I watched a few YouTube clips on how to create stencils, and for the most part they all follow a similar routine:
-Pick your image
-Using the magic wand tool, strategically erase large chunks of the background
-Using the brush tool, erase further until your image is free and clear of the background (try to clean the edges neatly)
-Select the following sequence: Image > Adjustments > Threshold. Adjust until you have a good amount of contrast, but not much is needed.
-Clean up bits of the image that would make it look like a photocopy (not essential)
-Using the Filters tab, I simply selected a texturized background and turned the scaling up to 200%
As far as starting new things are concerned...give me some project ideas or otherwise cool ideas in the comments!