Once I had an idea as to how I wanted to lay the tile down, I started.
Using a “V” notched trowel I applied the flexbond mortar to the cement board, spreading a thin layer. Making sure my trowel was at a 45 degree angle and that the grooves were all in the came direction. This helps with adherance.
I carefully laid down the 12×12 sheets of tile, rocking them to insure good contact between substrate and tile backing. Tapping them down, and checking that they were level, I then went through and assessed the spacing. If spacers were needed, I placed in a little plastic 1/8″ spacer to insured no movement as the tiles dried.
If you’re like me, this will drive your OCD through the roof! Please, just be patient with yourself. There is no such thing as perfect here.