I agree about my comfort zone - anything that makes me step outside it is good. Even if I don't like the results, it helps your creative juices flow and find what you do like.
I agree completely about the easy angle and companion angle. I use them all the time now, thanks to Bonnie.
I'm glad you like it without the border. I've been into that style lately and it works well in a lot of situations.
I'm looking forward to seeing yours finished!