#tbt Wong Family Coasters

Family Instagram Coasters

It’s Thursday, so I thought I’d share a throwback family set I made a little while ago.

Back in April, my mom and I decided it’d be a good idea to get all of the family photos scanned. My parents live in Hawaii, and the humidity can do a number on old photos. So, we packaged everything up and sent our 2000 odd family photo archive to ScanCafe.

ScanCafe scanned, cropped, and touched up all of our images, which was pretty cool. They post everything online so you can pick the images you want to keep before they put everything on DVDs and send them back. The whole process took 4 weeks or so and cost $800.

The time and cost were totally worth it - I have 3 sisters, and we’re scattered across the globe. Now that our family photos are digitized and hosted on PictureLife, where we can all see and share them whenever we want.

And, I can make coasters out of them! For this set, picked 2 paired sister photos (back when we were small and cute), 1 full family photo, as well as 1 of the 4 of us girls.


Got a pile of old photos hiding in a box? Get them out and make them useful :).

Grand-dog Christmas Coasters

Jess Laine is an SF based blogger, designer, and painter. A little while ago she ordered her first Coastermatic set, and loved them so much she decided to get a set as a Christmas present for her parents.

Yesterday, I went over Jess’s house to talk to her about the set she was making and how she decided what photos to use.

“My parents love Lois, my french bulldog. They send her cards and presents all the time. Making coasters of their favorite grand-dog makes perfect sense,” Jess said.

Like many dog lovers, Jess has a lot of Lois photos. Choosing just 4 can make for a particularly daunting task. To help with her selection, Jess decided to pick a theme for her set.

“I have so many photos of Lois, I’m focusing on ‘Lois at the Beach’ as a theme to keep things organized. She loves it there and Ocean Beach is beautiful. In the future, I’ll probably make a ‘Lois in bed’ set, ‘Lois with Jess’ set, and maybe a set of ‘Lois on the sofa’.”

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Take Jess’s lead: decide on a theme and start your set!

Coasters for Dad

Phil is a friend of mine who works at Cafe Sophie. We see each other a few times a week, when I head to the cafe for a change of scene (I work from home).

Phil at Cafe Sophie

For Christmas, Phil decided to make set of coasters for his dad, so I hung out with my camera earlier this week to talk to him about it and snap these photos.

Tash: Why do you want to make coasters for your dad?

Phil: I think it’d be hilarious for him to put his gin on my face.

Phil picking images from Instagram

Tash: Lol, tell me about the photos you’re picking out.

Phil: Well, these are all photos of me and my family over the last couple of years. My sisters and I are all growing up, and have reached a new stage in our relationships - we’re friends now, not just annoying siblings. I want my set to reflect that.

There’s a photo of my sister and I before heading out to a Christmas party a year or so ago, and for me, that’s the beginning of this new phase. Other photos I picked are from a family trip to Europe we took recently, and the last one is from my 21st birthday weekend - my parents came to SF and we went to Hardly Strictly, a bluegrass festival. It was a great time.

Tash: Sounds like some great moments to keep on the table! Thanks for sharing. 

Phil's Coastermatic Set

Have any special moments you’d like to share? Start a set with memories from your Instagram account.

Holiday Shipping!

Want to make sure you get those coasters ordered in time for Christmas Eve?
Of course you do! It takes a few days to make your coasters and get them in the post, so remember to get your order in by one of the following dates:

December 10 - International
For all orders out of the USA. We ship USPS, and they say it takes 6-10 business days for things going to Canada, and up to 14 days for International destinations.

December 18 - $6 shipping
Get your order in by 12pm EST on December 18 to take advantage of our $6 shipping on all US orders.

We'll be taking a little break after December 18th, to make sure everyone's holiday orders are fulfilled and to do some tidying up around the warehouse. We'll be back online and processing your orders the first week of January. 

Capture fun family moments!

Liz Kreuger captures fun family moments with this great set.

CM: What's the story behind the images on your coasters?

LK: Children grow up so fast, each year faster than the last. Making memories and enjoying each moment is why I made these coasters of my kids and husband. I love making coasters as gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles. They LOVE them!

Don't leave your family photos trapped on your computer or phone, bring them into the real world via coasters.