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Sasquatch
01-07-2013, 01:25 PM
I just picked up the Field Journal the other day while heading back from the Seattle area. My first item from Tom Bihn and undoubtedly not the last! The red color is great and is a nice break from the many black and gray bags in the gear closet. It's nice to have an easy way to transport important notes, paperwork, and receipts -- all the while keeping them from getting trashed or lost. No more personal info on Post-Its and hotel notepads!

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I also picked up one of the Dyneema "Mini" organizer pockets to clip inside the Field Journal. It's a perfect fit and easy to move out of the way to get to the pen pockets underneath.

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Once home I added the included lined paper, various pens & pencils, as well as some tabbed dividers from Avery (5.5 x 8.5" size) for a little organization. I also had Staples cut a ream of plain 8.5 x 11" printer paper in half so I can print and hole-punch my own forms and calendars from here to eternity. (If you're cheap like me, their copy center has a pretty fancy laser-guided cutter and it only costs a few bucks.)

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For comparison's sake, I wound up taking a photo of some other notepads and notebooks that are out in the market. From L to R: Moleskin, Skilcraft "Memoranda", Moleskin Cahier, Field Journal, Rite in the Rain 3x5. Pilot G2 pen shown for scale.

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kellie16
01-07-2013, 10:11 PM
Great minds think alike! My Plum FJ was delivered today and I intend to use mine as a portable Household Planner station. Once I get it loaded up and organised I will post some pics. I even got the same mini steel dyneema pouch!

moriond
01-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Just wanted to note that the iPad Mini is perfectly sized to travel in the FJN, and could also be slipped into the pocket behind the front section behind the pens, rulers, etc. or even into the outside back pocket (but without a case). I'll attach a few pictures to show this.
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I've slipped the iPad Mini behind the front pocket, with just a sliver of the right edge showing as a line to the right. The whole device can be pushed further in.
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This could also fit inside a cache, and sit in front, but I find this feels a little bulky. A fitted case works a little better. (Sorry, don't have a picture handy to upload).

What's neater is using the new 3D Dyneema/Nylon organizer cubes, which are light weight and nicely sized. I usually don't use the enclosed hook for hanging the pouch, but this works out as a very slick feature with the FJN when you secure the organizer cube with both a keystrap and the hook. It allows you to hold the open FJN with a pouch open at the side, and reach in for alternate items, such as a highlighting pen or extra colored pencils or clips. I can't both hold the FJN this way and take a picture, so I'll show what I mean in layout format on a table.

Here's the Dyneema cube tethered with a keystrap.
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Here's the same cube open with the hook also attached. There are some Post-It marker flags in the pouch.
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You can hold the FJN open with the cube tethered this way over the side. For light stationary items or small receipts this works very well.

moriond

kellie16
01-08-2013, 06:14 PM
I love you!! I just got FJ yesterday and I had not discovered the pocket under the pens - woohoo!! And my first thought when I opened up the FJ was "I bet an iPad mini would fit in here" - now I REALLY want to swap my iPad for a mini. Fab photos!

Miking
01-08-2013, 10:38 PM
Here is what I was thinking for an iPad mini attachment for the FJN. I am looking to get a field journal for work (arena rigging) there are a bunch of times that you need to use both the iPad and paper to figure stuff out and this would make it close to perfect. Alternately It may be possible to take a portfolio case and fold the cover backwards and into the pocket behind the pen holders. I just haven't seen too many cases out there for the mini yet. 3098

kellie16
01-09-2013, 01:30 AM
Ooooh, that looks awesome! What a nice solution for folks that use their FJ actually in the field!

Darcy
01-09-2013, 10:51 AM
If you want an official TOM BIHN FJN for the iPad mini, stay tuned.... it's been in the works for a little while now. No ETA or details yet.

Miking
01-09-2013, 12:27 PM
If you want an official TOM BIHN FJN for the iPad mini, stay tuned.... it's been in the works for a little while now. No ETA or details yet.

Apparently I can only like that once.... Darcy, can I volunteer to field test the heck out of this? I have an iPad mini for the sole intention of pairing it with the FJN
P.S. I think Kiwi ballistic nylon would make a lovely exterior for such a thing... I can dream right?

Darcy
01-09-2013, 01:02 PM
Apparently I can only like that once.... Darcy, can I volunteer to field test the heck out of this? I have an iPad mini for the sole intention of pairing it with the FJN
P.S. I think Kiwi ballistic nylon would make a lovely exterior for such a thing... I can dream right?

Noted! Though the Kiwi exterior will probably be but a dream...

kellie16
01-09-2013, 03:21 PM
Well poo! I suppose I could always have two FJs I guess...

kellie16
01-09-2013, 03:22 PM
I'd buy Kiwi ;o)

Mausermama
01-10-2013, 04:31 AM
Ooh! I'm so excited! I've had a Field Journal in my wish list for awhile now, but I'll hold out for one that will hold the mini. Guess I might need to get a mini as well, though! Currently I have the iPad 2, but my daughter got the mini for her birthday back in October, and I'm thinking more and more that it would be a good choice for me!

backpack
01-11-2013, 02:40 AM
If you want an official TOM BIHN FJN for the iPad mini, stay tuned.... it's been in the works for a little while now. No ETA or details yet.

Darcy, do you know that you will be asked about that most exiting design pretty much the way pups react to the Citizen Canines every time they know there are super extra tasty treats or exiting new toys in it!! :)

I loooooooooooooooooove my Plum FJN and I will be getting a iPad Mini for Valentines.

The two combined is a dream come true for people who like to combine digital and analogue organizing, note taking, journaling, art creation and brainstorming.


I do hope that the analogue only FJN is going to stay for children and adult as purse/journal/art journal/field journal in times or areas without the digital ties.

I was duly impressed by the "Purse with a Purpose" blog thread, Lesson Field Journal Notebook from Maverick, Z Art Field Journal Notebook and many people art and work creations in the field.


I am certain the FJN Digital will be even more impressive!

bbcamp
01-19-2013, 04:29 PM
wow!

Darcy, you gave me my wish (from the 2013 wish list)!

I can't wait!

Shiva
01-19-2013, 06:47 PM
Levenger makes one like this. And I do like their Circa system a great deal. However, not sure it is waterproof cover, and all that!

backpack
01-19-2013, 10:28 PM
Well poo! I suppose I could always have two FJs I guess...

Well... I wouldn't mind having 3: Cordura, Dyneema and for iPad Mini. :)

dlg
03-25-2014, 08:33 AM
If you want an official TOM BIHN FJN for the iPad mini, stay tuned.... it's been in the works for a little while now. No ETA or details yet.

This never happened, did it? :/

Darcy
03-25-2014, 08:43 AM
This never happened, did it? :/

Never say never -- just not yet. :)

moriond
03-25-2014, 08:56 AM
Never say never -- just not yet. :)

But in the meantime, I hope someone with the FJN in Parapack will post a review. Apart from the more limited color selections (no plum or bright shades like crimson) this struck me as a good place for the use of the Parapack material.

scribe
03-25-2014, 01:48 PM
They make them in parapack? I've only seen them listed in 420d


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jmoz
03-25-2014, 01:50 PM
They make them in parapack? I've only seen them listed in 420d

I think the 420d is the parapack.

scribe
03-25-2014, 01:55 PM
Ah - I was getting confused between parapack & ballistic. Still, I'd like to see the FJN in funky colours again & with an iPad mini option

ETA: I plan on buying a 3-hole punch next time I'm in the US - half-letter is very close to A5, so paper size shouldn't be an issue, but we use 2-ring binders

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moriond
03-25-2014, 01:59 PM
They make them in parapack? I've only seen them listed in 420d

@scribe I was being sloppy in my description. All the earlier FJNs shown in these pictures from last year used Cordura for the outside. When they announced (end of last year) that new FJNs were available for backorder for March 2014, the fabric changed to 420d high tenacity nylon Parapack, I just shortened this to "Parapack".

backpack
03-25-2014, 02:48 PM
Ah - I was getting confused between parapack & ballistic. Still, I'd like to see the FJN in funky colours again & with an iPad mini option

ETA: I plan on buying a 3-hole punch next time I'm in the US - half-letter is very close to A5, so paper size shouldn't be an issue, but we use 2-ring binders

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Scribe, the U.S 3 holes punch doesn't work with the FJN.

They are for Letter which is closer to A4 than A5, I know because I am French and I live in the U.S.

There is a European manufacturer which make 3 holes punch for A5, last year, I went to Europe and I forgot to spend time in stationery stores to try to get the item in question.

I wrote about it on this forum but I am no Moriond and won't be able to find it.


I did find a Swedish manufacturer of adjustable punches:

paper punch, punches, punch, paper punches (http://www.opto.se/punches.htm)

moriond
03-25-2014, 03:14 PM
Scribe, the U.S 3 holes punch doesn't work with the FJN.

They are for Letter which is closer to A4 than A5, I know because I am French and I live in the U.S.

There is a German manufacturer which make 3 holes punch for A5, last year, I went to Europe and I forgot to spend time in stationery stores to try to get the item in question.

I wrote about it on this forum but I am no Moriond and won't be able to find it.
I don't recall the post @backpack references, but I recall discussion in the Field Journal (http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-reviews/4099-field-journal.html) thread.

ETA there was a recommended Staples punch but it's out of stock http://forums.tombihn.com/tom-bihn-news-everything-else/5348-field-journal-notebook-paper-punch.html

backpack
03-25-2014, 06:52 PM
I don't recall the post @backpack references, but I recall discussion in the Field Journal (http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-reviews/4099-field-journal.html) thread.


ETA there was a recommended Staples punch but it's out of stock http://forums.tombihn.com/tom-bihn-news-everything-else/5348-field-journal-notebook-paper-punch.html

This is exactly the thread Moriond! You are a genius!


I want to punch regular recycled paper for lists that are not permanent such as seasonal grocery, clothes, art supplies shopping and to do stuff in categories,

I have a regular size, letter/A4 3 holes punch but I don't want to tweak it for A5 and risk breaking it. Maybe I should try to tweak it.

I also bought a Franklin Covey one, but it is 7 holes and it drives me crazy.


I did buy pre-punched paper from TB and then bought some more, it is so nice for notetaking, in even, the most formal circumstances.

scribe
03-25-2014, 11:41 PM
Thanks for the clarification! The hole punch appears to be back in stock, so I'll see if one of my US friends can order it and bring it along to the convention in July :)

ETA: Just took the plunge and placed my 3rd TB order - I've recently resurrected my Filofax gardening journal, because despite all my gadgets I love using fountain pen and paper. The FJN, on the other hand, will make a perfect Portable Novel-Writing Kit (with iPad Mini tucked inside front pocket)!

KatrinkaWinkle
03-26-2014, 07:25 AM
You guys at TB remind me of the Keebler elves, always secretly up to making something!

Darcy
03-26-2014, 07:32 AM
You guys at TB remind me of the Keebler elves, always secretly up to making something!

It's kinda like that, but we have much better hats (and scarves and cowls (http://www.tombihn.com/blog/scarves-cowls-amazing-people)) thanks to the knitters over at Ravelry.

MtnMan
03-26-2014, 02:25 PM
News Flash - Hell Freezes Over...

"Booqpad For iPad Air: Paper And Pixels Together At Last"

Charlie Sorrel (2:49 am PDT, Mar 26th)

Read more at Booqpad For iPad Air: Paper And Pixels Together At Last | Cult of Mac (http://www.cultofmac.com/271703/booqpad-for-ipad-air-paper-and-pixels-together-at-last/#UXWV3GM5RqQDdRxV.99)

KatrinkaWinkle
03-26-2014, 04:34 PM
It's our pleasure! (I'm KatrinkaWinkle over there.)

MtnMan
03-28-2014, 07:28 PM
Just wanted to note that the iPad Mini is perfectly sized to travel in the FJN, and could also be slipped into the pocket behind the front section behind the pens, rulers, etc. or even into the outside back pocket (but without a case). I'll attach a few pictures to show this.
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I've slipped the iPad Mini behind the front pocket, with just a sliver of the right edge showing as a line to the right. The whole device can be pushed further in.
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This could also fit inside a cache, and sit in front, but I find this feels a little bulky. A fitted case works a little better. (Sorry, don't have a picture handy to upload).

What's neater is using the new 3D Dyneema/Nylon organizer cubes, which are light weight and nicely sized. I usually don't use the enclosed hook for hanging the pouch, but this works out as a very slick feature with the FJN when you secure the organizer cube with both a keystrap and the hook. It allows you to hold the open FJN with a pouch open at the side, and reach in for alternate items, such as a highlighting pen or extra colored pencils or clips. I can't both hold the FJN this way and take a picture, so I'll show what I mean in layout format on a table.

Here's the Dyneema cube tethered with a keystrap.
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Here's the same cube open with the hook also attached. There are some Post-It marker flags in the pouch.
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You can hold the FJN open with the cube tethered this way over the side. For light stationary items or small receipts this works very well.

moriond

I have a question about moriond's quoted posting:

Are you suggesting that the Field Journal Notebook could haul around an iPad and a 3D Dyneema/Nylon organizer cube on-board, for use as a micro-mobile-office-on-the-road? If so, would it all fit, or would you have to carry the FJN and the organizer cube around in something else, like a backpack or Co-Pilot or Cadet or Shop Bag or whatever? Could you please elaborate on this?

MaggieScratch
03-31-2014, 11:58 AM
I can't speak for the 3D cube, but the Nexus 7 also fits in the front...I hesitate to call it a pocket as it's not intended as such, but you can put stuff there. The area behind the pen and accessories holder. It *doesn't* fit my folding Bluetooth keyboard as well, unfortunately. I can put in one or the other.

As for hole punching, it's a little old-school, but I take the plastic divider, line it up with the paper or anything that needs punching, and make the holes with a hand-held craft hole punch--the kind that makes one hole at a time. That might be too labor-intensive for some, but it works for the occasional page.