I've been working with WordPress for awhile, but I've only recently started to develop my own themes. My first project is a simple portfolio site for myself.
What I'm wondering is, how do I create a custom page template that will display the featured images (and possibly other data) of my pages? What I'm trying to accomplish is very similar to how Cargo Collective is laid out (ref: http://www.cargocollective.com/adamfratino). Another example can be found in the Sideshow theme by Orman Clark here: http://demo.themezilla.com/sideshow/
I've browsed through the codex but it's all very new to me. I figured I'd ask here and hopefully someone would be able to point me in the right direction.