Make a 24"x12" custom project. Insert Rugged Paper 16 to your project and position it to 0",0" [Mac: left 0, top 12]. Copy and paste the paper and locate that paper at 12",0" [Mac: left 12,top 12]. Go to the Arrange ribbon and in the Rotate section, flip that piece of paper horizontally. Now your pieces of paper should be matched up in the center.
Insert the February Rewards Club freebie embellishment of the United States and resize as you like. Take care when placing the map to consider where the 12" cut line will fall on your page. I like to put a tab marker at the 12" mark to remind me to keep that area clear of important embellishments and pictures.
Copy and paste the United States map freebie. Put a large rectangle, bigger than the map behind it. Fill the copy of the US map with red and fill the rectangle with black. Flatten those two shapes together. Use the wand to select the red United States and cut the United States from the rectangle. Lower the opacity of the remaining black part to 0 to make it completely transparent. With the black layer active from the layers palette, right click and select Properties and then select Text Wrapping. Select Element Shape and then select to have a space around the element of ¼". This will allow us to have the text follow the shape of the US west coast later.
Insert the states that are relevant to you. I changed the hue on some of them so that they'd more of them would be different since it so happened that the states that were relevant to me had many yellow ones. Add light shadows.
Add photos and matt them using Rugged Paper 27. Add light shadows.
Insert your title using the Shape Text tool and fill your main title words with Rugged Paper 5. I did not use an outer line since my font 'AR Darling' already had a sketchy look and outline. Add subtitles using your secondary font. In this case, I used '1942 Report'. I used the same technique for my question mark.
Add the state birds that are relevant to you. I resized them and perched them on my states or photos, depending on how much room I had or where there was a flat surface. I slightly recolored the cardinals to coordinate better with my red Rugged paper. Add light shadows.
The arrows are made using the line tool, by going to Insert-->Line-->Curved Path and then selecting an arrow as my end cap. (Hint: fewer points on the curve results in a smoother curve.) Edit points as necessary until it looks good to you. I flattened my arrows and filled with Rugged Paper 15 for the tan arrows and Rugged Paper 11 for the blue arrow.
Add your journaling. Ensure that your journaling layer is below the black layer we made in step #3. Make the text box so that the left edge of the text box is lined up with the leftmost bit of the US map. Here, I used '1942 Report'.