distribution with random people, and not just your buddy up the street.
In summary, you really should be worrying more about how you're going to create your toolchain, rather than your installation CD.
Install CD is trivial compared to what you'll have to do for a distribution. Check out the PocketLinux howto. That explains how to build up a very small GNU/Linux distribution that fits on one floppy, which, through a bit of trickery, can be extended in to making your CD.