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#1 Velisha

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 01:59 PM

STAFF DIARY

BOYFRIEND XMAS PROJECT 2013

Bestfriend Selca Banner Making

 

Hello Bestfriends,

 

This is Velisha, your admin. I am so sorry for the late post. But here is the report of our 2013 Xmas Project.

 

We did our first International project for Boyfriend. It started with Kelly’s (leejeongminnie) idea, since she already made Christmas project for Boyfriend for the last 2 years via her BoyFriend News tumblr. I’m Your Bestfriend Forum joined forces and planning the Christmas project. Let me tell you how it goes…

 

Sending them gifts are common, right? I wanted something different this time, and to be honest, right now I don’t remember how and why I came up with the selca banner idea LOL

So aside from sending Boyfriend the Christmas gifts, we also had Bestfriend Selca Banner. I wanted Boyfriend to see Bestfriends’ pretty smiles. I wanted to show them that they are not the only ones who can take cute selcas ahahaha…

The project itself was launched on August 22, 2013. Unfortunately, with the lack of Boyfriend activity in Korea and there was no news about the long-awaited Korean comeback, not many Bestfriends responded to the project.

 

We worked so hard to promote the forum, we asked many fanbases to help too, but sadly still not enough responds. Were Bestfriends gone already? Did they leave Boyfriend already?

 

Of course not.

 

Despite the lack of respond, I am surprised to find great responds from some Bestfriends. They helped us a lot in promoting the project, even translating it into different languages. Little by little, I saw the result of their hard work. I cried and thanked them from the bottom of my heart, and feel proud to be a part of Bestfriend fandom. I clearly see that Bestfriends are nice and they love Boyfriend so much.

 

When all selcas were collected, then it was time to make the actual banner. It sounds easy ne? Just stick all the selca to the banner and done. Well… in reality, it is not that easy LOL

 

The initial plan was to have the banner printed, which is pretty easy aside from the Photoshop work. Unfortunately, we had to cut the cost and I decided to make the banner myself.

 

First thing to do is to design the banner.

 

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Look simple right?

 

Not really. Because everything needs to be measured. How big is the fabric base, how big is each selca to fit the banner.  Everything needs math (I hate math).

After calculating all the measurement, next is making a dummy. Because what if something is wrong, there is no way I can make another banner.

 

I worked on it until late at night.

 

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When morning came, I could see the dummy better LOL

 

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Next is to make it come true.

How I wish I could make this banner together with Bestfriends. It would be so fun making it while listening to Boyfriend’s songs and spazzing about their awesomeness.

But if you live in the USA, you can forget about having a fellow kpop fan come over to your house. Most of us live far away from each other (missing my hometown, Jakarta & Bandung, so much LOL).

 

Okay, on to our BF mission!
My first stop was my favorite craft store downtown, where I could get all the material for the banner. But picking the fabric was not an easy task!

 

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After discussing it with the Project Leader, Kelly, we finally decided on Blue & White/Silver Christmas theme instead of the traditional Red & Green theme.

 

And we need some decorations too. Aren’t they pretty?

 

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Actually there are some more but I forgot to take picture OTL

 

So I got the fabric, but all the selcas were still in my computer. I wish they could magically fly out and stick to the fabric LOL Time to do the magic of Photoshop.

 

Before I could do more, I had to travel out of town for Infinite Concert, but I still worked on editing the selca along the way. Of course, Boyfriend always kept me company.

After editing the selcas with Photoshop, I had to try the printing out to make sure it would come out with the correct size. It only missed a bit but I had to fix them. Mind you, there are a few hundreds of selcas.

 

Finally got the selcas printed!!!

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OMG NO WONDER BOYFRIEND CALL US ‘BEAUTIES’ AND ‘PRETTIES’

ALL BESTFRIENDS ARE PRETTY~~~~

 

*cough*

 

And handsome.

Yay for BOYFRIEND Fanboys!

 

Now I had to work on the fabric. After I bought it, I had the rim sewed with sewing machine. There was electric sewing machine at the craft store where you can use for free, but alas, I am not a good crafter and the last time I used a sewing machine was years ago with my grandma’s old manual sewing machine LOL I failed.

 

I had to undo all the stitches and decided to use fabric glue to do the rim of the banner. I also had to iron the rim before applying the glue so it would not come off easily and it was neater that way.

 

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Done ironing, done gluing. So tired. And my best friend, Miss Sassy, is tired too LOL

 

Next is sewing the ribbon for the hanger, just in case Boyfriend wants to hang this banner somewhere *wishful thinking* Thank goodness my mom taught me how to hand-sew. Bestfriends, learning how to hand-sew is important for girls!

 

I also sewn the blue ribbons to mark all the folding. You will see what I mean later.

 

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Now that I had the fabric and the selcas, let’s lay everything out. You can see it was getting real now.

 

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Time to glue all the selca!

 

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If you ask, why the selca are placed un-evenly (more like in groups/blocks), it is not because I grouped selcas in any particular order. Selcas were put in alphabetical order based on the country.

 

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The reason is… to make room for the folding. To make sure when the banner is folded, no selca get folded in the middle. That is, Bestfriends, called logic. And math. I still hate math eventhough we need it.

 

That is the purpose of the baby blue ribbon sewn on the rim, to mark where it is supposed to be folded. Even after sewed it in advance, the folding missed the mark a little bit, but it didn’t really matter.

 

And the banner slowly came to life.

 

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I decided to make simple decoration, less than what was planned in the beginning. Sometimes less is better.

 

Silver heart as the symbol of our love for Boyfriend ^__^

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These silver bells are tribute to Kwangmin’s “DING DONG!” in Pinky Santa’s MV LOL

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The hardest part was the blue & silver letters for our forum text. I couldn’t find the right paper, and the one I had was SO HARD to cut! It was messy, but I hope Boyfriend won’t notice ehehehehe Mianhae~~

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And this is the final result.

 

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I had to stand on my bed and put my camera waaaay up high to capture the whole banner.

Height: 1,31 m // 51.5 inch (4.3 feet)

Weight: 2,84 m // 111.81 inch (9.32 feet)

 

Not bad huh?

 

And I wrapped the gifts from Bestfriends.

 

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Printed out the messages.

 

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Finally it’s time to fold the banner….

 

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Jihyeon-ssi added a cute gag message, to prepare Boyfriend for our surprise.

 

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When everything was done, I shipped all to my friend in Korea. She delivered the project to Starship Ent office on Tuesday, December 18, 2013. It was a day before Boyfriend Movie Date. My friend messaged me afterwards and said the receptionist let her go up to the 2nd floor, and one of Boyfriend member opened the door for her and bowed to her 90 degree, but she didn’t know who. My friend is not a fan (she went to Kim Woobin fanmeet before went to Starship LOL) of Boyfriend, but she knows the Twins. She said one of the twins was there too. She said, now she respected Boyfriend because they are so polite. The Starship staff didn’t allow her to take proof picture ‘though.

 

So, how was it? I hope all Bestfriends who participated in this project are satisfied. I tried my best but I am not a good crafter. Please forgive me for my elementary student crafting skill.

 

The banner stayed in my room for weeks and when it was gone and sent to Boyfriend, I really missed it LOL

 

I must say that this is one tough project. Mainly because I had to do almost everything by myself in making the banner. And there were many problems along the way that stressed me out, but finally we could pull this off.

But I also have to say that I got help from so many Bestfriends in the world. I heart you all. I am so happy and touched.

 

If you are a Bestfriend, I hope now you know that Bestfriends are everywhere and still loyal to Boyfriend. Even if we don’t speak the same language, even if we are miles apart, even if we never meet each other. Bestfriends exist and are standing with Boyfriend until the end. I am proud to be a Bestfriend.

 

Let’s support Boyfriend together!

 

THANKS TO:

All the forum members

Kelly

Jihyeon

Bea

Pao

Songil

JeDaLee

Chellowmin

Pikachujas

YoungYan

Cacao

Gjo

Pororomins

AlexDenisov

 

All our twitter followers

 

Bestfriends from Arab, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Khazakstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, The Philippines, Russia, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam.


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#2 pujinuna

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:26 PM

kyaaaaaa thats really REALLY great oh my God. Velisha and others did a hardwork. Thankyou so much for helping us to show our love to Boyfriend ^0^ omg really nice and touching. Thankyouu♡♡♡♡♡

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#3 XueluvChoco

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:01 PM

Ohmygosh,its prettyyy <3 its so nice to see bestfriends all around the world work together to make this project successful! Great work guys! Bestfriends will appreciate ur hardwork :)

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:47 PM

They are soooo awesome! And you are one awesome BestFriend too! Thank you so much for all of your hardwork! Though I can't my face (yet XD).

 

I literally scream when you said that your friend met BOYFRIEND oppa-deuls... Like literally...

 

And thank you so much to those who helped in this project! I truly appreciated it to the bottom of my heart~  :wub: 


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#5 HelloBestCat

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:26 PM

WOW you guys are awesome! :)
Thank you for your hard work! :')
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:58 PM

OMG VEL. IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. Like Bestfriends we need to have a group hug. This is such a great achievement for us international fans and I would really like to thank Vel and Kelly and the other people who lead this project;;; I hope we can do more in the future~~~ <3


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#7 BmerangCheoroem

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:21 AM

wow !!! :o daebak ^^ 
thankyou for your hardwork and effort that is really beautiful :))
waaah im so amazed right now xD

awww.... how i wish we all live in the same neighborhood so we can just come at each other's house and work together


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:02 AM

WOAH!!! im so AMAZED!! its BEAUTIFUL!!!! i admire all y'all....THANK YOU SO MUCH Velisha, Kelly, Jihyeon, Bea, Pao, Songil, JeDaLee, Chellowmin, Pikachujas, YoungYan, Cacao, Gjo, Pororomins, AlexDenisov,

Bestfriends from Arab, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Khazakstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, The Philippines, Russia, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam. it makes me really happy to be able to let Boyfriend see all of this and it makes my day to know that bestfriends are working together to make Boyfriend smile :D


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:22 PM

daebak!! can I also join in your next project?
I want to participate !! jebal!!!



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:38 PM

Congrats, admin! This is so daebak!!  :wub: 


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:56 PM

Vel, this is really so amazing!! Thanks for your hardwork!! Yeah, I remember when you told me you were about to start making the banner.. And I was like, I wish we are all there to do it with you but still, even though we are literally miles apart, I hope you feel the love and support of BESTFRIENDS from all over the world :)) Thank you Vel and for the bestfriends who made this possible :))


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:27 AM

Wow thats really great Vel.. Thanks for your hardwork.. but sadly i can't participate in that project.. 


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:46 AM

Well, i had to post a message here, it's late but... Wah. I admit it, I cried why reading your post, seeing the picture. I see the love from Bestfriends to boyfriend even if they re not making korean comeback and all.. This was so touching, i can't believe it. I am really proud even if I could not help much, Boyfriend France too. I hope it helped a little so.

 

I cried reading your post because I just realized how I missed them, and how I am thankful towards them.. They are giving us so much.

 

Seeing your friend was able to deliver hand to hand the present, i just want to hug you.

 

For Velisha who did the banner, Thank you. You can be proud, you are truly amazing! I am sure Boyfriend know our love now, thanks to this project !

 

Thank you everyone, you made me dream, and even if you made me cry (lol), I am proud to be a bestfriend seeing this ! ♥ Love you all !


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 04:13 AM

Well, i had to post a message here, it's late but... Wah. I admit it, I cried why reading your post, seeing the picture. I see the love from Bestfriends to boyfriend even if they re not making korean comeback and all.. This was so touching, i can't believe it. I am really proud even if I could not help much, Boyfriend France too. I hope it helped a little so.

 

I cried reading your post because I just realized how I missed them, and how I am thankful towards them.. They are giving us so much.

 

Seeing your friend was able to deliver hand to hand the present, i just want to hug you.

 

For Velisha who did the banner, Thank you. You can be proud, you are truly amazing! I am sure Boyfriend know our love now, thanks to this project !

 

Thank you everyone, you made me dream, and even if you made me cry (lol), I am proud to be a bestfriend seeing this ! ♥ Love you all !

 

Thank you for supporting this forum & project since the beginning! I wish I could speak French so I can communicate better with you guys!
 

Please keep contact, we should really do stuffs together because we are all Bestfriends <3
Wait for our new project, I will try to organize it better this time ^__^


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 11:21 AM

OH MY GOSH VEL. YOUR ENTRY IS JUST AMAZING OKAY. THE FACT THAT BOYFRIEND SAW US... OMG... BOYFRIEND RECEIVED OUR GIFTS OMGOGMOGMOGOMGOGOMGM 

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:19 AM

We will I promise !!!! We should really create something amazing all together ♥


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:18 AM

Thank you Bestfriends for your support. It really keeps me going no matter how hard the project is. And encourages me to make more projects to show Bestfriends' love to Boyfriend

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:34 AM

OMG.. sob* sob* sob*...

 

vel i really love the banner,, it's amazing.... sorry i didn't help you though.. very busy in work,..and i really missed you.. all of you... thanks for making that gorgeous banner,,, i know boyfriend will treasure it.. (oppas better to treausre that banner!!!) 

 

I'll keep in touch with you guys... ppyong..


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:56 AM

Wow its very awesome *_*
Thank you for your hard work ^^
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:45 PM

omg this is so touching :")
thank you for all your hardwork and dedicate for us, i can't believe i allowed to know this world, being a part of bestfriend :")
omg if you can see i'm crying while reading your story, i hope i can be there and help you :") and i'm so sorry i can't help much :")
and for your friend at korea, ummm, she is so freaking lucky! ><

( lol i think i put too much cried emoticon here haha but thats all i feel :") )
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