Hi Dear Salt,
You have lots of free apps for that.
However you will have to put time and
effort if you really want a cool result.....
Here there is a small example of a video
explaining how to create your desired album !!
really hope your Mum will enjoy your work - and Merry Christmas !!
As it happens we just launched an app which does exactly what you're asking & will allow you to create hard & softcover photobooks directly from your iPad - you can check out the details at https://printzel.it or download the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/printzel-app-powered-printing/id620028937?mt=8