I just recently did Michelle @The Passionate Reader's blog design. I don't take cash as payment for doing blog designs, I do them for books! ARCS, hardcover, paperback, new, or used! The only thing I don't accept is eBooks, sorry!
You can work something out as well when you fill out an order form and we talk about it. Depending on what you want, I'll set the least about of books I'd like to receive for it and then in the end when the layout is finished, depending on how satisfied you are with it you can set the amount of books of my list you'd like to send me.
The only thing I ask is you send at least one book when I finish the sample of your layout and then you can send the rest before I give you the HTML. I'll always work something out with you depending on the case. =) I've had a few people who have started the layout process and I've put a lot of work into it and then they decided they didn't want it or they couldn't send anything out, etc.
I also have one pre-made blog design up on my blog right now. It's a layout I made for a customer, but she decided she didn't want a new design at the moment.
I've giving it away for either:
1 book off my top ten wishlist OR
2 books off anywhere on my wishlist
It can be an ARC, hardcover, or paperback. Used or new. Doesn't matter as long as its in good condition. Also, keep in mind that the Book Depository has free shipping!
Click here to fill out an order form. Or go to my blogs website to look around. OR you can email me at thevintagebookworm AT aol DOT com if you have any questions or want to work something out. =)
I do custom designs for books instead of money because in this crazy economy I don't have extra money to spend on books and I know most people don't have the money to spend over $100 for a custom blog design. I'm also still learning everything so I can't do AS much stuff as those with editing programs like Photoshop, but I do as much as I can and work with you until you are satisfied with your design.
Also, if you like my blog design, I created it! =) I also have more samples here and testimonials here.