Here is a fun way to use pocket folders. I got these at the beginning of the school year for 9 cents each, so for about 50 cents you have a fun gift. I also made matching pens to go with these.
I cut the pocket folder in half. Then cut from the pocket end at 8.5". Score at 5.25 to 5.5" from each end and you will have aproximately 1/2"- 3/4" depth to accomadate for the thickness of the notepad. (the measurements vary by company as the ones I bought weren't all the same size)
Decorate the front as desired and add ribbon for a closure.
It's hard to tell in the picture, but I used Crystal Effects on the "candy" fringe hat "ruffle" and glitter on the snowbuddy's hat pom pom. I stamped the image in basic grey on shimmmery white cardstock and used colored pencils and gamsol to color.