I really enjoy working with the negative part of die cuts, for that reason I always have my favorite punches on my desk and within reach. It is an easy way to add an extra element and detail to a layout.
Just like I love using white on white, I also love using kraft on kraft. The new chevron placemat is fabulous and really handy when I don't feel like using my Cameo. And you are seeing correctly, I handwritten the journaling!!! It rarely happens but since I have erasable pens, Frixion, I feel much more confident journaling directly on my layouts.