With a few simple folds and cuts you can turn an ordinary file folder into a handy note pad folio. I used the tutorial I found HERE but made a few adjustments on sizing to better suit what I had.
For the first one I used a fancier folder. I could add additional decorating to this or leave it as is. Not sure which I'll do yet.
The inside. On this one I used a bit of velcro to keep it closed. The left side is a pocket for storing notes or whatever else. I also used a piece of the folder that had been cut off to top the note pad to coordinate with the folder.
For the second one I used a plain manilla folder and decorated with scrapbook paper
Inside.I didn't add the velcro on this one.
And those are my altered file folders. I'm thinking about making these in a smaller size as well. These are a 5 x 7 tablet but if I make the smaller size you could easily fit one in your purse.