A few weeks ago I came across a barely used Epson WF-7210 printer for $50 on Craigslist.
All ink cartridges were empty, but as I don't use colour for my album pages I only replaced the black.
The WF-7210 can print pages as large as 13" x 19" which opened up a whole new world of possibilities as I find that regular office A4 or Letter size paper can give a cramped look
After a bit of online research, I narrowed my paper choices down to the SAFE
Classic 14 hole pages which are 270 x 297mm or the Stanley Gibbons
22 hole pages which are slightly smaller at 248 x 282mm.
Although I had a slight preference for the marginally larger SAFE pages, on a per-page basis the pages are almost three times the price of the SG paper. Also, the cheapest SAFE 14 ring binder is more than twice the price of SG's 22 ring binder.
As a result, I decided to take the more affordable route by ordering a pack of the Stanley Gibbons RBL-140 blank 140gsm weight paper (it is also available in 240gsm) along with a Sandringham Binder which is the cheaper of the two 22 ring binders offered by SG.
I didn't add a slipcase as I first wanted to try the paper and printer combination before investing too heavily into the system. Unfortunately, I did have to order from SG in the UK as I couldn't find a stockist in Canada. Shipping was fairly pricey, but I was astounded at just how quickly it took for the package to get here.
As for the results, at this point I have only printed a few pages, but so far I am absolutely delighted
with the results. For example this page:
The photo really doesn't do it justice, the binder and pages look far nicer in real life.
For me, I think that I have found the solution to what paper to use for my DIY album dilemma and to also be assured that it is as least as "archival" as an album from a major album manufacturer,