Making a travel set!

Since we’ve been on the topic of set themes for the last few blog posts (Throwback family coasters, Lois at the beach, Phil's coasters), I thought I’d add another one to the mix: Travel coasters.

Have you been on a trip to an exciting place recently? Went to visit friends and had a great time? Cruised around with some elephants somewhere? All of those moments can come together to make a coaster set to remember your trip by (or a great gift for someone you stayed with)

Here’s a set I made recently:

These are all photos taken the summer of 2013, when Coasterica was located in Hawaii, and Tom was still par to of the team. It was a great summer - We sat out by the pool, went to the beach, visited Waikiki, and also worked on Coastermatic through a transitional time.

Now I’ve got this set on my coffee table, and when I look at any of those coasters I get to remember what an interesting, challenging, and wonderful summer it was.

Got some travel memories you want to relive?
Did you go on a trip with someone special?
Make a set of those moments now.

Coasters of October

Happy Monday!

Tash here. I'm the Chief Coaster Officer of Coastermatic, I take care of pretty much everything from keeping the website up and running to making sure your coasters get to you on time. From here on out, I'll be posting a little something about whats going on in the Coastermatic studio each week.

I love to see sets our coastomers make, so today I thought I'd share a few awesome moments we helped bring to the table recently. These great shots come to us from @sleepyanimal, @gr8wo, and @hellosailor1013.

If you have coasters to share please tag it with #coastermatic on Instagram. You'll make my day!

x tash

Of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong from @sleepyanimal


Puppy portraits on coasters

Puppy portraits by @gr8wo


Sweethearts of all kinds from @hellosailor1013

A very Special Set by Phillip Hess

New Yorker Phillip Hess planned a special trip to Maine with his grandparents, then made his grandma a set of coasters using images from the trip. The photos below were taken by his grandfather, Robert Sumner, who taught Phillip photography.

CM: How did you find out about Coastermatic?

PH: My friend had some out on his coffee table and so I asked about them.

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

PH: One morning I decided it would be really great to take a trip with just my grandparents. So I called them and suggested Bar Harbor, ME. Maine, specifically Mount Desert Island, is one of my grandparents' favorite places to visit and I had never really been (since the last time I was there with them was when I was about one). It seemed perfect for me to experience some place so beautiful for the first time with two people who knew it well, loved it greatly and had many stories to share from the places we'd visit.

We had an unforgettable trip and I wanted to give Grandma something that she could remember the trip by but that was also unique to our visit. Coastermatic seemed like a perfect choice. I picked four images (of the 1,700 I took) that I felt represented the trip best and ordered the coasters for her birthday. You can tell the one of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is her favorite by the stains from heavy use!

Been looking for a unique gift for someone you love? Personalise your own set of coasters here.

Plot your escape with these (amazing) Travel Blogs

Indulge in a little armchair travel - and plot your next escape - with these amazing travel blogs. We love them for their great photography, which of course we can't help but imagine on a set of coasters…

Classe Touriste is the blog of journalist Debbie Pappyn and photographer David De Vleeschauwer. Debbie also recently launched the One Day One Photo blog, which sees her post one photo every day she travels. Both Debbie and David are excellent photographers and boy do they get to some great places!

Lost in Cheeseland is the blog of Philadelphia to Paris transplant Lindsey Tramuta. As well as being one of the best-named blogs ever, Cheeseland is a fun collection of stories and images from Lindsey's travels and life in France.

Making a strong case for the joys of slow travel and living simply, the Harteau family document their life on the road at With their daughter Colette, Emily and Adam left California a year and a half ago in their VW Westfalia (pictured above) and haven't looked back.

Now you've teased your itchy feet, why not scratch them a little by turning some of your favorite travel Instagrams into tangible mementos: coasters. Go on, start a set!