Print your iPad Photos by Creating Magazine Stories with HP Photobook and MagCloud

Turn Digital into Tangible
I’ve been beating myself up for weeks months because I have all of these amazing photos on my iPad; however, I don’t have any of my precious memories in actual albums.  I keep thinking how nice it would be to develop photo books instead of printing pictures and putting them into albums.  Having to pay for printing, find and buy an album, and then spend the time organizing them into the album just seems like to much ‘dated’ work.  So, I went to work trying to find out how to send my pictures from my iPad to Wal-Mart or somewhere to get my photo book developed.
Perhaps there is an easier way than what I’ve found… but, I’m really happy with my new find.
I wanted to be able to directly submit my photos from my iPad (without having to use Shutterfly or Flickr or any other 3rd party site) to a printing company.  Today, I found HP Photobook.
You see, I wanted a free app, a super easy and quick process, and an affordable printer.
I found all three!
free app
easy and quick process
affordable printer
What does HP Photobook allow you to do?
You simply download the free app.  After it’s installed, you select your photos to add to your new book.  You can add text to pages or not – your creative choice.  You can browse from beautiful premade template designs.  You may change templates and the order of the photos as you’re designing.
When you’re happy with your creation, select to send it to MagCloud – all from your iPad.  Best part, I created a quick test book to see how much it would be… for 12 color pages of Jacob’s surgery (my son) it came to $2.40.  WHAT!?!  I still wonder if this is too good to be true.  I don’t pay for printing nor a fancy album.  I get a wonderful high gloss photo magazine sent to my home!
Final Thoughts
Granted, in my opinion, the Magazines aren’t as cool as the hard cover books.  I don’t care though.  I’m so happy to finally get my pictures developed.  I have over 1,200 pictures just sitting on SD Cards, my iPhone, my iPad, etc… Now, my baby Jacob (now 3) can have printed pictures like his sister, Riley (7).  Yippee!  I love that I never leave my iPad, and I do all of it in a matter of minutes.
I’m excited to make magazines like crazy.  Imagine the possibilities – especially since you can mail the ‘shopping cart’ link to anyone (or post it on your Facebook/blog/Twitter/Pinterest) for them to buy the book you created (ie: grandparents, friends, colleagues, members of an organization).
I plan to make magazines for:
conferences I attend (professional portfolio keepsakes)
family holidays

classroom open houses
organization retreats
school years (take photos throughout the year and allow parents to purchase)
and much more!
With such ease and affordability – why not!


Mother. Teacher. Keynote. Author

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

  1. Erin,
    I am on my way to get the App. Every year I take about 1,000 pictures at school. Yes…I know….I teach two sessions of Kindergarten if that helps explain! 😉 Thanks for this GREAT tip. (Just got a new iPad a couple of days ago). I love the Common Core Standards App too! 😉

  2. Cindy – I just downloaded that app – thanks!

    You can go to the HP Photobook homepage – they have it for pc, too.

    Thanks for the awesome feedback. :)


  3. I have been searching for the best way to put a magazine together for a project with my students highlighting their service learning projects for parents and the rest of the school community. My main goal is to have the students create it themselves. I knew about Magcloud but with this app, Erin, you just made it absolutely doable for my students Plus, I had no idea it was so affordable. Thank you so much Erin, I can't wait to use it!

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