As a Creative Team member for various designers and/or stores, I have received their products for free or with a discount in return for creating and posting projects. Many of the layouts you see here on my blog were done as a requirement for these CTs. Any additional advertising that I do is purely out of love and my wish for their business to succeed.
You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!