I've started preparations for my 2013 December Daily. I was able to actually make a December Daily last year (I would say it is 90% finished, just need to journal a couple of pages, reprint a few photos in different sizes (as I want to use a different page protector configuration) and embellish a little more on a few pages.)
Once again I'm using a red SN@P album by simple stories. I'm absolutely in love with the chalkboard trend right now and this is what I decided to go with. I used was hi tape to mask off the red fabric portion and painted the kraft base with Martha Stewart black chalkboard paint (I did two coats, letting the first coat dry 1 hour before painting again. I then let it all cure a full 24 hours before doing anything else). I then stamped Tim Holtz's Grunge Snowflakes with Versamark and then used detail white embossing powder to get all those pretty white snowflakes (I was also pleasantly surprised at how cool the chalkboard looked just rubbing my embossing buddy all over)! I then used my Fresh Snow ink from PTI to distress the edges and cover a bit. Once the white ink was dry, I just adhered some red glitter tape over the seam where the red fabric of the album and the chalkboard meet.
I'm still undecided as to whether I should further embellish the cover or not (I'm having a hard time covering up those pretty snowflakes). What do you think? Leave it as is or add a little more (maybe a die cut snowflake with a 2013 or 25 flair button)?
I'm semi working on prepping the interior pages. I find that I really need the pictures to be inspired. I know that I will be having a lot of clear accents in my album, as I like to see other pages peeking through behind each other. I'm also got a list in my mind of what I'll be including for most days of the album, but you never know what stories/surprises will pop up (like when both of my kids came home with Shining Star awards last year for exemplifying the character word "kindness" for the month of December at school).