Here is how I did it.
Supplies used: patterned paper, notebooks (purchased from Walmart, measuring 7 3/4 inches x 5 inches), pens (used Pen-tel pens because the barrel opens to slip the paper in) and cardstock (not pictured)
cut a strip of patterned paper to go across the tear off/holder thingy on the notebook- dimensions of the paper are 3/4 inch x 5 inches
cut down the cardstock to 8 1/2 inches x 11 1/4 inches
score cardstock at 5 1/2 inches and 5 3/4 inches
to make folds to fit notebook
and here is the notebook, glued to the folder of cardstock
(ok I know I took really detailed shots of making the notebook, but I slacked off and didn't take any pictures of this part except the one above- lame) Next I took ink and a cute little $1 stamp from Joann to make the card on front. I inked the edges too.
for the pen: unscrew the bottom of the pen and take the ink out. cut patterned paper to 1 inch x 3 1/4 inches, wrap it around a pencil to start the curl, then wrap it really tightly and shove it into the barrel of the pen. reinsert the ink.
And there it is.
I found these darling little notebooks for some of the class assistants and made matching pens for them too.
Wrapped up with a little cellophane and ribbon, they make cute little gifts.
My son was in the Green Frog class so we handed out these treats to his little friends- small green rubber frogs, a sucker and a tootsie roll. The cardstock circle says, "Thank you for being my friend in the Green Frog class at Mothers Day Out! I made sure to make one for my son too. A "to him, from him" gift. He loved it!
We did something different for my big kid's teachers. I'll be posting that next.