I think this is a good approach, I see a lot of woodworking videos that when a specific tool is use they usually give an alternative to using said tool.
You can make some very nice projects using only simple tools, and like you said @Zach_Kaplan, the X-Carve and Easel are also tools. Even projects that use the X-Carve can be accomplished without it, like what I have been doing for a while now; cutting wall names for kids rooms. Having the X-Carve is just going to make this easier for me and allow me to spend more time with my family!
Here's my most recent project and all I used was a jigsaw, file and a sander!
(sorry for the poor photo quality!)