And this is what I came up with:
This page was a definite labor of love. The challenge was to use the basic red, white and blue colors and other than a little touch of gold behind the journaling, I decided to stick with that because I liked the look of the clean and formal feel of the page. Using the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge I built the Coast Guard Emblem (anyway a broken-down version of it) mixing some different cuts together. Instead of using another background paper as demonstrated in the sketch, I instead drew small hash-marks to frame the page and pull it all together.