The next step was refining the idea. The text portion was kept but the golden leaves were redone, such as the way it would curve around the shield. Rather than block a portion of it, the "quill" would meld around it's edges and overlap points.
There was a small "treasure" element added as a possibility, and the book was simplified and made more flat to be PART of the shield rather than an object on top.
Colours were then looked into.