Each week I do a creative journal layout, before the pen, as the canvas for my daily gratitude. The creative journaling process is my way of re-charging my batteries. I begin with my main creative focus areas, normally 3 areas in a 2 page layout.
For this dashboard style layout, I start with the large middle space on the left side as the main focal point and then a few smaller areas on the right side. You can adjust the size and location of your creative elements to fit your journal/planner.