So - excellent news regarding the pressure on the mcalligrapher - if I mess up I've only messed up one piece of paper, not a whole album! But the challenge was to find a paper that would look good. Those of you who don't obsess about paper like I do might think that white paper is white paper - no, no, no! The picture below shows just some of the shades of "white" I gathered together in my search for the right colour.
The paper at the back is the album page - I ended up using the white second from the front which had a little texture, and was the right shade of white.