Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad App and Photobook Review and Giveaway #sponsored

I love taking pictures with my iPad - I carry it everywhere I go because it's my lifeline these days - I have e-book apps, apps to keep the kids entertained and now I have a fabulous new iPad/iPhone app from Shutterfly that is letting me take the special photo memories I've captured on the iPad, phone, camera and gotten from friends into cool new photobooks!

Because the app and the iPad are portable, I was able to sit at Barnes and Noble last week, watching Erik play with the train table, and playing around with Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad!  It was quick and easy to install and even easier to create a summer memories book from all of my photos!

Not only could I access the pics that I took with the ipad directly, I was also able to grab favorites from Facebook, Shutterfly and Instagram!  I chose all photos that I thought I wanted to use, found the background that I wanted and the app went to work, grouping the pictures where it thought I wanted them! That gave me a great foundation to work from and lots of wonderful options for backgrounds! I played around after the app did it's autofill to tweak the pages and change a few things around - the autofill had put the photos in chronological order, and there were a few pictures that I wanted grouped differently, so I was easily able to re-arrange things!   You don't even need internet access to set up the book if you're using the photos directly from your iPad, but it was great to be able to access the ones on my Facebook and the ones I had already uploaded to my Shutterfly account!

I decided on a black and white themed book- to let my pictures pop off the page - and it offered a fair number of page options - the only thing I would have liked was to have some different shapes other than square or rectangle to choose from - some of my pictures would crop better in a circle or oval frame, but overall I am totally pleased with the results!

Because I made my photo book for my family who don't understand things like QR Codes, I didn't take advantage of the really cool bonus feature - being able to add your recorded voice to your pages, but I think that the next time I make a book, I will definitely record each of the kids on their 'special' page and share it via email and the Shutterfly Share Page!  I am waiting for the day that Erik and Liam want to create their own stories - I can see photographing their artwork and letting them 'read' or tell the story  for each page!  You get 30 seconds of recording time per page which is a totally unique feature!  And there is a unique QR code on the printed version of your photo book that links directly to the online version so friends and family can easily access the recorded version!  They can access the completed book on any device and you can even share it on Facebook!

If you have an iPad, and want a fabulously fun and creative way to create new photo books, then I totally recommend downloading the Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad App!

One lucky Acting Balanced reader with an iPad* will get to create their own Photo Story Book for free** when they enter to win on the rafflecopter below: *You must complete your photo story book on an iPad to use the codes provided. **Free shipping to the US is included. Canadian winners will need to pay for their own shipping.

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