Veteran stamper Linda Eidinger infuses creativity and love for a friend in a colorful book project described in the Holidays issue. Linda’s been collecting rubber stamps for about 50 years. She’s built up such an extensive stamp collection that she doesn’t want to admit how many she has!

This particular project isn’t Linda’s first art book, but it’s the one that’s most special to her. She created two iterations of the book: one for herself and one for a dear friend and fellow artist, Chris Baden-Mayor. Linda based the themes of the book on her friendship with Chris and the ideas, memories, and places they have shared together. For the Get Creative pages, Linda used some creative techniques. The “Create” stamp with the big letter “C” on the right page is stamped on a library pocket that holds a removable tag, while the doll on the left page is cut from the packaging paper of a Character Construction Doll stamp. These unique paper elements lend a cool collage feel to the composition.

The tag background and library pocket are done with Tim Holtz Oxide Distress stamp pads. If you pull out the tag in the pocket, you’ll find a large clock stamped on multicolored paper and topped with a blue ribbon. For Linda, the artwork here matches a lot of sentiments she feels in her daily life. “I have a stamp that says ‘do something creative every day,’ ” she says—and for someone who has been stamping and creating for five decades, Linda really walks the walk! “It can be a simple thing like coloring a postcard to send to a cancer patient, doing some work in your art journal, or making a handmade card.”

Get Creative by Linda Eidinger.
(Stamp and product credits: Create “C”—Stampers Anonymous; doll (clip art)—Character Construction.)