First we marked out the shape of the sidewalk with spray paint. We removed the sod, laid down landscaping fabric, a layer of limestone gravel, and then a layer of sand. That all has to be tamped down before you start laying down the paving stones. You can rent a tamper from many hardware stores.
We decided to curve the shape of our sidewalk leading from the porch to the driveway. This design gave it a little more interest than a long straight sidewalk. We used boards to frame the straight part of the sidewalk in front of the porch and landscape edgers for the curved section.
The end result is a sidewalk that encourages you to slow down and take it easy. Some landscape plants and a porch swing are additional encouragement for taking a break and relaxing. That's our goal--to make life simpler and more relaxed.