To be honest, if I can't create something in under 30 minutes, then it just won't happen. That's usually all the time I can free up lately. So instead of not creating at all, I've learned to embrace it. My Travelers Notebook has been perfect for those quick pages and has quickly become my go-to method of documenting. For this birthday spread I decided to mat my photo with a piece of patterned paper from the Wonder line. The small scale prints from the 6x6 paper pads work great for smaller projects. From there I found some embellishments that I could run vertically up the side of my page. I purposefully moved the ticket die-cut off the page slightly so that it could double as a tab. Small paper strips top off the right page. I machine stitched some my papers down. I alternate pages in my booklet. When I'm done my spreads I can adhere the pages back to back. This covers any stitching or staples and also doubles the strength of my pages. Lastly I added my journaling and some other little bits and bobs. All in all this spread probably took all of 15 minutes. Even with limited creative time you can absolutely make paper crafting work for you.