Frugal confession: Some time back, my daughter worked at a 7-11 store and when they cleared out some old merchandise, she brought home a very small clipboard type of thing that had edible sheets of "paper" (I know, it sounded weird to me, too). The paper was pretty useless, but I still use the little plastic clipboard and fill it with free note size paper from junk mail.
I tear the paper into eighths and it fits perfectly.
Yep... that's my stubby little pencil, about 5 inches long now. :)
Blame the article about junk mail on Dollar Stretcher for this post.