I've posted a brief video on my Youtube channel Click here on a couple of things you can do by treating fonts as objects. Making a paper design becomes easy, fancy round borders? No problem.
Some fonts make great pictures all on their own, just fill with a pattern or colour after you have made it bigger. Use replicate and rotate to copy not just one but multiple images at a time. Edit the points of your fonts by converting to compound path and node editing. Separate letters or keep them together. Make them fit a shape for a logo, or around a path. Keep your eyes open for good picture fonts, you never know when they may be handy!
Just added another quick video on making a Birthday Ring - the easy way to add a sentiment to a circle and another on how to fill text with a picture Here