While I appreciate any strategy at organizing records in film photography and printing, you might consider others that may avoid potential injury due to proximity of the negative entirely.
I use spiral bound sets of 3X5 cards for all field work in all film formats. I pre–number and identify film on the cards with loaded film holders, in case my post-its come off the holders, as they often do. The info recorded is basic (i.e., place, lens, filter, exposure, zone deviations) and undoubtedly more freeform than the sources you mention. I assign unique numbers (inclusive of date) to each prospect negative I keep and transfer the information onto computer database file only for the negatives I keep. These files can later be searched for specific info instantaneously. I then use that number to identify each negative on its protective sleeve. For instant reference some developing info is also written on the margins of the sleeve. These computerized film records may then be correlated with proof print files and finally fine print and edition info. The "field notebooks" themselves become somewhat superfluous at that point.
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