Thanks to the lovely and super talented Laura Sparling, I have fixed my page label salience problem. I visited her fabulous blog and saw that she was using Blogger, and her page labels were just like I wanted - noticeable. So, I paid a long overdue visit to the Blogger tool shed and they have some new templates that solve my problem. I chose the "Simple" template by Josh Simpson (probably not the famed glass artist, nor the Canadian or English soccer players, but undoubtedly a guy who knows his way around code), and with the click of my mouse it was so.
Hip hip yippee!