I like this idea, telling a story in a bracelet or necklace!! :) DIY Book Pages Made into Beads. Lots of tutorials about winding paper beads and sealing them all over. I posted a really good tutorial on getting specific paper bead shapes and sealing them with varnish here. Photograph above from Helen Lonsdale here.
DIY Rolled Paper Beads (No Tutorial - simply glue/cut paper and roll - you may want to roll around a wax paper covered pencil, etc.) each tube has a word and it's definition. This earring showcases"faith, humor and strength." (Make the Best of Things)