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& Julian Smith /USA
Mangels and her husband Julian are the founders of MangelsDesigns.com.
Mangels is a scrapbook artist and photographer and has
a passion for anything creative, while Julian is the “brains”
behind the site.
Mangels has been working in illustration and photographic
arts since 1987. She began doing conventional photography,
completing special projects for advertising brochures
and educational projects. She discovered digital photography
when this technology was just beginning, and she was captivated
by graphics editing programs. She started in digital scrapbooking
when this hobby was almost unknown and the digital scrapbooking
Internet Web sites were practically nonexistent.
Mangels has personally designed the Megakits collections
and other fantastic collections, such as the Deluxe Printing
Papers and the Back and Frame Kits. She is an expert in
serigraphy, and in this collection as well as in many
of the Printing Papers, she used a fractal generating
program, obtaining truly unique and unconventional results
imitating that technique
Mangels and Julian live in Miami, Florida in the USA;
however, they frequently travel to South America for Julian's
work in the graphics printing industry. They have no children;
their jobs, music, art, photography, and digital scrapbooking
are their passions.
Emrick / Canada
John is from Ontario,
Canada, and is 30 years old. He has more than 5 years of
experience in information technology.
John is an extraordinary restoration artist and specializes
in art history as a hobby. He has spent several years studying
furniture and decorative styles of the Renaissance Era and
has an extensive private collection of more than 5.000 scraps
and stamps that have inspired the extraordinary Classical,
Golden, and Renaissance collections and the Venetian Digital
Photo Frames that he designed for our site.
John works as a digital restoration expert and freelance
designer and has won several awards in digital art competitions.
Because of his experience in old image restoration, John
was given the job of restoring the wonderful collection
of Authentic Centennial Victorian Photo Album Pages that
was given to us by Beryl Peters from the UK, who is a keen
member of the British Ephemera Society.
John is married to a beautiful Canadian girl, Deborah. Although
she is a professional nurse, she supports him in all his
projects. Deborah accompanied John on two trips to Italy
(1999 and 2002) to study Renaissance Art. They have two
very active boys, Johnny and Dick, 7 and 10 years old, who
are already digital photography experts!
Sindoni / Italy
Marcia is the proud grandmother
of five wonderful grandchildren. She lives in Milan, Italy,
and has been scrapbooking for more than 10 years. Her daughter
Vanessa, who lives in Michigan, USA, introduced her to this
obsession at a Creative Memories meeting during
a vacation trip, and she was instantly addicted!
Marcia is experienced in several graphics editing programs.
She is self-taught with an extraordinary talent for artistic
relief and three-dimensional effects, which she has expertly
displayed in the Photo Corners and Artistic Titles collections
she designed for this site.
Marcia is very busy assisting her other daughter Veronica
with the antique store that she and her husband Aldo own
in one of the most popular Milan neighborhoods. In spite
of her busy schedule, she wanted to design these collections
for the MangelsDesigns members to "internationalize"
her talent and share it with scrappers of other countries.
Marcia loves sharing her scrapbooking knowledge while encouraging
scrapbookers to discover their own creative styles and layouts.
This hobby has grown quickly in Italy, and Marcia is proud
of being one of the pioneers of this art in that country.
Jones / USA
Sherri is a 37-year-old
single mom of an 8-year-old beautiful girl. Her daughter
and the thousands of pictures that had accumulated in boxes
and old albums were the inspiration to start her scrapbooking
Sherri lives in Illinois, USA, and has always had a passion
for anything creative. Her style is simple, with the main
focus on the photos and a few elements and ornaments to
accent the pages. The Coordinated Sets collection, which
she created for MangelsDesigns, without a doubt reflects
her simple and charming style. Sherri also designed our
Layout Templates Premade Pages, which is one of the most
popular collections, loved by our members for their exquisite
elegance. Some of these designs have even been used by our
members for baptism and wedding cards.
Sherri has been teaching classes at a local scrapbooking
store and says that this hobby has truly changed her life,
keeping her focused on the little happy moments in life
with her daughter Carolyn, who is the main subject of her
She has been in digital scrapping since 1998 and has been
a "scrap-aholic" ever since, using her talents
to preserve their lives. Sherri looks forward to sharing
and growing with everyone here at MangelsDesigns.com.
Thomas / Australia
was born, it is impossible to find a picture of Peggy without
him in it, so she sent this beautiful picture to share with
us the reason for her pride. Peggy lives in Victoria, Australia,
and has been addicted to scrapbooking ever since her cousin
Maggie introduced her to this hobby. Maggie is a layout
expert who has been published in Correspondence ART
Magazine and JoAnn's ScrapEssentials Idea Book.
Peggy recently discovered digital scrapbooking and loves
to combine digital with traditional scrapbooking and card
making. However, Peggy admits that she has a big problem—
she cannot live without the golden effects of the Super
Blade Pro Plugin! For this reason, Peggy dedicated many
hours of her time to design the magnificent collections
of Golden Ornaments & Embellishments and the Golden
Monograms & Golden Names that you will find in those
Peggy is a stay-at-home mom and has been married to her
hubby and best friend, Dickson, for more than 9 years. She
waited a long time to have a baby until Dickson finished
medical school, and the arrival of Austin changed their
lives. Until Austin was born, she worked for a corporate
insurance company, but now she stay at home with her baby
and loves being there for Austin and Dickson whenever they
Tennessen / UK
Liz is a really extraordinary
woman who embodies a British lady's attributes. She is very
feminine and still maintains a romance with Harry, her husband
for 30 years.
Liz lives in the heart of London and says that she could
never live any other place, although her four sons and nine
grandsons live outside of the UK. This becomes an advantage
during the cold London winters, however, as she and Harry
now have warmer travel destinations and places to visit.
Liz has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to collecting
Victorian Era prints, and she considers herself a lover
of all things related to that splendid time in which—
she says— she should have been born. Nevertheless,
Liz is also very progressive and has attended courses of
computer-assisted design (CAD) where she learned PhotoShop
Only a woman with her attributes and dedication could have
made the extraordinary collection of Victorian Photo Album
Pages that you will find in this site and on which she has
used many of the prints that are part of her extensive collection.
Liz also has provided the magnificent collection of Outlook
Express Stationery for the enjoyment of our members and
as free gifts for our visitors
& Lucy Groves / USA
Maria and Lucy are sisters,
and they have been with MangelsDesigns.com from the beginning.
They have extraordinary artistic talents that are displayed
in photography, oil painting, stamping, and ceramics. Maria
and Lucy are of Hispanic origin and currently live in Los
Angeles, California. These versatile women also have professional
careers: Maria is a lawyer and Lucy is a business manager
who works in a advertisement agency.
Maria, 32 and Lucy, 30 are happily single, but they would
love to meet someone who shares their passion for the arts
and their careers. However, since these men haven’t
yet made an appearance, Maria and Lucy have had the opportunity
to travel looking for new pieces for another hobby: souvenirs.
When Maria learned to use Photoshop, she began to design
digital photo frames that were well received by the community
of photographers to which she belongs and where she took
her first steps into digital photography.
We became acquainted with Maria's frame designs through
her personal webpage and we were captivated by her work!
Some of her digital photo frames were the first collections
acquired for this Web site. Later, Lucy added new designs
to Maria’s collections, so the contribution from both
of them to this project has been extraordinary.
Willoughby / Australia
We would have loved to
continue displaying new designs from Maria and Lucy, but
when we wanted to expand the site with new collections,
their schedules were too tight. So we searched for a new
photo frame designer, and we had the good fortune to find
Although Jeff is one of the youngest members of the design
team, he has extraordinary talent. He is only 27 years old
and still single (although he wants to clarify that he has
a beautiful girlfriend and a 3-year relationship......sorry
ladies!). He is a true expert in Corel® PhotoPaint and
has been using this editing program since 1996.
Jeff holds a Bachelor's Degree in computer science and currently
works as a systems manager at an international company in
Sydney. His personal interests include photography and metal
engraving. He is also a great sportsman and frequently engages
in swimming and soccer.
When we first met Jeff, he was anxious to design a photo
frame collection using wood and silver effects, and we believe
he has achieved magnificent results in these collections.
Although he is now very busy, he has promised us that in
his free moments, he will design a new frame collection
exclusively for MangelsDesigns subscribed members.
Van Rossum / USA
Kimberly was born, raised, and currently lives in the
Great Pacific Northwest state of Washington. She lives
with her husband, his son, and one feisty cat.
She enjoys all creative things and has been involved in
art for as long as she can remember. She knew she would
be an artist at a young age. As a child, Kimberly used
to fall asleep coloring in her coloring books. Outside
of art classes in high school, she has been mostly self-taught.
Kimberly has painted in oils, watercolors, and acrylics,
although her favorite is watercolors. She has painted
on almost anything you can think of: clothes, mirrors,
tiles and sinks, murals, furniture, lamps, glassware,
and is always looking for more objects to paint. She has
designed for several rubber stamp companies, some of them
exclusively. She also has worked as an interior designer.
She currently designs and creates bead jewelry and is
relatively new to scrapbooking.
Kimberly has given us some very pretty designs to share
with you that she has painted with her beloved watercolors,
and she hopes that her designs will bring as much joy
to you as she had when she designed them.
Feel free to contact Kimberly at:
Weighell / UK
Irene is lucky enough to live in the North York Moors
National Park, in the northeast corner of the UK surrounded
by nature in all its glory. She is married and has a daughter
and two grandchildren.
Irene has been interested in design since she can remember
and in later years taught art and china decoration at
adult education classes in the villages around the area
and at two local schools. She has many and varied interests
and began computer studies some years ago to distract
her mind from a cancer diagnosis, which is thankfully
gone now. It wasn’t long before she realized that
spreadsheets and databases were not for her, and what
she enjoyed most was desktop publishing and the many interesting
designs she could create using the graphics programs.
Irene also finds great satisfaction restoring old sepia
photos and has repaired an extensive collection of damaged
family photos for a local lady, as well as smaller commissions
for other people. For some years, she designed and published
her village Parish Magazine as well as leaflets and posters
for village events and local charities.
She believes her interest in Celtic knotwork stems from
her Welsh ancestry. Irene is fairly new to scrapbooking
but has always designed her own cards (which can be hard
work at Christmas!), and thus has a large collection of
design elements. In fact all her hobbies take up a complete
room in her home!
Feel free to contact Irene at:
Woodard / USA
Jennifer is just 23 and clear proof that young people
are also interested in digital scrapbooking.
We were searching for a patriotic motif designer, and
Jennifer sent us samples of her creations. Immediately
we realized that she was the person we were looking for.
Jennifer lives with her parents and younger brothers in
the heart of the Big Apple, and her interest for patriotic
themes was born from her close experience on 9/11. Although
she was a teen, realizing that this devastating event
hit so close to home deeply affected her, and ever since,
her artistic talent has been inspired by patriotic themes.
Surfing the Internet, she discovered digital scrapbooking
and started to make an album with 9/11 pictures from news
and magazines incorporating patriotic motifs. Many of
these original designs are those she now shares with the
Jennifer would love to go to a university to study advertising
or marketing or anything related to graphic design. She
loves Ken, her dog, and says that he is her best partner.
She also believes that Christmas in the "city that
never sleeps" is the best in the whole world for
her, and the best time to share with family and friends.
Primenta / Greece
Olga is from Athens, Greece and is 33 years old. Olga
is married to Greg and is the owner of a beautiful dog,
a true source of inspiration for quite a few of her creations.
Olga has been in the graphic design industry for more
than 15 years, working as a designer with overflowing
creativity. Two years ago she moved out of the city and
is now living in a small seaside village, working as a
freelance graphic designer. Scrapbooking has always been
a hidden passion, and life away from the big city lights
has provided her with the much-needed time to experiment
with it. She has an excellent eye for design and a great
passion for visual arts. Olga loves drawing, scrapbooking,
knitting, and handicrafts.
Olga started designing the Pets Collection as an enthusiastic
fan of animals, and she eagerly jumped at the chance to
share it with the MangelsDesigns fans. She believes that
having more time for ourselves makes us into better and
more complete individuals as we explore our creativity,
making small masterpieces out of nothing and sharing them
with those close to us.
Olga is also a member of a small theatre troupe.
Feel free to contact
& Inga Gerlach / Germany
Manfred and Inga are from Berlin, DE. Married 32 years,
they share many hobbies — including digital scrapbooking.
Their enthusiasm for scrapbooking was ignited when they
discovered a “treasure” hidden in old shoe
boxes: hundreds of pictures of relatives, including ancestors
they didn’t know or remember. They began investigating
their family tree to learn more about the people in those
faded and forgotten images.
Free from work obligations and with grown kids living
far from Berlin, they began traveling around Germany to
visit the small home towns of their ancestors. Unfortunately,
Manfred fell ill, and they had to return home. Still undaunted,
however, they were committed to the idea of creating something
special with those old photos.
The first step was to restore the deteriorated photographs
and arrange them inside albums. As Manfred also loves
computing, he learned to use PhotoShop to digitally restore
the photos. Inga spent long hours decorating the albums
with old stamps and postcards.
Then one day while surfing the Web, Manfred and Inga discovered
the MangelsDesigns Victorian Pre-Made Pages and instantly
fell in love with digital scrapbooking.
Now they create their own designs, and as a tribute to
the inspiration of those Victorian motifs, they crafted
this gorgeous Heritage Kit Collection to share with all
the MangelsDesigns Members.
Manfred & Inga's Designs:
Feel free to contact Manfred & Inga at:
Gabriel / USA
Writer/editor and digital designer, Susan and her sweetheart
of 22 years live in Texas with two small dogs and two
parrots. As a mother of two children and grandmother of
three, Susan has a wealth of photo material for her interest
in scrapbooking. It was this interest that led her to
Susan has 30+ years of experience as a writer/editor,
and her expertise has been put to good use at MangelsDesigns
where she recently assisted in a rewrite of the site's
text. Amazingly enough, she says she enjoyed every minute
of it! Susan has always been an avid reader and even as
a child, would sometimes get distracted mid-sentence while
reading a book when a better way to phrase the sentence
would pop into her head.
Susan has edited technical manuals, books, newspapers,
and magazines and is a proposal writer in high demand—
her proposals have brought in hundreds of millions of
dollars in new business for her employers over the past
With a long-standing interest in art and design, Susan
always had the desire to express her creativity in a unique
way. When she discovered digital design, she quickly realized
that this versatile medium was perfectly suited to her
talents and abilities. To improve her skills in PhotoShop,
Susan took courses at a local college and now applies
her knowledge at her current job where she designs covers
for the technical proposals she writes. In her spare time,
Susan experiments with new scrapbook designs.
Susan's premier collection, Wish You Were Here, is a set
of pre-made double page layout designs exclusive to MangelsDesigns
and is perfect for framing your vacation photos or good
times at home. A recent trip to France and Great Britain
inspired Susan to create this collection and provided
us a photo of Susan in Paris that we could include with
Her new Web site, www.SueAngelDesigns.com, will soon be
offering other original scrapbook designs by Susan. As
a final note, anyone who wishes to make use of her editing
skills is invited to contact her.
Wish You Were Here
Feel free to contact Susan at:
Believe it or not Jen started learning Photoshop in
early January of this year (2007)! With alot of sleepless
days and nights from just having her baby girl in January,
in six months she has learned so much.
Jen is married, and has 3 beautiful daughters. She is
a stay at home mom, and feels so lucky to be able to do
Jen and her family live in a small town in Illinois, and
her husband is a farmer. She fell in love with digital
scrapbooking when she figured out that the paper thing
was just to hard to do with three small children. Jen
never thought she could design her own work until she
had a special teacher "Shari" who helped her
make it possible to learn Photoshop. From then on, she
designed a lot of special pictures of her children. Doing
so, she thought she would start her own business making
special pictures, Greeting cards, invitations and announcments
for people. Please take a look at her webpage, www.myspace.com/greetingsforyou.
You will find a few of her designs there.
Jen was inspired by making the graduation collection for
MangelsDesigns when her mother graduated this year from
|Rachel Turner / Australia
Rachel lives in Sydney, AU, her native born country.
She was traveling to many places in the world when young
due her father is diplomatic. She says that her life outside
her lovely Australia has both sides, negative and positive.
The negative one was to often changing schools and friends;
the good side was that she closely learned about different
country cultures helping her to grow as a person and to
get hocked with the diversity of human races, beliefs,
religions, etc., transmitting all these experiences to
her kids. Rachel has lived at Brazil, Spain, Indonesia
and Japan, and all these ethnic and cultural diversity
has marked her for ever.
Living definitively in her native Australia she keeps
in contact with people of other countries through Internet.
Rachel confess “Internet Life Style” addiction,
all her activities now spin around the cyber world.
Rachel is married to Lee and they have two kids (10, 12).
She started conventional scrapbooking some years ago.
Since she was a child she used to add post cards, paper
souvenirs, etc. to the photo album layouts of the visited
countries. Now she knows that what she did is the way
to make scrapbooking. She is actually engaged with the
digital scrapbooking and there is no doubt that her taste
for the multicultural and the ethnical are full reflected
in her design style.
Being in contact with MangelsDesigns since this site made
its early attempts to become what it is today, Rachel
ever wanted to have her own designs collection here but
her job activities (she formally work as a real state
promoter) and wife/mom home work lefts her few free time.
However, she never rejected her project to do an ethnic
theme collection (Mangels asked her often too!!!), and
although she has made just four nice kits (African, Mexican,
Spanish and Far East) she also has promised to increase
the quantity of kits soon.
Yvonne Less /Australia
Yvonne grew up in Berlin/Germany, 46 years old and grandmother
of one. Nearly 30 years she has gained experiences as
CAD-drafter in engineering companies as well as graphic
designer in the print industry.
Quality and perfection are very important to Yvonne and her
sense for creativity and special creations outside the
box are helping her to find new challenges. Using her
Mac she is an expert in Photoshop as well as in photography.
She likes to be in the nature encircled by plants; so
it is no wonder that flowers and landscapes are her special
In the last 15 years Yvonne was traveling to many places
in the world. At her first journey to Australia she met
her husband Jörg 6 years ago. Complying with her
heart she leaved Germany and went to Sydney. Jörg
is 4D-database specialist for more than 16 years and is
supporting his wife at any time.
Yvonne felt in love with scrapbooking when she was looking
for new ideas on the Internet. Now,
she is creating little arts by using her taken shots of
flowers and landscapes and invites you to share her
passion with the wonderful "Creative Diversity" and "Nature Medley" Pre-made Pages Collections.
| Violet Burgess / Canada
Violet is a graphic designer who resides in
British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children.
She started manufacturing paper for the scrapbook industry
10 years ago. With a love for antiques and folk art Violet's
design emphasis was on heritage papers. Her papers and
scrapbook pages have been published in many magazines
such as Creating Keepsakes and Memory Makers as well as
being featured on the DIY network. Recently she has begun
to incorporate her designs for digital scrapbooking.
Violet has designed to MangelsDesigns the beautiful Violet
Megakits Collection where she has reflected her very particular
style. She wants that all members enjoy her kits as much
as she enjoyed designing them!
Feel free to contact Violet at:
| Suzi Wollman / USA
Suzi is a mom and grandmom, with a background so interesting
that she never runs out of stories to tell and pictures
to scrap. She now lives with her husband and two little
dogs in Lewisville, TX.
Suzi spent seven years living in the former Soviet Union,
where due to the scarcity of tangible materials, she began
scrapbooking online. She has also visited Finland, Turkey,
Canada, Mexico, and the Czech Republic, not to mention
the number of places she has wandered virtually. She has
reflected this wonderful experience in the beautiful Passport
Collection with very different, exotic and sophisticated
kits with countries topics that she has designed exclusively
for the MangelsDesigns members.
She enjoys designing digitally, and adds that skill to
her repertoire of other craft abilities. Suzi and her
husband homeschooled all five of their children through
high school, and taught English, problem solving, and
character to orphans and college students, as well as
being involved in Women's Ministry at her church. For
over 20 years, she and her husband were principles in
an advertising agency. Suzi loves kids, animals, and anything
Feel free to contact Suzi at:
| Diana Brady / USA
Although Diana is somewhat new to the scene of Digital Scrapbooking, her ambition and passion is sure to leave her mark in this
Diana was born and raised in Texas and married a wonderful man 7 years ago.
Along with her husband she has two boys ages 7 and 4. Being a military wife
and mother and having to meet the challenges that this demanding lifestyle
offers, has given Diana the strength to overcome many obstacles. The digital Scrapbooking world is no different.
Diana being totally self-taught in Photoshop she has already mastered some
techniques that have made her designs unique. Her design talents reach
farther beyond the digital Scrapbooking world, as she is also a webpage
designer. Her passion for this digital art form has her constantly trying
new avenues of design.
Diana's skill as a cake decorator and a tax
professional have made her acutely aware of how important the smallest of
details are and this detail also shows in her work.
In addition to attending to the demands of her family and her work, she
enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and introducing them to the
Digital world that she calls her "second home". For this reason, she has wanted to share with the MangelsDesigns members her designs with a beautiful collection of awesome kits that will like to everybody.
Feel free to contact Diana at:
| Kelly Anne Tearney / USA
Kelly Anne is a retired radio disc jockey from California, who now enjoys the peaceful beauty that surrounds her home on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. She has two grown children and four grandchildren and would like to have a part in leaving them a better world in which to live. A peaceful world.
She is committed to speaking out for Peace and she does it through her art. She believes that if a picture says a thousand words, there is no better subject than Peace. She often explains that her art isn't about her, it's about all of us. If "self-taught" Kelly Anne can create something that inspires thoughts of Peace, then she is honored to be a part of that.
She joined Mangels Designs about four years ago because she was impressed with the quality and variety she found on the site. She had wondered over the years, if her art might be used here, but had never contacted the designers. When Kelly Anne read that Mangels Designs was looking for graphic designers, she decided to send them a few of her designs. She is now excited to be a part of the design team and has many Peace related ideas for her graphics, to share with the members here.
Kelly Anne has always been musically inclined and still enjoys playing her piano and guitar... when she isn't busy trying to keep up with her many websites. Her passion though, is Peace Art and she does her best to Keep Peace Visible.
Feel free to contact Kelly Anne at:
| Diana Wilkes / USA
Diana joins our team of designers from the Lake Michigan area in the United States. She lives in a "wee, tiny cottage on a lake," harking back to her irish, english, and german ancestry.
Diana is a retired prosecutor from Phoenix, Arizona. initially, she was a legal secretary and legal assistant before returning to college to complete her degrees in accounting and law. After retiring, she moved to the great lakes region to be near her three children and their families. Not only does she have a wonderful human family, but she also counts her fur people and grandanimals as family.
Diana's main hobby is photography and includes photographing landscapes, people, and anything that piques her interest; collecting digital versions of family photos; restoring digital photographs; and scrapbooking. Her overall goal is to preserve family history for future generations. She is not above begging to get a good scan of a heritage photo to restore and post for sharing. as with her personal scrapbook pages, she loves making her photograph collection available to others. She has been involved in genealogy and related photographs with her brother and scrapbooking with her sisters and grandchildren for some time, although she is a relative newcomer to the digital scrapbooking format. Both of her sisters are scrapbook consultants; in addition, nieces and nephews also scrapbook. She credits her family with providing unlimited inspiration for various projects.
Diana's "Just Fun" collection is just that--it is all that is fun about scrapbooking: the creativity, the variety of materials and themes, and the unlimited selection of photos to scrap. The best thing is that if the perfect photo for a layout is lacking, one can go take the perfect photo for the layout. If the perfect layout is lacking, just customize an existing layout or be creative and invent one. The "Just Fun" collection also represents all that is fun about life--both special occasions and everyday moments that seem ordinary now but in the future will be so special.
Feel free to contact Diana at:
| Susan Mac Gregor / USA
Susan Mac Gregor attended College of the Canyons in 2000-2001 to learn website design, and the skills of learning the elements of designing. She did not go into website design, at that time it was a bad timing during 911 era. She designs with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Live Brush, Art Rage Pro drawing program.
Susan always wanted to be an artist since she was a little girl, looking for a way to get back to designing, she became self taught learning Digital Scrapbooking. She took a year to learn how to do the digital elements. She has a love for old images and has been selling vintage paper, for over ten years online at Whimzy Treasures Vintage Paper website. The vintage images provide the inspiration for her "Somewhere In Time Woman's Collection".
Susan found the love of her live almost five years now married for four years with her five cat three birds and one dog. Phil her husband has changed her lifestyle and has allowed her the time to pursue digital designing. Recently retired and enjoying life!
Susan recently acquired a Digital Scrapbooking store, Digi Style Designs, which keeps her very busy!
Feel free to contact Susan at:
here a Summary Table of
all the collection designs, characteristics and designers