I love both, I tend to use a mixture of both, but not all the time and not always together.
Sometimes word art will look great on my layouts, and sometimes an alpha with a font to bring it all together.
This made me smile this morning, I love your story, they are the cutest little birds aren't they :D
I used have two together and I would let them out of their cage. They would sit at the window knocking on the pane of the glass when people walk by shouting - pretty boy.