Picking a color and/or shape to carry throughout the magazine design could be simple way to design this dynamically. [Design: Triangles, Red, white and black brochure layout. Visual identity concept / Strassenfeger by Rene Bieder, via Behance]
I don't think this is TOC but I like the diamond/triangle shapes that are used to cut out various photos. The collage effect works nicely with the nature scenes in the photos. The center diamond with the copy reminds me of a compass.
Layout ideas - Designed by Jake Hill. I am inspired by the angled cropping of the images. It creates great eye movement, and visual interest. There's a great balance of negative and positive space throughout the layouts.